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Fall 2020 Planning Survey
06/29/2020
To help with the fall 2020 planning process, we are requesting staff and families to participate in an anonymous survey through July 7. Your feedback will be used to help inform the work of the planning teams for a successful start to the school year.
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Three Scenarios Considered for Minnesota Schools This Fall
06/19/2020
The Minnesota Department of Education released guidance for school districts to create plans based on three scenarios for fall 2020. Because we don’t know which scenario the state will choose, it’s important for parents to prepare for all three possibilities.
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Kari Lopez nominated for NASSP National Principal of the Year
06/12/2020
In February the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) named Kari Lopez, principal of Woodbury Middle School, Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year. They recently selected Lopez as the Minnesota representative at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which makes her a nominee for the NASSP National Principal of the Year.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Kendall Moore
06/11/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Ending the Year and Looking Ahead to Fall 2020
06/07/2020
This is not the year that anyone expected. All of us will remember 2020 and the many challenges we faced together – most recently, the events in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, the worldwide pandemic, job losses, school closings and the loss of a traditional graduation.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Dakota Mueller
06/04/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Summer Meals
Summer Meals
06/03/2020
South Washington County Schools will continue providing meal options for families in our community this summer, including meal pick-up sites and food delivery.
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A Message from Superintendent Keith Jacobus About the Death of George Floyd
05/29/2020
I am writing to you with overwhelming feelings of sorrow, outrage and dismay following the actions that led to the death of George Floyd. As a school community, we are here for each other and more than ever we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors and show the compassion, empathy and humanity everyone deserves.
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Statement Regarding Grading During Trimester Three
05/28/2020
South Washington County Schools appreciates the feedback from families following the announcement that trimester three grades will not be included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculations.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: James Diedrich
05/28/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Sophie Wu
05/21/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Graduation Information
South Washington County Schools to Hold Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
05/20/2020
Earlier this month, we shared a survey with seniors and their families about their preference for graduation.
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Grading Guidelines During Distance Learning
05/18/2020
Read a message from Superintendent Keith Jacobus, discussing the plan for grading during distance learning.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Miles Lee
05/14/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Annual Elementary Track and Field Meet Goes Virtual May 18-22
05/14/2020
Every year, all fifth grade students in South Washington County Schools participate in an end-of-year track and field meet.
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Emergency Meals Location Changes
05/11/2020
Starting Tuesday, May 12 the emergency meal food pick-up site will be changed to Oltman Middle School from Cottage Grove Middle School.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Cole Chase
05/07/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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Distance Learning
Planning for Distance Learning 2.0 and the End of the School Year
05/07/2020
South Washington County Schools is preparing for the end of the school year and wanted to share important dates and expectations with families, as well as some changes to distance learning.
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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Mohammed Musa
04/30/2020
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.
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3M Donates to District 833 to Support Distance Learning and COVID-19 Response
04/24/2020
3M recently donated $270,000 to South Washington County Schools to support our distance learning and emergency response to COVID-19.
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Distance Learning Extended Through the End of the School Year
04/23/2020
Today, Governor Tim Walz announced that school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year.
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Patience and Flexibility During Distance Learning
04/08/2020
Read a message from Superintendent Keith Jacobus, asking for patience after the first week of Distance Learning.
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Distance Learning
Distance Learning Begins Monday, March 30
03/25/2020
The State of Minnesota has ordered Distance Learning for schools to begin on Monday, March 30 and to continue through at least Monday, May 4.
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Emergency Meals
Emergency Meals Information
03/24/2020
South Washington County Schools is providing some meal options for families in our community including food delivery and meal pick-up sites.
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Emergency Child Care Information
03/24/2020
Following the closure of all schools in the state of Minnesota, South Washington County Schools is opening Emergency Child Care at no cost to families who qualify.
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Family Resources
Family Resources and Emergency Meal Information
03/24/2020
South Washington County Schools is sharing a number of community and online resources available to families in response to COVID-19.
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New Building Restrictions
03/18/2020
Beginning Thursday, March 19, all school buildings and district educational sites will be locked and closed to the public without an appointment.
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Planning for Distance Learning
Internet Accessibility for Families
03/17/2020
South Washington County Schools is preparing for the possibility of Distance Learning if a longer-term school cancellation is necessary. Our goal is for each middle and high school student to have access to a device and internet during Distance Learning.
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Planning for Distance Learning
Planning for Distance Learning (no earlier than March 30)
03/17/2020
This week, staff has been planning for Distance Learning in the event that longer-term school cancellations are needed due to COVID-19. Become familiar with our distance learning plans in this article.
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Planning for Distance Learning
Middle School Devices Available for Pick-Up March 25-27
03/17/2020
Our goal is for each middle and high school student to have access to a device and internet during Distance Learning. If your grades 6-8 child does not have a device to access Schoology while learning from home, please plan to check-out a district-issued Chromebook from your school during the following schedule.
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School Closed
South Washington County Schools Closed Until Monday, March 30
03/15/2020
Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order on Sunday, March 15, 2020, to close all schools in the state of Minnesota to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
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Preventing COVID-19
South Washington County Schools Extends Spring Break by One Day
03/13/2020
South Washington County Schools is taking the next step to ensure our schools are ready for students when they return from spring break. Spring break will now be extended by one day. Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 18.
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Preventing COVID-19: March 12 Update
03/12/2020
On March 12, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provided new guidance for schools on limiting crowds or large gatherings to help prevent the spread of the disease.
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South Washington County Schools Focused on COVID-19 Prevention
03/09/2020
Though we do not have any cases of COVID-19 in our school communities, South Washington County Schools continues to plan and prepare for the possibility. We are in close communication with the Minnesota Department of Health and will follow all guidelines of local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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UTSWC Negotiations Update
03/06/2020
During the March 5 board meeting, district administrators shared an update regarding negotiations with the United Teachers of South Washington County (UTSWC).
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Four-Year Graduation Rate Continues Upward Trend
03/05/2020
The four-year graduation rate for South Washington County Schools continued its upward trend with 93.3 percent of students in the district graduating on time. The 2019 graduation rate is 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2018.
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