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School Security

Challenges for Safety and Well-being of Students

Inside the school, students face challenges that can contribute negatively to their sense of safety and well-being. Many of these challenges do not originate in the school environment, yet are contributors to success (or lack thereof) in school. Abuse Parents, other family members or guardians who are abusive (emotionally, physically and sexually); perhaps not coping… Continue reading Challenges for Safety and Well-being of Students

Student Programs

GATEway Science Fair

Every year, elementary students in grades three through six can participate in the GATEway Science Fair which occurs in February.  Each project is reviewed by at least three scientists or researchers.  The student explains the project to each reviewer who will  ask questions about the project and engage in constructive conversation.  At the end of… Continue reading GATEway Science Fair

Endorsements

Endorsements

CURE Communities United for Rochester Empowerment A nonprofit community organization. "Join CURE – Communities United for Rochester Empowerment – as we bring people together to hold decision makers accountable." OutFront Minnesota Mission "OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are free to be who they are, love who… Continue reading Endorsements

Student Programs

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

A couple years ago, RPS  didn't have enough sixth grade classrooms for gifted (G)  and highly gifted (HG) students who had been identified in fourth grade in preparation for middle school placement.  I am proud to have been a strong supporter of the additional classrooms, teachers and resources to meet their educational needs at Kellogg… Continue reading GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

School Security

School Security Grants

School security..... Rochester Public Schools received funding from the Minnesota Department Safety Grant for additional school security: $28,000 for a door alarm system at Rochester Area Learning Center $60,000 for a door alarm system at Ben Franklin elementary school. A visitor to a Rochester Public Schools building is buzzed in after stating their name and… Continue reading School Security Grants

School Buildings

To Build or Not to Build?

The City of Rochester is growing. Enrollment in Rochester Public Schools is growing. Five elementary schools have exceeded 100% capacity, five more are between 95%, and 100% capacity, and an additional five are between 92.8% and 95% capacity. It is clear that additional space will be needed to accommodate our students. The District also works… Continue reading To Build or Not to Build?

Platform and Focus

Platform and Focus

Platform All students and staff are treated equitably and with respect. All students are ready for kindergarten. Foster a school climate in which students and staff are nurtured and safe. Graduates are prepared for career and/or post secondary education.  From The Graduate Profile: Equity is a lens through which all decisions should be made. Family… Continue reading Platform and Focus