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04/23/2018
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Find out the latest information on the Facilities Task Force.
Facilities Task Force

Update from August Citizen Voice Meeting

The Superintendent’s Facilities Task Force inaugural meeting occurred on June 20, 2018. The task force is a group of individuals who will collectively research and provide recommendations to the Superintendent to address the District space issues which may include the location and construction of new buildings within the District, additions to current buildings and boundary considerations. 


We invited our community to learn about this process and ask questions on August 28, 2018. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our local community and to better understand our growing school district. There will be additional public meetings if you were unable to attend this meeting. 


To watch a playback of this meeting, follow this link: 
https://youtu.be/vzfwMkkr37w

Click the image below to review the meeting slides presented by the consultants:

LHB Powerpoint slides in a printable PDF format.


We invite you to share your feedback on these options by filling out the "Options Feedback Form". Please fill out the form and email it to communication@rochester.k12.mn.us by Friday, August 31, 2018.

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Immunization and School Based Flu Vaccination Information
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Dear RPS Family,

We hope that you are having an enjoyable summer! It's hard to believe that July will be here next week. With that in mind, we wanted to share information with you regarding school-based influenza clinics. The district has partnered with your child's clinic to provide the flu vaccine at school this fall. This is a fast, easy, and convenient way to keep your children, your school, and your community healthy throughout the year. It is not required. 

What’s really important?

Like last year, there will be a fixed registration period. Registration will begin online August 8thand will end on September 12th at the end of the day. Registration forms will not be accepted after September 13.

The nasal spray (FluMist) will be available as an option this year. You can find more information about this at the link below.

What else do you need to know?

  • Registration is required, online preferred, but paper forms are available at school
  • Non-medication pain reducing options will be offered
  • Your health insurance will be billed just like it is in your clinic
  • Your child can get the vaccine even if you don’t have insurance at little or no cost to you
  • Please remind your child the day of your school’s clinic and make sure your child wears clothing that allows access to the upper arm

Information on anything above is available now at http://www.semnic.org.

To see the dates scheduled for your school, see below:

SCHOOL 

CLINIC DATE 

TIME

ALC Day School

September 27

Morning

ALC Night School

September 24 

Afternoon

Bamber Valley 

September 28 

Morning

Bishop 

October 1 

Afternoon

Century

September 25

Morning

Churchill 

September 24

Afternoon

Elton Hills 

October 12 

Morning

Folwell 

October 2 

Afternoon

Franklin and Montessori 

October 11 

Morning

Friedell 

September 27 

Morning

Gage 

October 12 

Afternoon

Gibbs 

October 9 

Morning

Hoover 

September 21 

Afternoon

Jefferson 

September 28 

Afternoon

John Adams 

September 25 

Morning

John Marshall

September 26

Morning

Kellogg 

October 3 

Morning

Lincoln 

October 8 

Afternoon

Longfellow 

September 18 

Afternoon

Mayo

October 3

Morning

Pinewood 

October 10 

Morning

Riverside 

October 8 

Morning

Sunset Terrace 

October 4 

Afternoon

Washington 

October 1 

Morning

Willow Creek 

September 26 

Morning




Thank you for your attention to this information. 

Rochester Public Schools 



 

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Instilling Respect and Teamwork through Ballroom Dance
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Most recently, Elton Hills students worked with the Heart of Dance to master their skills. Below is a video of their dance presentation. 








   



“Thank you for giving us a chance to do Ballroom Dancing. I just thought the dancing program was a blast….At first, I was like no way….now I love it. Thanks again and I hope all fifth-graders could do this.”

- Fifth-grader, Pinewood Elementary School


So wrote a gentleman--the most reluctant in the class according to fifth-grade teacher Lisa Anderson--to Rochester District Superintendent Michael Munoz last November to thank him for bringing Dancing Classrooms of Mad Hot Ballroom fame to Rochester last fall.   Under his leadership and that of Community and Family Engagement Director Julie Ruzek, Minnesota nonprofit Heart of Dance brought Dancing Classrooms to 16 Rochester fifth-grade classrooms at Pinewood, Riverside Central, Elton Hills, Jefferson, and Gage Elementary Schools this school year. 

“To be honest, at first, dancing was cringe-worthy,” said Matt Ruzek, principal at Riverside Central.  “Students struggled with even the most basic parts, like simply making eye contact while standing across from a partner in the circle....It took even more practice to touch that same person’s hands.

“This partnership became something we never could have predicted,” Ruzek continued. “Before we knew it, our students were doing the Rumba, Waltz, and Tango outside of class, excited to share their new passion at our all-school assembly....Students showcased their elegance, respect, teamwork, trust, and joy for this new art they embraced in just ten weeks and twenty lessons.”

Minnesota is one of just thirty sites in the world of the global Social Emotional Learning program Dancing Classrooms, which teaches life lessons to 5th and 8th graders through partner dance. “Arts experiences build confidence, promote self-esteem, and encourage creativity,” said Anderson. “The Dancing Classrooms program goes further by teaching values of respect, elegance, and teamwork in a well-organized, structured, and lively manner. It is a program that not only welcomes all students but expects them to demonstrate strength of character at the highest level.”

Do students agree? Of 100% of Heart of Dance students who participated in three classrooms at Riverside Elementary School:

  • 73% agree “As a result of my experience with Heart of Dance that relationships with my peers have improved.”
  • 88% agree, “Through Heart of Dance, I realize I can improve at anything I try.”

Perhaps most telling are the quotes from fifth-graders themselves:

  • “I feel like I can be myself around everyone.”
  • “When my class first started we did not like it but a few weeks later we loved it now we miss it and we will never forget. It made me have more friends and talk to people I don’t usually talk to.”
  • “It’s a good memory to keep. It made our school so special.”
  • “It helped me to learn to trust my classmates.”

Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to connect dance with their ongoing curriculum through essays, art, video or powerpoint projects, or researching cultural origins of the dances. Teachers like Anderson also participate in the classroom with the students. “Students arrive in fifth grade at a variety of skill levels in reading, math, and other subjects,” Anderson said. “However, we all started the year as beginners in ballroom dancing and learned the lessons of dedication, tenacity, and support as we mastered dances.”

Fifth-graders at Gage, Elton Hills, and Jefferson Elementary Schools started their spring residency in February and will perform a showcase for their families and school community in late April or early May.  Up to 14 students from each school will compete in St. Paul in the May 20th all-state Colors of the Rainbow Team Match.     

Volunteers from the Rochester Heart of Dance Volunteer Engagement Committee, chaired by Dr. Patricia Barrier, provide essential community support. Dr. Barrier joined four other volunteer Classroom Assistants in the schools last semester. “My weekly interactions with the fifth-graders were a joy and point of pride. This program is powerful,” she said. “I witnessed children who started off as behavior challenges transformed into leaders. I watched children hesitant and shy at first, develop confidence and pride in their achievements....I am certain many will continue to enrich our community through a viewpoint of inclusivity and respect.”

Rochester is the first school district in the state to embrace Heart of Dance and Dancing Classrooms at the school district level. With their success, other school districts including Richfield and Minneapolis are looking to Rochester as a model.   

Said Supt. Munoz, “It truly has given students involved in the program skills to be successful in the future, and changed their lives for the better. Any program that can help our students reach their full potential will benefit our students and the community of Rochester.” 
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Get the 2018-2019 Calendar Here!
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The school board approved the 2018-2019 calendar with a pre Labor Day start for District schools. See the highlights below:


• First day of school – August 27, 2018

• Last day of school – May 31, 2019

• Graduation – May 25, 2019






Looking for the 2018-2019 Calendar? 


Click the image below for a printable version.