Monday, December 17, 2012
Wells: “It is our intention to assure our students and our staff that we will do whatever we can in our environments so that in the end each child will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Follow Inver Grove Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter Editor’s Note: The following is a letter to Inver Grove Heights community members from Superintendent Deirdre Wells. The letter, dated Dec. 17, appears on the Inver Grove Heights Schools’ website. Dear Community Members, Today we are faced with a senseless act of violence. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those in Connecticut. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones as they deal with this difficult situation in the coming days, weeks, and months. It is unspeakable moments like this that bring fear and many questions regarding school safety from not only students, parents and community, but staff as well. We here at …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Dr. Jacobus is scheduled to be interviewed on May 8, with Dr. Haws following on May 9.
Update (May 7, 2012) District 199 Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Wells was not selected as a finalist in District 833's search for a new head of South Washington County Schools. According to a statement from the district, Drs. Lolli Haws (Washington D.C.) and Keith Jacobus (Osseo, Minn.) were selected to move forward after Saturday's first round of interviews. Final interviews for the candidates are scheduled for May 8 at East Ridge High School in the Staff Development Room, and May 9 at the District Service Center in the Board Room, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All interviews are open to the public. ---- Original story (May 3, 2012) Inver Grove Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Wells is being considered for the top spot in ISD 833. Wells…
Friday, May 4, 2012
Bruce Rimstad has worked for District 199 for 23 years and helped achieve a Certificate of Excellence for seven straight years.
Bruce Rimstad, business manager for Inver Grove Heights Community Schools, was named "Business Official of the Year" at yesterday's annual conference of the MN Association of School Business Officials (MASBO). Rimstad has helped District 199 consistently achieve an Aa3 credit rating from Moody’s and earn numerous certificates of excellence in financial reporting, according to a statement following the event. "It is a very deserving honor and, on behalf of the entire district, I would like to thank Mr. Rimstad for his outstanding contribution to our organization and congratulate him on a job well done," Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Wells said. Rimstad has been the district's business leader for 23 years and, according to the statement, his …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Simley High collaborated with Inver Hills Community College to develop the course.
Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a series of three articles exploring college prep programming in District 199. The first article, School District Pilots College Prep Program for Seventh Graders, posted last week. Simley High School is partnering with Inver Hills Community College to implement an entry-level college night course that will prepare 25 students for post-secondary education. The course, which begins today (March 12) and runs through May 2, has been in development for approximately six months. It will be conducted on the Inver Hills campus in Inver Grove Heights and will teach college survival skills to Simley students performing in the academic middle. Students enrolled in the course will receive one semester …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The AVID program is designed to help Inver Grove Heights Middle School students get ready for college.
Editor's Note: This is the first installment in a series of three articles that will explore college prep programming in District 199. Future articles will look at college prep education being implemented at the high school level. Inver Grove Heights Middle School is halfway through the first year of AVID, a pilot program designed to begin preparing students for college as early as seventh grade. For 14-year-old Emy Dominguez, an eighth-grader enrolled in AVID, the program could be the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a pediatrician. “They push us to success,” said Dominguez. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program consists of a specific track of coursework designed to prepare students in the …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Superintendent Wells presented the district's 2012-2013 budget at a work session on Tuesday evening.
Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Wells presented an early look at Independent School District 199’s budget for the 2012-2013 school year at a school board work session on Tuesday evening. The district’s reduction target for 2012-2013 is $472,011. ISD 199 has an expenditure reduction of $317,352 as a result of hiring staff, with a remaining reduction of $154,659. The reduction target is determined by reviewing enrollment projections, fiscal projections and various programs. The 2012-2013 reduction deficit is the lowest the district has seen in years, according to Wells. “We’ve done such a good job managing our finances,” said board member Bridget Sutton. “I’m very optimistic.” During the past several years, the district has made $6 million in …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Tom Begich, Allen Gerber and Mark Westpfahl won board seats in the Nov. 8 election.
The Inver Grove Heights Community Schools will swear in three new members to its school board during the board’s Monday night meeting. Tom Begich, Allen Gerber and Mark Westpfahl were elected to the board during the Nov. 8 general election. The three will replace eight-year board members Mickey Difronzo and Keri Myran, who lost their re-election bids, and incumbent Phil Prokopowicz, who did not seek re-election. Incumbent Bridget Sutton held on to her seat in the November election. Dr. Deirdre Wells will administer the oath of office to the trio of new members. She then will initiate the election of new board officers, starting with board chair. Difronzo served as board chair last year, and Myran was board clerk. Incumbment Paul Mandell …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Inver Grove Heights Middle School offered its first challenge-based learning class this fall.
It’s definitely not your everyday class at the Inver Grove Heights Middle School. In Rick Olson’s challenge-based learning environment, you will not hear him reciting long lectures or handing out the usual homework to all the students in his room. Instead, Olson serves a guide for his eighth-grade students, who work independently on practical, community-oriented projects they are responsible for brainstorming and executing. While other classes at the school have used some elements of challenged-based learning, this is the first year that the Inver Grove Heights Middle School is offering it as a course of its own. And the class is having an impact on its students. “I really like that it’s project-based, and that you can solve something. I …
Monday, September 19, 2011
A year after transforming its struggling Alternative Learning Program, Simley High School has received statewide recognition for its efforts.
Ashley Koehnen and Kara Reller remember what the Simley High School Alternative Learning Program used to be like. While teachers were available for help, much of their learning was done on their own with little classroom cohesion or student engagement, the pair said. Learning was by rote—students were given large packets to read through, and were tested on the materials once they’d finished. The situation wasn’t ideal for either of the two students, who were at risk of not graduating and came to the program looking for help, support and a way to get back on track. “I came up here because I just didn’t learn at the same pace as everybody else,” Reller said. “At first I [liked it], and then I realized it wasn’t doing anything for me, and …