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HylanderPulse Autumn 2019 Volume 3, Issue 3 Creating College and Career-Ready Graduates COLUMBIA OUR MISSION HEIGHTS Columbia Heights Public Schools NER AR Creating…
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HylanderPulse Autumn 2019 Volume 3, Issue 3 Creating College and Career-Ready Graduates COLUMBIA OUR MISSION HEIGHTS Columbia Heights Public Schools NER AR Creating worlds of opportunity for each and every learner LE RY VE PUBLIC SCHOOLS E D RE AC H AN D — “All Belong, All Succeed” IT Y FO C EE RTUN UC CREATI NG WORLDS OF OPPO LS , AL LONG — ALL BE File Photos Construction on Bond Referendum Projects Begins In November 2018, voters passed three bond referendum questions. The requests were for a bond not to exceed $17,013,311 for safety, security and modernization of educational spaces at North Park Elementary School (NP) and Columbia Heights High School (CHHS). The Bond Referendum has now moved into the building stage beginning with ground breaking celebrations at both sites in late August. File Photos The addition of the CHHS band room and the renovated performing art spaces are scheduled to be completed by February 2020. The extensive renovations at North Park Elementary are scheduled to be completed by September 2020. “With the start of the school year and seeing the construction start – everyone is looking forward to seeing the end result. Kids, staff…everybody is excited,” said CHHS Principal Dan Wrobleski. “We can’t wait until the end so we can use these great new facilities! NP Principal Jeff Cacek noted the school is embracing a year of construction. “We’re so excited about the renovations,” he said. For more information, including updates on the project, visit colheights.k12.mn.us/2018Bond Columbia Heights Public Schools Welcomes New Valley View Principal Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) welcomes Jason Kuhlman as the next Valley View Elementary Principal. The CHPS Board of Education approved the recommendation of Kuhlman at its June 11, 2019 Regular School Board Meeting. Kuhlman began his role July 1, 2019 in which he will continue to develop and maintain educational programs which align with increasing academic achievement and creating college and career-ready students. “Growing up in a small town in northern Minnesota has given me many fond memories,” said Kuhlman. “CHPS and Valley View feels like I am coming home.” Kuhlman will be responsible for meeting the diverse academic needs of learners in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. He will also lead, develop and support approximately 60 staff members. With over two decades of education experience, Kuhlman brings a promising new future to Valley View. He began as an elementary teacher for St. Paul Public Schools and after 13 years, he transitioned to work as a math coach. Most recently, he served as the assistant principal for St. Paul Music Academy until joining CHPS. File Photo Kuhlman has a master’s degree in curriculum and design from St. Cloud State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He holds a K-12 administrator license from the University of Minnesota. “Kuhlman is an excellent addition to the CHPS administrative team,” said Superintendent Kathy Kelly. “He has valuable experience working with diverse learners and a strong academic background. I am confident that he will provide added leadership benefiting students, staff and families.” “I am proud to part of such a cohesive community that prides itself on student learning. I truly look forward to begin the next chapter of my career as a Hylander,” said Kuhlman. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 763.528.4588. CHPS Represented at Nation’s Most Prestigious Schools Nearly 3,400 Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) students returned to the classroom last month. While we welcome all students back into our District’s many classrooms, we remember those we bid farewell to at graduation this past June. Among the class of 2019 graduates were two standout students who are attending two of the nation’s most prestigious schools: Jessenia Yupangui, a Biological Engineering major at Princeton University and Ji Hong Ni, who is attending Stanford University this fall studying history and creative writing with a minor in psychology or public policy. Yupangui and Ni are both second-generation immigrants to the United States and in their respective family’s first generation to attend college.Yupangui’s oldest sister was the first in her immediate family to attend college and is currently studying at Brigham Young University – Idaho. “[Getting a higher education] has never been a question for me,” said Yupangui. “It wasn’t until I hit my freshman year that I realized attending an Ivy League school could actually be possible, and I could be a strong contender.” Ni is the oldest in his family to attend college with two younger sibling looking up to him. “My parents came [to the U.S.] with the main goal to raise their family and pursue education,” he said. “My goal is to make a better future for myself and to set a good example for my siblings.” “When I shared the news that I got in [to Princeton], they were very happy and excited for me,” said Yupangui, also noting that they are a bit sad to see her live so far from home. “They know this is a great opportunity to really explore and learn more about myself.” Ni was on the bus coming back from the high school’s bi-annual New York City Study Seminar when he got the news he had been accepted to Stanford. “I told my mom and she was just super happy,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to get in.” “The abundance of resources the campus provides [is what] led me to apply to Stanford,” said Ni – in addition to the weather, of course. “[When I applied initially] I had never visited, but when I did finally go I really fell in love with the campus – everything was bright and sunny. I just felt like it was home and that it was the right place for me to pursue my academics for the next four years.” Both CHHS students participated in the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) program during the summer of 2018 at Princeton, which focuses on helping high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds gain admission to the best colleges and universities in the nation. Part of the LEDA program includes writing instructors who help students during the college-application season with the many essays they inevitably write as part of their packages – a resource which both Yupangui and Ni said were the most helpful part of their experience. “The community that LEDA provided [was another huge benefit],” said Ni. “We were inducted into a cohort of 100 scholars out of over 1,300 applicants. We all supported each other through everything.” Yupangui noted because of the bonds formed during the LEDA program, they will arrive on campus with friends waiting. “I know at least 14 kids that will be attending Princeton with me.” Yupangui and Ni were involved in many extra-curricular activities that not only added rigor to their studies at CHHS, but enhance their entire scope of learning. Both were involved in Key Club, the National Honor Society, Future Problem Solvers, Envirothon, athletics, Science Bowl, College Possible, arts and more. Yupangui was also the recipient of The Gates Scholarship – a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. This full-ride scholarship is awarded to just 300 top student leaders each year to promote academic excellence through college graduation. “[Attending Princeton] has given me a sense of accomplishment in that I’m working toward the next step of creating a better future for myself,” she noted. “For me, education has always been an important part of my life, but I didn’t see myself as a competitive student until after LEDA,” said Ni. Yupangui and Ni are not the only CHHS graduates who have attended such prestigious institutions. Alumnus Luis Carchi (class of 2016) graduated from Princeton University last spring. Class of 2017 graduate Kevin Riera is currently a student at Stanford. As we continue to showcase Heights Pride locally in CHPS, we continue to root for our Hylanders making us proud across the nation! File Photo John Larkin Named 2019 Alumni of Distinction Upcoming Events File Photo Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) class of 1978 Saturday, Oct. 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m. graduate John Larkin has been named his alma mater’s 2019 EC Super Saturday, Family Center Alumni of Distinction. Larkin – who was selected for his achievements both as a standout community member and Saturday, Oct. 12, 8-11 p.m. long-time School Board member – is the 11th recipient of Homecoming Dance, CHHS the award. Monday, Oct. 14, 12:30-6 p.m. “[When I found out I was selected] I was truly humbled, EC Screening, Family Center (appointment required) honored and somewhat embarrassed,” said Larkin. “Everything I’ve ever done has never been with the intention Monday, Oct. 14, 3:30-7 p.m. to be recognized. The intention has just been to do what CA Conferences, Columbia Academy needs to be done. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Born and raised in Columbia Heights – Larkin is a true pillar PreK 3 Conferences, Family Center in the area. The accumulation of service to his community is ultimately what earned him this recognition. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. “John bleeds blue and gold,” said his sister Anne Walter. “Growing up in this community there’s certain pride School Board Work Session, District Center different than anywhere else, and that pride and commitment has driven John to do what he does.” Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Larkin describes his experience at CHHS as very positive. He was involved in band, played football, and was on the PreK 3 Conferences, Family Center wrestling team. “I had a good mix of both arts and activities,” he said. Thursday, Oct. 17 After high school, Larkin pursued a bachelor’s degree in management and minor in marketing at the College of St. No School, District Offices Open Thomas (now St. Thomas University). During his studies, John stayed active in the community by coaching CHHS wrestling and serving as a school bus driver. Upon returning home after graduation, Larkin remembers a plaque that Friday, Oct. 18 sat on his father’s desk that read, “The best way to get something done, is to begin” – a quote that inspired him to find No School, District Offices Closed his passion and has remained close to him for decades. Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. “I would describe John as a doer,” said Al Ogdie, a friend of John and former CHHS Teacher. “His dedication and School Board Meeting, District Center work ethic are undeniable beyond reproach.” Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. In 1989, Larkin was first introduced to the idea and benefits of being a firefighter by a wrestling coach peer he saw VV Book Fair,Valley View wearing a fire department t-shirt – he jumped at the opportunity. Later, when the City of Columbia Heights had a full-time opening, Larkin applied for the interview experience and ended up being selected for the job in January of Thursday, Oct. 24, 3:30-7 p.m. 1993. He supplemented his income by working as a custodian at CHHS on his off days, got his emergency medical VV PreK 4-Grade 5 Conferences,Valley View technician training and moved up the ranks from firefighter to fire captain to assistant fire chief. Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. In addition to his service with the City, Larkin was approached by some community members and asked if he would HL PTO Meeting, Highland be interested in running for the School Board in 2012. Thursday, Oct. 24 “I had two kids in the District, so I knew we weren’t leaving anytime soon,” he said. “I thought if I could do CHHS Alumni Foundation Dinner, Jax Cafe something to help the community grow, then why not?” He’s been on the Board ever since. He served as Vice Chair in 2013 and has served as Chair since 2015. Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. CA PTO Meeting, Columbia Academy “John is a servant leader – he’s the definition of a public servant,” said former CHPS School Board Chair Scott Bardell, who worked alongside Larkin. “He’s not out there for him, he doesn’t care about all the recognition, that’s Monday, Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. not what motivates John. [He’s] out there to serve his community.” Family Center Presents Workshop, Family Center “I’m not doing anything special in my mind,” Larkin noted. “The path I chose has had a positive impact on the Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. community and the District. I’m grateful people think I am deserving of this award. It’s affirming to know how big VV Book Fair,Valley View of a difference people feel I made just doing the job I loved.” Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3:30-7 p.m. Larkin will be formally recognized Oct. 24 by the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation. VV PreK 4-Grade 5 Conferences,Valley View District Brings Food Services In House Friday, Nov. 1 Last Day of Quarter Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) has completely taken back the management of the District’s food service management. For the past four years, the District had outsourced and Friday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. worked with hospitality company Sodexo. EC Screening, Family Center (appointment required) “This change will allow for a more holistic food services approach.” said Food Services Manager Maggie Maggio who Friday, Nov. 1, 3:30-5:15 p.m. was hired on as part of this transition. Maggio also noted that Sodexo was primarily responsible for creating menus, CA Fall Dance, Columbia Academy ordering food and hiring staff. The remaining duties, including claiming meals for reimbursement, contracting vendors, budgeting and overseeing applications for educational benefits, fell upon various District staff members. Friday, Nov. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. HL PTO Turkey Bingo, Highland “Bringing our food service management in house will benefit the District and allow the Department to develop in ways that weren’t possible before,” said Director of Finance & Operations Denise Sundstrom, who oversees the Nov. 4-5 food service program. No School, District Offices Open Mini Adventures and Adventure Club Open This year’s switch allows the Department to be more comprehensive and work more collaboratively on the full spectrum of food services. Menus will have more flexibility to cater to what CHPS students want while continuing For more information, visit to meet USDA Dietary Guidelines. Free breakfast is now available to all students across the District, too. colheights.k12.mn.us/Calendar. Maggio noted one of the goals she set for her new role was, “to increase the number of students who eat breakfast every day and expand opportunities for students to be able to eat” – half of which has already been reached as Stay informed of decisions made by the Columbia Heights most schools have had over a 15 percent increase in students receiving free breakfast. Maggio hopes to implement Public Schools Board of Education by reading the even more ideas to reach the second half of her goal throughout the year. Overall, the switch allows the Food Services Department to fully operate with the District as its focal point. School Board Report Modernizing menus and aligning CHPS with food trends like cooking from scratch and using local ingredients are a few examples. The Department has already partnered with The Good Acre –a non-profit food hub in Falcon Heights – to bring in local, high-quality food. “This is only a starting point,” said Maggio. “Being able to provide students with healthy, tasty food … is really important to me and that’s one of the reasons I took the job is because I like to serve that population, I see myself as a partner with people on the education side to make sure students are ready to learn every day.” The School Board Report is a summary of main agenda items, reports, decisions and upcoming key dates. For more information on the Food Services Department, call 763.528.4520. Visit colheights.k12.mn.us/SBR. Columbia Heights Public Schools is one of just eight schools selected for File Photos Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP). CAPP provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site Columbia Heights Public Schools celebrated visits, leadership development, and resource materials. both elementary and secondary artists at the annual Expressions Art Showcase in May at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony. Their works of art were admired by all ages. Columbia Heights High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment. MedExpress donated a complete Learn-To-Ride Program, including Strider Learn-To-Ride Bikes, helmets and curriculum to Valley View Elementary. The bikes were assembled in early June at Valley View in a collaborative effort by MedExpress staff, who volunteered their time, along with Valley View PE Teacher Heidi Ostrander. This generous donation will help approximately 375 kindergarten students learn to ride over the next five years. School Board Members colheights.k12.mn.us Columbia Heights, MN 55421 1440 49th Avenue NE Independent School District 13 John Larkin Naty Severson Laura Palmer Lorien Mueller Hala Asamari Molly Lewis Superintendent of Schools Kathy L. Kelly District Center 1440 49th Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 763.528.4500 Placement Center: 763.528.4426 (Se habla Español) Highland Elementary School North Park Elementary School Valley View Elementary School 1500 49th Ave. NE 5575 Fillmore St. NE 800 49th Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Fridley, MN 55432 Columbia Heights, MN 55421 763.528.4400 763.528.4300 763.528.4200 Family Center Columbia Academy Columbia Heights High School 1460 49th Ave. NE 900 49th Ave. NE 1400 49th Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Columbia Heights, MN 55421 763.528.4517 763.528.4700 763.528.4600 Find Us Online Website colheights.k12.mn.us Facebook facebook.com/CHPSisd13 Twitter @CHPSisd13 Instagram @thesuptcolheights Hylander Pulse | Volume 3, Issue 3 — Autumn 2019 Administrative Departments Official publication of Columbia Heights Public Schools Superintendent.........................763.528.4504 1440 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Communications......................763.528.4503 763.528.4500 Community Education................763.528.4517 The Hylander Pulse is written, edited and produced by Finance & Operations...............763.528.4411 the Columbia Heights Public Schools Communications Department. Human Resources.....................763.528.4516 K-12 Activities & Athletics...........763.528.4511 Editors: Lauryn Grimes | Kailyn Johnson | Kristen Stuenkel Designer: Lauryn Grimes Special Education....................763.528.4429 Teaching & Learning.................763.528.4438 Technology, Security & Building Operations..................763.528.4479
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