News

News articles are published by the Communications Department. Story ideas, comments or questions can be sent to info@sowashco.org


SoWashCo Schools Team Up with South Washington Watershed District to Help Improve Our Environment
04/18/2021
For several years, seven South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) have partnered with the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD) for projects that help improve our groundwater, environment, and create habitats for birds and pollinators. The projects also offer unique learning opportunities for students.
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Woodbury High School Teacher Named Air Force Association’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year
04/18/2021
Woodbury High School Teacher, Thomas Patzold, Senior Aerospace Studies Instructor for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) was chosen as the Air Force Association’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
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Virtual Learning Academy Not Planned for 2021-22 School Year
04/08/2021
In February, parents had the opportunity to complete a VLA survey. The results showed that there was low interest in VLA for the next school year with only 482 families indicating they would consider it. The responses were spread out across all grade levels (elementary, middle and high). Based on this survey information, staffing timeline requirements and the availability of a vaccine, South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) is not planning to continue the VLA option next school year (2021-22).
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Statewide Tornado Drill Held on Thursday, April 15
04/08/2021
The statewide tornado drill will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Teachers will talk to students about staying safe, where to go in the school during a tornado and other safety procedures.
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Six SoWashCo Students Participate in All-State Honor Band
04/08/2021
Six South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) students were selected to perform in the Minnesota Band Directors’ Association All-State Honor Band. Students will take lessons, rehearse and perform virtually on April 17, 2021.
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East Ridge High School Student Selected as 2021 Triple "A" Award Winner
04/08/2021
Congratulations to Allison Benjamin on being selected as the top female Triple “A” Award winner. The award recognizes high school seniors for academics, arts and athletics.
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A Reminder About COVID-19 Quarantine Procedures
04/01/2021
A 14-day quarantine remains the safest recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the greatest protection against spreading the virus.
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It has Been a Tough Week for our Community
03/18/2021
This has been a tough week for our community. Though our district serves seven different cities and towns, recent events have touched us all. As a school community, we need to support each other and show compassion and empathy. Please take time during this upcoming week to reach out to a friend, a colleague, a family member or a neighbor to let them know that you care.
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Schools Now a Drop-off Site for Student COVID-19 Tests
03/18/2021
If families choose to order a free,Vault-at-Home COVID-19 test, students can now bring their completed and bagged test to school on designated drop-off days. School health staff will then send the test to the lab.
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SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation Donation
03/18/2021
The Woodbury Rotary Club donated $20,865 to SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation to support student mental health and well-being in South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo). The donation will be used to help students receive mental health services, provide mindfulness tools and materials and supply training for district staff and students.
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Park High School AVID Student Selected as Dell Scholarship Winner
03/18/2021
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at ParkLan Mai High School is pleased to announce that Lan Mai has been selected as a 2021 Dell Scholar. The Dell Scholars program focuses on providing support for students as they pursue a higher education degree.
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Share Your Stories: How My Cultural Identity Is Seen, Heard and Honored Part Two on April 15
03/16/2021
Student voice is a valuable part of our classrooms, schools and community. SoWashCo is seeking input from all secondary students (6-12) in our fourth Share Your Stories listening session. The virtual listening session, scheduled for 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, will be facilitated by Superintendent Julie Nielsen, Assistant Principal Ashley Ruka and Literacy Coordinator Leah Bulous, and will focus on cultural identity.
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A Bittersweet Spring Break Message
03/04/2021
We are quickly approaching the one-year mark since COVID-19 first shut down our schools. Our students were set to return from spring break when it was abruptly extended before we discovered that the rest of the school year was about to look completely different. I know many of you, or perhaps mostly our students, are looking forward to spring break. As a reminder, there is no school next week, March 8 through March 12. I hope you will find time to relax or spend some quality time with loved ones. Traditionally, spring break is a time when many families choose to travel out-of-state or even out of the country. We strongly encourage everyone to follow health and safety precautions and avoid any unnecessary travel.
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New Spring Meal Pick-up Calendar
03/04/2021
To accommodate students shifting learning models, there is a new meal pick-up calendar for March and April. The new calendar will start the week of March 19. SoWashCo families in Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) will be able to pick up free meals (breakfast and lunch) for their child from 8:30-10 a.m. on Fridays at East Ridge and Park High Schools. Student barcodes will be required for pick-up.
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Kindergarten Enrollment
03/04/2021
Families with a child eligible to begin kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year are encouraged to complete the online enrollment form as soon as possible.
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Help Your School By Completing an Educational Benefits Form
12/18/2020
You can help your school by completing the Application for Educational Benefits (Free and Reduced Price Meals Application) online or by printing it and returning it to your school by Jan. 4, 2021. Only one application is needed per household. Families who qualify will receive free or reduced price meals, field trips, equipment rentals and more.
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School Board Passes Racial Equity Resolution
12/03/2020
During the school board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, the board unanimously approved a racial equity resolution. The school board recognizes the need to take decisive action to provide each student with a welcoming and inclusive school environment that will directly contribute to learning and success.
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A Message About Health and Safety From Incoming Superintendent Julie Nielsen
08/25/2020
Join incoming Superintendent Julie Nielsen for a tour of some of the changes that students, staff and families will see for the new school year.
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