PALADIN CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Mar 2 End of Block 6
Mar 5 No School/Staff Development
Mar 6 Start of Block 7
Mar 13 MCA/10th Reading - 11th Math
Mar 13 & 15 Conferences
Mar 15 MCA - Makeup Testing
Mar 29 End of Block 7
Mar 30 No School/Spring Break
Apr 2 - 6 No School/Spring Break
Apr 9 No School/Staff Development
Apr 10 Start of Block 8
Apr 19 Family Night/Talent/Art & Science Fair
Apr 19 OPEN HOUSE - 5pm-6pm
Apr 24 - 26 NWEA MAP Assessments
May 18 Sr. Credit Deadline
May 31 Commencement
Student - Led Conference Night
Tuesday and Thursday, March 13 & 15
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Early Release @ 1:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
In order to include your ideas and perspectives in our conference procedures, we ask you to fill out the attached survey and bring it with you at your scheduled conference time. This survey will help you to organize your thoughts and concerns about your student’s performance, and help you to participate in our discussions.
You can expect the following things to happen at your conference:
You and your student will have time to go through their project proposals and progress report.You and your student will then meet with the Student Success Coordinator to discuss your students’s learning and performance. It is their chance to show you all the work they have done this year. Your input will be important for setting their individual learning goals for the remainder of the year.
Executive Director's Corner
Hello Paladin Knight Community-
I hope this newsletter finds you well and you’re enjoying the beginning of 2018! Our hearts weigh heavy to all of those impacted by the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We at Paladin are all hurting for the victims, families, and school communities across the nation. We want our Paladin community to know that the physical and emotional safety of our students is our number one priority. We are always evaluating our procedures and practices for optimal safety and through a trauma-informed lens. We know that dealing with and healing from this type of violence takes time and we will do everything in our power to ensure that the Paladin community has the support they need. If your student is in need of support during this time or any time, please let a Paladin staff member know.
On a personal note, I am continually thankful and grateful for the commitment of the Paladin team to our students and families and for the care that our students have for one another. In the coming days and weeks, let's empower each other to be agents of positivity, change, respect, and tolerance.
We are excited about this issue of the Paladin Press, as it’s jam packed with our latest and greatest!
We’ve got your back, thanks for having ours. - Brandon N. Wait
PALADIN PRESS ― mar 2018
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MAAP STARS is a student leadership organization for alternative schools throughout the state of Minnesota. We focus on Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self-Esteem.
We began meeting in January after we attended our fall conference where one of our own Paladin Officers was voted to be a State Officer. The new year has been very busy with our membership growing to 17 members. We meet for two hours every week, but we correspond through email and group projects throughout the week. The team is able to focus on their academics along with building their leadership skills. As a member of the team, students are responsible for logging their time on Project Foundry to earn credit and also for helping to lead/plan meetings.
We have planned two Paladin community building activities. We have done a Winter Wonderland Hot Cider stand and we are currently working on our School Unity Project that brings everyone together equally.
We have been working on fundraising. We are getting ready to do a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Champlin. This money will help us to pay for the cost of our team to travel to the state competition and also for us to plan events for our fellow student body.
One of our team goals is be the best we can be at our State Spring Conference in April. We will compete with other alternative schools from all over the state in group and individual events. The competitions range from speech writing to group problem solving, to demonstrations.
For more information: See Heidi/John C.
UPCOMING EVENTS .
Mon, March 19th
Champlin Pizza Ranch
12443 Champlin Dr.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
10% of the proceeds benefit Paladin MAAP Stars
The Class of 2018 is excitedly looking towards graduation and it’s not too early to make sure that you have important dates marked on your calendar.
Students who wish to participate in Paladin’s commencement ceremony must have no more than .25 credits remaining by this May 18th.
May 31, 2018 - Commencement! We celebrate the hard work, successes, and growth that our Paladin students have demonstrated.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open for students and parents/guardians to apply for college financial aid. Students are awarded federal grants (money that does not need to be repaid), loans, and work study. Many of our students find that the amount of money they receive covers most or all of their tuition at a local community college and makes a significant difference at a 4 year college. We encourage all seniors to work on this graduation requirement soon. Be sure to go to the proper website www.fafsa.gov and keep track of logins, passwords, save codes, etc. with the form that can be found in the College & Career Center.
$1000 Summer Camp Scholarships
Students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch can apply for Summer Academic Enrichment Programs, which provide lots of summer activities and fun! Talk to Sarah to get the required documentation about lunch status and grades. Apply soon!
Senior Credit Deadline - MAY 18th COMMENCEMENT - MAY 31st
PALADIN MAAP STARS
Summer Camp info: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1958.
PALADIN PRESS ― mar 2018
FREE APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
PROM ON A STARRY NIGHT
SAVE THE DATE
Sat., May 20th
On Saturday, May 20th, we will be setting sail down the Mississippi River on a Padelford riverboat. We hope for a beautiful starry night.
Tickets - $20/each On Sale - April
Updates - Facebook, Email, Paladin Press
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, Requirements are set by each college, but generally 11th graders need to be in the top 1/3 of their class and 12th graders in the top 1/2 of their class. 10th graders who passed the 8th grade MCA Reading test may be eligible to take one Career & Technical Education course initially and if that class is passed with a C or better, the college may allow more classes the following semester. Some colleges have other eligibility allowances besides class rank which may permit students who are not in the top 1/3 or 1/2 to still be eligible for PSEO.Information about each college's requirements can be found on the college's webpage. Students need to meet course requirements, which are determined by Accuplacer or ACT scores.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the college in order to remain in PSEO. Some courses (such as CNA, construction, EMS etc.) have an age minimum due to state regulations. If you are interested - See Sarah Sannes. Colleges are enrolling students now for fall 2018.
Where are they now?
Mangen-Johnson Family - $250
Helping Hand Food Pantry - MPLS
Shae Travica is attending Boot Camp for the Navy in Chicago, IL. Once she finishes Boot Camp, she will be on a ship, serving our country. We wish Shae well and are so proud of her accomplishments.
I would like to take time to recognize a student that fully embodies what it means to be a Paladin Knight. Over the last few years, I've come to know this student who has always had a continuous desire to be creative and unique, a thirst for being outdoors, and an ability to express himself in his own way. This past year, though, he has blown me away with his willingness and dedication to his peers; helping them redirect their energy back toward their education, ability to express the importance to "just walk away", and make sure that our community is safe and understood. I would like to recognize Jacob Honerbrink and all that he gives to Paladin. Jake- this school wouldn't be the same without you. Thank you for always going above and beyond in making sure everyone, staff and students, understand what it means to be a part of this community. Thank you for being YOU!
SAVE THE DATE
Mar. 13 MCA (10th & 11th Gr. Testing)
Mar. 15 MCA Make up
Mar. 7 Anoka Ramsey Comm. College Tour
Great news! Paladin students are now eligible to apply for the Power of You program at MCTC! This program offers free tuition for two years and lots of help throughout the college process. Juniors and Seniors...come hear about this fantastic opportunity!
Talk to Sarah Sannes for more information.
Honorary Paladin knight
Food Bank Items
Thank you for your generous donations!
Paladin Thanks you!
Brandon Anderson (220 Points)
Alexander Brueske (36 Points)
Brandon Anderson (296 Points)
Each month, Success Coordinators choose one student from their Success team to be recognized as "Student of the Month." These students have shown leadership skills and a dedication to growth and academic progress.
January's Students of the Month are:
In February, Paladin READS asked staff and students to be courageous and share A Book That Changed My Life with our community. Submissions will ccontinue to be collected for the entire through early March, and will be on display for the month of March in the entryway. Talk with your family about what books changed your lives, and please feel free to share your life changing book with us!
Introducing, the Makerspace!
The Makerspace is a new, hands-on, experiential learning program that allows students to tinker, create, innovate, build, and explore. Every day in the Lava Room, students can work toward science, art, or applied math credit. There are a variety of hand tools available, as well as tools for computer science, and art. Create and program a robot! Design a Tiny House! Build a better mousetrap! The possibilities are endless in the Makerspace!
In the months of February and March, Paladin students will be examining the meaning and value of the virtues of Courage and Unity. By focusing on these character traits, Paladin students will continue to cultivate a positive, supportive school climate where academic success can flourish. It is through a culture of mindful excellence that we hope to equip and empower these leaders of tomorrow.
As an additional incentive to encourage students to do their best, there will be an end-of-year field trip to Valleyfair that is exclusive to those students who have earned Court of Honor membership during three or more months of this school year. All students should work toward this goal!
The following students should be particularly proud of themselves, as they have earned Court of Honor membership and open lunch access for the month of February:
Abdi, Fardowso; Anderson, Taylor; Blilie, Aleni; Brown, Jamiya; Brueske, Alexander; Estevez, Mikayla; Green, Camryn; Harden, Kyesha; Hegland, Jaelynn; Houston, Daeshawn; Komulainen, Elizabeth; Mangen-Johnson, Slade; Massey, Jasmine; Mireles, Marsela; Mitchell, Ro'Yale; Rodriguez, Carlos; Scott, Brianna; Stave, Corrina; Stewart, Aja; Stewart, Chynna
TOP MONTHLY POINT EARNERS
Students not only work hard to prove their individual efforts, but to contribute to their Success Team's monthly score as well. In January, our top scoring teams were:
Ashley's Success Team
Sam's Success Team
Summer's Success Team
Heidi's Success Team
Bret's Success Team
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Paladin Reads & MakerspacE
Below are a list of our upcoming trips
and treks. See Chad for details.
Apr. 17-19 Itasca State Park
May 1-4 Backpacking Trip on the
Sioux Hustler Trail
May 21-25 BWCA Trip Slim Lake
Jun. 4-8 J-Term
Alexander Brueske (104 Points)