PALADIN CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
ATTENTION RETURNING STUDENTS!
All students / families MUST return annual forms by Monday, August 13th to guarantee your spot for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Forms will be emailed to you mid-July. You may fax, mail, or email these to firstname.lastname@example.org
308 Northtown Dr., Blaine, MN, 55434 / 763.786.4799 / Paladincareertech.com
May 14- 18 Spirit Week
May 18 Senior Credit Deadline
May 19 Prom
May 24 Last day for Night School
May 28 No School / Memorial Day
May 31 Commencement
June 1 Late Start/End of Block 9
June 4 J-Term Begins
June 8 Last Day of School
June 18 - 22 Summer School (9am-3pm)
June 21 Open House / New &
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Aug 22 Open House / Current,
New & Prospective Students
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
June 18th - 22nd
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
If you are interested,
sign up in the front office.
Executive Director's Corner
Dear Paladin Community-
It would be a nearly impossible challenge for me to describe all of the amazing activities that occur here at Paladin in any given week. As I think back over the past few weeks, some highlights would include this year’s MAAP Stars Conference, where our students advanced to the final rounds taking first in team management and our very own Donavayn Robinson recognized as MAAP Student of the Year! We’ve had a talent show, project showcase night, received tickets for our students to attend the T-Wolves playoff game, an overnight camping trip at a Minnesota state forest, and our communications class spent an afternoon giving back to their community.
All of these activities and accomplishments are evidence of the high level of involvement that our students have at Paladin, their passion and dedication to the community, and their positive school spirit. We are on a continual path challenging and supporting our students to represent our school and our community in the best way possible. We are fortunate to have so many experiential and service learning opportunities for Paladin and our students.This is only made possible because of the time and effort put in by Paladin staff and, most of all, donations and involvement from our community members and supportive families like you!
With the school year coming to an end, let’s keep the positive vibes going as we gear up for prom, extended overnight trips, J-term, and graduation night on May 31st!
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 Wait
PALADIN PRESS ― May / june 2018
763 - 786 - 4799
A great opportunity to earn some credit and get ahead!
MonDAY (14th) - Black/gold
tuesDAY (15th) - Character day
wedNESDAY (16th) - pajama day
thurs. (17th) - throwback thursday
friDAY (18th) - twinning day
Potential 2018 Graduates:
Mark your calendars!
If you would like to walk at graduation on May 31st, you must have no more than .25 credits remaining on May 18th.
Potential graduates have been meeting with Sarah Sannes to review credits and graduation requirements. Stop by ASAP, if you haven't seen her yet.
Seniors who do not meet the credit deadline will receive their diploma once they meet the credit requirements.
Paladin’s class of 2018 will celebrate their high school accomplishments on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 pm at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.
Graduates will receive a letter with information about the ceremony and up to 8 tickets to distribute among family and friends.
We look forward to congratulating all of our 2018 graduates on their completion of this huge milestone.
Senior Credit Deadline - May 18th
Commencement - may 31st
PALADIN PRESS ― may / june 2018
On April 11th-12th, Paladin's MAAP STARS team attended the 2018 MAAP STARS State Spring conference. Twelve of our students attended and competed in the conference.
They competed in employment interview, team management decision making, parent decision making, public speaking, workplace relations, artistic performance and project demonstration. We had students move on in all categories. One of our team management decision making teams, Fardowso Abdi, Julia Winters and Alexander Brueske, won their event and took home a 1st place plaque.
We would also like to congratulate Donavayn Robinson for winning the 2017-2018 MAAP Student of the Year. He has had a fantastic year here at Paladin. Way to go Don!!
Students who are interested in Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) for Fall 2018 - MUST SEE SARAH ASAP
The PSEO deadline is May 30, 2018.
Fall semester college courses begin on August 27th, so students who take PSEO classes in the fall will need to be able to start college prior to the beginning of Paladin’s start date of September 4th.
2018 MAAP conference
On Saturday, May 19th, we will be setting sail down the St.Croix River on a majestic river boat.
We hope for beautiful weather and an enchanted Starry Night.
Tickets are $20 Each
The LAST DAY to purchase tickets is May 14h -- Don't delay!
Pop Up Shop will be open until May 18th (10am - Noon)
Please see Tanna if you need help with attire.
Check in with Caitlin, Summer, or Tanna if you have any questions.
PSEO (POST SECONDARY
SPIRIT WEEK (May 14 - 18)
At Paladin we understand that a comfortable, inviting environment is pivotal to feeling at ease and ready to learn. Paladin would like to congratulate its current pet therapy dog Maverick's brother, Boscoe, for successfully completing and registering as a Pet Partners therapy dog to visit on a bi-weekly basis. Students have already formed a great connection with Boscoe, who, in his spare time, enjoys long walks in the woods, playing fetch, and swimming.
Special thanks to his handler: Life Science Teacher and Success Coordinator, Tyler Pilz.
UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE DATES
Thursday, June 21st
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Intended for new & prospective students
Wednesday, August 22nd
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Intended for current, new, and prospective students
STUDENT "TEACHERS" WELCOME
Each block the student support team, along with student leaders of the Knights of The Round Table, come up with ideas to engage the entire school community in social-emotional learning around our knightly virtue themes. Activities have included student art, poetry, and spreading messages of gratitude.
This year's block virtue themes have included:
Enthusiasm, Responsibility, Empathy, Generosity, Respect, Courage, Unity, Gratitude, and Commitment to self-care
Special thanks to The Knights of the Round Table -- Student leaders who know what's up.
BLOCK VIRTUE THEMES
BOSCOE, THERAPY DOG
Is there a subject, activity, or hobby that you know a lot about and that you just wish you could teach to others as a way to earn high school credit? Well, your wish can easily come true!
Alexander Brueske is teaching a Role Playing Game class to a group of nine students who will earn credits in Language Arts Composition and Communication at the end of Block 8. Alexander was able to make this happen simply by completing a few steps. After writing a proposal for teaching the class, Alexander and his Success Coordinator looked it over and made changes as needed to ensure his proposed class would meet the Minnesota Language Arts Learning Standards. Next, Alexander asked around and found a willing staff member to be in the room as he was teaching. For the last step, Alexander shared his proposal with Paladin Administrators Chad and Brandon, who, after careful consideration, gave Alexander permission to teach his class throughout the month of April.
When this class is over, Alexander will earn between .15 and .2 credits for his efforts through a combination of his in-class time and his daily class preparation time and his students will earn up to .15 credit. Your class does not have to be a block long; it could be a teaching experience that lasts just one week or even one day. If this is something that you would like to explore for next year, start planning your class teaching proposal now. Your Success Coordinator or any other staff member would no doubt be more than happy to help you!
- Bret Running
Invite your family & friends to discover a better high school experience!
Tour the school
Meet the staff
Learn about what Paladin can offer!
The Sewell Family Foundation has generously given a grant to Paladin for the first time this year. This is a truly unique offering as they tailored themselves to give to the local arts community to help them grow. Their goal is to be a meaningful part of the legacy of Minneapolis as a stronghold for the arts. For over 20 years the Sewell Family Foundation has supported Twin Cities chamber music, dance, and many other significant art collaborations.
Paladin had the great fortune of crossing paths with this family so committed to improving the community as a part of their legacy. We have a chance to be creative in our Paladin learning space with their support of a $5000 grant. Our goal is to use these funds to generate something meaningful and lasting for our Paladin community by transforming our challenges into inspiring and experiential education.
Chynna Stewart is currently at Summit Academy working on the Community Health Worker certificate. She will complete the 20 week course in June. We are confident that Chynna will be a fantastic CHW and will be able to find a job quickly in this high demand field.
Keep working hard, Chynna!
Stove Top dressing
Flavored rice packages
Boxed flavored pasta kits
Pasta and marinara sauce
Sliced loaf of bread
Snacks: chips, crackers, cookies, granola bars, nuts, trail mix
Underwear / boxers
Shampoo / Conditioner
Hair gel / Grease / Edge control (all hair types, African- American specific)
Blankets / Comforters
Pet food (dog and cat)
Paladin depends upon and greatly appreciates all charitable donations from our supportive community partners. Beyond opening opportunities for experiential learning, these donations help to keep our food shelf and clothes closet well stocked, thereby removing barriers to our students' educational success and well being. A huge thanks goes to the following recent donors:
Charlie Cart - Portable cooking station
Fogo De Chao - $100 Gift Card
Zion Lutheran Church - Clothing
Cookie Cart - Cookies for Events
Chick-Fil-A - Food for the Homeless
Operation Glass Slippers - Prom Attire
Ward and Alberta Brady - Food/Clothing
Jessica K. - Prom Dress
The North Face, Amanda Brine - Camping
Special Thanks to
the Sewell Foundation
Christina Cromey took a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course at Anoka Technical College and passed both her written and skills tests, so she will be listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. She got a CNA job right after finishing the course.
Aja Stewart recently completed a 20 week Carpentry program through Summit Academy. She was also featured in a New York Times article on employment.
She’ll be pounding nails this summer and living the dream! Congratulations, Aja!
By: Tanna Rittmaster
“I can’t paint. I can’t draw. I’m bad at art.” These statements were heard much too often in Paladin’s art room. I’ve noticed throughout this year that our students lock themselves in this mentality of “I can’t do art. I’m just bad at it.” So I had to ask myself “How can I foster confidence in our students that think they’re so untalented they don’t even want to try?”
Then I thought...The blue rooster! Cherry and the spoon! Walker Art Center! We began to explore the idea of contemporary art. We found that contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality.
After exploring the sculpture garden and having a lovely community picnic, we toured the Walker’s "I Am You, You Are Too" exhibit. According to the Walker Art Center, “I Am You, You Are To" foregrounds works from the Walker’s collections that explore contemporary life through themes of citizenship and belonging, borders and barriers, and ways in which everyday life informs our understanding of ourselves. Bringing together a diverse, multigenerational, and international group of artists, the exhibition questions how we memorialize the past and understand the social, geographic, and political structures that shape us.
WALKER ART CENTER
By the end of the exhibit, through much dialog, our students gained a deeper understanding of all types of art. including music, film, sculpture, and photography. They soon came to realize that not all art is for the eyes, it’s for the heart, mind, and spirit. Right as we were about to leave, I heard students say, “I actually kind of like how mine turned out. I guess art isn’t that hard.”
And that’s how I knew the trip was successful!
Remember, Knights, we are all artists. We just have to find our passion!
“I really liked the sculpture of the car. A family got in a car crash and this artist tried to honor the family through his art. He put every little detail, even the messed up doors, the windshield, the inside. It was really moving” -Nicole Walter
“I realized that when you let go of what you expect your piece of art to look like, that’s when the real talent comes out in you.” -Leiny B.
“We learned about the many parallels between history and current events. If we don’t learn about history, than we will make the same mistakes again. I thought it was cool that an artist could portray that through their pieces, making just the same impact, but through art!.” -Yamuna Adhikari
“I learned that art doesn’t have to be “beautiful” or “complete” or “normal”. I learned that contemporary art is more of a feeling than a product.” -Casey Meade
© Photographer Name
Ro'Yale Mitchell (230 Achievement Points)
PALADIN PRESS ― MAY / JUNE 2018
Fardowso Abdi & Ash Bailey (Tied with 8 Civility Points)
Ro'Yale Mitchell (321 Points Total)
Each month, Success Coordinators choose two students from Quad to be recognized as "Student of the Month." These students have shown leadership skills and a dedication to growth and academic progress.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
TOP MONTHLY POINT EARNERS
The last week of the school year will be dedicated to a variety of experiential opportunities, including:
"Jammin" with Pat & Heidi
"Healthy" with Maria & Marlon
"Therapy" with Summer & Mary
"Back to Nature" with Tyler & Ejay
"Camping" with Ashley & Gabby
"Photo on Fleek"
with Tanna & Caitlin
March's Students of the Month:
Community Service Project - Feeding the Homeless - Jarrette's Class
Student Led Film - Ash Bailey & Friends
Paladin Reads - "Caught Reading"
Minnows and Things
Dungeons and Dragons
April's Students of the Month:
In the months of May and June, Paladin students will be examining the meaning and value of such virtues as Resilience, Humility, Commitment, and Independence. 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 May:
Fardowso Abdi, Ash Bailey, Jamiya Brown, Victor Bustamante, Devonte Butler, Angelica Haymond, Jaelynn Hegland, Desere Hutchins, Slade Mangen-Johnson, Jasmine Massey, Sade Massey, Richard Propps, Rikeisha Propps, Elijah Sandifer, Brianna Scott, Corrina Stave, Aja Stewart, and Kyla Washington
Not one or two, but three Paladin students have set a new record for earning Court of Honor membership the most consecutive months in a single school year! The following students have fulfilled all Duty, Civility, and Achievement requirements for eight months in a row during the 17-18 school year:
Fardowso Abdi, Slade Mangen-Johnson, and Corrina Stave
Below is a list of our upcoming trips and treks. See Chad for details.
May 16-28 Savanna Portage
May 21-25 BWCA
May 24 BBQ (Young Men's
May 29 Rise UP / Bowling
May 30 Valleyfair - (3 Time Court
of Honor Members)
June 4-8 J-Term / Multiple
trips and treks
Muhammad Abdul-Azeem, Alexander Brueske, Rachel Hodson, Richard Propps, Rikeisha Propps, and Elijah Sandifer (Tied with 96 Duty Points)
J-TERM COMING SOON - JUNE 4TH - 8TH