SPOTLIGHT

    • TueSep19 School Board Meeting 5:30 PMFridley City Hall
    • WedSep20 First Annual All Schools 5K Run/Walkathon 4:30 PMHigh school track
    • MonSep25 Homecoming Week Fridley High School
    • MonSep25 Stevenson PTO Executive Board Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMStevenson Elementary
    • MonSep25 Stevenson PTO Budget and General Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMStevenson Elementary


 

In an ongoing effort to support student mental health awareness, Fridley High School partnered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide presentations on mental health to all students on September 19, 2017.  A speaker from NAMI provided students with information on mental health awareness, when and where to get help as well as resources on mental illness.

 

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization that works with hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers to raise awareness and provide support and education about mental health.

 

“We want our students to know that it’s okay to talk about mental health,” said Kelsey Knutson, a social worker at Fridley High School and organizer of the event. “We want to open up that conversation.”

 

This informational presentation is the first of many mental health-related efforts that will be taking place throughout the school year.

 

“At the end of last year, we did a survey with our students on what they wanted staff to know,” said Knutson. “A big thing we kept hearing was ‘we need more information on mental health.”

 

During teacher workshop week in August, Fridley Public Schools also hosted a NAMI training session for all staff to learn about the warning signs of mental illness and suicide risk and what to do in crisis situations.

 

Fridley Public Schools welcomed back over 3,000 students during the first days of school on September 5-6, 2017.  Many students returned to school to renovated learning spaces, facilities, and for the Area Learning Center students, a completely new location.

Starting off the school year, Fridley Public Schools debuted new parent and bus drop-off and pick-up locations at both Fridley Middle School and Stevenson Elementary School. As part of the levy referendum that was passed by the community in 2015, the district relocated and enhanced the drop-off and pick-up areas to ensure a safer environment for students.

Also part of the referendum, Fridley Middle School saw many upgrades and improvements over the summer. These renovations included a new gym, renovated classrooms, enhanced safety and security features and more. The district also relocated its Area Learning Center school. The school was relocated from its former home at the Fridley Community Center and is now operating in its own space at the district’s Educational Services Center.

Stevenson Elementary students were in for a pleasant surprise on their first day when Principal Daryl Vossler unveiled the brand new playground. They could barely contain their excitement when he announced that six more swings would be added within the next few weeks of school.

On September 5, fifth graders were welcomed into Fridley Middle School and freshmen began their high school careers with an orientation day filled with activities and games facilitated by the Fridley Link Crew. Pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners and the remainder of middle and high school students started classes on September 6.

To view photos from the first day click HERE!

 

Students at Stevenson Elementary School had a wonderful surprise waiting for them on their first day back to school.  Principal Daryl Vossler, surrounded by excited students, unveiled a new playground at Stevenson on September 5, 2017. The new playground project totaled about $40,000 for new equipment, construction and landscaping.

The school’s old playground was relocated to make room for new parent student drop off and pick up parking. Plans for creating the new parking for parents was part of a levy that Fridley community approved in 2015 to enhance a safer environment for students. An exciting addition for the Stevenson students was the brand new set of swings. Last spring, Stevenson Elementary students took a vote on what type of equipment they wanted and swings was one of the most popular items. Students could barely contain their excitement when Vossler announced that an additional six swings would be added to the playground within the first few weeks of school.

The project was made possible by contributions from the district, as well as community members and organizations.

“It’s really been a community effort,” Vossler said. “We are really grateful for the support we received from so many people.”

Vossler started a GoFundMe page to allow for community members to contribute to the cause. Over $2,000 has been raised toward a $3,100 goal. In addition to the personal donations, community organizations that donated to the project include the Fridley Parks and Recreation Department, Fridley Lions Club, and Stevenson PTO.

 

 

 

 

On August 31, 2017, the Fridley Lions Club donated $100 Target giftcards to every Fridley Public Schools elementary teacher to assist in purchasing classroom supplies for the coming school year. Now in its sixth year, the Lions Club has made this an annual event. Lions Club members Joanne Toews, Brian Toews and Don Holum were there to carry out the tradition. Top picture: teachers at Hayes Elementary School; Bottom picture: teachers at Stevenson Elementary School.

 


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