SPOTLIGHT

    • TueJan24 One Act Play Public Performance 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMFridley High School Auditorium
    • WedJan25 End of Quarter 2 FHS and ALC
    • WedJan25 End of Term
    • ThuJan26 NO SCHOOL - Tiger Club open Staff Development Day
    • FriJan27 NO SCHOOL - Tiger Club open Evaluation/Planning Day

In an effort to improve system practices, Fridley Public Schools is conducting a Parent-Caregiver Survey. This survey, developed by the Minnesota Department of Education, can be used to gain insights into our equity practices.  We value your opinion and ask that you take a few minutes to complete this survey.  The survey is anonymous  and your honest opinion is appreciated.  The survey is posted on the school district’s website and will be available until February 3, 2017.

Please click on the following link to complete the survey:  http://www.fridley.k12.mn.us/page.cfm?p=2891

You may complete a survey for each school that your child attend.  If you have two children in one school, then please complete one survey for that school.  If you have two children in two different schools in the district, then complete one survey for each school that your child/children attend.  The survey is available in English, Arabic, Somali and Spanish.  Thank you for your assistance.

Welcome New 2017-2018 Families To Fridley Schools

Whether you are a resident of the Fridley School District or looking to open enroll your child into our district, we are happy to welcome you!  Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now being accepted.  Please visit our Enrollment Page by clicking here.

The Fridley School Board has a new member. Carol Thornton, mother of Dalia, a third grade student at Stevenson Elementary School, will officially join the board in December 2016 after successfully applying for a seat vacated due to the September 2016 resignation of former board member Joe Sturdevant.

“I want to make sure that all children, regardless of what they look like or backgrounds, have the equal access to education,” said Thornton. A flexible, energetic and fast learner, Thornton added that she continuously involves herself in various community and county wide efforts that support that goal. “I hope to learn a lot about the school board so I can be an active participant. As a parent of a child who is currently in the Fridley School District, I am familiar with the education model of Fridley schools and am in a position to contribute to the work of the school board,” she said.

Thornton believes learning is a lifelong process, and it’s important children learn that at an early age. “I want to help my daughter and children learn, and instill and support a basic learning philosophy so children are more engaged at home, school and within the community,” she said.

Thornton has participated and volunteered in activities and events at her daughter’s school for the past three years. She has chaperoned field trips, supported the Box Top Store, annual school carnival and Book Swap program. She has also volunteered in the classroom and helped students with reading, math and other academic assignments as needed or as requested. “I have been fortunate that my work schedule is very flexible and has given me the opportunity to volunteer for various activities. I think parent involvement in school is critical for the school as well as the child,” she said.

Thornton is a Mental Health Case Manager at P.O.R Emotional Wellness. Her primary focus is working with children and families and connecting them with community and other resources to help support their mental, emotional wellness, and behavioral and social skill goals. Thornton has also worked with children for the past 16 years in Minneapolis Public Schools. There she planned, developed, implemented and monitored academic, behavioral and emotional goals/objectives of students. Thornton also provides conflict resolution, crisis intervention and mediation techniques when necessary to deescalate student behavior.

Thornton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, and a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in occupational therapy from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. Thornton and her family have lived in Fridley for the past 14 years.

 

Fridley Public Schools will soon add five social workers to each of its school’s student support team, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). This past session, the Minnesota Legislature allocated $12 million in school grant funding to provide social workers and counselors for student support. The grant is a dollar-for-dollar match for the first four years, and then the district will receive a dollar from MDE for every three dollars it spends during the fifth and sixth year of the grant. The specific dollar amount the district will receive will vary based on who is hired for these positions.

The district is grateful to have the opportunity to add the expertise and skills of social workers to building level student support teams. Their services will provide invaluable support to our students and families. Social workers help students, families and staff increase attendance by decreasing truancy; connect parents and students to resources; work with students identified for intervention services; conduct home visits; provide grief counseling; provide social, emotional and mental health support; and will also serve on the individual school’s crisis team.

 


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