SPOTLIGHT

    • MonDec17 Early Childhood Screening 11:00 AM to 6:00 PMFridley Community Center
    • MonDec17 Stevenson PTO Executive Board Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMStevenson Elementary
    • MonDec17 Stevenson PTO General Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMStevenson Elementary
    • TueDec18 Early Childhood Screening 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMFridley Community Center
    • TueDec18 School Board Meeting 5:30 PMFridley High School Media Center

Fridley Public Schools held a special meeting on December 12, 2018 to interview three candidates who applied for a school board position currently held by Board member Kim Sampson. At the completion of the interviews, the Fridley School Board unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Abdisalam Adam to complete the remainder of Sampson’s term.

Sampson, who has served on the School Board for 18 years, announced during the November 2018 board meeting that she would be resigning from her board position effective December 31, 2018.  She cited growing commitments at her workplace over the next year as her reason to step down from the Board.

Adam has lived in the Fridley community for 18 years. His son graduated from Fridley High School in 2014.  He said that the school board vacancy appealed to him as it represented an opportunity to give back and strengthen his involvement in the community.

“It is an honor and privilege for me to be selected to serve on the Board of Fridley Public Schools and I am very grateful to the School Board members for giving me this opportunity,” said Adam. He added that quality public education is the cornerstone of our representative democracy in producing responsible citizens“As a  member of the Fridley School Board, I will strive for equity in governance and work hard to ensure that the students of Fridley Public Schools receive a world-class education that meets the challenges of a global work place,” said Adam.

With 23 years of experience in education, Adam currently serves as an assistant principal at Highland Park High School in the St. Paul Public Schools district.  His previous work experience includes teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at St. Paul Public Schools, and interim principal and social studies teacher at the Al-Amal School in Fridley. His teaching career has also included teaching ESL at Central High School, Como Park High School, Parkway Elementary School, Boys Totem Correctional Program, Washington Middle School, and Highwood Hills Elementary School.

Adam has served on boards of various civic and educational organizations including the Al-Amal School Board, Neighborhood House, the Islamic Civic Society of America, and the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa.  He has also participated in advisory committees for the Minnesota Department of Education on EL, Special Education, Bilingual Seal, and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“Mr. Adam brings with him broad community involvement both in Fridley and beyond our borders,” said Fridley School Board Chair Mary Kay Delvo, adding that Adam’s previous school board experience adds to his wealth of knowledge on the collaborative role and function of school boards. “On top of his strong skills and experience, as a career educator, he will bring a valued lens to Board discussions on our priority work of supporting increased achievement and opportunities for all our students,” said Delvo.

Adam received his Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He earned his Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Cloud State University, and his K-12 principal license from Bethel University.  He is currently a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) candidate at Bethel University.

Fridley Public Schools’ December Employee of the Month is Fatima Alnizami, Secretary of the Student Support Services office at Fridley High School. Fatima has worked for the district since August 2017.

Fridley High School Principal Patty Hand said that Fatima is always positive, caring and helpful. 

“Our students love her and the staff respect her hard work, dedication, and professionalism,” said Hand. “Fatima’s attention to detail and follow through make her an invaluable staff member to everyone who works with her.”

“Fatima is incredibly hardworking,” said Nick Grady, Fridley High School special education teacher who nominated her for the award. “She is always so helpful. She has great skills that allow her to succeed and excel in her position.”

Congratulations, Fatima, and keep up the great work!

 

Pictured from left to right: Fridley High School Principal Patty Hand and Fatima Alnizami, Registrar and Student Information Coordinator in the Student Support Services office at Fridley High School

The Fridley High School Career Exploration class, as well as students from the Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center, had the opportunity to tour the Caterpillar (CAT) Inc. facility in Brooklyn Center on November 14, 2018. CAT Inc. is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

During the tour, students participated in a welding simulation and torque challenge. They learned the process of putting together materials into machines, beginning with the welding and fabrication stages, creating a flat piece of steel, and the final assembly of products. Additionally, students learned about the various job opportunities and roles at the company.

Fridley High School teacher Alyssa Lane who accompanied the students, said that these field trips allow students to visualize various post-high school paths that they can take.

“Our students get the opportunity to get an inside look into companies that are right in our backyard,” said Lane. “These companies provide different avenues that students can take after high school, which can include job and career training or a path to an Associate’s Degree. These trips give our students another look at the many post-high school possibilities.”

 

  

 

 

  

  

Stevenson Elementary students practiced their coding skills during Hour of Code on December 3-7, 2018. Hour of Code, created by nonprofit Code.org, is a worldwide program designed to introduce students to computer science and show that coding is accessible to everyone. Celebrated annually during Computer Science Education Week, Stevenson students have been participating in the initiative for four years.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students learned from Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals Coursework. The lessons taught students how to program using commands like loops and events. They also created their own custom games and stories, all while learning how to collaborate and problem-solve.

During the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grader’s Hour of Code, students had the opportunity to code, get creative and even dance through this year’s featured activity, “Dance Party.” This tutorial teaches students how to code their own dances by selecting characters, dance moves, measures, music and more. As they curated all the significant details, students were thrilled to see their work come to fruition as they excitedly participated in the dances that they coded themselves.

“Every year, our students love Hour of Code week, but this year was one of the favorites,” said Stevenson English Language (EL) teacher Dianne Rae, who helped to bring Hour of Code to the school. “A lot of our students commented that this was the most fun that they have had with coding. The dance moves, music, and creativity with this tutorial was very engaging for our students.”

Nearly 50 Stevenson students also participate in Code Camp, an after-school activity that is part of Learning Academy, a Fridley Public Schools educational support program for elementary and middle school students. Additionally, students will continue working on Computer Science Fundamentals coursework throughout the school year, further encouraging students’ interest in the fast-growing career field of computer science.

  

Stevenson students enjoyed new activity, "Dance Party" during this year's Hour of Code from December 3-7, 2018. This tutorial teaches students how to code their own dances by selecting characters, dance moves, measures, music and more.

 


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