SPOTLIGHT

    • MonJan21 No ECFE Classes and No Creative Play Programming
    • MonJan21 NO SCHOOL - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Tiger Club CLOSED)
    • TueJan22 No ECFE Classes and No Creative Play Programming
    • TueJan22 Early Childhood Screening 12:00 PM to 6:00 PMFCC
    • TueJan22 RLS PTO Meeting 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMRLS

  

On a mission to fight pollution, Stevenson kindergarten students kicked off a school-wide initiative as they ‘saved seeds’ on January 11, 2019. With the help of parent volunteers, the kindergarteners harvested seeds from prairie plants, which will later be transplanted into the rain and butterfly garden, located in the center of the school’s parking lot roundabout. This was the beginning of the Stevenson Seed Relay, which will involve all grade-levels throughout the spring.

In 2018, Stevenson Elementary was awarded the Outdoor Learning on the Riverfront grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The grant provided resources to create a rain and butterfly garden at the school, as well as fund a partnership with Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. Ferris is an environment STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education specialist who partners with schools and community groups to boost science literacy in programs and create on-site solutions for a number of today’s environmental issues.

In 2017, Stevenson – located just to the east of the Mississippi River - restructured its parking lot, creating a new parent pick-up and drop-off roundabout. The center of the roundabout now houses the rain and butterfly garden, which captures and filters stormwater runoff before it enters the river. The garden also provides an outdoor learning space for the students at Stevenson. Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple hands-on learning experiences while taking action to create a meaningful and beneficial habitat.

Students at Stevenson are learning about prairie plants and rain gardens, as well as the importance of providing habitats for butterflies, birds and bees. The kindergarteners harvested seeds from various plants, including milkweed, black-eyed Susan and dogwood, which will then be planted by 1st graders in February. The school-wide initiative will allow all grade-levels to participate in the creation of the rain and butterfly garden. Students will monitor the process as seeds grow indoors until April, when 2nd grade students will transplant the plants into the rain garden. In May, 3rd and 4th grade students will also plant in the rain garden.

“As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we work to engage students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences,” said Stevenson IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator Veronica Mathison. “Hands-on, inquiry-based learning is at the center of instruction in the IB. This entire project also allows our students to take action and directly see the benefits and results from their work as we create a garden to foster wildlife, as well as protect the environment.”

  

  

  

Fridley Public Schools January 2019 Employee of the Month is Lisa Schloegl, paraprofessional at Stevenson Elementary. Lisa began with Fridley Public Schools as a substitute in the Health Offices in 2011. In 2013, she began her role as a paraprofessional.

According to her co-workers, Lisa is thoughtful, hardworking and very compassionate towards every student in the classroom.

Stevenson Principal Daryl Vossler describes Lisa as dependable, caring and a joy to work with.

“She is willing to do whatever needs to be done to ensure the success of our school,” said Vossler. “Not only does she do a great job during the school day, but she often volunteers at Stevenson events. Lisa is a great employee and we are lucky to have her at Stevenson Elementary.”

Congratulations, Lisa, and keep up the good work!

 

A group of 65 excited Fridley Middle School (FMS) 7th and 8th graders ran onto the field of TCF Bank Stadium on December 7, 2018 after a pep talk by none other than University of Minnesota (U of M) quarterback Seth Green. The moment was part of the Gopher Experience, a program that invites middle school students to campus to learn from U of M student athletes. The experience allowed FMS students the chance to connect with collegiate athletes and hear what it takes to become a Division I athlete and the hard work required for success in the classroom.

Students toured TCF Bank Stadium, the U of M’s major sports facility, and learned more about the history of sports at the school. The University’s student athletes led the tours of the athletic facilities, including the stadium locker rooms and sitting in the President’s suite. The athletes also led group break-out discussions which focused on race and gender integration into collegiate-level sports. The event was capped off with a pizza party and running onto the football field. The Fridley students also received backpacks filled with coupons and snacks.

U of M history department professor, Tim Hoogland, who is co-credited with starting History Day throughout Minnesota, started the Gopher Experience with the aim to inspire students with stories of U of M athletes who broke through racial and gender barriers.  Students also learn about how college athletes balanced school, athletics and academic studies to get to where they are today.

“Opportunities like this provide extra motivation to go to college,” said FMS Dean Josh Thurston, who organized the trip.  “The Gopher athletes talk about the academic work they had to do in middle and high school.  They talk about the time commitment and having to set up their routines and habits of managing their time in middle school.”

The Gopher Experience trip is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.

  

  

  
  

Fridley Public Schools Superintendent and Fridley High School students participating in the STRIVE program, pitched in to help fill the Salvation Army red kettles at the Fridley Sam’s Club on December 12, 2018. The group spread some holiday cheer with smiles and holiday greetings while ringing the bell to encourage donations.

STRIVE is a scholarship program that is sponsored by the Columbia Heights-Fridley Rotary Club. It helps high school students discover their own strengths and talents to increase their personal and academic achievement.

 

Left photo: Fridley Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel with Fridley High School student and STRIVE program participant Kevin Huynh (left) and Yashminie Seriram (right) ringing the Salvation Army bell at Sam’s Club on Dec. 12. Right photo: Fridley Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel and Fridley High School student and STRIVE program participant Dra’Zonzteon Mack, are joined by volunteers from Talecris Plasma Resources Lacey Anderson (far left) and Katie Johnson (far right) in ringing the Salvation Army bell at Sam’s Club on Dec. 12.


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