MAAP STARS​

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This year has gone by very fast and we've had a great MAAP STARS year!  Attached you will find the summary results of the MAAP STARS Spring Events Conference held April 26 & 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.  It was a new venue for us that worked out very well.  The success of our major MAAP STARS state-wide event is due to many, many volunteers, businesses, colleges, etc. working together to provide an awesome conference for students and staff.  We are very grateful to all those who contributed to the conference as well as to the students who gave it their all!!  We are especially pleased at the hotel's staff positive remarks about how well our students behaved.

As your school year winds down, we know that planning for SY '17-18 is under way.  Attached are the dates and locations of next school year's activities we're planning for MAAP STARS.  Please include these on your next year's school calendar.  A very good resource also is the MAAP STARS Chapter Manual that you can download from the MAAP website that can help with making improvements or give you more ideas of building a stronger STARS Chapter at your school/program.  We hope to see more participation in the Regional STARS events as well this coming school year.

The Alchemist is our student publication that contains writings and artwork from around the state.  You can continue to make submissions year 'round to:  alchemisteditor@gmail.com  for the 2018 edition.

You want to be sure that you've "Liked" the MAAP Facebook page and check the MAAP website periodically for frequent updates about MAAP STARS.

Thank You all for a GREAT YEAR!!

​Patti

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Alchemist submissions

Please consider sending in Alchemist submissions yet this year.  The submission time is open right now for those students you may have that will be finished at the end of the school year.  No need to let those talented people go without submitting something to the Alchemist!  Would love to have the problem of having too many things to work with!!!  

Couple of things to consider:

1.  Sending them in following Word format works better for me.  (Never said I was a computer guru!!)  PDF format doesn't translate well even with the program I bought.  

2.  If you send in pencil drawings, make sure the drawing is dark enough to translate into a viable cut and paste.  

Thanks for everything!!  MAAP STARS is such a great organization and all of you do an awesome job for our students!

The Alchemist is our student publication that contains writings and artwork from around the state.  You can continue to make submissions year 'round to:  alchemisteditor@gmail.com  for the 2018 edition.

Deb Nelson

Alchemist Editor

debf53@gmail.com

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ACCESS

FYI - Attached are the ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) 2.0 and EL (English Language) Proficiency Frequently Asked Questions.

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SUMMER SEMINARS in AUGUST-MDE

I want to share that MDE is partnering with MAAP (Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs) to offer summer seminars this August. On Monday, August 14, we will have the first annual Online and Digital Learning Workshop. Jeff Plaman (jeff.plaman@state.mn.us) is coordinating this. The Online and Digital Learning Summer Seminar is an opportunity for teachers and administrators in K-12 online, hybrid, or blended learning environments to network, share, and learn. Participants will engage with a variety of session formats facilitated by teachers, program administrators, students, and MDE staff focused on improving student learning. I believe there are multiple connections to be made between our Independent Study programs and Online Learning programs and that this workshop will be relevant for alternative staff as well.

 

The next day, August 15 will be the SAAP Summer Seminar. I have many MDE and district staff lined up to discuss Targeted Services, Summer programs, meals, finance, reading strategies, science strategies, PSEO, Wilderness Inquiry, Partnerships with Libraries, EL, Special Ed, etc. We have over 25 breakout sessions planned. I think it will be a great day.

 

Registration is $38 per day and includes your breakfast and lunch. This year we are also able to accept PayPal thanks to MAAP. Here is the link to the registration page:

http://www.maapmn.org/events/         

 

We are limited in terms of space so please get your registrations in as soon as possible.

 

There are a few hotels close to MDE for folks that may need overnight accommodations. I am happy to send you some information on them if you think you might need them.

 

Please feel free to share this information.

 

 

 

Mary Barrie, Ed.D

Alternative and Extended Learning Specialist

651-582-8567  |  mary.barrie@state.mn.us

 

Minnesota Department of Education

1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113

education.state.mn.us

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Elympic Competition

Here's the results of  Elympic Competition.  Congratulations to the Academic Arts Academic Rats for taking first place and for all the teams that participated!  A special thanks goes out to Tom Wendt for coordinating this event.

Steve

Final Results of the May 18, 2017 Elympics

Team name

Program

Score

Rank

Academic Arts Academic Rats

Academic Arts

264.15

1

YES Parrots

Youth Educational Services

253.29

2

Black SCVALC

St. Croix Valley ALC

241.18

3

PAC Lympians

Pillager ALC

201.45

4

DCALS Minions

DCALS

200.59

5

SWMetro Cyborg Dolphins

SW Metro

196.07

6

White SCVALC

St. Croix Valley ALC

173.84

7

Hopkins 2

Hopkins Alternative Program

172.65

8

Owatonna B

Owatonna ALC

165.14

9

Rising Phoenix of Ivan Sand

Ivan Sand

161.53

10

The Westsiders

AFSA Middle School

160.62

11

JGESA 1

JGESA

131.17

12

LPALC 1

Long Prairie ALC

123.47

13

Neon Nijas

AFSA Middle School

110.36

14

LPALC 2

Long Prairie ALC

99.48

15

ivan Sand Divas

Ivan Sand

94.92

16

Hopkins 1

Hopkins Alternative Program

94.29

17

Owatonna A

Owatonna ALC

89.06

18

McKinley SHAP

St. Cloud McKinley

80.56

19

kendell rupar

JGESA?

68.12

20

Salty Teenagers

Pillager ALC

41.42

21

Cyndi Simson PACE

St. Cloud McKinley

25.95

22

Ivan Sand Team 2

Ivan Sand

22.92

24

PACS Wolfpack

Pillager ALC

22.22

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