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Step-Up Mentorship Program Takes Field Trip to Best Buy Corporate HQ

On Friday, February 5, grade 11 Step Up Mentorship students from across the eight districts of NWSISD, had the opportunity to visit Best Buy Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, MN and engage in a panel discussion with VPs, HR directors, a software developer, and a Director of Supply Chain and Logistics. 

What does it take? That was the question presented to the students!  The panel of Best Buy staff members talked about what it took from finishing high school, getting into and through college, and how their path landed them at Best Buy. The answers weren’t your typical answers of “stay in school” and “get good grades."  The answers and advise were unique and resonated with the students.  Lonnie Humphrey, West Coast Regional Director, listed 5 points:  find your passion, enjoy doing it, explore what you like, build on your strengths, and set a 5 step plan.

Students heard panelists tell them to not take no for an answer, because no could be their next opportunity!  They spoke of positive relationships with friends who will help see greatness and not bring you down.  Students took home messages of “never avoid failure,” “to learn is to grow,” “be dedicated,” and “know what it takes to succeed in what you want to do!”

After a mini-tour and lunch in the corporate lunch room, students answered Best Buy trivia for an array of prizes.  The NWSISD Step-Up Mentorship Program helps promote student achievement by encouraging students to focus on four educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement.

Best Buy was founded by Richard Schulze in 1966 and called Sound of Music before the name changed to Best Buy in 1983.  Best Buy generates more than $40 billion annually.  With more than 1,400 stores and locations nationwide, including large-format and Best Buy Mobile stores, Best Buy employs more than 125,000 people.

AMSA Students Receive MN Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to the following Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) students who received a Minnesota Scholastic Art Award.

AMSA students, Miranda Lathrop and Laima Liulevicius received Gold Key awards in the Drawing and Illustration category.  Winning the Gold Key award automatically enters their artwork into the National Scholastic Art competition in New York City.  The Gold Key winning artwork will be on exhibit at The Regis Center, University of Minnesota, from February 2 - 20, 2016.  The award ceremony for all winners will be held at the Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Cities United Presents Black History Month 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at North Hennepin Community College, CBT, Grand Hall, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn, Park. Click above link for all the details.

Northwest Suburban Integration School District Transportation Guidelines
Delayed or Late Buses
With the onset of winter weather, our buses have been and may continue to experience occasional delays due to traffic situations and road conditions.  Our bus contractors make every possible effort to keep with their assigned pick up and drop off bus schedules, while maintaining the safety of our students.  If you are experiencing extreme delays, please call your bus contractor for estimated time of arrival.  The name and number of your bus contractor is on the postcard you received in August or click here.

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Upcoming Events with NWSISD
Upcoming Events:
Cities United Presents Black History Month 2016 - Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

I Am A Girl & The Mask You Live In viewing and group discussion IDP - Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Step-Up Mentorship Events
Grade 9 Second Harvest Heartland event - March 1, 2016

Grade 12 Step-Up Graduation
- April 21, 2016

Summer Camps and Other Opportunities for Students
Check out these summer camp opportunities for students of all ages. 

Magnet Lottery Application
The Magnet Lottery Priority Application for school year 2016-17 will reopen Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.  Click here for application.

Students that applied during the priority application period will have the best chance of being assigned to a magnet school of their choice.  Families should receive assignment notification by January 20, 2016.