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Step-Up Summer Summit 2015 Enjoys 5th Year at University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis

Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) along with University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus (UST) hosted the 5th Annual 2015 Step-Up Mentorship Summer Summit.  Over 60 young men from the NWSISD consortium districts spent a week at the Minneapolis Campus of UST June 15 – 19, 2015.  This intense educational experience helps prepare just graduated 8th graders for high school by focusing on four key educational constructs:  Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities, and Achievement.  These young men heard from leaders of the community as well as peer leaders who spoke of their experiences in life, high school, sports, college, and business.  

Each day begins with a keynote speaker that stresses the importance of education as a way of maintaining control over one’s future. “The first step of expectation is to forgive,” stated Lacy Cannon.  Thus started the conversation about reality, success, specific intention, and faith. Cannon, Principal at School of Grammar – Parnassus Preparatory School, spoke to the group about growing up without a male mentor present in his life.  He learned through the years that he could make things happen in his life with positive thoughts, surrounded by people who encourage him, and by believing in himself – all the things these young men need to start incorporating into their lives.

Jimmy Nyembwe, Student Achievement Advisor at Anoka-Hennepin School District, brought stories of opportunity.  An immigrant from the Congo at age 14, Nyembwe had to learn a new language, make new friends, learn a new education system and integrate himself into a new country.  “Opportunity is waiting for you, but you have to find it,” Nyembwe told the young men. In the Congo education is not free. He stressed to the boys the need to get involved with every opportunity available to them in high school.  “You’re all capable,” Nyembwe stated, “this is your chance to show that you’re an adult and that you can do it!”

Former Step-Up participants Michael and Derrick both 2015 graduates, along with Miles (grade 10) and Antoine (grade 11) spoke to the group about achievement.  Having been in the shoes of the attendees, their advice was a reiteration of what the boys had heard during the week and what the mentors had experienced in high school already.
    Michael – “Your friends are your backbone – associate with the right people.”
    Antoine – “Goal setting opens doors to achievement – hang out with the right people.”
    Miles – “Set your focus and don’t get distracted – break away from the bad stuff.”
    Derrick – “Another way to reach achievement through goal setting is by listing steps.  There is always a list.”

Students spend the morning participating in classroom activities focused on introspection, learning how culture shapes expectations, setting goals for their high school careers and creating plans that will assist them in accomplishing those goals.  Besides classroom activities, students took part in an art scavenger hunt in downtown Minneapolis, joined in outdoor sports activities at Loring Park, spent a day at Camp Eden Wood being challenged on high ropes and team building activities, and ended the week with their own presentations. Step-Up students receive additional guidance throughout the year and are involved in mentorship activities during their high school careers. 

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Student Leadership Conference 2015

400 Students Attend Student Leadership Conference 2015 – Leading Students to the Treasure that is Education

Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) hosted the 5th annual Student Leadership Conference on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, in Brooklyn Park.  The annual conference united a diverse group of high school students from across the NWSISD consortium.  Students had the opportunity to participate in workshops, competitions, and a college and career fair.   

Step Up Mentorship Program Graduates First Class
Spring brings endings and new beginnings.  For nineteen students from across the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) consortium, graduation happened early this year - thus ending their tenure in the Step Up Mentorship Program.

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NWSISD Office Closed for July
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District office will be closed July 1 through August 2, 2015.  We will re-open on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

June 2015 NWSISD Newsletter
Click the picture above to read Northwest Suburban Integration School District's June 2015 year end newsletter and find out what we've been up to!

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