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Summer Summit Enjoys A Fantastic Week at University of St. Thomas Minneapolis


Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) along with University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus (UST) hosted the 6th Annual 2016 Step-Up Mentorship Summer Summit.  Over 75 young men from the NWSISD consortium districts spent a week at the Minneapolis Campus of UST June 20 – 24, 2016.  This intense educational experience helps prepare just graduated 8th graders for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts:  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. “Without goals, you don’t know where you are going,” stated Mr. Sam Payne, Student Achievement Advisor from Jackson Middle School in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.  Payne brought his story to life when he passed out paper and pencil and asked the young men to write out three long term goals and three short term goals explaining that the short term goals is how you will accomplish your long term goals.  He made it real when he told the young men to be real about who their friends are.  “If your friends are class clowns, you will be a class clown. These “friends” will keep you away from your goals.”


Fridley Middle School principal, Matthew Boucher, spoke to the students about opportunities.  Boucher regaled his life story, graduating high school with a 1.9 GPA and trying to figure out how to get into college – any college.  He’d been down the road that many students are currently facing and wanted them to seriously think about their high school career and beyond.  “Set yourself up for opportunity.  You have to begin to see the adults in your life as your greatest resource, your greatest ally,” stated Boucher.  He went on to say that an at-risk student is a student that “fails to make a connection with an adult at school” and encouraged the students to surround themselves with positive friends and supportive adults.


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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Salk Student Competes at National History Day
On Saturday, June 11, Salk history teacher, Ron Hustvedt and 7th grader Matthew Gearou, boarded a plane for University of Maryland in College Park to compete at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.  Gearou  competed in the individual performance category.

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Transportation for School Year 2016-17
Transportation notices were mailed via postal service on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.  If you have NOT received your postcard by Monday, August 30, please call 763-450-1303.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student's transportation, please call 612-789-5128.

Magnet school enrollment during the summer months
Magnet School enrollment for school year 2016-17 is currently being handled by the magnet school itself or their district's enrollment center.  If you are considering enrollment into a magnet school for this upcoming school year, please call your school of choice to see if they have any openings or if your name can be added to the wait list.

A list of magnet school offerings can be found here.