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Salk MS meets the Mayor
Elk River Mayor Dietz meets with seventeen Salk Middle School students to discuss city issues

The scene in the conference room at Salk Middle School resembled a typical city committee meeting with Mayor Dietz at the head of the table giving reports from city staff and asking questions of the group. The only difference is that the mayor wasn’t meeting with city council members, city staff, or local business leaders, ­­he was meeting with seventeen Salk students in seventh grade who had written him letters airing their concerns about city affairs.

“I grew up in Elk River and went to school here, I received your letters and instead of writing back, I worked with staff to come up with answers so I could meet and answer them with you face to face,” Dietz told the students.

For the next hour, he went around the table, student­ by­ student, giving a detailed response to each of their questions. “It was pretty cool that he came here and spoke with us,” said Salk student Nick Larson who wrote about traffic safety concerns he has with the four­-way stop at 181st Street and Twin Lakes Road.  “I learned a lot about my issue and also lots of other things about our community that I’d never thought before,” Larson said.

Larson wrote his letter to the Mayor as part of an assignment he completed in his social studies class taught by Ron Hustvedt (Mr. H.). Students were supposed to consider an issue they were interested in at either the local, county, state or national level. They then conducted extensive research into that issue, wrote a position paper outlining the different sides, and then taking action by writing letters to public officials and doing something else to advocate for the issue.

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Elk River Mayor Dietz meets with seventeen Salk Middle School students to discuss city issues

Rockford Middle School greenhouse project
Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES) applied for a grant through the Seeds of Change program that could lead to an additional $20,000 for their greenhouse project. The top 25 entries from public voting are judged to determine who will be awarded the grant.  The contest, which was determined by online votes, ran through April 18.  Click on the headline to learn more about RMS-CES greenhouse project.

Congratulations to the 2016 Magnet Schools of America National Merit Awards Winners
Magnet Schools of America's annual Merit Awards recognizes member magnet schools/programs that demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.

The Award categories are Magnet School of Excellence, the top merit award category, and Magnet School of Distinction.  We are proud to congratulate NWSISD Magnet Schools.

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Upcoming Events with NWSISD
Upcoming Events:
Middle School Girls College and Career Conference - Friday, April 29, 2016 - Registration is now open!

American Indian Curriculum Development IDP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Register now!!

"It's Time to Talk About Race" - 3rd Annual Community Forum on Race - Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon.

Student Leadership Conference "Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow" - Friday, May 13, 2016 - Registration is now open!

Upcoming Step-Up Mentorship Events
Summer Summit - June 20-24, 2016

Mini-Homes for Many People
Anoka Middle School for the Arts submission in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.  Check out this video!! 

Click here for KARE11 feature story about Mini-Homes and the students at AMSA.

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