Monday, September 17, 2018

Makerspace Moving In!

In the next few months, we will be adding two new Makerspaces in our district. Both buildings will have dedicated space in their media centers. A Makerspace is an area where students can collaborate on projects, design things, and develop problem-solving skills using a variety of tools and materials. The Makerspace will include 3-D printers, sewing machines, cutting and milling devices, common household tools, and numerous other gadgets to give students instruments to explore. Throughout the day classes and individual students will have the opportunity to spend time in the Makerspace. The goal is to create a space where EVERY student is welcome and EVERY student has opportunities to develop projects and learn. The Makerspaces at each building will include different equipment which will be grade appropriate. During conferences in the future, we hope to invite parents to stop by and see what is happening. I look forward to sharing more information with the community throughout the school year. Stay tuned! 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Playground Update

If you have driven by the playground lately you have noticed that not much has changed.  Construction on the playground has been slow, but the planning and fundraising has been moving along nicely. 

When we started to throw around the idea of doing some upgrades to the playground, we thought, who better to consult than our most loyal customers, the students!  Last spring our teachers conducted a survey to find out what the students would most like to see on the playground.  Once we were able to gather that information we started our work by discussing plans and getting quotes from a number of playground companies.  In the end, we chose MN/WI Playground.  We are now in the process of securing dates to begin the upgrades.  Our hope is to finish as much as possible by the end of October.

Along with planning and construction, we have also been busy trying to secure the funding needed to make it all happen.  Through generous donations, fundraising events and grant applications we are well on our way!  We will continue to raise money through our Cherrydale fundraising event this fall, along with planning another color run for the spring or early summer.

We have been blessed with a great committee who has worked tirelessly to help make this project possible.  We hope that when you drive by the playground later this fall you will start to see measurable progress!

David Oehrlein

Everything is going well

We are already a quarter of the way done with the school year. Students started their second quarter of classes last week Tuesday, the 6th. ...