April 2017 Newsletter - St. Paul Public Schools

April 2017 Newsletter - St. Paul Public Schools

The Open Monthly: April 2017 Dedicated to keeping families informed about Open World Learning Community events & volunteer opportunities April Calend...

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The Open Monthly: April 2017 Dedicated to keeping families informed about Open World Learning Community events & volunteer opportunities

April Calendar

OWL Upcoming Events

Mon., April 10: Classes resume today

Committee Meetings o


The April Site Council meeting is Tues., April 18, 5:30 PM in the cafeteria. The April meeting is always important because we will discuss next year’s enrollment, budget and impact on the school. NOTE: This meeting is a week later than usual due to the Jewish holiday on April 11th. The next PTO meeting will take place in May. We need more help to keep our PTO going! If you are considering joining our leadership team for next year, please contact Theresa del Rosario at delros[email protected]

Spy Prom: April 15th Prom will be held on Saturday, April 15 at the Sokol Hall at West 7th St. & Western Ave. The theme is Spy Prom – think classic James Bond, throw in some Spy Kids and add good music and good fun! As always, students can dress in their finest, favorite, or most comfortable outfit – it’s their choice. Middle School Prom (6th - 8th grades) is from 5:30-7:30 PM. High School Prom (9th-12th graders) and pre-approved guests is from 7:30-10 PM. Tickets (on sale during lunch) cost $15/$20 at the door. The price includes beverages, snacks and desserts. Students wishing to bring a guest from outside of the OWL community need to submit a guest approval form to Dave by Wednesday, April 12.

Mon., April 17: Dining out @ Davanni’s to support the OWL Archery Team, 4-8 PM, Davanni’s on Grand and Cleveland. Tues., April 18: Site Council Meeting, from 5:30-7 PM. Wed., April 19: ACT Test for juniors @ OWL Wed., April 19: Deep Portage Information meeting for parents, 5:30 PM Wed., April 19: Outward Bound Information meeting for parents, 6:00 PM Wed., April 19: AP Environmental Science movie fundraiser. 7PM, auditorium. Weds., Thurs., & Fri., April 26, 27, 28: Grease!, 7 PM, auditorium Sat., April 29: State History Day, all day, at the University of Minnesota

Looking Ahead: Mon., May 1: AP Environmental Science exam Wed., May 3: AP English exam Fri., May 5: AP US History exam

Grease is the Word!

Tues., May 9: AP Calculus exam

Go back to the 1950s with OWL during our spring play: GREASE! Performances will take place on Wed., Thurs., and Fri., April 26-28 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. Tickets -- $6 for adults and $4 for students – can be purchased at the door. Our students have been working hard for months to bring this show to you. We hope you’ll join us!

Open World Learning Community

Sat., April 15: Prom, Sokol Hall, 5:307:30PM for 6th - 8th graders, 7:30 -10 PM for High School.

Tues., May 16: Spring Choir concert Latino Family Night: Join us to for a Showcase of Latino culture at OWL on Wednesday, May 3 at 6 pm. If you would like to help plan for this event, contact Mary Sellers in the Family Room.

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OWL Upcoming Events Save the Date! OWL Celebration of Learning, Community Dinner & Raffle-O-Rama are Friday, June 2nd Mark your calendar for the OWL Spring Celebration of Learning, Dinner and Raffle-O-Rama event on Friday, June 2. It’s a time for our community to come together to celebrate student work, enjoy a community dinner, and try your luck during our Raffle-O-Rama event! As in years past, we’ll have $2 raffles for the famous Crew baskets, a silent auction, and Mystery Envelope--where you select an envelope and win a mystery prize of at least the value you paid. This year we’ll also have face painting, plinko and a photo booth! New at this year’s event, you can sign up to attend OWL Gatherings — an event, class, party or outing hosted by an OWL family or staff member that brings our community together to socialize and raise money for OWL. These gatherings can be for students, adults or families. Hosts provide the organization, supplies and funding for the event. At Raffle-o-Rama, people can sign up to participate in OWL Gatherings that interest them, and pay a fee to be part of that event. The amount raised from each gathering becomes a donation to the school. If you’d like to host an event, the ideas are endless: organize an Ultimate Frisbee or kickball game with snacks; bike rides; grill outs; yoga and wine, group cooking, etc. Use your imagination! Please plan your gathering to take place between June 9th and October 31st, 2017. If you are interested in hosting an OWL Gathering, please contact Ginger Carroll at [email protected] or Jennifer Lodahl at [email protected] Use the link to sign up to host a gathering. The deadline to sign up to host is May 21st. http://bit.ly/OWLGatherings

2017 OWL Graduation

Our Graduatiom ceremony will take place on Tues., June 6,

at 7:00 PM in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University. The address is 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. All are welcome! The Graduation Rehearsal for seniors will be held the morning of graduation at St. Kate’s. Seniors: Please bring your graduation gown so we can take some group pictures after the rehearsal! Stay tuned for more information.

Gym Renovation Update We had high hopes of being able to use the gym after spring break, but the renovations will not be complete until May. Our gym classes continue to make due by sharing one of the Humboldt gyms and being outside as much as possible. We are grateful for the flexibility of the Humboldt staff! As a result, our OWL Against Hunger food-packing event, originally April 21st, will be rescheduled. As May is already a jampacked month, OWL Against Hunger will likely take place in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.

The Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon, a play organized and directed by Grace Kellar-Long (above) for her senior project, was a rousing success! The all-middle school cast (left) and crew presented this truly hilarious play to packed houses each of its three-night run. Who knew we could fit so many people in the choir room! If this show is any indication, our theater program has a bright future. Kudos to Grace, cast & crew on the play’s success. 2

Get Creative with Interim!

Each spring, OWL students participate in experiential courses called Interim that give the opportunity to focus on a compelling topic or experience and takes us out into our community and beyond. This year’s interim is May 22-26, with lots of new courses, and old favorites. Students will sign up for their top three choices during crew in April. Non-overnight interim courses cost $20. Scholarships are available. You can support the scholarship fund; add $5 to your interim payment. Big thanks to our PTO for providing financial support for Interim! School of Rock: Do you like music and play an instrument or would like to learn? Then this is the interim for you! For one week, you can learn how to rock and roll like the greats; the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Spice Girls, and MORE. You will learn how to play guitar, bass, drums or sing, make band names, cover or write songs, and rock out in the auditorium with your band - almost like playing First Avenue! Stop Motion Film Making: We’ll recreate scenes from famous movies while learning stop motion filmmaking. We will play games, create sets, learn editing and collaboratively create a movie. Ceramics! What’s better then spending a week with your hands in Clay? Students will be exposed to the beautiful struggle of working with medium that is messy and unpredictable. They’ll learn wheel throwing, hand building, and work on individual and group projects. Credit Intensive: Are short a credit due to missing a learning target in a science or social studies course? Interested in exploring our neighborhoods, enjoying food from restaurants, and meeting leaders in St. Paul through field experiences? If so, join us for a week of study and fun. Make up schoolwork and learn more about hidden St. Paul and Minneapolis: Rondo, Bdote, and Westside, to name a few. It's a Doggy, Dog World! See the world through a dog's eyes and learn how to get them to understand their humans better, including you! Community experts will guide us on this journey through dog training, dog breeding, showing dogs, service dogs, and animalrelated careers. We’ll have dog visitors each day! Game Theory: This course features team-based competitions that focus on collaboration and competition – table games, lawn games, and more. Competitions include a scavenger hunt in Minneapolis and an “Amazing Race” in Saint Paul. The course begins with background about various game theories, including the movie A Beautiful Mind and selections from books Scorecasting and Money Ball. Athleticism is optional; the muscle we will train is your brain! You Code Girl: Tech jobs are among the fastest growing, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science changes over time, the biggest drop off happens for girls between the ages of 1317. In this GIRL ONLY INTERIM, let’s break the cycle. You will design, build & program robots. You choose your project! Northern Spark: Night Library: Become a part of building The Night Library, part of Northern Spark, an all-night-art festival. Help build an interactive experience where the audience saves the world by solving puzzles, storytelling, and theater. We’ll go to Leonardo's Basement to build things, & create characters for the show! Crafting for a Cause: This interim is focused on creating crafts for charity. We’ll have fun while doing service for others, creating a crafts from dog toys to jewelry, and many others in-between.

Congrats to Jacob Rhode (above with coach Mark Scioli), who placed 2nd among high school boys at the Minnesota State Archery tournament! Jacob shot a career best of 293 (out of a possible 300) and also won a $1000 college scholarship. Marisol AdlerEspinoza shot a personal best of 289 for 7th place in the high school girls division.

Help OWL Archers get to Nationals! The OWL Archery Team is heading to Nationals! This year's team of 6th-12th graders has had one of its most successful seasons ever, with both teams qualifying for the National tournament in Louisville, KY from May 11-13. The OWL community has shown fantastic support at our Dining Out. Here's one more chance to eat pizza for a good cause: Help the OWL Archery Team raise funds on Monday, April 17, from 4-8 pm, at the Davannis at the corner of Cleveland and Grand Ave. Flyers will be available after Spring Break. Summer is a great time to explore colleges! During the week of June 16-30th, each of Minnesota’s 17 private colleges hold tours and informational meetings. This event is a great way to help students discover what they are looking for in a college – or begin to see what’s out there. Each school holds two sessions daily: 9:30-noon and 2-4:30 PM. For more information, visit this website: http://mnprivatecolleges.org/mpcw 3

Interim continued… Sports & Designs! Get ready for teamwork and athletic competition. All week we will play a variety of tournament style sports. We will have a design contest, in which students will create and customize athletic wear. Several winners will have their item ordered. We will finish the week with Frisbee Golf tournament at the park. New this year, we will be getting CPR training and Certification. Musical Theater Appreciation: Designed to expose students to different genres of musical theater, students will analyze musicals, musical theater songs, create and design their own musical, tour local theaters, and much more. If you love musical theater or have an interest in learning more, sign up! Students do not need any previous musical knowledge to participate in the interim!

Donut Declaration Day OWL seniors, May 1st is Donut Declaration Day. Students who come down prepared to declare their college or post secondary plan, will earn a sweet incentive in the form of a donut provided by principal Dave Gundale.

Carpentry/Little Free Libraries: There’s something here for everyone: Designing, building, painting & decorating Little Free Libraries, and filling them with good books! We’ll head out into the neighborhood to look at libraries, and decide where to put the ones we make. Deep Portage: During this overnight trip, students will hike, canoe, rock climb and participate hands-on science activities and teambuilding at this Northern Minnesota environmental learning center. This trip was open to 6th & 7th graders and required previous sign up. Outward Bound Service Adventure: Outward Bound students will journey to Maine, Colorado or northern Minnesota for a week of hard service work at the camps where we’ll stay, in addition to time for outdoor adventure! This trip required previous sign up.

Counselor’s Corner As part of our ongoing celebration of black culture, students who helped plan National African American Parent Involvement Day and members of the Empower and Affinity groups were treated to a Southern food cooking lesson by chef Justin Sutherland of the Handsome Hog restaurant in Saint Paul this month. Students learned to make shrimp with grits and cabbage slaw and had the opportunity to sample chef Sutherland’s barbecued pork. Justin shared his journey to becoming one of the only black chefs in the industry and the opportunities he’s had as a chef at one of St. Paul’s hottest restaurants. Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) enables students to earn college credits while in high school. Current 9th-11th graders are eligible to participate next year if they meet the criteria. Please note: the deadline to submit applications to Jolene is May 15. Students should see Jolene for an eligibility check and to receive guidance and application materials. Eligibility for 10th grade PSEO is based on student performance on the 8th grade MCA reading test. Students who be juniors next year must be in the top 33% of their class at application time; incoming seniors must be in the top 50% of their class in order to apply.

Thumbs up: McG and John are bound for State History Day with their website about the Haitian Revolution.

History Day Update

OWL students presented 35 projects at Regional History Day at Johnson High School on March 18th. Congratulations to all of our students on your hard work and perseverance to create your best project. No matter the result, the knowledge you gained has enhanced your growth as a student and educated all who saw your project. You all made us proud! At the event, ten OWL projects earned honorable mentions, and 19 projects qualified for State History Day on April 29th at the U of M. Full results are here: https://tinyurl.com/2017-state-HD

The OWL newsletter is published semi-monthly. If your have ideas of something you’d like to see in the newsletter, contact David Gundale at [email protected]