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Teachers are enhancing learning with technology
Eagan High School English Teacher Drew Hammond (left) and Woodland Elementary School Technology Teacher David Lostetter are this year's recipients of the TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards in District 196. Sponsored by the education technology cooperative TIES, the annual awards honor teachers in member districts who effectively integrate technology into the learning process. Hammond and Lostetter will be recognized along with other recipients during the TIES Annual Conference Dec. 13 in Minneapolis.
 
Magnet school application period is open
The period for parents to apply for their child to attend a magnet school in the 2017-18 school year opened in November and runs through Jan. 9 for the five elementary magnet schools and Jan. 20 for Valley Middle School of STEM. Parents can learn more about the elementary magnet schools during spotlight events at each school Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The spotlight on Valley Middle School of STEM will be held Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
 
Haugen named principal of new elementary school
Deerwood Elementary School Principal Miles Haugen has been selected to become principal of District 196's nineteenth elementary school when it opens next fall. Haugen will continue as principal at Deerwood through the end of the current school year. He will be responsible for hiring the staff, communicating with parents and planning for the opening of the new school, which is being built at the intersection of County Road 46 and Diamond Path in Lakeville.
 
Board approves new elementary attendance areas
At its Nov. 14 meeting, the School Board unanimously approved a recommendation to reconfigure elementary attendance areas beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The recommendation came from a task force of parents and staff charged with establishing an attendance area for what will become the district's nineteenth elementary school when it opens next fall.
 
District hires new coordinator of finance
Christopher Onyango-Robshaw, currently the fiscal operations director for Robbinsdale Area Schools, has been hired to be the new coordinator of finance for District 196. Onyango-Robshaw will replace Stella Johnson, who is retiring in February after a 24-year career in District 196. He will start in his new position Jan. 10 and will serve under Director of Finance and Operations Jeff Solomon.
 
District has high 'capture rate' of resident students
Eighty-seven percent of school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year, according to student enrollment and census data maintained by the district. An 87 percent "capture rate" of resident students is considered high for a district in the Twin Cities area, according to former state demographer Hazel Reinhardt of Hazel Reinhardt Consulting Services, who has conducted enrollment studies for District 196.
 
Substitute teaching opportunities available
District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session.
 
 
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