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District outscores state and national ACT averages
District 196 students scored higher than the state and national averages on the ACT college admissions test in 2016. The district average composite score was 23.0 out of a possible 36. With nearly one-third more students taking the test, the district average dropped 1.4 points from the year before but is still 2.2 points higher than the national average of 20.8 and 1.9 points higher than the state average of 21.1, which was highest among the 18 states that offer the ACT to all students
 
District 196 high schools make Newsweek list
All four, four-year high schools in District 196 made Newsweek's ranking of America's Top High Schools for 2016 based on a review of student achievement and college-readiness data. The ranking includes 500 schools, 18 from Minnesota, including Eagan, Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eastview. All four also made Newsweek's "Beating the Odds" list after local poverty rates were factored in with the achievement and college-readiness data.
 
1:1 access begins this fall with grades 7-9
Shortly after the school year begins in September, each student in grades 7, 8 and 9 will be issued a district-owned iPad Mini to use as a tool for their learning at school and home. This is the first year of a three-year rollout of the district's learning and technology vision to provide a dynamic learning experience with 1:1 access for all students in grades 4-12.
 
Elementary attendance-area changes are coming
A task force of parents and staff is scheduled to begin meeting in September to develop a recommendation for reconfiguring elementary school attendance areas in preparation for the opening of the district's 19th elementary school in fall 2017. The changes ultimately approved by the School Board later this year could impact as many as six elementary schools in the southern part of the district.
 
Calendars proposed for next two school years
The first day of the 2016-17 school year for students is Tuesday, Sept. 6 and the School Board is already preparing to approve calendars for the following two school years. Proposed calendars for 2017-18 and 2018-19 were presented to the board Aug. 15 and are expected to be approved at the board's next regular meeting Sept. 12.
 
Sachin Isaacs elected to School Board
District 196 voters elected Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville to the School Board Aug. 9 in a special election held as part of the statewide primary. Isaacs will fill the remaining term of Rob Duchscher, who was re-elected to a four-year term last November, then resigned in March after moving out of the district. Isaacs will join the board and take the oath of office at the Sept. 12 regular meeting. His term runs through Jan. 6, 2020.
 
Growing partnership aims to expose African American young men to different career options
This year, African American young men at all four District 196 high schools will be invited to apply for a program aimed at increasing their exposure to different careers and African American men who work in these careers. "We want to create a vision for these young men from the classroom to the board room," says Leon Tazel, who started the African American Male Mentorship Program in 2015 in partnership with the district.
 
Optional transportation service is $275 per year
Optional transportation service for a fee is available to families whose children are not eligible for free transportation based on current service distances. The annual cost is $275 per student, with a $550 family maximum. Families whose children qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals receive the service for a discounted rate.
 
District 196 Foundation seeks board members
The District 196 Foundation Board of Directors is looking for motivated applicants to join them in carrying out the organization's mission to enhance educational opportunities and experiences for students attending District 196 schools. The foundation board meets six times per year, every other month, starting at 6 p.m. at the District Office in Rosemount. To apply, click here. For more information, contact Community Education Director Khia Brown at 651-423-7720.
 
Open house and information nights scheduled
All District 196 schools have scheduled back-to-school open houses, orientation sessions and/or information nights that will be held in August and September. To see the schedule, click here.
 
Families receive student handbook for 2016-17
Parents and guardians of students enrolled in District 196 schools will receive the Overview of Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the 2016-17 school year. The handbooks are being mailed the week of Aug. 8 to every household with a child enrolled in the district, one handbook per household. The handbook includes a comprehensive list of regulations for student behavior as well as consequences for misbehavior.
 
District students exceed averages on state tests
The percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on state reading, math and science tests exceeded statewide averages for all grades tested in spring 2016, according to results of Standards-Based Accountability Assessments released by the Minnesota Department of Education July 28.
 
 
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