Families – You can help generate state aid for your school by completing the Application for Educational Benefits and returning it to your school. You can now fill this application out online through the Parent Portal or print off a copy here and bring into the school office. Some schools collect income data through a web-based collection system which replaces the paper forms. These are household income statements; only one application is needed per household but each district or charter school in which students in the household are enrolled would need a copy. Students in households that meet the free or reduced price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for their school. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides. These applications may also make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans. However, the household must complete and return the forms, or complete the online form, no later than December 15 so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year. To get enrolled in Parent Portal please contact Jill Boen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions on the Educational Benefits application please contact Pam Puskala at email@example.com https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/438983/2020-21_Application_for_Educational_Benefits_Packet.pdf
Congratulations to the JV Knowledge Bowl Team (Kyler Hansen, Bryn Fitzgerald-Wells, Paul Dorr, Declan Gergets, Grace Ritchey, Andrew Hallberg) for taking home the 2020 Northeast Cooperative JV Knowledge Bowl Championship today! They scored 92 points, and the next closest team was at 67.5 points; in Knowledge Bowl that's a huge margin. They took home first place in the fall season, beating arch-nemesis International Falls along with Virginia, Chisholm, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Cromwell-Wright and Northeast Range! It's called "JV," because it's only open to 9th and 10th graders, but these kids will all do very well at the "Varsity" level meets in the winter/spring that is open to students in grades 9-12.
20/21 ELEMENTARY YEARBOOK PHOTO FUN Please email photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 30, 2020 KINDERGARTEN: take a picture dressed as your favorite character FIRST GRADE: take a picture with your pet or stuffed animal SECOND GRADE: draw a self portrait and take a picture of you with it THIRD GRADE: dress in your favorite color and take a picture FOURTH GRADE: take a picture with the first letter of your name FIFTH GRADE: take a picture dressed up in school spirit ***If you have any fun pictures of your student that represent this year you would like to share that would be great as well. ***Picture taking tips: take by natural lighting and please try to have a clear photo We have the choice to make this year great! Let’s have some fun with our yearbook and remember the good things about the 20/21 school year.
Operation Family Christmas is looking forward to helping families in this county that need assistance during the holiday season. It is important as a community that we work together to ensure that all children in our county wake up on Christmas morning and feel the magic that arrives on such a special day. To apply click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgX-4hS9sAoA_2dnCETQYdHH8xDZFPNc-A21AVe8E6y2N6pQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2k5h2yZVVWdYIQfz7ovTmB75DZpKlIOAEkCSG7AZ0FqOHp0_kPLTdm83g
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM COOK COUNTY SCHOOLS https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KLgvFV5a9FtGD8mnBworK0h8aH34siWy/view
The Volleyball game scheduled in McGregor today has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 19th.
The Cook County Vikings Football team will have their first playoff game on Tuesday, November 17th at 4pm in Silver Bay. Tickets are being pre-sold and are $9 regardless of age. If you need a ticket, please email Mitch Dorr at email@example.com
Very Important Message from Cook County Schools An Important Message from Cook County Schools. As an incident command team we had a deep data discussion that has led us to a tough decision that we have to make to keep our students, staff, and community safe. After the current data and the letter that was received from the Minnesota Department of Health, our current county data, the regional health care resource capacity and the state of our school we have made the difficult decision to NOT PIVOT our 4th and 5th grade students. This is difficult on many levels and our intentions are to keep safety a priority as we navigate this spike in COVID -19 cases in our county, state and country. As a team, we are also having an ongoing discussion about our learning model between Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday Break. We will continue to update our school families and community in the near future. Please remember to have unconditional positive regard for those who have been part of this decision and we must support one another in these tough situations.
Important Message from Cook County Schools Our school has had its third confirmed case of COVID-19. We have been in close communication with our Public Health professionals that have supported our communications and contact tracing within our staff and students in our essential student care. Along with our Public Health partners, we have and will be connecting with the families and those affected by this case. We have done a good job of following our procedures and protocols to ensure that a minimum of our school community has been affected. As we work through this incident, please know that we will continue to work hard to continue to follow the COVID plans that include the implementation of the CDC and MDH guidelines. As a community we should be proud of our public health and their diligence when working through these cases with the parties involved. We, as a school, will be working with the public health team to continue to diligently evaluate and re-evaluate our procedures and protocols. Our focus is to ensure the safety of all staff, students, and the community. As a community please know that we need the support of all families and community members to follow the recommendation to reducing the Spread of COVID 19. Please remember to have unconditional positive regard for those whom have been tested and contact traced and this is unintentional and we must support one another in these tough situations. Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.
ELEMENTARY PICTURE DAY UPDATE: All K-3 students that are on campus will get a photo take tomorrow (Nov 12th). All K-3 distance learners can come to the ACA door tomorrow beginning at 10:45 to noon for a photo. Since 4th and 5th grades will not be in school tomorrow they can come to the ACA door beginning at 10:00 for a photo if they want to have one taken. Please remember your mask and to social distance. Limited number of students at a time will be allowed to enter ACA for a photo. Please call the school if you have any questions. Order envelopes have been sent home and the link to order photos online has been posted previously Health office is also conducting vision and hearing screenings in conjunction with picture day. Please allow time to stop by the health office after a photo.
Community Meet Recording 11-9-20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WJCSAHkbWAc6BYYrPxoe4QK-tP7FZaDg/view?usp=drive_web
Updated Time for the Meeting is 4 pm today: Join the Zoom Meeting to discuss the 4th and 5th grade pivot to Hybrid and family and community support during the holidays. Monday, Nov. 9th at 4:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/93399044239?pwd=NS9jMDlIandTbDJMckRIM0c1R3Btdz09
Good Morning 4th and 5th Grade Families. Please check your email for an important message from Principal Myers We had our Incident Command Team meeting on Friday 11/6. During the meeting we had a long, in-depth discussion about the state of our county and completed our weekly data review. As a team we came to the conclusion that we will be transitioning into HYBRID for the 4th and 5th grade on Nov. 17, 2020. (see complete schedule below) We have confidence that we can transition into the hybrid for 4th and 5th grade safely. This decision came with the agreement that we will let this scenario of a K-5 Hybrid through November without discussion of a pivot for at least 3 weeks. We also recognize that if there are any significant data changes our scheduled pivot may have to change depending on an increase or decrease in the number of COVID cases. We will be watching the data closely as we make decisions and pivots. Any significant data changes may change this decision. We will be ready to change the direction of the decision if the cases spike. Here is the schedule that we will proceed with if there is not a strong objection by the school board: Monday, 11/9: Family and Community Zoom Meeting at 4 pm Thursday, 11/12: Childcare for 4/5 is CANCELED and NO DISTANCE LEARNING Friday, 11/13 : Childcare for 4/5 is CANCELED and NO DISTANCE LEARNING Monday 11/16: Family meetings with the classroom teacher. Childcare is available. Tuesday 11/17: 1st day of 4th and 5th grade Hybrid learning 7:45-2:15
The Football game next week vs. Cromwell has been pushed back one day to Thursday, November 12th at 4pm.
VISION AND HEARING SCREENING FOR K-5 STUDENTS: On November 12th, the health office at ISD 166 will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for ISD 166 students in grades K-5 in conjunction with elementary school photo day. If you have a distance learner you are bringing in for a photo, allow time for them to visit the health office for a vision and hearing screening after they have a photo taken. Students on campus will also be screened. Please call the school if you have any questions.
REMINDER: Sawtooth Mountain Elementary Picture Day will be on November 12th. K-5 students on campus as part of tier 1 and hybrid learning will have a photo taken. Distance learners and preschool students are invited to come to the ACA door from 10:45 am to noon. http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVTWGXZMN The website link below will be available for online orders up to 48 hours after picture day. http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVTWGXZMN
Cook County versus Proctor Volleyball tonight at 5:15 C-team, Varsity to follow. http://youtu.be/YNTp6BG7gYE
The 4pm JV Volleyball game tonight has been Cancelled. There will still be a 5:15 C-Squad game and 6:30pm Varsity game. Remember, we are still limited to two fans per player as according to the student-athletes list that has been submitted.
KITCHEN HELPER Cook County Schools ISD166 has an opening for a Kitchen Helper to start November 4, 2020. The hours are 10:30-1:00 or 1:15 Duties are washing dishes, putting them away, serving food and keeping the dish area clean. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until Filled. APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit an application (found on Cook County Schools website) and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org Pam Puskala District Office Admin Assistant Cook County School District 101 West 5th Street Grand Marais, MN 55604 Phone: (218) 387-2271
Cook County Schools is seeking a full time Technology Coordinator to start As Soon As Possible. Cook County is located in the northeast corner of Minnesota in the Superior National Forest, along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. Our close-knit staff is full of exceptional people providing excellent educational services to a diverse student body. Job Title: District Technology Coordinator Cook County Schools ISD166 Immediate Supervisor: High School Principal Job Summary: Provides leadership and direction to the district technology program, including services, facilities, budget, equipment, personnel and operation of student and administrative computer systems and programs. Participates in creating the district's technology plan. Conducts duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Provides professional development opportunities in the area of technology to faculty and staff. Provides consultation and direction regarding LAN and WAN infrastructure and other technologies management. Qualifications: Education and/or Experience: Associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and at least 2 years experience in related field.Three years of experience can be substituted for AA degree. Interpersonal Skills: Works well with others. Focuses on resolving conflict; maintaining confidentiality; listening to others without interruption; keeping emotions under control; remaining open to others’ ideas and contributing to a positive team spirit. Demonstrated ability to successfully work with staff, students and public. Language Skills: Ability to communicate fluently, verbally and in writing in English. Ability to present information and respond to questions effectively in one-on-one, small group situations involving students and/or school staff. Ability to verbally respond to written and verbal inquiries from students and staff. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and governmental regulations. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, and area. Ability to apply concepts of basic geometry, fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Computer Skills: Must have demonstrated computer competency in a wide spectrum of functions. Must have demonstrated ability to provide support for District Student database software and support for all district technology programs. Ability to efficiently and effectively utilize e-mail, Internet software spreadsheets and word processing technology programs: Ethernet cabling (cat5, cat5e, cat6), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2016, MS Office Suite 2007, 2010, 2013, Mac OS, iOS. Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to appropriately communicate with students, teachers, parents, vendors and members of the community. Ability to meet timelines and exercise good judgment while working in a dynamic environment. Mechanical abilities needed for various small projects. Ability to be flexible to meet needs of overall school functions. Duties and Responsibilities: Administers the Local Area Network including cabling and wireless connectivity, user accounts and servers. Provides for security, backup and disaster recovery plan, and virus and malware protection. Oversees Internet access, managed and unmanaged network switches, access points, firewall, and filtering hardware and software. Familiar with Active Directory, Microsoft Server Software, Microsoft Desktop applications, Apple iPads, and Mac os, Google Apps for Education, Google Chromebook, vlans, and virtual servers and workstations. Administers IP phone server and system. Administers digital surveillance server and system. Administers Telecenter and school time system which includes wired and wireless clocks and bells system. Administrate the Infinite Campus Student database application. Participates in the purchasing process and grant writing as requested by staff Participates in funding programs such as E-Rate and Telecom Equity Aid as requested by administration. Provides one-on-one and group training as requested. Oversees and provides training for student interns and/or part-time technology staff Participates in short and long range technology planning; analyzes and monitors staff needs and equipment. Participates in regional groups and consortiums providing technical services, training and technical support to Cook County Schools. Maintains the Helpdesk and responds to user questions and problems, Keeps accurate inventories of all hardware, software, and licensing. Assist staff with integrating technologies into the classroom. Work closely with the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) in configuring devices for online testing. Chairs the District Technology Committee. Adheres to the annual technology budget. Other duties as assigned. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 4, 2020 at 4pm. APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit letter of interest, resume, and three letters of reference to: email@example.com Pam Puskala District Office Admin Assistant Cook County School District 101 West 5th Street Grand Marais, MN 55604 Phone: (218) 387-2271 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is link to tonight's volleyball game against Wrenshall. Varsity game starts at 6:30 pm. https://youtu.be/gCW1xAG1xgk
Need Tickets to the Football Game? The Cook County Vikings take on the Silver Bay Mariners at 4pm on Friday. It will also be parents night. All tickets must be purchased in advance. If you need a ticket, email Activities Director Mitch Dorr at email@example.com.
Dear Families Application for Educational Benefits You can help generate state aid for your school by completing the Application for Educational Benefits or the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits and returning it to your school. Some schools collect income data through a web-based collection system which replaces the paper forms. These are household income statements; only one application is needed per household but each district or charter school in which students in the household are enrolled would need a copy. Students in households that meet the free or reduced price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for their school. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides. These applications may also make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans. However, the household must complete and return the forms, or complete the online form, no later than December 15 so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year.
Tonight's 4:00pm football game in Esko on the artificial turf vs. the South Ridge Panthers will be on the radio tonight on the following link: https://network1sports.com//station/wklk
Scholarship and FAFSA Information Please see the ISD 166 Facebook page for updated information about ACT Test on Oct. 24, SAT Test on Nov 7th, Virtual Scholarship information, Virtual College visits, and FAFSA information.
Community & Family Meeting Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/96340535616?pwd=Q1RNWEZaV3NvZ3U3RS9LRGdieS9rdz09
Away Football Game in South Ridge on Friday will be at 4pm. If you plan to attend, you must prepay for a ticket with Activities Director Mitch Dorr by the end of the day on Thursday. $5 for Adults - $3 for Students.
BAND FUNDRAISER The Cook County Band is fundraising through Driven Coffee starting October 20th and ending October 31st. This fundraiser will raise money for the Band Activity Account for future band trips to help bring the cost of the trip down for all families participating. Please consider sharing the link and information about this fundraiser. The benefit of this being online is that anyone can order and Driven Coffee will ship the products directly to them! Driven Coffee sells coffee, tea, honey, syrups, and snacks. A little something for everyone! Orders are placed online and delivered directly to your home. Thank you for supporting our band! https://www.drivencoffee.com/fundraising/order/ref/Cook-County-HS-Band/
PAYING FOR COLLEGE INFORMATION Helpful Tools for Financial Aid Nights (videos, etc) Here are some great videos that have been created by financial aid professionals in Minnesota that might be helpful for students/parents · Applying for Financial Aid Overview (14 minutes) – discusses the FAFSA and the MN Dream Act application and who should apply for each, what is needed to complete both apps, dependency status, answers to some FAQs. · 2021-2022 What You Need to Know (48 minutes) – explains the types of financial aid available, what is needed to complete the FAFSA, a demo of FAFSA on the Web. · Financial Aid Presentation Video (53 minutes) – very detailed explanation of financial aid, the FAFSA application process, how EFC is determined (with Minnesota West as an example), some helpful FAFSA tips and what happens after the FAFSA. · Paying for College Videos (5-10 minutes each) – we have sent these out before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQLyu8Gk0vg&authuser=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6XTxhamhJM&t=111s&authuser=0
All Volleyball games live-streamed from Two Harbor tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-IlBq5J4QU
Picture Day is Coming for Sawtooth Elementary students on November 12th. K - 5th grade students on campus as part of the Tier 1 program and Hybrid students will have their photo taken. All K- 5th grade Distance Learning students are encouraged to come into school for a photo as well. Online ordering is encouraged, but order envelopes will be distributed to elementary students when they are available. Call the school if you have questions or go to Lifetouch.com for more information. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/EVTWGXZMN
Cook County Schools is now accepting Sealed Bids for a 60 gallon Propane Kettle To request a viewing, please contact: Tom Nelsonfirstname.lastname@example.org or 218-387-2271 ext 644 Sealed Bid deadline is October 22, 2020 by 3:00pm. Bids can be dropped off at the PK-12 office located at the Main Entrance of the School.
Letter from Cook County Schools and Regional Superintendents https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zgc53TuFjmiSV0k8F8YJcCjyUQmOOBQg/view
Cook County Schools is now accepting Sealed Bids for a 60 gallon Propane Kettle For a picture of the item or to request a viewing, please contact:Tom Nelsonemail@example.com or 218-387-2271 ext 644 Sealed Bid deadline is October 22, 2020 by 3:00pm. Bids can be dropped off at the PK-12 office located at the Main Entrance of the School.
The School Board of I.S.D. 166 will meet for a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm. This meeting will be done virtually via Zoom due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Community Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org The Agenda for the Special Meeting is: Discuss and Approve the Recommendation from the Incident Command Team Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/97524858300
Family Feedback during Distance Learning 2.0 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8fcrRysEfaLIN8O6do-VSFzP1tKQhDsn9s37gYwegsPQZQA/viewform
Here is information from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation regarding scholarships for seniors and their parents. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation offers over 70 scholarship opportunities for students at Cook County School. Act now to find $$ to pay for college! With a wide variety of criteria, there’s a scholarship for nearly everyone! Create a profile and use their Eligibility Quiz to determine what’s out there for you. The application deadline is January 15th (& you can’t finish it in one day) so start soon! Scholarship Grids – See the 2020 scholarship grid. It is attached and linked HERE. https://www.dsacommunityfoundation.org/stuff/contentmgr/files/0/07011611a6d4a7d27b58e4b1ebc30966/files/2020_21scholarshipgrid_cchs.pdf Be sure to check it out, as it includes new scholarships including: o Four Directions Scholarship for Native Students and o Duluth Builders Exchange Apprenticeship Scholarship o The Erie Mining Scholarship too – for CCHS & Mesabi East HS students only!! Virtual Info Sessions There is a session just for CCHS seniors. Cook County HS Monday October 26 8:15am The log in info for that session is: Scholarship Info Session By computer, tablet or phone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/111607813 By phone: +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 111-607-813 “General Info Sessions” if you don’t have individual questions. Highly recommended for parents or those with specific questions. General sessions will use the same link above, will last about 30 minutes and are scheduled for: General Info Session Friday, October 16 Noon General Info Session Tuesday, November 24 7:00pm General Info Session Thursday, December 17 9:00am General Info Session Tuesday, January 5 7:00pm
Join the online community meeting regarding the K-3 Hybrid Model for ISD 166. https://zoom.us/j/92634788866?pwd=aGR5d3BkcC93UDByZGZNcnR6ZlNkZz09
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In an effort to raise awareness and continue to work towards a more kind and inclusive school and community, you are encouraged to participate in our Random Acts of Kindness challenge. Each student should have received a Calendar with daily ideas. You may choose your own RAK or follow the Calendar provided. Families are encouraged to participate as well! Today's RAK is to give someone a compliment. To spread kindness even further you are encouraged to post your RAK with hashtag #CCSRAK2020, or email @ email@example.com. "When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." Harold Kushner
The Cook County Safe Routes to School Committee, in collaboration with the Active Living Steering Committee, is looking for the community’s input on the temporary traffic change devices that were in place during the Highway 61 construction season. Please complete the attached survey to help us determine how the added traffic change devices affected your safety and confidence at these locations. Thank you! If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Andrea Orest, SHIP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 877-8262. Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6R2S9X
Tuesday, Septebmer 29 Announcements https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X01TuPJru4st6dg2fvFWGcBj1BXpTyod/view?usp=sharing Have a great day!!
Our school has had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. We have been in close communication with our Public Health professionals that have supported our communications and contact tracing within our staff and students in our essential student care. Along with our Public Health partners, we have and will be connecting with the families and those affected by this case. We have done a good job of following our procedures and protocols to ensure that a minimum of our school community has been affected. That being said, we will increase our diligence when social distancing, sanitizing, and examining all aspects of the program and related procedures. As we work through this incident, please know that we will continue to work hard to continue to follow the COVID plans that include the implementation of the CDC and MDH guidelines. As a community we should be proud of our public health and their diligence when working through these cases with the parties involved. We, as a school, will be working with the public health team to continue to diligently evaluate and re-evaluate our procedures and protocols. Our focus is to ensure the safety of all staff, students, and the community. Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.
It is "Senior Order Week" at Cook County! Please watch the short video series below to learn more. CAP & GOWN ORDER DEADLINE: Friday, October 2 Please note: There will be NO in-school order event, so if you would like to take advantage of the free shipping noted on the yellow flyer in the packet OR the free cap and gown promotion, please mail your order BY THE DEADLINE ABOVE to the following address: Jostens Inc PO Box 1081 Brainerd MN 56401 Please visit this video link and complete the link survey. https://view.vidreach.io/viewer/reach/ea528bb5-6689-4dc2-8dd0-afcd43ca5f49/843af948-08ae-4fea-908c-cd772606dfc1/398efbbe-59ac-46c8-81c3-d63ce48d88ae?pk_campaign=843af948-08ae-4fea-908c-cd772606dfc1 https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=be666ff6bb&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1678819146004398773&th=174c5d1e57b782b5&view=att&disp=inline
Happy Friday Cook County School families. We have completed 2 weeks of classes and we have seen amazing learning happening in our Distance Learning 2.0. As a district, our goal is to create a place where we can gain genuine feedback to support our decision making and practices during the Distance Learning 2.0 learning model time. Please fill out this form with feedback for the Task Force and Incident Command team to review and address. Please visit the school website or look for an email from the school and/or a text message for the Form or Survey link. There will also be paper copies in the main office. https://forms.gle/Y8kpgV3WxukqHTmQA Thank you and have a great weekend.
CHECK OUT COOK COUNTY HIGHER ED CLASSES TO HELP WITH DISTANCE LEARNING Chromebook Physical Tips and Tricks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdz3KcQ8c6I Chromebook Tips and Tricks CCHE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Axb_jMNnrc Google Classroom Presentation: https://mycche.org/event/distance-learning-tool-google-classroom/ SeeSaw Presentation: https://mycche.org/event/distance-learning-tool-seesaw/
Tuesday, September 8 Morning Announcements https://youtu.be/Kv6DRxHetCc Have a great first day of school!!
Updated Back to School Information: Device and material drop off will be Thursday, September 3rd. Busses will drop off at the same time as last Spring - 4 hours later than your usual pick up time. If you are unable to be at the pick up location at the designated time there will be another bus drop off on Friday at your pick up time. If you are unable to be at the bus pick up location at the designated time or if you live in town you are able to pick up your devices at the school Friday, September 4th from 1 - 4 pm. If you are unsure of your bus route pick up time you can contact the school at 218-387-2271. Thank you.
Attention Essential Workers that have students in COOK COUNTY SCHOOLS. Here is a list of the TIER 2 Essential workers that we will also be providing supervision and child care for during the distance learning times. To sign your student up for this service please contact Jeanne Anderson at email@example.com or 218-387-2271. Please provide their name(s), grade for 20-21, and the days your student(s) will need care.
Updates for Fall Athletics Minnesota High School League has moved both the Football and Volleyball Seasons to the Spring. Cross Country will continue to be in the fall with restrictions and reduced competitions. More details will be released as we receive them.
Parent and Family survey for Back-to-school planning As a school team we are finalizing the school plans under the MN's Safe Learning Plan, CDC Guidelines, Local Health Care Professionals recommendations, and MN Department of Education recommendations. We need to hear your voice. As a school district we have options for how we start and work through the 2020-2021 school year: In-Person, Hybrid (a combination of in-person and distance learning) and Cook County Distance Learning. Cook County Distance Learning (provided through Cook County Schools by Cook County teachers) is an option for families to opt into if that is best for your family's needs at anytime during the year. Please inform us of your personal needs as we are looking to understand and plan for our school year. At this time our plan is not solidified, this information is crucial in our finalization of the planning for all 3 options. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfq7sGngy1sBU1sI8VRfisJB5o-0tVT2v2hgpK0wc4Zuww8cw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Important Message from Superintendent Crandall......... Good Afternoon, The Minnesota Department of Education released the MN Safe Learning Plan today The district is working with Cook County Public Health to finalize the school opening plan. The School Board will be meeting to discuss plans for opening school. We will continue to provide weekly updates The entire staff of the Cook County School District appreciates your support and patience. Thank you
The deadline to sign up for the online classroom portion of Drivers Education is Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by 4pm.
Parents and Families we would like your feedback! Please fill out our survey on Distance Learning as we are planning for the fall. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZVEMN52Y0wqeqLCNxEtvbcG1LtpOkhIxbnpCAPuZePu4ydw/viewform?usp=sf_link
The online classroom portion of Drivers Ed will run for 10 days from 8am to 11am, July 27th thru Aug. 7th, no class on Sat, Aug 1st or Sun, Aug 2nd. 30 classroom hours are required to pass the classroom portion. Make up day August 10th. Register with Pam, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cook County Community: There is NO pending eviction of the Grand Marais Playhouse from the ACA. The Cook County School District values the partnership with the Playhouse and has no intention of severing our ties. The Playhouse is an asset to our community and our students.The School has never contemplated an eviction of the Playhouse. The District has been in discussions with the Playhouse for over a year on updating our lease, which has not been done for over a decade. Part of this discussion has centered around the location of the Playhouse’s office space within the ACA facility. Due to the changing demands on the School, the District has been working with the Playhouse to move office spaces, down the hall, and still within the facility. The shuffling of rooms and offices is a regular occurrence at the School in order to best accommodate the needs of our students as they change over time. The District’s commitment to our lease with the Playhouse and the commitment to our partnership is not in jeopardy. Regards, Dan Shirley School Board Chair, ISD 166 Dr. Bill Crandall Superintendent, ISD 166
Parents and guardians of ISD 166 students, please take a moment to complete this survey regarding Distance Learning. http://sgiz.mobi/s3/2020-Parent-Distance-Learning-Feedback-Survey
Summer Meal Program Summer Meal Service with hot lunches will begin on June 8th thru August 21st and will be offered Monday thru Friday except Friday July 3rd. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m Lunch will be served from 11:15 a.m - 12:15 p.m Meals can be picked up from the front entrance of the school during these times. This program is free to all kids 18 and under regardless of school enrollment. Unfortunately, we are not allowed by the federal program rules to feed adults. Cook County Schools is an equal opportunity employer.
Cook County Middle School Year-in-Review and Staff Send-Off Have a great summer! https://youtu.be/pUvl4hhXc34
Congratulations Sawtooth Mountain Elementary on another great school year! Enjoy this virtual 2019-2020 5th Grade Graduation and End of Year Program. Have a great summer! https://youtu.be/mmFNyKAUmyc
A celebration of the accomplishments, growth, and fun shared with our Cook County Middle School 6th-8th grade students during the 2019-20 school year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ewQS8jTbYQ&t=614s
Graduation is this Saturday, May 30th. Please join us as we help celebrate the Class of 2020. We encourage the community to join ISD 166 as we line the parade route and cheer on our senior class. Congratulations Class of 2020!!! Best of luck wherever life takes you! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fxek2j4fEcBY1VaWZmNLbefi2fzyStp3/view?usp=sharing
Cook County Schools is looking for a Summer Kitchen Helper to assist with the Summer Lunch Program. This is a part time position. A Servsafe Certificate is required or the ability to obtain one. For more information please email Pam Puskala: email@example.com.
Youth baseball, including T-Ball, Parent Pitch, and Little League, has been suspended until July 1st. An evaluation of the feasibility of having youth baseball in July will be conducted in the month ahead. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this season of uncertainty due to Covid-19.
Remember to tune into the HS Awards and Scholarship show tonight at 7pm. Here is a direct link: https://youtu.be/hUyMR633Sb8 Link won’t be live until 7pm.
Just a reminder that tonight (May 15th) at 7 pm is the High School Awards and Scholarship Program. Please go to www.cookcountyschools.org to access the link to the program. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that support our students with financial aid and recognition.
Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage Parents and caregivers with children birth to age five: The North Shore Collaborative is happy to announce that LOTS will be offered this summer for children birth to age five! The program will be offered a bit differently than in the past. We will be offering “book and activity bags” for pick-up at each of our locations. We are still working out the details, so please check the North Shore Collaborative’s Facebook page or our website for updated information: https://www.co.lake.mn.us/departments/lots_program.php Efforts will be made to promote the safe delivery of books. LOTS is FREE for all families with children birth to age five. Would your older children like books? We will also have books for ages 6 and up available at all locations! Please contact Trisha Scamehorn at 218-834-8403 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. LOTS is a program of the North Shore Collaborative.
On graduation day, WTIP will be airing a special radio show for our graduates of 2020. You will have the opportunity to send a special message to a classmate, graduate, etc. This will need to be done in advance of graduation day. Please see bullet points below. · * The program will air on WTIP Saturday, May 30, from 3 to 6 pm * The deadline to email song requests and/or brief dedications/messages is May 26 (requests should be emailed to email@example.com)
Here is the "Sawtooth Mountain Kindergarten Round-Up Family Information Video". There will be having a virtual meeting on Friday, May 15 at 9:00. Please take a moment to watch this before Friday. https://youtu.be/GG0jalxZPZ8
Virtual Kindergarten Parent Meeting For Cook County Schools Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91148388808?pwd=cDE3YmxqU0xPT25wT2RodEhHaDJqUT09 Meeting ID: 911 4838 8808 Password: 7NCFJp One tap mobile +16699006833,,91148388808#,,1#,055053# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,91148388808#,,1#,055053# US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 911 4838 8808 Password: 055053 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aLIVTMml Please contact the school if you have questions. 387-2271
Join us in our 2020 Luminaries for the Class of 2020 Initiative https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wQVBr-6jhC6rngIGICu1nBRbvNdyjVqS/view?usp=sharing
ISD 166 PTA and students send this "THANK YOU" to staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. https://www.magisto.com/int/album/video/LHc7DFVCGlAhLCoEDmEwCXl9?l=vsm&o=a&c=e
School-Owned Instrument Returns This normally wouldn't occur until the last week of school, but because of the current situation I am asking that all school-owned instruments be returned to school via the bus drop off (hubs where materials are returned/dropped off) or dropped off at the school directly on Monday, May 4th. I need to check-in all the school-owned instruments, assess any repairs or cleaning that will need to be done, and organize the room. Students may keep all of their music EXCEPT for school owned Essential Elements method books (they will say "Property of Cook County" or something similar on the front cover). Please contact me if you need to arrange this return for a different day, and please send me an email when you have returned the instrument so I know to look for it. Thank you, Mikkel Haas 218-387-2271 Ext. 301 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for next school year. Students in middle and high school need to check their school emails for information regarding registration for classes for next year. High School online registration forms and course handbooks have been shared via student emails. Middle School registration forms will be coming soon. Please call the school if you have any question. 387-2271
Just a reminder from ISD 166 to remember to meet the buses on Mondays to route completed homework back to school. Please return in the envelopes they are delivered in so the school can re-route new paperwork the following Monday in the envelopes. Buses run 4 hours later than the usual drop off time. Thank you.
Youth Baseball Coordinator Posting Community Education is looking for a Youth Baseball Commissioner who will oversee our summer youth baseball program. This includes T-Ball, Parent Pitch, and Little League. Duties would include scheduling, registrations, and working with coaches to get season started. Much of the outlines from previous years is on file and ready to be altered to help plan out this year. This position pays a stipend of $1500. Please contact Pam Puskala at email@example.com or 218-387-2271 ext 606 if interested.
ISD 166 is extending the due date for the WISE Trade Scholarship until 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 14th. If you are going to a 2 year community college or tech school please consider filling out this application. Applications are available on the school website under "see all news" and scroll down til you find the scholarship article. Hard copies are also available at the Eagle door between 10:00 and noon. Completed applications for this scholarship can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the school by 10 am on April 14th. Please call if you have any questions.
Cook County High School will be joining other schools around the state with a special honor for students on Monday, April 6. CCHS will be turning on the football lights at 8:20 pm for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor our students and let them know we are thinking about them. *Special shout out to the Class of 2020! You are our light! It is important to understand this is not intended to be a gathering, but rather a symbolic gesture to honor our students. We ask that you respect the Stay at Home Order. Please join us in your own homes by turning on your porch lights at 8:20 pm to show your support
Here are Thursday's Announcements for Cook County Schools!! Make it a Great Day!! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B_OOLReP-lz_V_Rt6a9OqpnLygpO_Xgf/view?usp=sharing
Please keep checking our website for updates on Cook County Schools Distance Learning Plan
“The Incredible Exchange program is for youth ages 11-14. You must be within the age guidelines by June 1st. Complete and drop off application at the Extension office in the Cook County Community Center ( Box will be outside of the building!!!), call us 218-387-3015 and we can sign you up via the phone or mail to: The incredible Exchange Cook County Extension 317 W 5th St Grand Marais, MN 55604 Please note* We are going forward with the program at this time however regarding the COVID -19 we might have to cancel in the future.” Diane Booth/ Community Center/ Extension Director Izabela Sheehan/ Community Center Assistant 218-387-3015
Please email or call in school lunch requests by 3 pm today, March 17th.
Cook County Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch for all ISD 166 students preschool through 12th grade beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. There will be one delivery per day. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FOOD DELIVERIES THE DISTRICT MUST RECEIVE CONSENT FROM FAMILIES TO DELIVER MEALS. Please email the school using the email at email@example.com, or call 387-2271 extension 608, 602, or 609 to request a meal delivered. Be prepared to share the names and ages of students, parent and family phone number, and the address for the delivery for Wednesday and Thursday. No meals delivered during spring break. Meals will continue to be delivered after spring break if school is still not in session. We will continue to contact you next week with any news for the week following spring break. Delivery will be on the normal bus routes between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Wednesday and Thursday. Please be patient as we work to put these systems in place. Meals will also be available for pick up at the main doors between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Students may receive one set of meals per day. If you have any questions please contact the meal coordinator at extension 608.
Attention parents of ISD 166 students that are hospital workers and first responders that have students ages 5 through 12. If you are in need of child care on Wednesday, March 18, or Thursday, March 19, please call the main office to sign your child up and to learn the details of the child care program. 3 8 7-2271
UPDATE from ISD 166 Students should: 1. Take home all personal belongings/locker clean out, including PE locker 2. Before the end of the day Tuesday, empty lockers for future cleaning/sanitizing Parents: 1. Anticipate students bringing home personal belongings 2. Arrange getting medication from nurse 3. Contact PK-12 office regarding attendance to excuse children if you keep them home Mon/Tues Childcare will be available for children 12 & under, starting March 18 for children of families of emergency workers & ISD166 employees. More information to follow. The school will be open 8:00 to 4:00 through March 19th if parents need access to the school to collect student belongings. Please call the school if you have any questions or concerns. Continue to watch the school website and Facebook page for further updates to the current situation. Thank you.
This is a message from Cook County School District regarding the governor's announcement. Cook County Schools will be in session on Monday & Tuesday, with extra-curriculars and sports practices as scheduled. Normal schedules for Monday & Tuesday. Starting on Wednesday, there will be no school. School will be closed Wednesday, March 18 –and 19 with Spring break next week; This is the current plan, but is subject to change. Our staff will be working and planning for education if the closure continues. Elementary students were given a paper survey that was sent home please fill it out and return it tomorrow. That is important information we need. We will continue to send updates as we receive them. We know there are a lot of questions and we will continue to update as we have information. Please continue to check our school website and your email accounts.
Sawtooth Student Council is running the Pennies for Patients fundraiser until March 19th. Sawtooth students are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills to help benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fight childhood blood cancers. Donations can be made online once students set up online profiles or through the school page at https://events.lls.org/pages/mn/SawtoothMountainElementarySchool-2020 We have a school goal of $2,020 and students and classes can earn rewards through next week. Thank you for your support! Sawtooth Student Council
The Symphonic Band did great at Solo / Ensemble today at UMD where they were rewarded with an Excellent Rating by the Judges! Great job band members and Director Mikkel Haas!
2020-2021 Preschool Registration Forms are now available on our website under the Community Education tab.
Cook County Schools ISD166 is seeking a full time evening custodian. Please contact the District office for an application or download an application from our website: cookcountyschools.org. For more information please contact Tom Nelson, 218-387-2271 ext. 644.
Just a reminder to seniors that the deadline for local scholarships is fast approaching. Grand Marais Public Utility Scholarship deadline is March 13th (open to families that are customers), and the rest of the local scholarships are due April 7th. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that support our seniors.
The Boys Basketball team will have a home playoff game vs Lakeview Christian Academy on Monday, March 2nd at 6pm in the first round of the Section 7A Playoffs. Tickets are $5 for students and $9 for adults. No passes accepted for playoff games.
2020-2021 Kindergarten Parent Meeting: There will be a meeting for 2020-2021 kindergarten families on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm, Join us for a multimedia presentation about the excellent education your child will receive at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School. At this meeting, administration and the current kindergarten teachers will share information about our small class sizes, aligned curriculums for mathematics, reading, writing and language arts, our licensed specialist teachers (physical education, music, art), our World Language program, our elementary library, our use of technology to enhance instruction, our school garden, school forest trail systems, and Winter Wonderland. Please plan to enter through the Main Entrance door and follow the signs to the Sawtooth Media Center. Free childcare will be available. Please RSVP for childcare by March 31st. For more information and to RSVP contact Lacey Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 387-2271 ext. 455 or Autumn Hood email@example.com 387-2271 ext 457
The Varsity Knowledge Bowl team will not be traveling tomorrow (Thursday) to the meet. No Knowledge Bowl tomorrow!!
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS Applications for all the local scholarships are now avaible in the High School Media Center. Deadline for most of them are April 7th, though there are a few with earlier deadlines. Please make note of deadline date listed on the application. Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals that support the Class of 2020!
Acceptance Assembly Held At Cook County Schools https://www.boreal.org/2020/01/31/295985/acceptance-assembly-held-at-cook-county-schools
Please make note of these events. 1. Parents night is this coming Friday, January 31st. We will recognize all parents from the boys and girls basketball teams, cheerleading, and nordic and alpine skiing. We will start that program at around 5:45pm or whenever the first basketball game concludes. 2. The Saturday girls varsity game vs. Duluth East will be at 1:30pm. No JV game, just a varsity game at 1:30pm.
Parent Teacher Conferences: February 14th at 1:00 - 3:00 pm in Grand Portage February 18th and 20th at 3:30 - 6:30 pm at ISD 166 Here are the Sign Up Genius Links for elementary parents to schedule a conference at ISD 166: K,1st,2nd,3rd,5th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADA62CA7FB6-feb1 4th grade: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADA62CA7FB6-steinbachs3
Carlton rescheduled game on February 18th for boys basketball has been cancelled. Will repost if it is rescheduled again.
Boys Basketball tonight vs. Thunder Bay has been postponed. New date will be posted when rescheduled.
In celebration of Native American Heritage month (November), Sawtooth Mountain Kindergarten was presented with lessons of Southeast Alaskan Native and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe culture and art. Kindergarten had the opportunity of learning Southeast Alaskan Native culture and art from Kayle Hielscher. Miss Kayle lived in Metlakatla, Alaska home to the Tsimshian (shim-shee-un) tribe before working as a Special Education Teacher at Sawtooth. Students learned about the way of life in Alaska and experienced traditional items specific to Tsimshian people such as cedar roses, rings, earrings, and drums (Pictured is the drums made by Miss Kayle while in Alaska). Mrs. Hood shared with students regalia items specific to Anishinaabe people such as a jingle dress, beadwork, and moccasins. They were able to share in dance, ojibwe songs and stories.
Boys Basketball games scheduled for Monday Dec. 2nd vs. Lakeview Christian have been postponed due to no school in Duluth area. Games will be rescheduled.
Cook County Schools is looking for a Registered Nurse to oversee the Licensed Practical Nurse in the School Health office. The position is one day a week. To apply please send Letter of Interest, Resume, Nursing License, and 3 letters of reference to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 HOUR DELAY: Cook County Schools will have a 2 hour delay today due to County Wide road conditions. No AM preschool for Ms Amanda’s Class.
PTA FUNDRAISER PTA will be running a fundraiser until December 2nd to raise money for winter activities for students. Elementary students will be conducting direct sales and orders are eligible for free shipping. Orders will arrive week of December 16th. Online orders of $75 or more are also eligible for free shipping and will be shipped right away. See flyer for more information or go to www.mnbrandsforgood.com to place your order. Enter “ISD 166” when asked for Group Name.
Everyone is invited to wear orange tomorrow for Unity Day to support kindness, acceptance and inclusion in our school and community.
Free and Reduced Lunch benefits expire each October if a new free and reduced application is not submitted to school each fall. If a new application was not submitted, your child is no longer eligible for free and reduced lunch and breakfast at school. Please submit a new application. Free and reduced lunch applications are available in the PK-12 office or on the school website. Please call the school if you have questions. 387-2271 ext 609 Thank you.
School photo retake day was scheduled for October 24th. Middle and high school photos have not arrived yet so we will have to postpone retake day. Will post an update as soon as we have a confirmed date. Thank you.
WTIP recently visited a handful of classrooms from across the school, recording students’ thoughts on bravery, courage and heroes. These field recordings will then be integrated into a larger piece set to air this Wednesday, 10/23, from 3-4. Eventually the program will also be available for streaming on their website. Miigwech, WTIP, for taking the time to listen!
“WTIP recently visited a handful of classrooms from across the school, recording students’ thoughts on bravery, courage and heroes. These field recordings will then be integrated into a larger piece set to air this Wednesday, 10/23, from 3-4. Eventually the program will also be available for streaming on their website. Miigwech, WTIP, for taking the time to listen!
The Cook County Football Team will have their first playoff game on the road tomorrow at Noble Field at the Grand Rapids High School where they will play Bigfork at 6pm. Grand Rapids High School 800 Conifer Drive Grand Rapids
Cook County School Store is now open! Find items picked out specifically for our team. There is also spirit wear available for your family and friends. - Shop Now: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/CCVIKING19 - Store Open From: October 21 - November 4, 2019
The Cook County Volleyball team will have a home playoff game this coming Monday, October 21st at 6:30pm. No passes taken at the gate for students or adults. $9 for adults and $5 for students.
Viking Football squad wins big road game in Cromwell 18-8.
Please see picture for Information on purchasing a letter jacket for your varsity student- athlete. Jackets are reasonably priced, very warm, and a great tradition here at CCHS. If you need more info, feel free to email me at email@example.com
Get your LIMITED TIME OFFER Cook County Vikings gear here! Order online at https://www.customink.com/g/deb0-00c0-ctzn by November 22, 2019 and your shirts will be delivered right to your house by December 9, 2019. Shipping charges will be added Child and adult sizes available in all styles. COOK COUNTY SCHOOLS PTA
Junior High Volleyball Tournament for today is cancelled.
NOTICE: School Phones will be out of service for a software upgrade today, Thursday, October 10 from approximately 4-4:30 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, October 11 starting at 11:00 a.m. for approximately 5 hours.
8th and 9th Grade Football game in Mt. Iron today at 5pm. No practice or game for 7th grade football players.
Homecoming Coronation & PepFest Cook County Schools will host their annual Homecoming Pepfest on Thursday, October 10th at 9:45am in the High School Gym. Check out the fun and help celebrate Homecoming week at Cook County Schools! Parents & Family are welcomed to attend.
ISD 166 is looking for substitutes for paraprofessionals and teachers. Please contact Cindy Everson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-2271 ext 602 if you are interested or have questions.
Scholastic Artic Adventure Bookfair! Hosted by ISD166 PTA October 8th-10th 3:30-6:30 PM in the elementary library Proceeds from the fair will help teachers grade K-12 and the elementary and middle/high school library. North Shore Federal Credit Union is our sponsor this fall. Each child Prek-5th grade at Sawtooth Elementary and K-6th at GES will receive a book up to $5 value or $5 off of a book of greater value.
Congratulations to the North Shore Storm Cross County Teams!! At the Eveleth Invitational the Girls Team took 1st place and the Boy's Team took 3rd!
Don't forget to download our new app.....Cook County Schools in the app store