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Today we kickoff the week with an opportunity to recognize each of our excellent paraprofessionals as we celebrate Paraprofessional Education Week in Minnesota. This week the state is giving recognition to more than 25,000 paraprofessionals working in Minnesota schools and educational programs. From the classroom to the lunchroom to the school bus, our paraprofessionals provide integral support for our students and our staff every day.

On behalf of District 911, I want to thank each of our paraprofessionals for the services you provide to help our schools function, and most importantly, to help provide our students with the best educational experience possible. Thank you for your dedication, and for all that you do for our schools!

It is a privilege to recognize our paraprofessionals this week for the incredible job they do throughout the school year.


Dr. Ray Queener
Superintendent

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2015 Music Festival


IMS/MNC Band 8 and Choir 8 and seventh grade students in Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Band attended the Band and Choir Festival on January 23rd at CIHS.  This experience gave the eighth graders in District 911 insight as to the wonderful musical experiences that await them at CIHS in the near future!

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Visit from Anoka-Ramsey

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Grade 5 students at IIS and SFAS learned what college is like and how to prepare for college.  Anna from Anoka-Ramsey Community College spoke to every class and answered plenty of questions!


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IPS entered a contest titled
"The Boise Give the Gift of Box Tops"... and
they won two pallets of paper (that's over $2,000) and 10,000 Box Tops (that's $1000)

They couldn't be more excited and
are very thankful for the generosity of
Boise White Paper, L.L.C.

Watch the winning video to see how our
teachers plan to use the newly acquired
abundance of paper!



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Cambridge Primary and Intermediate Schools Traffic Study




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Our IPS Reading Mentor Program


Dawn Buck's Isanti Middle School students
read books to students at Isanti Primary School.  
This will be an on going collaboration
between the two schools.


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Volleyball Champions!
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Congratulations to our Bluejacket volleyball team coached by Vicki Courts, Chris Hedberg, Mark  Courts, Tosha Brown, and Andrea Birkholz. They won the 2014 Mississippi 8 Conference Volleyball Championship.

The team finished 9-0 in conference play. The volleyball team is a very impressive 24-4 on the season and will enter section play next week.

This volleyball championship is the first Bluejacket conference championship in volleyball since the 1978 season. A BIG Congratulations to our volleyball coaching staff and team!


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For the announcements during directed study:

Well done and thank you Cambridge-Isanti High School. For the
past four years, the Bluejacket varsity football team has taken a knee
when our opponents have experienced an injury during a game.
This is very classy and respectful behavior.

Last Friday at our football game with North Branch, a young man from North Branch was hurt and on the ground needing medical attention. OUr entire Bluejacket football team immediately took a knee out of respect and care for the injured. At the same time, our entire student cheering section all sat down out of respect and care. The respect, care, and class of our teams and cheering sections at events helps contribure to making our high school (in my opinion) the finest in the Nation.

Well cone and thank you Bluejacket students for being a leader and an example for others in class, respect, care, and sportsmanship!

GO BIG BLUE!

Mark Solberg, Activities Director




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Thank you!


"Our community helped to fund the secure entrances at our schools with support of the bond referendum last fall (2013). Thank you for helping to keep our students and our schools safe."


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Every weekday of the year including many Saturdays, school buses of the Cambridge-Isanti School District are out on the roads of our community. Transportation continues after the traditional school year ends in June for Summer School and Special Education programs. Community Education programs and the Districts Year Round School Option program.





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Open Enrollment Option

Check out open enrollment!
Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools encourages families
outside our School District to consider
the open enrollment option for their children.
If you would like more information,
please call the School District Office at 763-689-6212




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CIHS One Act Play News

Small Actors by Stephen Gregg

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On February 24th,  the Cambridge-Isanti High School cast and crew participated in the Mississippi 8 One Act Play Festival held at CIHS where Sadie Broll, Madeline Kohn and Sophie Wahlstrom were named All-Conference Performers. Jenny Skalicky was named All-Conference Technician. Conference honorable mentions went to Ian McVicker, Lily Truebenbach, Tyra Anderson, and Nicole Ulrich. The production was also awarded a Starred performance by the other one act directors in the Conference. The entire team received a silver standard for Academics. The One Act is directed by Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni. Aaron Knudsvig is assistant director.

A free public performance will be held on Friday, February 30th at 7 P.M. in the CIHS PAC.

On Saturday, January 31st, the cast and crew will be at CIHS for the Sub-Section 7AA competition. The performance will be at 2:30 P.M. Section finals will be February 7th at Duluth East High School, times TBA. State will be held on February 13th at St. Catherine’s University. The 7AA champion will perform at 2:30 P.M. at State. The public is welcome to all performances.

Small Actors Synopsis:
Emily desperately wants to play the lead in her high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Instead, she gets a one-line, four-word role. None the less, she tells her parents (who will be out of town during the performance) that she got the lead, and suddenly, things spin way out of control. Mom and Dad cancel their vacation plans and invite every relative they can round up to come visit and see their daughter play Juliet. This outlandishly funny and very touching play is about the roles we all play—in theatre and in life.

           Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni
Photo Credit: Alicia Chapman


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7AA AAA Winner Maria Leibel

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Maria Leibel was named the winner of Region 7AA for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award. On Thursday, January 22, 2015 prior to the swim and dive meet with St. Michael-Albertville-Big Lake.

The script used:
Tonight we are honoring Maria Leibel as she has been named the winner of the Region 7AA Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award. She will represent all of the big schools north and east of Minneapolis- St. Paul all the way to Canada.

A very special congratulations to Maria and family. We wish you the best in statewide competition. Maria will be recognized in all of the winter state tourney booklets, on TV at state competitions, and at the Minnesota State High School League's Academics, Arts, and Athletics Banquet.


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MNC Future City Project Winners
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Minnesota Center sixth through eighth graders participated in a Future City project, which included over 30 MN State Standards.  Students worked hands-on, manipulating technology and designing futuristic concepts in order to create a city of the future.  The project, which lasted two months, included a virtual city, 1000 word essay, 500 word narrative, scale model built from recycled materials, and a team presentation.  Three teams moved on to the Future City Regional Competition at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, January 17.  

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Here are the winning teams who competed at the U of M:

City: Moria
Team: Alexander Wimmer, Cody Furey, Katie Miller
Awards: Best Virtual City (given to the tteam with the highest score on their virtual city - top of about 45 teams!) and Outstanding First Year Participant (given to the team with the highest total score of a school participating for the first time).  

City: Briarcliff
Team: Jazzy Vannett, Brandy Dahlgren, Kara Olson, Jaqy Spencer

City: Alimentos
Team: Jana Smrcka, Kayla Marthaler, David Criswell, Sienna Herrera-Shanley
Awards: Building a World of Difference Award


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“We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”

 Edith Lovejoy Pierce


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CIHS AAA Recipients
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This years 2014-2015 Academics, Arts, and Athletics recipients from Cambridge-Isanti High School are seniors Maria Leibel and Peter Edblad.
Congratulations Maria and Peter!


Big Bluejacket Weekend

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CIS & IIS
Thanks the Cambridge Rotary
and the Cambridge Lions

December 3 was dictionary day for grade 3 students.  The Cambridge Area Rotary and Lions Club donated a dictionary to every student in grade 3.

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Congratulations to Swimmers
and Divers
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Pictured; Maria Vavra, Megan Scheiller, Maria Leibel, Brooke Olson

CIHS girls swim captains swam very well at sections and Maria Leibel made it to State in diving. State Swimming and Diving November 12-14 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. 
Maria Leibel dove in Class AA Diving Prelims; she finished 27th.This was her second time representing the C-I Swim and Dive team at the State Meet. She qualified for State as a Sophomore also.


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Congratulations to our Bluejacket volleyball team coached by Vicki Courts, Chris Hedberg, Mark  Courts, Tosha Brown, and Andrea Birkholz, as on Saturday they won the Section 7AAA Volleyball Championship. Earlier this fall, the Bluejackets also won the Mississippi 8 Conference Volleyball Championship.

This Section Championship in Bluejacket Volleyball, is the first in school history. A BIG Congratulations to our volleyball coaching staff and team! Our team played with heart and pride and defeated an outstanding North Branch volleyball team 3-2. 25-17, 20-25, 26-28, 25-19, and 15-10 were the scores in an extremely well played match!

Thanks to our large delegation of Bluejackets fans that supported our team and coaching staff in the three section games. The numbers of parents/guardians, teachers, members of other Bluejacket coaching staffs, administrators, alumni, and resident fans was tremendous. Our large crowd celebrating the championship, with our team and coaching staff, on the gym floor at Chisago Lakes is a life-long fond memory to cherish!

We have great students at Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch. The students from both schools were loud and proud. The chanting back and forth was fun and provided for a great atmosphere: Loud chants of
" Let's Go Vikings, Let's Go Jackets"; rivalry and respect at its best!

GO BIG BLUE Volleyball!





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Fundraising: It all adds up!
Clip and save your BoxTops or Labels for Education, keep your Kemps or Land O Lakes Milk Caps, and Swipe your Target RedCard. Although these three things seem simple and easy, they also can raise funds for our school. We can use the money for things like field trips, special classroom supplies, and other "extras" that school budgets can't fund.
In fact, together, these programs bring the school hundreds -- sometimes thousands --  of dollars each year. Remember to ask your friends, relatives and neighbors to save things too. It's a simple way to help that goes a long way.


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BoxTops for Education
What to Do: Clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of products found at your local grocery store. Each coupon is worth 10 cents when we redeem them from General Mills.

Where to Find:Pop Secret popcorn, Bugels, Chex Mix, Gardettos snacks, Cheerios, Wheaties, Chex, Total, Kix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Yoplait Go-Gurt, Pillsbury Rolls, Betty Crocker cake mixes and frosting, Bisquick, Progresso Soup, Old El Paso products, Gold Medal flour and many more! Go to www.boxtops4education.com to see a complete list of participating products.

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Campbell's Labels for Education
The Labels for Education program is a great way to get FREE merchandise for our school, and Campbell's makes it so easy to redeem labels. Participating in the program is easy - simply save the UPC labels from Campbell's and other participating products and send them to school!


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Other Items that can be Donated for Fundraising
Isanti Intermediate also participates in fundraising through a recycling program.  Please send empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones with your student or drop them off the next time you are in the building in the designated area in the main office.
Target Take Charge of Education
Here's a terrific way to raise funds for Isanti Intermediate School! All you have to do is use your Target Visa or Target Card. Target generously donates 1 percent of your Target Visa or Target Card purchases to the school of your choice - in the form of a cash donation through the Take Charge of Education program. Target tracks purchases charged to participating accounts and sends a check to us in March and September.

Sign me up!
Signing up is easy.  Just visit target.com/tcoe, or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate a school as the school to receive a percentage of your purchases.

If you ever shop at Target, please consider using your Target Visa or Target Card. A big thanks to those who are already doing their part to make our great school even better.


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DonorsChoose.org
Classroom teachers in the CI Disctrict are able to participate in DonorsChoose.org by creating "projects" that can be funded by donors from around the country. You can search local projects easily on DonorsChoose.org. Currently ALL donations made by creditcard (including amazon.com cards) will be matched by Chase. For more information check out www.donorschoose.com/chase

DonorsChoose.org - Give the gift of learning - Go




Public Notices
Finance Committee Meeting 1/28/15

Policy Review Committee Meeting 2/3/15
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Cambridge-Isanti ISD #911 receives less money from the State and District 911 residents pay more in taxes per student than residents of 97% of other districts. Would You Like to Know Why?
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