Isanti Intermediate School is presented with a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Grant check by Isanti Mobil. The money was used to purchase resources for Math Classes. Presenting the check to Mark Ziebarth (Principal) is Justin Audette (Store Manager).
Friday June 7th
Red Kindergarten Day
This make-up day is for the Snow Day Friday April 19 School Closure. The make-up day is required to comply with state requirements as well as contract language that identifies number of days to be in session and/or worked.
The most logical and least disruptive will be moving the calendar forward one day, so Friday June 7th becomes the school closure instructional make-up day and the following Monday June 10th becomes the Staff Workday.
Pictures Courtesy of Isanti County News
Community Members - Employees, Parents, and Residents of the Cambridge Isanti School District Participated in a Survey for the Superintendent Search
click on the "Superintendent Search Survey Results" title above to view.
Also View the Results from the Community and Employee Forums for the Superintendent Profile.
"iPads and Art"
on Display at IIS / SFAS
Ms. Nastrom our ELL teacher at IIS/SFAS uses her iPad to teach students how to use the device to make art out of pictures. Here is a picture of three students with shading application that creates an artistic representation of the picture. The art project is part of our ExCite program that put iPads in the hands of all of our teachers for their use during the 2012-2013 school year.
Mrs. Boege and student anchors helped lead Isanti Intermediate School in singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss on "Read Across America" Day on March 1, 2013.
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.
Support Your School
Check out the many ways you can help our schools in Cambridge-Isanti. You can help by simply collecting Box Tops for Education, Kemp’s milk jug lids and Campbell® Soup labels, or shopping at Target with your credit card and specifying your child’s school for the Education Credit. All of these activities support and help the Cambridge-Isanti ISD #911 Schools. All proceeds of these efforts go directly to the classrooms for books, material and supply purchases. Check with individual building secretaries for more information! Thank you for your support.
These ninth grade students were honored for having a GPA of 4.0. The celebration is for the freshmen that are still 4.0's.
2013 Staff Recognition Tea
Recognition Tea Compliments of District #911 Board of Education / Administration / Faculty and Staff
By: Mark Solberg
For CIHS Speech Team
The Cambridge-Isanti High School Speech team wraps up a successful season. They won first place at Ogilivie, Princeton, Zimmerman, Milaca, and Cambridge-Isanti. They took 3rd at Fridley and in the Mississippi 8 Conference. They also won the title of Mississippi 8 Academic Champions. At the Section 7AA tournament, they placed in their all-time best position of 4th overall. It was an amazing season, in great part to the leadership and talents of the class of 2013.
Pictured: Senior members of the Cambridge-Isanti High School Speech Team--
Row 1: Jordan Zurn, Adam Peterson, Mikaela Kase
Row 2: Veronica Utecht, Amanda Paris, Katrina Barnes, Jake Fixell
(Not Pictured: Emily Moore, Mitchell Tillges)
State Speech Competitors
Cambridge-Isanti High School speech team finishes its speech season with its highest state placement in its recent history. Four students advanced to the State Tournament held at Blaine High School, on Friday, April 19. All the students finished in the upper half of the state competitors in their categories. Advancing to finals was Mikaela Kase in Extemporaneous Reading. She placed 6th in the State AA contest.
State Competitors-Megan Hovinen, Adam Peterson, Mikaela Kase, Jordan Zurn
State Placer-Mikaela Kase
CIHS Academic Letter Awards Ceremony
The CIHS Academic Letter Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, March 18th at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center. Of the 430 senior, junior and sophomore letter winners, 220 were present to receive their awards. Senior Dagne Gorham provided a lovely piano prelude. The CIHS Jazz Choir, under the direction of Aaron Knudsvig, entertained the audience during the ceremony with two delightful selections. Featured guest, 2007 CIHS graduate and current CMS teacher, Erin Johnson gave an insightful and humorous speech which encouraged students to take risks, be fearless, surround themselves with positive people and to "call mom" when faced with difficulties. The evening ended with a drawing for an iPad (donated by Coca-Cola Company) for a lucky senior letter-winner. Stuart Yurczyk was this year's winner.
"betweenity" One Act Play
The cast and crew of the CIHS one act play "betweenity" has been chosen as the Section 7AA champions.
The high school is presenting the play "betweenity" by Lindsay Price, presented through special arrangement with Theatrefolk.
BPA Region Competition Results
(left - right) Ike Nelson, Mitch Ziebarth, Michael Larson and Ryan Fredlund.
Ryan finished 1st in VB programming. computer programming open and 3rd in Java program.
Mitch, Ike and Mike were 1st in News Broadcasting.
All 4 will be competing at the BPA state meet in Minneapolis in March.
Advanced Placement Scholars
AP Scholars: Thomas McDonough, Peter Dunbar, Mikaela Kase, Keven Lorsung (Not Pictured-Seniors Jacob Braaten, Daniel Carlson, Nathan Henderson, Jenna Hooper, and Samuel Olson.)
AP Scholars with Honors: Mia McVicker, Hannah Prigge, and Tyrel Filley (not pictured: Emily Moore)
Twenty-two students from Cambridge-Isanti High School have been named by the CollegeBoard as having received Advanced Placement awards based on the exams taken by these students. Students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams receive the honor of being named AP Scholars. These students are seniors: Jacob Braaten, Daniel Carlson, Peter Dunbar, Nathan Henderson, Jenna Hooper, Anthony Hunt, Mikaela Kase, Kevin Lorsung, Thomas Mcdonough, Samuel Olson, and 2012 graduates Ingrid Grandgenett, Caleb Pixler, Samuel Renier, Charles Schafer, Alex Skoglund, and Benjamin Zins. Students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams are seniors Tyrel Filley, Mia McVicker, Emily Moore, and
Hannah Prigge. Students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams are 2012 graduates Adam Guptill and Megan Hallstrom. Congratulations to all of these hard working scholars.
Important Message to Families of ISD #911
You might be aware that we are currently experiencing rumors throughout out school and community.
Certainly with modern day social media rumors have a tendency to spread faster and reach more people
more quickly than school officials and law enforcement agencies can respond.
Unfortunately there are people among us who seem to enjoy creating a sense of anxiety
and concern in
our daily lives.
The school district become aware of a specific rumor circulating regarding acts of upcoming violence in
the school district. Precautionary measures have been taken to keep your children safe in school. Law
enforcement is involved and investigating the source of the rumor as well as being present on school
I would remind everyone as a community, each of us plays a critical role in keeping our children and our schools safe. Please continue to share a message of calm reassurance that our schools are safe and will continue to be safe with all of us working together.
Bruce Novak Superintendent
CIHS Academic Boosters for November
Message to Families of ISD #911
Our hearts go out to the families in Newtown, Connecticut.
Please take a minute to hug your children and reassure them school is a safe place to be.
Our children’s safety will continue to be a primary focus for the school district.
Bruce A. Novak, Superintendent
August 24, 2012
Important information for parents and community members
Our student’s safety is a primary concern for all employees of Cambridge-Isanti Schools. With this in mind and knowing we have many visitors in and out of our buildings daily, it is important to have the proper procedures in place to achieve this goal of child safety.
Policy #903 – Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites; has been in existence since 2002. Due to various incidents and occurrences across the County and State of Minnesota, new requirements are in place for our children’s safety and protection. The Cambridge-Isanti School Board will be updating and approving the new changes and procedures to be implemented beginning September 4, 2012. The procedures will be consistent at all School District Buildings and sites and we encourage and ask for everyone’s support as these changes take place.
If you have questions, please reference the Policy on the District 911 website or visit with your child’s principal.
Remember safety and protection is important to all of us.
Improves Staff Readiness
Participants of "Operation Bluejacket" posed for a picture on August 21, 2012
On Tuesday, August 21st, a tabletop exercise called "Operation Bluejacket" was conducted at the Oakland ALC area of the Education Center. Over 60 people participated in the exercise, including administration and staff from the district office and from buildings and departments including district administration, principals, departmental administrators administrative assistants, community education, buildings and grounds, transportation, technology, food service, finance and health services . Members of Oakland ALC and Rum River Special Education Cooperative also participated.
The idea for this was developed as part of the district's emergency planning team meetings and has been in the planning stages since April of 2012. The committee felt it was important to create a tabletop scenario exercise that would test our current level of readiness and level of knowledge regarding current response plans and capabilities for a tornado response.
The Exercise Planning Team selected four objectives to focus on with the exercise:
1. To implement the Incident Command System (ICS) /Unified Command/NIMS
2. To practice and drill on the Building Operations Plans (EOP)
3. To assess tools and identify barriers to interoperable communications between all buildings and the incident command post.
4. To identify the need for student/staff relocation and family reunification in reviewing Evacuation/Shelter in Place procedures.
The exercise was conducted from 8am until 12 noon. Exercise participants were briefed on the exercise and then the groups were split out into groups by building to discuss and problem solve how to best respond to the events of the scenario. Timely "injects" were provided to each group to simulate an expanding event scenario and real time decision making and participation was conducted.
The district invited emergency responders from the cities of Cambridge and Isanti as well as Isanti County responders from Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Management/Homeland Security and Public Health and many of these people attended and actively participated to provide useful guidance and feedback that improved the experience for all district employees. Employee feedback from this exercise has been very positive and the exercise in August served as a vehicle to heighten staff awareness of emergency procedures and employee responsibilities prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
The district wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all County and City agency personnel that participated in "Operation Bluejacket" and would like to thank Tony Buttacavoli from Isanti Public Health/Emergency Management for his participation, guidance and expertise in helping make Operation Bluejacket a success.
"I Love to Read Month"
IIS and SFAS classrooms decorated their classroom doors with their favorite book cover for I Love to Read Month.
Mrs. Schmitt in grade four IIS and her students had the winning book cover from Harry Potter.
School Transportation News
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 years ends in June for Summer School and Special Education programs, Community Education programs and the Districts Year Round School Option program. more
Target Grant for iPads
Mr. Blanchard, Education Minnesota - Cambridge Isanti & Isanti Intermediate School Third Grade, were awarded a $2,200 Education Grant from Target Corporation. The funds were used to purchase 6 iPad minis, cases, and subscriptions to learning services. This grant was issued to increase the number of mobile devices in Mr. Blanchard's classroom to be implemented in various ways to increase fluency in reading and math. The students are excited and and engaged every time they are able to use an iPad to change the way they learn!
The picture shows a selection of Mr. Blanchard's class using iPads to practice spelling and writing skills.
"I Love to Read Month"
CIHS Basketball Team Reads to IIS
In the first picture Max Knowlton and a group of other CIHS basketball players read to grade 3 students on February 6 at Isanti Intermediate School. They were guest readers as part of "I Love to Read Month".
In the second picture Jake Johnson from the CIHS basketball team read to a group of third grade students.
IIS/SFAS Spelling Bee Winners Announced
Jordan Hillstrom was the winner of the 2013 Spelling Bee at Isanti Intermediate and School For All Seasons held on January 29, 2013.
Finalists of the Spelling Bee were:
Teresa Rodriquez-4th Place
Ethan Lindahl-3rd Place
Jordan Hillstrom-1st Place Champion
Anna Aboody-2nd Place
A total of 14 students participated in the 2013 Spelling Bee at Isanti Intermediate and School For All Seasons.
They included: Noah Doohen, Alexander Lovely, Anna Higgins, Walter Nordin, Griffin Strom, Hannah Hamilton, Shelby Snidarich, Teresa Rodriquez, Lauren Hymes, Marissa Gaslin, Alexis Lamb, Jordan Hillstrom, and Anna Aboody. Not pictured: Damian Sconberg and Jake Pearson
Congrats to the Boys Hockey Team!
The Cambridge-Isanti boys varsity hockey team won the Simley Holiday Tournament held Dec. 27-29.
The Bluejackets clinched the championship trophy with a 3-0 win over the Simley Spartans on Saturday. In route to the title, they also defeated Albert Lea 4-2 in the quarterfinals, and DC Everest/Wisconsin 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals.
CIHS Monogramming Class
We are students from Cambridge-Isanti High
School in Mrs. Andrea Bertz’s Monogramming Enterprise class. As students in this class, we run the school store; The Blue Harbor. It is with this enterprise that we were able to successfully launch a clothing drive. We wanted to give back to our community and with winter around the corner, what better way to do that than with a clothing drive? So the decision was made. With the help of our entire student body (staff included) we collected 1019 articles of clothing to donate to the Shalom Shop! Not everybody can have nice, warm clothing; so there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing we helped make someone’s life a little easier. The clothing drive ran for approximately two weeks, at the end of October to early November. The
Shalom Shop was very thankful for the donations because it will help keep the families in the Cambridge-Isanti area warm during the winter months.
Mark Eisenbacher was recognized
by The Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association (MASMS)
Mark Eisenbacher, Buildings and Grounds Director for Cambridge-Isanti School District #911, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Educational Contributor Award at the annual MASMS conference held on October 5, 2012
This award is in recognition of Mr. Eisenbacher’s outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities management.
The Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals (also known as MASMS) is a professional organization committed to promoting excellence in the operation and care of educational facilities. It is a group of over 600 individuals in the areas of facilities/grounds/health & safety/operations for Minnesota K-12 and Higher Education organizations. It is a member-oriented, problem solving, professional group committed to facilities management.
Speech Team Awarded $2200 Grant
Pictured are the captains: Adam Peterson, Mikaela Kase, Megan Hovinen, and Jordan Zurn accepting this generous gift.
The Cambridge-Isanti High School Speech Team was awarded a $2,200 Education Grant from Target Corporation. The funds will be used to purchase electronic equipment for team members to use for research and while competing. The speech team is thrilled to be given such support by the community.
Varsity Speech is open to students in grades 7th-12th from Cambridge and Isanti. The first informational meeting will be on November 28th at 3 PM at CIHS, room 221. If you have any questions, you can contact the head speech coach, Kelly Fahrni, at 763-689-6487.