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Contact Points | Speak Up in November

Contact Points | Speak Up in November

Below you’ll find contact points for Stillwater Schools district administration leadership and school board members, plus contact links to additional St. Croix Valley area schools.

School Contacts

The Stillwater Area Public Schools administrators listed here have direct responsibility for district innovation and learning, including curriculum and gifted services.  Rather than list each one, choose to include school principal(s) on written communication and/or to talk with him or her in person about GT services during November.

District Leadership

Ms. Denise Pontrelli
Superintendent of Schools
pontrellid@stillwaterschools.org; 651-351-8301

 

Dr. Robert McDowell
Executive Director of Learning & Innovation
mcdowellb@stillwaterschools.org; 651-351-8391

 

Rachel Larson
Director of Personalized Learning
larsonr@stillwaterschools.org; 651-351-8340

 

Stillwater Area School Board

 

George Hoeppner
Board Chairperson, Liaison to Stillwater Junior High and Lily Lake Elementary

 

Mike Ptacek
Board Vice Chair, Liaison to Withrow, Marine, and Lake Elmo Elementaries
ptacekm@stillwaterschools.org; 651-351-8429

 

Paula O’Loughlin
Board Member, Liaison to Oak Park Elementary and ALC

 

Shelley Pearson
Board Member, Liaison to ECFC and Rutherford Elementary
pearsons@stillwaterschools.org; 651-351-8429
Looking for the board member who serves as liaison for your child’s school? The full list of 2016 liaison and working group assignments is online here. Locate contacts for each board member here. Results of the 2016 Election will return Mike Ptacek to the Stillwater School Board. Sarah Stivland and Jennifer Pelletier will fill the remaining two open seats starting January 2017.
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Mon 10/3 | 2e: Twice Exceptional – Documentary & Discussion

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Announcements, Chapter Meeting, News Items | 0 comments

Mon 10/3 | 2e: Twice Exceptional – Documentary & Discussion

Featuring illuminating interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists, 2e: Twice Exceptional follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. Documentary & Discussion | 2e: Twice Exceptional by Thomas Ropelewski When | Monday 10/3, 6:30 – 8:30pm Where | Stillwater Junior High Media Center, 523 Marsh St. West View the Trailer It is thanks to...

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Sun 9/25 | How to Grow the Kids We Have

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Sun 9/25 | How to Grow the Kids We Have

Each year, parents and educators wonder how best to support kids who, for assorted reasons, stand out in unexpected or surprising ways. Join us for a conversation that unpacks and reaches beyond labels in order to nurture the kids we have. Topic | How to Grow the Kids We Have: Preparing the ground for a good year at school When | Sunday 9/25, 2:30 – 4:30pm Where | Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Conference Room on the Upper Level, 224 Third St. North Sometimes fixed mindsets aren’t found in kids, but do emerge...

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Reach for the Stars reaches Educators, Students

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Announcements, Community Outreach, Featured Resource, News Items, School Update | 0 comments

Reach for the Stars reaches Educators, Students

Schools across the St. Croix Valley are receiving over 1,000 free copies of the 2016-2017 Minnesota Reach for the Stars Guide thanks to St. Croix Valley Gifted and the Synergy & Leadership Exchange. “It makes good sense to ensure the St. Croix Valley can tap into the vast Minnesota K-12 learning and enrichment resources Reach for the Stars gathers in one place,” says incoming chapter president Margaret Thomas. St. Croix Valley Gifted has made the guide’s print edition available in past years at their chapter meetings,...

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NAGC | Change Minds. Change Policies. Change Practice.

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Community Outreach, News Items | 0 comments

NAGC | Change Minds. Change Policies. Change Practice.

What needs to happen next in the United States and in Minnesota to reach, teach, and support gifted learners? Who is setting direction and leading the charge? What steps should Minnesota parents, caregivers, educators, and community members take? M. René Islas, Executive Director for the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), was among the keynote speakers at June’s Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Symposium, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education each year in Austin, MN. His full keynote address is...

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Dept of Ed opens public comment on ESSA law

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Greater Minnesota, MN Dept of Education, News Items | 0 comments

Dept of Ed opens public comment on ESSA law

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) revises and reauthorizes the federal K-12 education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). President Obama signed ESSA into law in December 2015. ESSA marks the first time federal law includes several provisions that support gifted and talented students. Following further definition at the State level, these new provisions take effect in 2017-2018. What does ESSA mean for gifted students? Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD, home to the...

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Blaze a Trail for Your Students with MCGT

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Announcements, Community Outreach, Membership, News Items | 0 comments

Blaze a Trail for Your Students with MCGT

Parents and community members have asked St. Croix Valley Gifted for even more outreach efforts on behalf of area gifted kids. Now is the time for parents, caregivers, educators, and community members to blaze new trails together for GT students — because all kids deserve chances to learn and grow each day. Why Now? Changes in federal ESSA legislation (replacement for NCLB) take effect in Fall 2017. Schools face new requirements to measure learning growth among GT students, and new funding options under Title I and Title II to reach...

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Sat 4/9 | MCGT Spring Mini-Conference

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Sat 4/9 | MCGT Spring Mini-Conference

Three experts will present on topics of vital interest to those who know and care about gifted children at the upcoming MCGT Spring Mini-Conference. All those interested in the topic of giftedness welcome – educators, parents and other caregivers, and professionals! When | April 9, 2016, 9am to 12pm Where | Edina Community Center, 3rd floor ~ 5701 Normandale Road, Edina Register | Online at www.mcgt.net, or onsite at the event; cash, check or charge accepted Cost | Suggested donation: Members — $10 or 2 for $15; Non-members — $15...

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Federal ESSA law mandates GT data reporting

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Featured Resource, MN Dept of Education, News Items | 0 comments

Federal ESSA law mandates GT data reporting

President Obama signed new federal legislation in December 2015 that replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). UPDATE: A public comment period is in progress through August 1, 2016. – Learn more The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), introduces new requirements to report student achievement, and redefines the terms of Title I funding to include GT learners in under-served populations. “ESEA (ESSA) Re-authorization marks the first time that Congress makes clear that Title I funds may be used to identify and serve gifted students, which will...

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Merit-Based Scholarships for Current Year Seventh Graders

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in News Items, Scholarship Programs | 0 comments

Merit-Based Scholarships for Current Year Seventh Graders

Many people associate scholarship with funding college or university coursework. Several scholarship programs are aimed at supporting high-ability students as they near high school so they have a strong foundation for the college experience. Current year seventh graders are eligible for consideration in the two programs below. Criteria and application instructions appear at each link. Institute for Educational Advancement Caroline D. Bradley scholarship – 2017 application by April 11 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars...

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MN Open Enrollment Deadline

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in MN Dept of Education, News Items | 0 comments

MN Open Enrollment Deadline

Families exploring open enrollment should keep in mind that the MN Department of Education (MDE) sets an annual deadline for submitting related application paperwork to the receiving public school district. The routine deadline is January 15, with school districts required to notify by February 15. School district websites typically provide open enrollment forms and instructions. Visit MDE for: Key topics on statewide enrollment options Charter school directory Access charter school enrollment procedures, forms and related deadlines at the...

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