MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

November 1, 2013

ACTION ITEM

New Immunization Requirements

New immunization rules adopted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will apply to children enrolling in child care, early childhood programs, and schools beginning September 1, 2014. The new requirements will bring Minnesota’s immunizations law in line with current national recommendations and practices. Read October 28 Department of Health press release. Find more details about the changes on the MDH immunizations website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Give to the Max Day is November 14!

To help your schools prepare for a successful and fun day of fundraising, resources like logos and backpack flyers to communicate and promote giving to your schools are available on the Give MN school toolkit page.

This year, schools have another great media photo opportunity—swimming with the sharks at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America! School principals are invited to register for a very limited number of spaces. Both morning and afternoon sessions include a 20-minute out-of-water lesson, then get the wetsuits on and get in the water to snorkel with the sharks. Principals are invited to bring along a “shark squad” of students and staff to cheer them on and capture pictures and video to share on social networks. Team members are also encouraged to wear t-shirts, make signs and have FUN. The “shark squad” team gets into the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium for free. There are a limited number of time spaces available, so register today on the Give MN website. A random drawing will be conducted to fill the available slots. Schools are eligible to compete for prizes.

Pathways to Postsecondary – Regional Leadership Summits

Registration is now open! Five regional leadership summits have been scheduled in December for Pathways to Postsecondary: Aligning systems through postsecondary partnerships for student success.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) invite you to assemble a secondary or postsecondary team to deepen your common understandings of newly enacted legislation and to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between our systems that will better prepare our continuum of learners to be career and college-ready. Please share this opportunity with your secondary principals.

Sign up your teams using online registration on the MnSCU website.

• December 2 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lake Superior College – Duluth
• December 10 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Minnesota State Community and Technical

College – Fergus Falls

• December 11 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Central Lakes College – Brainerd
• December 16 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rochester Community and Technical

College – Rochester

• December 17 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. North Hennepin Community College –

Brooklyn Park

For more information, see the following documents.

For assistance with questions, please contact Paula Palmer, Minnesota Department of Education, or contact Jessica Espinosa, Minnesota State College and Universities Systems.

Compliance and Assistance – Additional Training Dates Scheduled

The Division of Compliance and Assistance has scheduled additional training dates at the Minnesota Department of Education and some outstate locations for:

• Section 504
• Targeted Technical Assistance: Short- and Long-Term Goals and Objectives
• Restrictive Procedures

See additional dates, information, and registration links. For assistance with questions regarding registration, contact Pamela Hinze at pamela.hinze@state.mn.us or 651-582-8518.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Department Seeks 15 Partner Districts for School-Based HIV/STD and Pregnancy Prevention Efforts  

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention titled: Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention. MDE will partner with experts to provide professional development, resources and individualized technical assistance for 15 Minnesota partner school districts that want to improve their school-based HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention efforts. 

MDE will describe the opportunity in full through individualized district meetings this fall. Participating districts will work with MDE during a planning phase to determine priorities in three areas of focus. Districts are required to sign a memorandum of understanding by February 1, 2014, for resources and supports to build capacity during the grant period, ending in July 2018. See more information on the HIV/STI Prevention Web page.

To be considered for this opportunity, interested districts must schedule a meeting with HIV/STI Prevention State Coordinator Amy Marsicano (651-582-8393).

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

Allen, Robin (FF# 287285) Ms. Allen’s teaching license was suspended on October 17, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Bass, Patrick (FF# 425280) Mr. Bass’ teaching license was suspended on October 21, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Limond, Scott E. (FF# 304299) Mr. Limond’s teaching license was suspended on October 19, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Mahamoud, Osman Y. (FF# 372408) Mr. Mahamoud’s teaching license was suspended on October 19, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Pierpont, Jonathon W. (FF# 430384) Mr. Pierpont’s teaching license was suspended on October 17, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Starcevich, Kenneth (FF# 114214) Mr. Starcevich’s teaching license was suspended on October 14, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Tingblad, Mary K. (FF# 302280) Ms. Tingblad’s teaching license was suspended on October 18, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Williams, Paula (FF# 366632) Ms. Williams’ teaching license was suspended on October 14, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.