Podcast: Sabre Speaks

  • Podcast 11 - Community Education Needs our Community
    Featuring Community Education Director Jen Traver and Safety & Facilities Coordinator Alex Gion

    "....Yes, we want to enrich the lives of people that live here and make it a place we want people to stay...engaging with the Senior Connections and all the things we have to offer..." 

    Community members are needed to share their talents and lead classes, activities, camps, and more! Community members are also needed to learn from their neighbors through Community Education! Interim Superintendent Tom Lee speaks with Community Education Director Jen Traver and Safety & Facilities Coordinator Alex Gion and learns about opportunities for community members to lead classes/activities, reasons for programming, and the best way to say Alex's name.

    Listen to the latest episode at www.isd748.org/EnrichingCommunityEducation

    Please note: there are two file formats for each episode to help you access according to your device.

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  • Podcast 10 - Career & Technical Education (CTE) at SHS
    Featuring: SHS students and Technology Education Teacher Joe Schulte

    "...It's given me a different perspective when I'm walking into any building now 'cause I just look at it and think about the process it took to build it." Interim Superintendent Tom Lee learns about CTE opportunities and gets an update about SabreCON (the capstone course for construction) directly from SHS students and Technology Education Teacher Joe Schulte. 

    Please note: there are two file formats for each episode to help you access according to your device.

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  • January 19, 2024

    Episode 9 - The Sabre Journey Starts Here! Learning Opportunities for Young Learners at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center (ORELC)
    Featuring: ORELC Principal Julia Bjerke and Early Childhood Coordinator Julie Thom

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    Sabre Speaks Podcast: Episode 9 - The Sabre Journey Starts Here! Learning Opportunities for Young Learners at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center (ORELC)
    "...when you choose to come to Oak Ridge for Preschool, you are really guaranteeing that your child has an environment that is supporting them for Kindergarten readiness." 

    Get to know the learning opportunities for our youngest Sabres - there are more full day Preschool class offerings for the 2024-2025 school year than this year! There are parent/guardian information nights for Preschool (January 30) and Kindergarten (February 5)...and this conversation with Interim Superintendent Tom Lee, ORELC Principal Julia Bjerke, and Early Childhood Coordinator Julie Thom gives families a taste of early childhood programming at Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748!

    Please note: there are two file formats for each episode to help you access according to your device.

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  • December 15, 2023

    Podcast 8 - Overview of Truth in Taxation meeting on Monday, December 18, 2023
    Featuring: Director of Business Services Joe Prom

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    Monday, December 18 is our Truth in Taxation meeting. Learn more about what will be discussed at that meeting in this episode from Director of Business Services Joe Prom and Interim Superintendent Tom Lee!

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  • December 1, 2023

    Podcast 7 - English Language Arts
    Featuring: Teachers of 9th grade English Language Arts 

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    “We want kids to be readers.” Our latest episode continues our conversation about the Language Arts curriculum in the District. Teachers from our 9th grade English Language Arts department at Sartell High School talk about instruction and curriculum (research, reading, and writing) with Interim Superintendent Tom Lee.

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  • November 22, 2023

    Podcast 6 - Veterans Day Recognition Events at Sartell Middle School
    Featuring: Lori Dornburg from Sartell Middle School

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    Sartell Middle School hosted their 16th annual Veterans Day recognition events earlier this month. Lori Dornburg, recently retired teacher and current substitute teacher, speaks with Interim Superintendent Tom Lee about the lunch and assemblies. Students welcome active duty and veteran military members, design cards, create posters, serve as greeters and speakers...and welcome special guests like the mayors of Sartell and St. Stephen and other elected officials.

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  • November 17, 2023

    Podcast 5 - Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
    Featuring: Teachers from Oak Ridge Early Learning Center and Pine Meadow Primary School

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    Scamper on over and listen to Episode 5 to continue the conversation about our new Language Arts curriculum, Amplify: Core Knowledge Language Arts. Episode 4 (link) featured teachers from Riverview Intermediate School and our latest episode features teachers from Oak Ridge Early Learning Center and Pine Meadow Primary School! In addition to learning the essential skills of reading, the teachers share about how students are building their background knowledge in multiple content areas, therefore increasing engagement and interest in learning. 

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  • November 3, 2023

    Podcast 4 - Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
    Featuring: Teachers from Riverview Intermediate School

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    In this episode, Superintendent Lee met with two teachers at Riverview Intermediate School to discuss the new Language Arts curriculum, Amplify CKLA. These teachers discuss the initial positive impacts the curriculum has had on students whose teachers are implementing the curriculum this year ahead of the district-wide implementation next year. In addition to learning the essential skills of reading, the teachers share how students are building their background knowledge in multiple content areas, therefore increasing engagement and interest in learning.

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  • October 13, 2023
     
    Podcast 3: Students with Grit
    Featuring: SHS Student Athletes Isabelle, Calvin, and Brett with Activities Director Bruce Thompson
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    In the third episode, Interim Superintendent Tom Lee learns about "Students with Grit" from his guests: SHS Student Athletes Isabelle Benninghoff, Calvin Braegelmann, and Brett Schlangen along with Activities Director Bruce Thompson.

    To learn more about our Activities and Athletics, please visit www.isd748.org/sabres or visit their Facebook page at @GoSartellSabres.

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  • September 29, 2023

    Podcast 2: Indoor Air Quality Project at Riverview Intermediate School
    Featuring: Director of Buildings & Grounds Jesse Paggen and Director of Business Services Joe Prom

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    Our second podcast features Interim Superintendent Tom Lee, Director of Buildings & Grounds Jesse Paggen, and Director of Business Services Joe Prom. Together, they discuss Riverview Intermediate School's Indoor Air Quality/HVAC.

    To learn more, please visit www.isd748.org/construction.

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  • September 14, 2023

    Podcast 1 - Learning & Teaching 
    Featuring Director of Learning & Teaching Dr. Megan Rogholt

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    Interim Superintendent Thomas R. Lee is debuting a new podcast for Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748!

    His first conversation is with Dr. Megan Rogholt, director of learning and teaching for the District.

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District Announcements

  • February 15, 2024

    This message was emailed to ISD 748 staff and families.

     

    ISD 748 Families:

    Our District’s focus is on student learning and teaching. Our students are our priority. 

    Beginning in the fall of 2024, Sartell Middle School is changing its schedule to increase the depth of learning for students. While current students in grades 5-7 will experience the schedule next year, I wanted to make sure all families were aware of these important changes.

    The draft 2024 schedule will maximize learning time in core and specialist classes in addition to increasing prep time for staff. In short, the revised schedule is intended for the highest quality programming designed to meet the needs of students that is cost effective and sustainable.

    Class schedules
    A middle school student course load currently includes:

    • Core Learning (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies); 
    • Specialist offerings (Art, Family and Consumer Science (FACS), General Music, Physical Education,  Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Theatre, and World Language); 
    • What I Need (WIN) - originally for tutorial assistance, but currently used for music ensembles and other purposes
    • Advisory - students have the same advisor and student group from grades 6-8.

    Below is a comparison of the potential schedule impacts:

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    Student experience

    • WIN: Incorporated into the core subjects. May include other times during the week. 
    • Music: It is our hope that the revised schedule will increase the number of students who participate in ensembles. Students in all grade levels will benefit from at least one music experience each year in turn increasing the number of students participating in ensembles. All sixth grade students will be required to take part in one music ensemble. Students in grades 7 and 8 will be encouraged to continue with their music selection, although alternative music exploratory courses will be offered. 
    • Physical Education: The new schedule will include PE for students, every other day, for the entire school year. 
    • Special Education: In conjunction with the special education department, student and teacher schedules will be created to optimize service time. We are in the early stages of this process. 
    • Classes like PLTW, Art, Spanish, FACS, and Theatre will be 80 minutes every other day by trimester. PE/Music will be 40 minutes each every other day all year (NOTE: This may be subject to change based on our ability to hire licensed teachers).

    Staffing impacts

    • The middle school will have three full-time music teachers (only serving at SMS) - consisting of one full-time band teacher, one full-time choir teacher, and one full-time orchestra teacher.  Music teachers will also have the opportunity to create and teach additional exploratory classes in grades 7 and 8 including theatre. 
    • The middle school will have three full-time Physical Education teachers.

    The revision process began in October and involved several administrative staff along the way to gain their input. Beginning in January, this information was shared with various staff groups, SMS staff on February 2, and a follow up meeting with SMS staff on February 5. We wanted to allow our staff some time to digest these changes prior to sharing with the larger community. 

    For more details, please view this Q & A document. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions you may have. There will also be a detailed presentation on Monday, February 26 at the regular school board meeting.

    Thank you--

    Tom Lee

    Interim Superintendent
    Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools

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  • September 6, 2023

    ISD 748 Families and Staff:

    Welcome students, staff and families to the 2023-24 school year! Every year at this time, I enjoy the momentum building as our high school teams begin in mid-August, our staff return in late August and students return after Labor Day. 

    As I write this, the elementary buildings are finishing Sabre Launch and both the middle school and the high school have their entire student body back. Tomorrow all of our elementary students will be in their classrooms and we are “off to the races”! 

    Personally, I am super excited about being a part of this dynamic district and excited to see the great things happening for students. There are always challenges, but collaboratively, we will find our way to solutions. You have our commitment that we will continue to look at our challenges through the lens of what we believe is best for our students. 

    A project I’m excited about is a new podcast (audio conversations) that will be posted to our website and social media a few times per month. The purpose of the podcast is to inform the community about the great things happening in our schools and, at times, perhaps our struggles and needs as a school community. Please tune in when you can. Watch your inboxes for details.

    I have enjoyed meeting so many members of the Sartell-St. Stephen community and look forward to meeting many more. Together we can make this a great school year for all the students.

    Go Sabres!

    Tom Lee
    Interim Superintendent

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  • August 2023

    Families: Please visit isd748.org/BackToSchool for updates for our 2023-2024 school year. Please note, on: 

    • August 11 - Each principal emailed their building's families
    • August 17 - the District emailed all ISD 748 families

    If you did not receive the emails, please:

    • Confirm your notification preferences by logging into Skyward Family Access and selecting "Skylert" on the left menu
      • Skyward - each webpage has an icon at the bottom or middle of the page with a link to Skyward. You can also bookmark this link
    • Check your spam/junk folder...and then check again.
    • Search for your email address provider and "safe senders" to make sure our emails are allowed
      • For example: "gmail safe senders" or "yahoo safe senders"

    Questions about your Skyward Family Access account? Please email Sue Fibranz.

     

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District Calendar

      Last Modified on February 15, 2024