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Career Pathways Charter School Monthly News December 2020

Student Voice Increases Student Engagement

Over the last two and a half years our education partners at EdVisions have provided us with leadership and funding from the Bush Foundation to create time to focus on student-centered learning 

Career Pathways participates in this project to ensure that every decision the school makes is centered around student voice. As a school with Personalization as one of it’s 3 major strengths (Personalized, Experiential, and Blended), we have always focused on what students want. Our partnership with Edvisons takes it a step further and not only keeps student needs at the center of decision making but also creates time and space to include them in the decision making process.

An example of how student voice helps teachers think creatively was spontaneously presented to us earlier this month when a member of the class of 2022 shared sample daily return-to-school schedules. They noted that during Distance Learning the school day is shorter and shared 3 samples of daily in-person schedules that shortened the school day and increased independent learning time. 

Currently teachers are working on a grant opportunity from EdVisions that will further support student engagement at Career Pathways when we need it most.

If you would like to be a part of this grant writing process, please let us know. Proposals are due: January 15, 2021.


Bingo? Yes Bingo. Ms. Cristina and the Student Council led a fun all school zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 9th. Over 25 of us attended the zoom and everyone reported that they had a good time.

We are all exhausted from computer screen time and the loss of in person, face-to-face interactions. Yet we are  inspired every day by the courage and creativity that fellow students and staff bring to our school and classes. Words can not express how happy everyone was to be together, having fun, learning to play or polishing skills. Our next all school zoom will be Wednesday, January 6th right after advisory. The Student Council will host a game of Pictionary. Classes resume from winter break on Monday Jan. 4th. 


Making decisions about bringing students back to the school building full time are in the news media everyday. At Career Pathways we continue to see very small groups of students most days, socially distanced, in masks, with the support of the student’s advisor and teachers. Our building is large and our educators are smart about social distancing.

Currently Covid case numbers are too high to even consider moving all students grades 6-12 from Distance Learning to Hybrid. The Career Pathways Covid Planning Committee meets periodically, especially when numbers change drastically, and determine if a new model is needed. At the end of Quarter 1 when case numbers in the metro area sharply increased, the committee restricted student and staff access to the building and created smaller “bubbles” of possible exposure. 

Career Pathways has only had two positive cases of Covid 19 in the building this year. Our last case was in early November (the other was mid October). The Committee will reassess our model in late January if metro area numbers continue to go down. Staff look forward to in-school testing and vaccinations for front line educators but we also want everyone involved (students, families, and staff) to feel safe.

State leaders and Governor Walz have promised to supply interested staff with frequent Covid testing at the school. There are many free community testing sites for students and families.  We encourage you to get tested for two reasons, 1) If you test negative you know that you probably don’t have it and it lowers your stress level a bit; 2) If you test positive you can isolate and protect others who might be vulnerable to complications.  

Teachers recently learned that both face shields and masks are now required when students come into the building. We are fortunate that the state has provided us with over 1000 washable masks and a box of 50 face shields. Money for PPE is included in ongoing Covid relief funding and more PPE is promised in the coming weeks. If you would like more information about our safety precautions, Covid testing, or anything else about Covid 19 and public schools, please send Dr. Joan an email,


Our Winter Break bundled meals to families included a gift card and a modest Art kit that included an inspirational Scholastic Art Magazine, colored pencils, and a notebook.  Ms. Cristina and Dr. Joan, both art lovers themselves, packed and distributed winter break meals to families with Ms. Lonetti’s help. 

Art Notes - The fruit illustrations were created by Ms. Cristina and are part of a food series she has created. Dr. Joan is licensed as a K-12 Art Teacher and is happy to help students with Art projects for credit.

One of the ways that the federal government has supported schools and families during the Covid 19 pandemic is through the national school lunch program. 

Our meals are catered by CKC Good Foods and are Halah / Kosher. Vegetarian meals are available by request. Career Pathways is a community eligible Free and Reduced Lunch school. This means that at least 62.5% of our students live below the Federal poverty line and are eligible for additional benefits. Our 2019 numbers indicate that about 83% of our students and families are eligible.  

How can families get Pandemic-EBT benefits?

To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year. Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year. Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Fill out and Return this Eligibility FORM

Call or email Dr. Joan or Ms. Alex. They can help you. 
Dr. Joan - 612-540-0770,
Ms. Alex - (612) 540-0782,


  • 1 / 18 MLK DAY HOLIDAY
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  • 3 / 1 - 3 / 5 NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

To expand our learning areas in the spring we are raising money for outside furniture. We hope to purchase three playground quality picnic tables so that students have a place to sit and work on our playground. We have raised 50% of our goal already.  Thank you for your gifts.


Charter Schools are Public Schools

Please follow this LINK to learn more about Minnesota Charter Schools. 

Small class sizes - Recruitment

Registration for fall 2021-22 is now open. Tell your friends, especially friends with younger siblings or children, that it’s time to think about 6th grade (or any other grade up to 12th for that matter). At this time we do not have a waiting list.  


Charter schools are required to share an Annual Report each year to communicate to the community how they are meeting student needs and state requirements.
Annual reports must include these topics: School Enrollment and Student Attrition, Governance and Management, Staffing, Finances, Academic Performance, Innovative practices and implementation, Future plans, and a ‘World’s Best Workforce’ Report.  The Annual Report gives an overview of the work of the school during the previous year.

Career Pathways’ Annual Report for 2019-2010 is posted on our school website at this link:   If you have questions about our Annual Report please contact any of our school board members, teachers or our executive director, Dr. Joan Arbisi Little - 

We prepare students for future success with three kinds of learning:
Important Information
Enrollment and Transportation questions to Dr. Joan -
Blended / Online Learning questions to Mr. Abshir -
Work Credit and Internship information to Ms. Liz -
Other questions? email or call 651-400-1781

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