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Career Pathways Charter School Monthly News April 2021
Summer Longboard Building Class

This summer we are hosting a longboard building class during summer school.  Students will earn ELA, Science, and Math credit, while building a personalized longboard skateboard.  

In the longboard program, youth complete a project with personal touches – they can customize the board’s shape and its exterior, through painting and wood burning. The curriculum teaches long-term project planning, goal setting, collaborative learning, and working towards/ achieving personal goals. This program pairs 25 hours of board construction with 15 hours of learning how to ride, skateboard safety & maintenance, rules of the road, and a service learning project. Each student goes home with a fully functional longboard and helmet. This class is a partnership with Urban Boatbuilders.

Our 2021 Summer School will offer additional personalized instruction for students to earn credit, prepare for fall, and work towards graduation. 

Student Engagement

Thanks to support from The Bush Foundation and EdVisions we have been focusing on student engagement this semester.  Students and teachers co-created short and long term activities that foster student voice and leadership. Highlighted below are some of the opportunities we are working on.

Student Engagement Feedback Focus Groups - Students and staff have been meeting weekly since March via zoom.  Our first task was helping with our student spirit week at the beginning of April.  Students picked dress up days, made a flyer, and went to advisories to discuss how the spirit week would work. Above is a “padlet” or web page that we created with links and highlights about the week.

Now, the committee is planning a spirit day in May that mimics the April week on a smaller scale.  Students and staff continue to meet weekly virtually, make surveys to gauge student interests, and will be hosting the spirit day in mid- May.  We look forward to another fun day and welcome any students who have not stopped into our meetings to do so.  Students can reach out to Mr. Michael, Ms. Marlee, Ms. Alex, or Ms. Brittany for more information on our committee.

Talent Share - Career Pathways held its first virtual Talent Share to top off Student Engagement Week. A Talent Share Committee, led by 2 student ambassadors, planned the event for over a month. It was a huge success, with a variety of talents shared. Talents that were showcased included singing, digital art, drawing, editing videos, and extreme makeup! It was so fun to see the variety of talents Career Pathway students have. We will be having another Talent Share for students on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021. 

Our Learning Kit committee is working on sending materials or kits out to homes where students are distance learning to provide hands on experiences.  The first two kits are focusing on cooking.  Materials are delivered, a zoom link is created, and everyone works together to follow a recipe.  In April everyone made cookies, and in May we are making pizza. 

In many ways the most significant part of this project is a planning and curriculum committee. Teachers are meeting with students as engagement experts to meaningfully align all aspects of our school culture and programing to be equitable and student-centered.  End of quarter class reflection has been part of our assessment and continuous improvement work for several years.  This new focus on the student as the engagement expert helps ensure that student-engagement is not an add on, but the main focus of lesson planning and curriculum writing.

Prioritizing Face to Face Learning

After 13 months of distance learning the governor and the commissioner of education have asked schools to prioritize face to face learning. Getting back to our school building and creating new routines supports our social emotional needs and increases student engagement.  In March we surveyed families and only about 20% responded that they would like to come to the building.  With 80% of our students concerned about covid or not sure, we made only slight changes to our class schedules so that teachers could continue to teach online. 

Even though school wide interest for face to face instruction was low as more people are getting tested and vaccinated more students are joining our socially distanced support opportunities in the building.

10 to 15 High School Students are in the building one afternoon a week. Most of our 17 Middle School students are with us two afternoons a week. Middle School Advisor Ms. Glow and our support staff have enjoyed time to work with students on school work and fun activities while building social skills.

Our New Executive Director

The Career Pathways School Board is pleased to announce that founding teacher leader Elizabeth Lonetti will serve as our new Executive Director beginning July 1st, 2021.  Ms. Liz brings almost 30 years of experience as an urban teacher leader to her new role.  Her training and experience as a secondary and PSEO communications teacher, and Coordinator of Work-Based Learning align perfectly with Career Pathways’ focus on work readiness and concurrent enrollment.  Dr. Joan Arbisi Little will support the transition in the 2021-22 school year as the Director of Special Projects.  Dr. Joan is stepping aside to further promote teacher leadership and spend more time with her family.

Please join us in congratulating Liz and Joan in their new roles. 

IMPORTANT 2021 DATES:

  • 5 / 14 ANNUAL MEETING & SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
  • 5 / 31 NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • 6 / 9 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • 6 / 11 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
  • 6 / 21 SUMMER SCHOOL BEGINS
  • JULY 5 to 9 SUMMER BREAK
  • NO SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN JULY
  • 7 / 29 SUMMER SCHOOL ENDS
 

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Registration for 2021-22 is now open.

Currently enrolled students are automatically enrolled for fall.

We do not have a waiting list at this time.

We prepare students for future success with three kinds of learning:
PERSONALIZED + EXPERIENTIAL + BLENDED
Important Information
 
Enrollment and Transportation questions to Dr. Joan - joan@cpathmn.org
Blended / Online Learning questions to Mr. Abshir - abshir@cpathmn.org
Work Credit and Internship information to Ms. Liz - llonetti@cpathmn.org
 
Other questions? email office@cpathmn.org or call 651-400-1781

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