Run, run, run as fast as you can to “Shrek: the Musical” at Park Center Senior High opening Friday, March 14. While you may not be able to catch the Gingerbread Man, you’ll meet an ogre with layers, a princess ready to find true love’s first kiss and then take love’s true form, a never-stops-talking donkey, a love-sick dragon, a swamp full of fairytale creatures, and a villain with "shortcomings." You’ll leave as a believer in the power of love, the magic of friendship, and the knowledge that the things that make us special make us strong. Read more about it here.
The ISD 279 School Board has directed administration to prepare a resolution to align grade spans districtwide to K-5, 6-8, 9-12. If approved at the March 18 regular school board meeting, the change would take effect beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Changing grade spans will relieve space pressures at the elementary level, primarily related to expansion of all-day kindergarten, and will provide better alignment for ninth-graders related to graduation requirements, curriculum, and high school activities.
Without grade span changes, elementary schools will be overcrowded and boundary changes will be required at approximately 7-11 elementary schools, affecting an estimated 400-plus students.
The grade reconfiguration plan also includes space additions at each of the three comprehensive high schools in order to avoid boundary changes caused by changing grade spans.
Moving 6th grade to the middle level will create needed space at the elementary level and will allow staff to design a program that offers more developmentally appropriate programming for students in this age range than the current junior high model.