On September 6, students started the 2016-2017 school year at Simley High School, Inver Grove Heights Middle School, Hilltop Elementary, Pine Bend Elementary, and Salem Hills Elementary and Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program.
Inver Grove Heights Community Schools has many plans in store for the new year, including a logo and website update. For more news, please visit the "News and Events” tab.
Elementary School Parents: Click here to view the 2016-2017 Cycle Day Calendar.
ISD 199 Announces TIES Exceptional Teachers at IGHMS
Inver Grove Heights Middle School teachers Genna Hamilton and Zeb Wahlberg have earned the TIES 2016 Exceptional Teacher Award. The award recognizes teachers who integrate technology into their classrooms to help students succeed and innovate with new technology.
Genna Hamilton, a IGHMS English teacher, uses blogging, Google Classroom, and Schoology to engage her students in lessons and facilitate their learning.
In her nomination, Principal Jodi Wendel said, “She has helped other staff shift their technology skills and she is always willing to try something new.”
Zeb Wahlberg, a social studies teacher, uses technology to develop his students’ 21st century skills, which will be necessary for their future careers. Principal Wendel said he builds collaboration skills into all of his lessons and credits him with an excellent understanding of how technology enhances learning.
Simley Hockey Visits Elementary Students
For the past five years, Simley High School hockey players have visited elementary schools to act as role models for younger students and get involved in their community. This year, hockey players visited Hilltop and Pine Bend elementary schools. At Hilltop, the players read to kindergarten students and talked to them about hockey. At Pine Bend, the boys hockey team answered questions during an assembly, ate lunch with students, and played with them at recess.
Simley boys hockey coach, Austyn Kryzer, said the visits not only benefit the elementary students but the high school students as well.
“The high school hockey programs aim to develop future leaders in our community,” he said.
ISD 199 Looks Forward to Branding Updates
In July, the ISD 199 School Board approved a new strategic plan that seeks an “involved and invested community and district” by 2020. To accomplish this, the district has initiated changes to its logo and website that will make them more accessible and reflect the district’s current goals.
The updated district logo will serve as a symbol of the new strategic plan, illustrating the district’s move forward into the future. The simple, modern graphic will also provide flexibility in its use.
The website update is focused on cleaning up the district and school websites, eliminating duplicated or out-of-date links and information, and making the website as a whole easier to use. The website update will offer more accessibility through simplified navigation. The updated layout will also provide a better mobile experience. Many students, families and community members now use mobile devices more often, if not exclusively, to access websites, and a portion rely on mobile devices for internet access. In the interest of increased inclusivity, which is another goal of the 2016 strategic plan, the updated layout will provide a more user friendly experience for those stakeholders who access the website on mobile devices.
More information on website launch dates will be available in the coming weeks. ISD 199 is eager to develop a website that will work better for students, staff, families and community members and a logo to reflect the district’s strategic directions.