Inspire 199 - June 2017
Published on Jun 30, 2017 17:33

Inspire 199 Family Newsletter


The Inver Grove Heights School Board met on Monday, June 26, with the following items on the agenda:

District highlights

  • Superintendent Dave Bernhardson introduced Quennel Cooper as Pine Bend Elementary School’s new principal. Mr. Cooper was Hilltop Elementary School’s assistant principal before being chosen as Pine Bend’s new principal. As Mr. Cooper begins his new position on July 1, current Pine Bend principal, Ted Ihns, will move to his new position as superintendent of Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools in Cresco, Iowa.

  • Superintendent Bernhardson presented the Certificate of Excellence in financial reporting that the district earned from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). This is the 12th year in a row that the district has earned this recognition, which is earned by maintaining outstanding accounting practices and reporting procedures.
Consent agenda
  • Minutes from previous School Board meeting
  • Minutes from Closed Session meeting
  • Cash disbursements
  • Personnel transactions and donations
  • Gifts and grants
  • District Committee rate of pay
Information items
  • Superintendent Bernhardson led a conversation about a potential levy
  • ISD 199 Director of Business Services, Heather Aune, presented the Long-term Facility Maintenance 10-year Plan
  • Board committee reports
  • Membership reports
Action items
  • Approval of the Student Behavior Expectations Manual
  • Approval of the Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy
  • Approval of the 2017-2018 Adopted Budget
  • Approval of Student and Adult Meal Prices for 2017-2018
  • Approval of the Resolution to Approve the Intermediate District 917 Long-term Maintenance Revenue Plan
  • Approval of the Second Reading for the Review of Policies 213, 403, 404, 406, 410, 412, 413, 413F, 414, 418, 426, 429, 533, 721, 806
  • Approval of the Dakota County MN Collaborative Joint Powers Agreement Amendment
  • Approval of the Identified Official with Authority 2017-2018
Meeting information and video of the June 26 meeting are available on the district website. The next board meeting will be on Monday, July 24, at 5:30PM at the District Office, 2990 80th Street East in Inver Grove Heights.



Updates to Coming July 1

Website Update for
On July 1, 2017, the Inver Grove Heights Schools website,, will be updated to provide a more user friendly experience for students, staff, families, and community members. Though the website will look different, the biggest changes will be better navigation, updated and accurate information, and mobile friendly webpages. 

Those who use the website can expect a cleaner design and simplified navigation. The district has also worked to clean up information on the website to remove duplicated or out-of-date information. The website update is scheduled to be implemented on July 1 to make sure the improved website will be ready well before the start of the new school year.

ISD 199 Recommended Video
Sleep researcher Wendy Troxel explains research behind teen sleep. Click here to watch Ms. Troxel's TED Talk: Why School Should Start Later for Teens.

Congratulations, Graduates!
Simley High School Graduation
On June 9, more than 200 Simley High School seniors graduated from ISD 199. Click here to see photos from the Simley Graduation Ceremony. Students in preschool, kindergarten, 5th grade, and 8th grade also celebrated milestones in the final weeks of the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to all of our students, whether they are preparing for kindergarten or a new adventure away from home.

Order Class of 2017 Photos
Order graduation photos at
Class of 2017 families, to order photos from the 2017 Graduation, please visit and enter your information. If you need assistance, please call 800-261-2576 or email [email protected].

BEST Foundation Hosts Annual Scholarship Reception

More than 100 Simley High School students received scholarships during the BEST Foundation Scholarship Reception. In total, the foundation presented $168,000 in scholarships to students, thanks to the generous donations of the community and efforts of BEST Foundation members. 

Seniors Walk Through Buildings for a Last Goodbye

Simley graduates walk through ISD 199 buildings in cap and gown
Dressed in their caps and gowns, Simley High School seniors walked the halls of Inver Grove Heights Middle School and their elementary schools on June 2. The high schoolers visited the schools to high-five younger students and thank their teachers before they graduated on June 9. 

IGHMS Students Represent ISD 199 at AVID Summer Institute
AVID Student Leaders
Each year, AVID chooses 20 middle and high school students as student leaders for the AVID Summer Institute. This year, AVID chose two Inver Grove Heights Middle School students to be student leaders at the Minneapolis AVID Summer Institute. IGHMS AVID 7th grader I’Tianna Salaam and 8th grader Emily Wright were chosen from a large pool of AVID students throughout Minnesota. As student leaders, I’Tianna and Emily will work with AVID elective teachers, present during small group sessions, and host discussion panels in addition to representing IGHMS. 

Salem Hills Students Teach the Importance of Clean Water at Fair

Salem Hills students share water facts

Salem Hills Elementary School took part in H2O for Life events throughout May to learn about the global water crisis and importance of clean water. Salem Hills has worked with the nonprofit H2O for Life for the past 10 years to engage students in service learning projects. Each year, students develop projects for the Water Fair that can have a real-world impact promoting access to clean water.

This year, students designed games and projects to teach others about water resources. Some students built games and created quizzes for the fair while others made and sold crafts, such as paper boats, to raise funds for increased access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. 

ISD 199 is Now Hiring!
ISD 199 is now hiring for administrative, teaching, paraprofessional, and custodial positions. Click here to see all of the vacancies. 

199 Reporter - Summer Edition
The summer edition of the 199 Reporter is now available online. Find the latest 199 Reporter newsletter under News & Events and 199 Reporter on
For more District News, visit and click the “News and Events” tab.

Check out the Inver Grove Heights Schools Facebook page for photos, updates, and more!
-This month, see photos of the last day of school, Simley's graduation, summer school activities, and more.


  • Saturday, July 1: update
  • Monday, July 3-4: No Summer School
  • Tuesday, July 18: Last day of summer school

**Students in Summer Academy (K-5) and IGHMS Summer School (6-8) do not have classes on Fridays. Students in grades 9-12 do have summer school classes on Fridays. 

2017-2018 Year at a Glance Calendar Now Available

The first day of school for elementary school students, 6th graders, and 9th graders will be September 5. Visit and, under News & Events, click District Calendar to find the approved 2017-2018 academic calendar.