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Chisago Lakes students semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship
Paige Frank (left) and Alexandra Saueressig are 2015 National Merit Semifinalists. National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.  These academically talented Chisago Lakes High School seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

CL School Board sets preliminary levy
The Chisago Lakes School Board has approved a preliminary levy of $7.94 million for taxes payable 2015. The total includes a general levy amount of $4.63 million, for an increase of $429,319 over the current year’s general levy. About two-thirds of that hike, or $283,195, represents a health and safety levy increase to cover costs of repairs and improvements done this summer at district schools. Much of that work was required by a state fire marshal’s order, according to the district’s Director of Business Services Heide Miller.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back-to-school means time to review the MCA test results for NB and CL districts
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment “MCA” testing data were released August 26, and the superintendent for Chisago Lakes was proud to point out where the district’s results outshone many in the state. 
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chisago Lakes School Board gets BYOD update and adopts contracts
Chisago Lakes Middle School Principal Jodi Otte told the School Board last week she thinks Chisago Lakes is “in a really good spot” as the school prepares for the grade 8 digital devices rollout.  The district is requiring all students entering eighth grade next month, to utilize electronic learning in a new program dubbed BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

North Branch Chromebooks program: parents' Q and A session is August 14
Friday, August 8, 2014

Hunts drivers celebrated for going the extra mile
There are some amazing drivers working for the Chisago Lakes schools transportation system...10 of them made it to work every single day last year,  and one, George Schluter, hasn’t missed a day in 10 years. 
Thursday, August 7, 2014

No Mondays saved about a million; final report is in
The jury is still out, and realistically, the final verdict might never arrive on whether four-days-a week helped or hurt student learning in the North Branch School District.   
In the final analysis of North Branch four-day operations. however,  there were quantifiable benefits other than test scores.  Information in the district’s last annual report to the state was reviewed last week by the School Board-- as North Branch schools will return to five days starting this fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

North Branch schools to provide digital devices for next fall
The North Branch School District is expanding the section in the district’s strategic plan that calls for enhancing digital learning in order to develop “responsible citizens” for the digital world.   Begining this fall,  electronic  devices are going to be required for all 6, 7th and 10th graders in North Branch.  Device distribution dates and usage orientation sessions are in August, which you should not miss.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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