Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where in the World?

At the end of the 2011-12 school year the departing sixth graders chose to make a long lasting impact on Sioux Trail.  I am hopeful that their time and experiences at Sioux Trail will have a positive long lasting impact on them as well.

The photos features one of their projects.  The sixth graders and their families chose a service project and left this behind for Sioux Trail students to enjoy.  I think it is fair to say they chose to have a "global" impact on Sioux Trail with their map of the world.  The photos feature our custodian, Mark Glende, in the final step of the installation process.

  1. The first part of the process was finding and purchasing a very large stencil, 
  2. Then Mark blocked and painted the black rectangle so that the map was visible
  3. The third step involved laying out the stencil and painting the outline
  4. The final step is featured in the photos as Mark is working his way across the world
This was the first service project that a sixth grade grade class has done in recent years and with advance planning I hope to have future students have an increasingly active role in completing the service project. 

The class of 2018 also left Sioux Trail a framed poem and photograph of the class as well as establishing an award that recognizes a member of the staff.  "The Gaitley" is named after the student who started the award and recognizes a member of the staff who has gone above an beyond to make Sioux Trail the wonderful place that it is. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Safe Routes to School

One of our most important missions at Sioux Trail is safety.  An important project between Sioux Trail Elementary School, the State of Minnesota; Department of Transportation and the city of Burnsville was finished this week.

The is project is focused on creating safe ways for students to get to Sioux Trail.  Over the summer a trail from the Highway 13 pathway was added that made it easier to ride "wheels" (bikes, roller blades, scooters etc) or walk to Sioux Trail.  With this new connecting pathway riders can stay off of River Hills Drive and stay on paths and sidewalks.  The final step of the project was done on Wednesday when two LED pedestrian signs were added along River Hills Drive.  The signs and the trail were completed with funding from a grant through the State of Minnesota; Department of Transportation.

The signs are reminders to drivers that students may be out in the crosswalks and to be extra careful.  The solar powered signs are programmed to have the yellow LED lights flash before and after school only on school days.  By doing this we hope to draw extra attention to the the fact that students may be out along the roadway and that drivers need to slow down and pay extra attention.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Safe Routes to School

Shadow and the construction crew from Barber construction have been hard at work increasing options for students to safely travel to and from Sioux Trail.  This week there have been construction crews working on three improvements to Sioux Trail.

When they are finished we will have a new path that connects Sioux Trail with the path that parallels Highway 13.  This will create a safe route for students and families to use that keeps people off of roadways.  Sioux Trail staff will be working with students and families to make them aware of this resource.

The second project is less visible, but it will be noticeable in the spring. A drainage tube was added underneath the blacktop with drains that will pull water way from the bike rack area.  In previous springs this area would have large puddles of water and it was difficult to navigate this area with bicycles.

The third project will be along River Hills Drive.  New cross walk signs with LED lights will be installed.  The signs will remind drivers along River Hills Drive to watch for pedestrians and we are hopeful that the yellow LED lights draw extra attention to the crosswalks.

All of these projects are made possible through a Safe routes to School grant from the State of Minnesota.  Staff from the City of Burnsville have partnered with us and have facilitated all of the behind-the-scenes work that is making this possible and we are thankful for their support and guidance.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Naming the Halls!

Calling all creative thinkers!

In a continued attempt to personalize Sioux Trail we are going to name each hallway in the school and this is your opportunity to add ideas.

Following the name of our school (Sioux Trail is named after a street) the hallways will be named like streets.  Name ideas need to have the following characteristics:
1. Name ideas need to directly connect with Sioux Trail.  An example would be using PRIDE, Shadow, Panthers or another idea directly connected with life at Sioux Trail.
2. Ideas need to be designed around a street; suggestions might include street, road, boulevard etc.
3. Names ideas need to use alliteration.  Alliteration is using the same first letter for both words.  A final example would be "Panther Path".

Directions for sharing your ideas:

Share ideas here!or post an idea in the comments section of the blog.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Visitors

Unfortunately, someone chose to visit Sioux Trail over the weekend and use Sioux Trail as a canvas for their artwork.  As you can see from the photos graffiti was spray painted on the back of Sioux Trail.  I believe the vandalism was done on Sunday night.

I filed a police report and our crack custodial team dealt with the problem right away.  The graffiti was painted over removed by 10 am today (Monday, July 23).

If you are in the area of Sioux Trail at any time please watch for and report any suspicious activity.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Welcome to Sioux Trail Elementary!

In addition to new Kindergarten students, new students at other grade levels, and their wonderful families we have three new staff members joining the Sioux Trail community in September.  Please join me in welcoming these staff members.

Oluwatoni Adedji will be joining the Sioux Trail team as our music specialist.  Last year Toni was teaching music at Goodman Elementary School in Houston, Texas.  I anticipate that he'll find Sioux Trail a little cozier as Goodman has over 900 students.  Mr. Adedji also has teaching experience in the Twin Cities are and a strong reputation for building great relationships and strong connections with students.

Jess Batterman will be teaching fourth grade at Sioux Trail in the 2012-13 school year.  Jess is a veteran ISD 191 teacher with 13 years of experience, and strong reputation for student success. Mrs. Batterman chose to move to Sioux Trail from Edward Neill elementary where she has been teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade.  I am very excited to add her to our team and Jess is eager to meet Sioux Trail families and start another successful school year.

Mackenzie Oakes will serving Sioux Trail students in two roles during the 2012-13 school year.  Mrs. Oakes will be teaching third grade and working as our reading specialist.  Mackenzie comes to Sioux Trail from the Breck School in Minneapolis with experience teaching third grade and working with first grade students.  In the newly created position of Reading Specialist (funded with district-wide Title I funds) Mrs. Oakes will work with students who are below grade level in reading and need additional support and instruction to read at grade level. For the 2012-13 school year, we will have three classrooms in third grade and Mackenzie will be partnering to teach third grade with Jeff Gallus in Room 206.

Please join me in welcoming these three teachers to the Sioux Trail community.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Looking Great!

One of the things that is important to us is keeping our schools looking great so that they are safe and exciting places to learn.  Sioux Trail is getting a face-lift this summer and crews have been hard at work keeping Sioux Trail looking wonderful.

As you can see in the photos, Shadow was out working with the crew from Midwest Masonry today.  Shadow was doing some of the painting, but before he woke up from one of his many naps the crews had done some concrete repair work around the windows and in other areas around our building.

Shadow and Dale (crew leader from Midwest Masonry) got set up on the lift and Shadow is checking out the surroundings from his new perch.

Dale is teaching Shadow the art of painting and get him set up to apply a new coat of paint on Sioux Trail.

After a lesson and a little practice Shadow is at work keeping Sioux Trail looking great! Swing on by and check out how great your neighborhood elementary school looks.