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Director's Notes: Preparing for next year

Reload. It is a term often used to describe the process for getting ready to replace a used cartridge in a gun, the paper in a copier or the individual canister in my Keurig coffee maker, among other things.

Reload. It is a term often used to describe the process for getting ready to replace a used cartridge in a gun, the paper in a copier or the individual canister in my Keurig coffee maker, among other things.

In schools across the country, the term reload can be used to describe what happens during the summer months once the students and large percentage of the staff leave. Folks may not realize, but there is a tremendous amount of work that takes place over the summer, not only to close out the previous year's finances, final grades, etc., but to immediately begin preparation for the coming fall.

There are annual reports to complete, possible hiring of new staff, curriculum and supplies to order, repairs to be made and staff development opportunities that take place all summer long.

In our case, reload will look like some light remodeling work, some fresh coats of paint, moving around of some classrooms and the creation of a learning lab for our online high school, which is set to open this coming fall.

On June 6, we were formally notified by the Minnesota Department of Education that we were approved to expand from our current kindergarten through eighth grade model to include a ninth- through 12th-grade online component.

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This is an exciting time for our school as we continue to find ways to innovate and bring fresh perspectives on student learning to our area. It is also a response to the desires of many of our current families who wish to remain with us through their high school years.

Crosslake Community Online High School (CCHS) will offer a blended online format. What this means is that we desire to have our students on campus for a least a portion of their day or week. We will be hiring a "learning coach" who will be charged with having regular contact with our students, helping them stay on track with their coursework.

The core content, however, will be delivered online through a partnership with Odysseyware. All courses will be aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards and all of our students will need to not only complete all required coursework but will also be required to meet all testing guidelines established by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Summer is a great time to refresh, recharge and, in our case, reload for another year. Hoping our students, staff and families are enjoying their time off and taking advantage of all that our area has to offer. See you soon.

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