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Director's Notes: It's an eventful spring at Crosslake School

Spring is here (supposedly). It seems strange that by now we should be having outside recess in sunshine and warmth, not fully outfitted with boots, snow pants, mittens and heavy coats!

April brings with it a flurry of activity from standardized testing to field trips and other special events.

Thanks to Keith Nentl, our milk provider, our seventh- and eighth-grade students were recently treated to the Aitkin High School performance of "The Little Mermaid." We appreciate people like Keith who are so generous in providing wonderful enrichment opportunities for our students.

We have been and will continue for the next few weeks with school wide assessments in math, reading and science, depending on grade level using two different assessments, the MCA and STAR. MCA testing is a measure of how schools compare to one another across the state with proficiency indexes, while the STAR testing lets our staff see how our individual students have grown academically throughout the year.

Not only does this spring bring with it a flurry of activity on assessment, it is also a reminder of big changes coming to our school. With the progress on our new school building moving at a fast pace, we are looking forward to the coming fall and an anticipated move into a new facility. Transition plans are in the works for us to make a move, and there is much to be done, but this is a very exciting time for our school and community.

We are deeply grateful to our current landlords and equally grateful to the folks with the LAKE Foundation for creating opportunities for us to grow.

We are also involved in enrollment season for next year. One of the unique features to a charter public school is our ability to set class size limits. Currently, our classes are capped at 19 students in grades K-8. Looking to next year, we have space available in a number of classrooms, but we are also at capacity in others.

If folks are interested in learning more about enrollment, we can be contacted at 218-694-5437 to learn more.

The crowning achievement for any school or school district typically revolves around high school graduation ceremonies. Our third annual graduation ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in our school gym. The week of May 15-19 will see several other "graduation" ceremonies for our kindergarten and for eighth-grade students who will be moving on to high school.

Spring also brings with it some other special events for our school, including the annual LAKE Foundation Evening for Education fundraiser and our golf fundraiser "18 for CCS." More information will be coming soon on these important events, so stay tuned for more details on dates and times.

I am blessed to be in a school where students are supported not only by a great staff of teachers, paraprofessionals and others but by a host of parents and the community as a whole. Thank you to all who make this school such a special place to educate kids.