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ONE10 is a Great Place for Kids

I am so impressed with how well our students and staff continue to deliver excellence throughout the challenges we have experienced.  ONE10 staff have been amazing at finding ways to make sure our high-quality academics continue and we deliver excellence in tough times.

I am also so proud and impressed with how ONE10 students do not let the current challenges affect their attitude and spirit for learning.  I continue to visit our school buildings when possible and it’s great to see students and staff making the best out of every situation to find joy.  

 

“WE Are ONE10 Day” was held on January 10th (1/10) to celebrate our caring staff and students. The ONE10 school community is so fortunate to have such wonderful staff, students and parents.  Thank You!

 

ONE10 was hit hard by the January Covid Surge

The aggressive and highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid hit ONE10 hard as we saw the highest Covid numbers on record.  During January 2022, we experienced more than 500 reported positive Covid cases….a record high during the pandemic.  Our previous monthly high positive Covid cases reported was 180. You can see how the Covid numbers in Carver County represent this outbreak. 

 

During this surge it was important to implement temporary increased mitigation strategies and these temporary strategies put us in a much better place going into February.  Our plan and hope was to see the Covid numbers decrease at ONE10 and we have seen them decrease. The temporary masking mandate expires on January 31,22 and I will not be recommending that we continue the temporary increase to our Covid mitigation strategies and therefore we will return to the ONE10 Safe Learning Plan as planned. 

 

We have been using a scalpel approach and experienced success in a slow down within identified groups. Recently, the entire school district was above the 5% of positive Covid case in 14 days threshold for making a pivot and we needed to move our entire school district to a temporary masking mandate. We were also experiencing high staffing shortages which challenged our ability to have certified teachers in classrooms.  This was not sustainable and why we had moved the high school to a short term distance learning model.  These moves have been effective and therefore we have revised the Safe Learning Plan to utilize these thresholds as potential increased mitigation pivot points. 

 

Current Covid Surge Plateau and a Decrease in Cases at ONE10

We are pleased with how our Safe Learning Plan strategies have been working. Last fall we could have never predicted the current surge and the possibility of not having enough certified teachers in front of students along with having over 5% of students and staff infected with Covid. The good news is we have seen the plateau of this surge and our increased strategies show a successful impact on our Covid numbers. We have seen the weekly Covid numbers December to January trend as follows;  57, 28, 16, 5, 135, 165, 137, 70.  We have experienced the following daily trend over the past 11 days;  85, 24, 14, 14, 30-(S,S,M), 10, 8, 5, 17.  This slow down in Covid cases at ONE10 gives us hope that maybe we have seen our worst and there are better days ahead.  

 

We all want this pandemic to be over. It is exhausting for everyone at ONE10. Thank you to those who are being patient and supporting ONE10 as we navigate through these extraordinary times. We will get through this together…because…WE Are ONE10!!

ISD ONE10 will miss HR Director Sonya Sailer

This past week we were informed that our ONE10 Director of HR, Sonya Sailer, has accepted the same position at Edina Public Schools.  As we are happy for Sonya, we are sad for ONE10.  Sonya Sailer has been at ONE10 for over 13 years and is the first HR Director in the district.  Through her incredible leadership, hard work and vision she has established all the HR protocols that we are currently using.  Staff onboarding, online training, workshop presentations, work agreements and contracts, employee handbooks and expectations, substitute procedures, hiring practices and more have all been developed with Sonya’s vision.  Sonya truly cares for the well being of every employee and that has shown in her work at ONE10.  We thank Sonya Sailer for the wonderful positive impact she has made at ONE10. She will be dearly missed and we wish her well in the next stage of her career.  

Paraprofessional Recognition Week 2022

The week of January 24–30, 2022 was MN Paraprofessional Recognition Week.

Our ONE10 Paraprofessionals are the glue that supports our wonderful students at ONE10 and have stepped up in so many ways during the past year—supporting school-age care, assisting with virtual learning, helping wherever needed and more. We are so grateful for their commitment to meeting the needs of students. Please find a way to show gratitude to our ONE10 Paraprofessionals who are the BEST!!  

(FYI. Some buildings are celebrating their building level paraprofessionals in the spring.)

 

Reminder….Polar Plunge is Scheduled for Lake Waconia on February 12th 

ISD ONE10 has had great participation in the Polar Plunge for almost a decade.  So much so, that MN Polar Plunge organizers have placed a plunge sight at Lake Waconia, now on year two. We have high hopes that this will be our biggest year yet at ONE10.  Anyone wanting to plunge as part of ONE10 can join the team for their own school or create their own team. Please reach out to your building Polar Plunge organizer to get involved. 

 

The money raised for each school will be going directly back to the Unified Champion Schools program at that school - each school keeps 50% of the total amount they raise!  Money raised from this plunge will also be going to the Waconia Inclusive Playground and to Special Olympics.  There are so many initiatives that each school will be implementing in the upcoming year for our students, and all the money raised through the Polar Plunge will help create some awesome experiences for some even more awesome students!

 

Plunge Date: Saturday, February 12th

Where: Lake Waconia Regional Park

Time: TBD - time slots will be released about 1 week prior to the plunge

How to Register: 

  1. Go to this link:  https://reg.plungemn.org/group/waconiapublicschoolsisd110

  2. Choose your school

  3. Register for the Plunge

  4. Set a fundraising goal

  5. Solicit your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers to help you reach your goal!  Sharing on social media is highly effective!

ONE10 has been a leader statewide for raising funds through Polar Plunge. It would be so cool to exceed our money raising record and be the top school district in the state, once again.  

A few seconds of being cold is a small price to pay to help provide inclusive programming in the district!  Please feel free to sign up or donate.  Thanks!  WE Are ONE10!!

 

Enjoy the Winter Season!!

Thanks for All You Do!

WE Are ONE10!!

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