March 24, 2017

BlueSky Online School Newsletter


End Quarter 3
Friday, March 24

Spring Break
March 27 - 31

Start Quarter 4
Monday, April 3

St. Cloud College Tours
Tuesday, April 4

MCA testing
April 10 - 28

Friday, April 16

Board Meeting
April 26 @ 10 am

Superintendent's Message

As spring arrives, many of us at BlueSky are busy looking ahead to next school year. This means we will be asking for your input as we plan future programming. In April you will receive, via email, a link to a parent satisfaction survey. All students and staff will also be asked to complete a survey which provides BlueSky with feedback regarding things that are working and those things that we can improve upon.

In addition to the surveys, we will be sending out an election ballot in April or May for parents to vote for the new members of the BlueSky Board of Directors. This vote will be conducted electronically and a link will be emailed to you. This year, we have 3 positions up for election. Please consider running as a parent board member during this year's election. if you are interested, contact me at for more information.

At this time of year, students will be participating in the Minnesota statewide assessments (MCA's). Locations throughout the state have been reserved and students in grades 7, 8, 10, and 11 will be required to take these tests at one of these sites. Completing the MCA's is very important as the results provide us with detailed information on how teachers can better guide their instruction to improve your child's learning. The results also provide you and your child with information on their academic growth and progress. We appreciate your efforts in helping your student get to their assigned testing site this coming April.

As always, thank you for choosing BlueSky and allowing us the opportunity to work with you and your student!

Amy Larsen,
Superintendent, Executive Director

Parent Connect

Coming in April are the MCA tests for students in grades 7, 8, 10, & 11. Here are some tips to help your student prepare:

BlueSky Stars

The BlueSky advisors have chosen to recognize these students for their hard work and dedication:

"Jacob Scott joined BlueSky as a 7th grader. He has consistently worked hard to be a successful student, but this year, as a 9th grader and with a heavy load, he has truly shone! He is turning in quality work on a regular basis and even been moved into Honors English. Jacob states he is very grateful to have this opportunity and to have his dog, Milo, to keep him company while he's working!"

- nominated by Dawn Nicol

"Kenzie Havemeier is one of my hardest working students. Her dedication and attention to her classes is incredible. Kenzie is always very pleasant to talk to. She has a great outlook and is willing to push herself with her school work. Due to her hard work and dedication, she made the A honor roll this year. I am very proud of all Kenzie has accomplished this school year! Kenzie says, 'BlueSky is amazing and I like it more than my other school. If I had to choose a favorite class it would be Science.'"

-nominated by April Scharnberg

Testing Update

Thank you to the students who participated in the NWEA MAP testing for grades 7-11. We use these assessments to help guide our instruction in Language Arts and Math.

MCA testing will take place April 10-28. Please take time now to select the date and location that works best for your student to test.

This test must be taken in person and students must register for a test session. Our staff serve as proctors for this testing and we have to rent space from the locations we are using. It is very important that you make every effort to come to the session you select. Students in 8th grade are encouraged to test over two days if possible as they have three tests to complete.

New this year: MCA scores for students in grades 10 and 11 may be used at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to determine academic readiness in Reading and Math. For more information, please email or call Dawn Mensing at or 651-202-2005.

Upcoming College Tours

BlueSky students in grades 9-12 are invited to tour the campuses of St. Cloud Technical and Community College and St. Cloud State University on Tuesday, April 4th.

The tours are free and being organized with the help of BlueSky staff. The BlueSky group will also be stopping for lunch in between campus tours. Follow the links for more information on the St. Cloud College Tour Day and the Permission Form.

Save the Date for Prom

BlueSky will be joining forces with Cyber Village Academy again this year in hosting Prom for students in grades 9-12 and their guests.

The date for Prom has been set for Friday, May 5th from 8-11 pm and will be held at Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul. The theme this year is Masquerade Ball - so add a mask on top of whatever you plan to wear.

There is no cost to attend. Please fill out the RSVP Form if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly.

Please contact Megan Hollenkamp at if you have any questions or would like to help out.

Mill City Museum

A group of BlueSky students and their guests toured the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 23rd. Activities included a self-guided tour by way of scavenger hunt, a guided tour of the mill and learning about the jobs and experiences of mill workers, a multi-media presentation, and a film on the history of Minneapolis.

Service Learning

Students in Service Learning are required to do a local service project. Dani Nelsen, grade 12, decided to do her project on bullying. She asked her friends to share ways they can stand up against bullying and then she created a collage and shared it on social media.

"Dani is passionate about preventing bullying," said teacher Amee Wittbrodt. "She did a great job with this project!"

Summer School

BlueSky is beginning pre-registration for summer school to gauge the level of interest and to determine which classes will be offered this summer in our summer school program.

  • There is one 6-week session from June 12 - July 28
  • Availability for summer school is limited
  • Preference may be given to students who need the classes to graduate, those who are behind in credits, and those who have passed at least 3 classes 2nd semester
  • Pre-registration does not guarantee you will be accepted
  • It is recommended to complete ONE class. However, if you are highly motivated and willing to spend 5-6 hours a day on school work, you may be able to finish 2 classes. The second class will only be added if the first class is completed by June 30.
If you are interested in summer school and you know which class(es) you plan to take, please complete the Pre-Registration Form before Friday, April 7th. Feel free to contact your counselor with questions.

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