May 26, 2017


Upcoming
Events:

NO SCHOOL
Monday, May 29th

Last Day of School
Friday, June 2nd
classes close @ 3 pm

Graduation
June 10 @ 12 pm
St. Paul College

Summer School
June 12 - July 28

Office Closed
July 3-7

Start 17-18 School Year
Tuesday, September 5th

Principal's Message


Welcome to spring and the excitement of accomplishing another year of great work for each of our students. For all students, it is the time of looking forward to graduation, starting next year in a new grade, and preparing for the future. With nice weather, it's easy to want to start summer now. Here are some tips and tricks to make it through the final week of school. Be sure to work closely with advisors to set goals and progress successfully through the end of the school year.

This summer is an excellent time for our next year's juniors and seniors to visit colleges. Take time to explore the abundant opportunities in manufacturing, construction, technology, and delivery services, by visiting companies in these areas. Contact your counselor for guidance in all career exploration ideas. There are even career opportunities right out of high school. For our current graduates, it is expected that they will have at least seven career changes in their lifetime, so exploring options now helps students get started in their first career choice and develop the skills to know how to change careers in the future.

If you know someone who is interested in BlueSky Online, we are accepting enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

Stay strong and set those goals for the last stretch of the year.

Renee Parcheta,
Student Services Director/Principal


Parent Connect

As you know, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has caught a lot of attention with teens and adults recently. Suicide is an important topic to discuss and we've gathered some resources for you. If you have questions or want help talking to your teen, please reach out.

Teen Line
Jed Foundation
Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing 13 Reasons Why

BlueSky Stars

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

"Hailey Sherwood is nominated for her continued success and dedication in her classes, staying on pace week to week, and keeping excellent communication with staff. When Hailey isn't working on schoolwork she enjoys playing with her 2 dogs, bowling, and being part of her church youth group. Earlier in the school year, Hailey came up with a charity project to make and donate blankets to foster children. The project is named 'Hailey's Hope' and Hailey plans to make it an annual event. She plans to attend college for dental hygiene after she graduates."

- nominated by Jen Anderson

"Lauren Kelley is a graduating senior with a great future ahead of her! Lauren states, 'I first came to BlueSky after moving to MN and going to public school for a month. I really didn't like it and talked to my parents about switching. Of course, they were really concerned about me not focusing and doing my work, and were very surprised at how much I excelled! The teachers care so much about you and only want to see you become a success.' This summer Lauren will be spending more time with her horses, dog, and new metal detecting hobby. A trip to Romania is also being planned."

-nominated by Jane Craig

Office Summer Schedule

The BlueSky office will be closed the week of July 3rd - 7th. Summer hours will go into effect starting on Monday, July 10th. The office will be open Monday - Thursday from 9am - 2pm. The regular office schedule will resume in August.



Report Card Request Form

If you would like to receive a hard copy of your student's report card after the end of the school year, please fill out the Report Card Mailing Request Form. All report cards will be sent via email once grades are verified the week of June 5th. If you have already filled out the Request Form earlier this year, you are already on the list to receive a hard copy.



Thank you!

Thank you to all students and families who participated in MCA testing this spring. Official results will be sent to BlueSky in the summer. Score reports will be distributed at fall conferences. For those unable to attend conferences, they will be mailed out afterwards. If you are not returning to BlueSky next fall, score reports will be sent to the new school on record.



National Youth Leadership Training

The National Youth Leadership Training, a seven-day immersive leadership camp, activates young people to address today's most pressing challenges and create impactful change. It's a different kind of summer camp, powering a generation of leaders.

When: July 23-29
Where: Audubon Center, Sandstone, MN
Who: Students entering grades 9-12 in 2017

More info: https://goo.gl/vCXYx1
Application: https://goo.gl/NpxNy6



Summer Student Pass

Metro Transit is offering unlimited rides to students this summer for just $25! Passes are now on sale and valid from June 1st - September 5th. Students will select BlueSky from the list of school's participating and must also provide their student ID number. If you don't know your ID number, you can find it in Genius under the "Student Information" tab. If you're having trouble finding it, you can also contact the main office at 651-642-0888 or email info@blueskyschool.org.



Stop the Summer Slide

For some families, summer vacation represents an ideal time to pursue interests, study music, go to camp, tackle projects, or take educational trips. However, not all children have access to enriching activities during summer months. To help families, the Minnesota Department of Education has created an updated list or resources and programs. Visit the Summer Learning page for information on how to find appropriate reading materials, practice math skills, participate in STEM projects, and find free nutritious meals

Masquerade Ball

The BlueSky/CVA Prom was a wonderful evening for our students! There were about 100 students and their guests in attendance on Friday, May 5th. You can view more pictures in the photo library provided by BlueSky science teacher/advisor, Karen Kraco.



Graduation

The RSVP form has closed for students to attend the graduation ceremony on June 10th. If you did not RSVP and would like to attend, you must contact Megan Hollenkamp at mhollenkamp@blueskyschool.org as soon as possible.

For those that won't be able to attend in person, the live-streaming link will be sent out via email in the week before the ceremony. Graduates can also share this link with friends and family around the country or world.

All students that graduated during the 2016-2017 school year will have their name announced, even if they aren't in attendance.

Student Work

Students in Amee Wittbrodt's English 1B were asked to write a 6 word memoir. Here are the results:



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