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Weekly Wednesday Update Feb. 19

Hello SES Families,

Tomorrow, we begin Winter Intensive Theme Courses. The students taking courses at SES will be studying a variety of topics ranging from Animal Care to Capitol Law & Policy and from Creative Writing to Wilderness First Aid Certification.  Two of the other classes will be spending their days playing outside in the Minnesota winter weather. Additionally, we have students on Field Studies to Australia, Costa Rica, Roatan, and Northern Minnesota. Lots of exciting adventures, which we can’t wait to share with you on Wednesday, March 4th.  (Yep, you read that correctly, there will NOT be a Weekly Wednesday on 2/26… but the one on March 4th will make up for it!)

Last week was a busy week at SES!  Beyond the Environmental College Fair and the Seniors proving their winter survival skills, we also had a group of SES Spanish students presenting at World Language Days at the Minnesota Zoo!

On February 12, SES students spent the majority of the day at the MN Zoo, where it was transformed into an immersive Spanish experience. Students created a presentation on their assigned animal (White-cheeked Gibbon, Flamingo, Malaysian Tapir) to be both informative and entertaining. They then gave their presentation countless times to other students from across MN who are learning Spanish as well. Each group gave fascinating information on their animal, provided conservation information, and included an audience participation activity. From balancing on a “tree branch” like a Gibbon, to standing on one foot and trying to eat like a Flamingo, to trying to escape a tiger predator in the face of deforestation, the students found great ways to highlight their animals natural behaviors. It was a fantastic day, and each student did an amazing job.

--Stephanie Steinbron, SES Spanish Teacher



Important Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, February 20 - Friday, February 28 - Winter Intensive Theme

  • Friday, March 6th - NO SCHOOL for students/ End of Trimester 2


FINAL OPPORTUNITY to purchase an SES Yearbooks!

Yearbook orders are due by March 1st and the cost is $50.  There will only be a limited number of extra copies ordered, and available to purchase, after this deadline.  Thus, to ensure a copy, pre-orders must be received by March 1st. Use the Jostens Link to order your yearbook TODAY!

Senior Ads Extended Deadline….

So it turns out that the whole country waited until Feb. 13th to try to get Senior recognition ads – which caused servers to crash on Thus… Jostens has re-opened senior ads now until Thursday Feb. 20th.


Do you know a junior who is interested in coming to SES?

The final opportunity to start at SES during the current school year is the beginning of third trimester, which starts March 9th. If you have a friend who is interested in being part of our community, please have them fill out an application online, or call our office at (952)431-8752.

Winter Intensive Theme Course Registration/Fees 

Winter Intensive Theme starts this Thursday (TOMORROW!).  If your student has not yet paid their course fee, please access the FeePay system to make this payment prior to the start of class tomorrow.   If you access the FeePay system and cannot find the course your student is enrolled in, the cap for that course has already been met and your student will need to go to the main office to get a schedule change before school tomorrow. Courses not listed below include Field Studies and Theater in the City, all of which have already finalized their rosters and collected payment.

Winter Intensive Theme Courses

Course Fee

Animal Care & Handling


Capitol Policy & Law


Creative Writing


Winter Rec 1


Winter Rec Too (2)


Wilderness First Aid


FeePay System

We apologize for all the inconveniences that the issues with FeePay have been causing. We believe strides in getting everything all ironed out are being made. One thing we need all families to look into are their lunch accounts. Please login and check your balances. Autopay was impacted, as well as the “low balance” reminders. Many students have low or negative balances in their lunch accounts and families may not even be aware.  As always, let us know if we can help!

If you are still having trouble accessing your FeePay account since the the system changes in December, please use the District Tips for Troubleshooting the FeePay System to reset your access. 


ACT is quickly approaching

All juniors in ISD 196 will be taking the ACT (WITHOUT the writing portion) on April 7th. Please know that junior teachers are hard at work, giving your students experiences to prepare them for this test. House teachers are giving students test-taking tips and exposing them to sample test sections. Math teachers are doing the same in their classes as well.  Students who are in AVID have and will continue to have additional deeper practice in preparation for all parts of the ACT test. Beyond the practice that is integrated into these courses, there are some additional FREE practice opportunities available in the month of March. 



3/2, 3/9, 3/16

2:05 - 3:00

Green Classroom

Ms. Pederson & Ms. Clements

ACT Math



8:30 - 12:30


Ms. Unzicker & Ms. Maunu

ACT Math and Science



8:30 - 12:30


Ms. Melton & Ms. Wackman

ACT Reading and English


Notes from Nurse Jenni (our licensed school nurse)

Medication reminder for parents and students:

All prescription medications should be kept in the health office. This excludes inhalers, EpiPens, and Glucagon. Please contact Jenni if you have any questions or concerns. 


Notes from Counselor Nelson

  • The Apple Valley High School Common Scholarship Application is now available. These scholarships are given by local businesses, community members, service organizations, and alumni.  It is due in the AVHS Counseling Office by 3:00 PM on March 2, 2020. SES seniors whose home high school is AVHS are eligible to apply.  It is a paper application. See Mr. Nelson in the Counseling Office for a copy.

  • The TEAM Kaleigh Foundation is proud to honor Kaleigh’s memory by awarding six $1,000 scholarships to ISD 196 students who share Kaleigh’s drive for: academic excellence, strong citizenship and character, desire to make a meaningful contribution to society.   Apply at  

  • Eastview High School will host the annual District 196 Minnesota Education Fair on Monday, March 9th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  125 colleges are expected to participate.


Senior All-Night Party Fundraiser 

Attention parents… tell your students!  We are kicking off our first fundraiser for the Senior Party.  The Butterbraid Fundraiser will start on March 3rd with orders due by March 17th.  We would love your help in making this fundraiser a success! For every Butterbraid a student sells, their name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card, a $25 Target gift card or a $20 Holiday Gas card!  Juniors are welcome to participate in this fundraising event as well and will be included in the drawings for gift cards.  Look for order forms on March 3rd.


SES Education Foundation 

The School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation (SESEF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community foundation dedicated to supporting the excellent education of students at the School of Environmental Studies. The foundation, established in 1999, is composed of volunteer parents, faculty and citizens interested in the success of the School of Environmental Studies and its students.

Interested in becoming a SESEF Board member? Please attend our meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:00 in the SES Forum or email us at for more information. 


Could you use some extra food over the weekend? SES participates in the Sheridan Story Weekend Food Program. Your family can receive a free 4 to 5-pound bag of food discretely left with your student on Friday mornings. Families can choose between traditional, East African, Latino, Southeast Asian, and ready-to-eat foods. There are no requirements to sign up. Just let us know! This can also be for one week, one month, or the whole year, whenever you need a little extra help. To sign up or for questions please contact


Boys and Girls Spring Rugby 

Spring rugby registration is now open for our district-wide club rugby girls and boys teams. Rugby teaches total body skills, including safe tackling techniques, which carry over into multiple sports.  Rugby suits all body styles and skills. No experience is necessary! 

Preseason (indoor) practice begins on March 1st at Blackhawk Middle School Gym (1-3PM for boys, 4:30-6:30 for girls).  We have a full day camp on Friday, March 6th from 9-3 at the West St. Paul dome.  Games begin in April and playoffs finish around the first week of June. Go to to learn more about rugby and for details about registration. Read more about us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @EaganRugby.


District 196 has a current need for Substitute Teachers

If you are interested in subbing but do not have a standard teaching license, you may obtain a Short Call Substitute license through Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) / Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)  with a 4-year degree.  Along with this Short Call Substitute license, you will need to attend a weeklong training class with District 196.  The final training class of the school year will be February 24-28, 2020 from 8:00am -12:15pm each day. If interested in becoming a Short Call substitute please start the process to obtain your short call license and sign up for the training class at   If you have any questions, please contact Barb Hall at 651-423-7761.