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Weekly Wednesday Update Mar. 4

Hello SES Families,

Welcome back from Winter Intensive Theme!  Hopefully you heard lots of fun stories from your students as they enjoyed a week filled with concentrated learning and fun adventures! The SES staff is working on putting together some photos and highlights from the courses and we will be sharing them with you in next week’s Weekly Wednesday Update.  In the meantime, check out all the things happening this month at SES; What a start to the new trimester!!


Important Upcoming Dates

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

  • Saturday, March 7th - FREE ACT Math and Science Practice (8:30am - 12:30pm @ SES)

  • Tuesday, March 10th - SES Education Foundation Meeting (6:00pm - 7:00pm @ SES)

  • Friday, March 13th - SES Recycled Formal Dance (8:00pm - 11:00pm @ SES, Cost $5)

  • Saturday, March 14th - FREE ACT Reading and English Practice (8:30am - 12:30pm @ SES)

  • Tuesday, March 17th - Multilingual Seal Test

  • Tuesday, March 17th - SES Prospective Student Information Meeting (3:15pm - 4:30pm @ SES)

  • Monday, March 23rd - Friday, March 27th - NO SCHOOL/ Spring Break

  • Tuesday, April 7th - ACT Test for all Juniors in District 196 (7:35am - 1:35pm)


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’s student is interested in being part of our community, please have them fill out an application online, or call our office at (952)431-8752.


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. 



3/9, 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


SES Student Council Upcoming Events - Sweatshirt Orders, Recycled Formal

Sweatshirt orders have arrived!

Distribution took place before school today and if students did not receive their sweatshirt orders they should stop by the blue lab to pick them up from Ms. McBrien.  A few additional sweatshirts were ordered and can be purchased starting next week ($30 for Hoodies and $25 for Crew Necks). Please send students to see Ms. McBrien (starting on 3/9)if they are interested in purchasing one of the extra sweatshirts. 

SES Recycled Formal Dance

The SES winter formal with a twist… don’t spend money (or spend VERY little) wear apparel that is reused, recycled or upcycled… raid the closet of your friends/family, or visit a thrift store to find the perfect outfit to wear for this annual event! 

* Note: Students that bring their own empty cup to use for water from the snack table (rather than using a disposable cup) will be entered into a drawing to win SES Merch. items during the dance.

Spirit Week

Students can show their SES school spirit by participating in themed dress-up days leading up the Recycled Formal next week. 

  • 3/9: Monochrome Monday
  • 3/10: Tired Tuesday
  • 3/11: Wacky Wednesday
  • 3/12: Throwback Thursday
  • 3/13: Favorite Teacher Friday

Notes from Counselor Nelson

  Scholarship opportunities for SES seniors.   See Mr. Nelson for more information.

  • Announcing New Scholarship for SES seniors!! Friends of the Farm Scholarship: two $2,000 scholarships for SES seniors, preference to a career interest in agriculture, agri business, agronomy, or animal/environmental science.   Priority to FFA members. Please print and complete the FOF Scholarship Application and return to Mr. Nord by April 1st.

  • Scott Highlands Alumni Scholarship due March 20.

  • Woodland Elementary Alumni Scholarship due March 31.

  • Red Pine Elementary Alumni Scholarship. Due April 13.

  • 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  

College Visits in the SES Library:

  • Winona State: April 20 at 10 AM.
  • University of Wyoming:  March 13 at 11:30 AM.
  • Army National Guard:  March 17 at 12:00 PM.

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.


FINAL OPPORTUNITY to purchase an SES Yearbook!

Orders involving personalization and senior ad requests are no longer being taken.  However, a small number of “extra copies” have been ordered and once these have been purchased, no additional copies will be available.  Claim your copy TODAY, before they are gone! The cost is $50 and the “order” can be placed on the Jostens website. 


Senior All-Night Party Fundraiser 

The Senior Party parent committee is kicking off a few fundraisers to help support the Senior All-Night party in June.  Please participate and help raise funds to support a fun end of the year event for SES Seniors. 

  • Bring your family and friends to eat at Cafe Zupas in Eagan on March 17th from 5-9pm. The Senior Party Blast will earn 25% of the proceeds earned that night.

  • Yesterday the annual Butterbraid Fundraiser kicked off with an announcement to students in each of the senior houses. 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, $25 Target gift card or $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 in each of the four houses and in the main office. Order forms are due in the main office by March 17th. 


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