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Weekly Wednesday Update Jan. 15

Hello SES Families,

Even though it is a short week, it has been productive!  Seniors have Population Conference behind them and are beginning their Environmental Health unit.  Juniors are in their Winter Unit and are slowly expanding their time spent studying and enjoying the cold weather climate in which we are lucky enough to live in Minnesota. We are grateful for the opportunity to have these learning experiences with students.

NO SCHOOL for Students

  • Friday, January 17th
  • Monday, January 20th
  • Friday, January 24th

 

SES Community Event - This Thursday!

SES values opportunities for our school community to come together and have discussions about things that matter for our students who are our future leaders. Once each trimester, we modify our daily schedule to accommodate a Community Conversation. On Thursday, January 16th, we will be having our second one of the year. We aim to have the themes of these conversations echo our vision statement at SES, “A thoughtful community of leaders engaging with others to create a more sustainable world.” The topic of this one is about discrimination and inclusivity. With Martin Luther King Jr. day coming next week, the community will have an opportunity to reflect on what we all have in common and the importance of how we treat and value one another. 

 

Junior Winter Overnight at Baker Park

Juniors are going to Baker Park! This is an annual tradition for SES juniors and we are thrilled for this year’s class to be going the week of January 27th. Junior Families have been getting communication from their house teachers with details, but this is your friendly reminder that forms and fees are due. They can be found on FeePay but we know there have been many, many issues on FeePay lately. If you are one of the families who are still not able to access it, please know that you can send a check for $35 and ask for paper forms. We need them back ASAP.  Also, remember that students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for a grant from our School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation. Forms for grants are available in the office. 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please come in to meet with your student’s teachers on either Thursday, January 23rd OR Tuesday, January 28th, both nights from 4:00 - 8:00. Teachers can be found in their house/classroom and will meet with families individually for short conferences based on availability.  Please be aware that some teachers will be unavailable for blocks of time on Thursday, January 23rd if they are leading a Field Study meeting. (See below.)

We highly recommend attending conferences, as communication and collaboration between teachers and parents greatly increases student success. Please make sure you are able to access your student’s grades in Schoology prior to conferences so you can come prepared with questions. 

WINTER Conferences Field Study Meeting Night, January 23rd, 4:00-8:00

5:30 - 6:15 Winter Field Studies

Payment Due

Australia

Levine & Maunu

Art Room

$675

Costa Rica

Tunseth & Westgard

Rose Science

$500

Dive Roatan

McBrien & Nowicki

Forum

$1050

Winter Exploration

Autry & Koenig 

Green Science

$350

6:30 - 7:00 Spring Field Studies 

Payment Due

Alaska

Clements & Melton

Gold Classroom

$850

BWCA

Koenig & Pederson

Forum

Info Only

South Africa

Tunseth & Westgard

Rose Science

$750

Superior Hiking 

Wackman

Rose Classroom

Info Only

7:00 - 7:30 Other Meetings 

Payment Due

United Nations, NYC

Women’s Conf. - MARCH

Callahan & Kline

Green Science

None Tonight

7:30 - 8:00 Other Meetings

Payment Due

United Nations, NYC

Indigenous Conf. - APRIL

Callahan & Wackman

Green Science

$350

 

Winter Field Studies Paperwork Deadline

Students traveling on an International Field Study during Winter Intensive Theme (2/20 - 2/28) must turn in their completed paperwork NO LATER than Thursday, January 23rd. This allows enough time for the school nurse to review medical documents to ensure safe travels for all students and staff. Please be sure to make necessary doctor appointments prior to this deadline. If you have any questions please reach out to the trip leaders, as listed below:

  • Australia - Karen Maunu & Amy Levine

  • Costa Rica - Jane Tunseth & Kathleen Westgard

  • Dive Roatan - Kristen McBrien & Craig Nowicki

 

Spring Field Study Opening

There is only one spot available for the Alaska Field Study during our Spring Intensive Theme in May. Here is a link to more information. Please contact Ms. Clements (ana.clements@district196.org) if you have questions. Your down payment of $750 in FeePay will hold your spot. The enrollment deadline for this field study is Friday, January 17.

 

Notes from Counselor Nelson

The School of Environmental Studies will be holding the annual Environmental College and Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  30 colleges and environmental organizations have confirmed participation. This event is an arena style "fair" in which colleges provide information about their institutions and offer college/career guidance to students.  There is no pre-registration and the event is open to the public. Questions: Contact Nathan Nelson at: Nathan.nelson@district196.org or 952-431-8798

If you are a senior and your home high school is EVHS you are eligible for the Eastview Community Foundation Scholarships . There are 135 scholarships.  Fill out the application online athttps://evcf.org/scholarships/  The application deadline is February 2, 2020.

If you are a senior and your home high school is EHS, or if you have an Eagan address, you are  eligible for the Eagan Foundation Scholarships. There are 100 scholarships. Fill out the application online at http://www.eaganfoundation.org   The application deadline is February 3, 2020.

 

Yearbooks are on sale! 

If you have not yet purchased yours (or a senior ad) there is still time while the price is just $45. The price will increase soon. Please visit the Josten’s website to order your copy today. 

 

ATTENTION ALL SENIOR PARENTS:

It has been a tradition at SES that the senior parents plan and host the Senior Graduation Party (lock-in) that will be held after graduation, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  We are looking to establish a committee to plan this party and we need volunteers!

The first committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 7-9 pm at Davanni's in Eagan.  At this time we will be looking to fill the following committee positions:  Volunteer Coordinator, Entertainment Coordinator, Donation Coordinator, Ticket Sales/Marketing Coordinator, Student Check-in Coordinator (Junior Parent), Food Coordinator(2), Clean-Up Coordinator, Website/Technology Coordinator

In addition to filling committee positions, we will discuss a timeline, location and events for the evening, fundraisers, and structure and frequency of committee meetings moving forward. 

Please consider joining us to help make this an incredible evening for our seniors!  If you have questions or are interested in joining but can't make the first meeting please contact:

Leanne McCann, Chairperson, SES Senior Party

leannewalter93@gmail.com

651-210-8713 (cell)

 

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 an 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 info@sesef.org 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 Karen.Maunu@district196.org.