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Weekly Wednesday Update Jan. 22

Hello SES Families,

Another short week this week, but we have lots packed into our time together! Juniors are starting to think about registration for their senior year. They will be given information during House class on what courses to consider taking and how to register online using Campus. If you have any questions, please reach out to our guidance counselor, Mr. Nelson.  


FeePay System

We apologize for all the inconveniences the issue 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!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, January 23rd AND Tuesday, January 28th - Parent Teacher Conference 4:00 - 8:00

  • Friday, January 24th - NO SCHOOL for students/ High School Conferences

  • Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31 - Baker Park Overnight week for SES Juniors 

  • Tuesday, February 11 - Environmental College & Career Fair 6:00 - 8:00

  • Friday, February 14th - NO SCHOOL for students/ High School Staff Development

  • Monday, February 17th - NO SCHOOL for students/ President’s Day

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

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


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 NEXT WEEK (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 TOMORROW ( Thursday, January 23) as there is NO SCHOOL on Friday. While the forms can be found on FeePay, we know there have been many, many issues on FeePay lately.  Your student is coming home with paper copies of the forms tonight. PLEASE LOOK AT THEM AND MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETED THEM ALL ON FEEPAY.  WE HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF SOME FAMILIES NOT HAVING ACCESS TO ALL FORMS NECESSARY.  

If your student does not come home with the paper copies, each component of the paperwork packet can be accessed below, the 2nd and 3rd documents require parent/student signatures.

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. If you don’t qualify for free or reduced lunch but could still use assistance with some of the fee, please email


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please come in to meet with your student’s teachers from 4:00 - 8:00pm on either THIS Thursday, January 23rd OR NEXT 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


Levine & Maunu

Art Room


Costa Rica

Tunseth & Westgard

Rose Science


Dive Roatan

McBrien & Nowicki



Winter Exploration

Autry & Koenig 

Green Science


6:30 - 7:00 Spring Field Studies 

Payment Due


Clements & Melton

Gold Classroom



Koenig & Pederson


Info Only

South Africa

Tunseth & Westgard

Rose Science


Superior Hiking 


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



Winter IT 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


Environmental College Fair

SES is hosting  its annual Environmental College and Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from approximately 30 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information about educational opportunities, campus life, financial aid and the college application process.  There is a focus on the environment, but information about all college majors and programs will be available. The event is free and open to any interested students and their parents.


Notes from Counselor Nelson

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 at  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   The application deadline is February 3, 2020.


SES Student Council Upcoming Events - Sweatshirt Orders 

Members of student council will be launching an apparel order tomorrow, with expected delivery in mid-February. Typically the design for the sweatshirt is chosen from student entries, but this year the students are excited to launch our new school logo as the image! The Sweatshirt Order Form can be printed, completed and sent in with cash or a check (made out to SES Student Council) to the main office between now and Friday January 31st.


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. 



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!

Please consider joining us to help make this an incredible evening for our seniors!  If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact:

Leanne McCann, Chairperson, SES Senior Party

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 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