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Weekly Wednesday Update Jan. 29

Hello SES Families,

This week is Baker overnight week for SES  juniors! Rose House students stayed overnight either Monday or Tuesday and Blue House students are staying over either tonight or Thursday.  The junior houses smell of campfire and the outdoors… it is glorious! Make sure to check out next week’s message to see photos and and to learn more about the fun adventures had by all!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31 - Baker Park Overnight week for SES Juniors 
  • Tuesday, February 11 - Environmental College & Career Fair 6:00 - 8:00
  • Wednesday, February 12 - Senior Winter Overnight (optional)
  • 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

 

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!

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 within or outside of district 196. Please join us for this outstanding event! 



 

Senior Winter Unit and Overnight

Seniors are gearing up for the winter outdoor survival unit, which will begin next week. During this two-week unit seniors will explore human survival strategies including compass orienteering, fire and shelter building, and group interdependence. Seniors should expect to be outside every day for all or part of House and need appropriate winter gear. This includes jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves/mittens, and other layers for warmth and wetness. We always have a need for extra winter gear during this time, so if your family has any gear that you are willing to donate to our SES Gear Library, please send it in with your student. They can give it to a House teacher.

 Seniors also have the option to participate in our annual winter overnight. This will be happening Wednesday, February 12. Students will build shelters on the grounds of SES and experience a night of winter camping. More details and a permission slip will be sent home next week.

 

Winter Intensive Theme Course Registration/Fees

Please talk with your student (and/or check in Schoology) to find out which intensive theme course they are registered for this winter. Some courses have fees associated with them, which are used to cover entrance fees, transportation costs, guest speakers, etc. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, our School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation (SESEF) provides grants to help cover these fees. 

Your student is responsible for paying the fee (through FeePay) or completing the grant form by February 14th to participate in their selected course.  Questions? Please call the front office! 

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the more popular courses (Animal Care & Handling, Wilderness First Aid, and Creative Writing) are slightly over-enrolled.  Thus registration in these classes will be limited to the students who are currently registered AND who make the FeePay payment, or apply for an SESEF grant to cover the fee, FIRST.  Once the cap for the course is reached it will be closed and you will NOT be able to pay the course fee in the FeePay system.  If this happens, your student will need to see Mr. Nelson to enroll in a different intensive theme course. 

Courses not listed below include International 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

$20

Capitol Policy & Law

$0

Creative Writing

$6

Winter Rec 1

$90

Winter Rec Too (2)

$220

Wilderness First Aid

$110

FS: Winter Exploration

$350

 

NOTE: Winter Rec Too (2), skiing and snowboarding, still has openings! This course has a minimum enrollment of 20 students. If the minimum number of students have not paid by this Friday, this course will be canceled and students will be asked to join a different course.  If you are having FeePay issues, see this information from the district office or your student may bring a check to the office. Currently there are 17 students committed to the course. For your reference, Here is a link to more information about the course and answers to some frequently asked questions. 

 

Senior Winter Unit and Overnight

Seniors are gearing up for the winter outdoor survival unit, which will begin next week. During this two-week unit seniors will explore human survival strategies including compass orienteering, fire and shelter building, and group interdependence. Seniors should expect to be outside every day for all or part of House and need appropriate winter gear. This includes jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves/mittens, and other layers for warmth and wetness. We always have a need for extra winter gear during this time, so if your family has any gear that you are willing to donate to our SES Gear Library, please send it in with your student. They can give it to a House teacher.

 Seniors also have the option to participate in our annual winter overnight. This will be happening Wednesday, February 12. Students will build shelters on the grounds of SES and experience a night of winter camping. More details and a permission slip will be sent home next week.


Notes from Counselor Nelson

Current SES juniors are in the process of registering for next year’s (2020/21) classes.  We are excited to be working with this talented group as they make decisions about their senior year course schedule. In high school, students have a chance to branch out with electives. Electives provide the opportunity to explore special fields of interest. They also make it possible to pursue specialized training in preparation for advanced post-high school training or to enter the job market. 

 In order to select an appropriate school program, students need to consider their individual abilities, interests, academic strengths, career goals, District 196 graduation requirements, and finally, the course offerings at SES.  To review SES course descriptions go to the SES web site (ses.district196.org) and click on “Explore SES’. There you will be able to review house (thematic studies), non-house electives, and intensive theme courses. Students will turn in their senior year course selections in Rose House  on Jan. 31 and in Blue House on Feb. 6. The Guidance Office will lead this activity. There will be time for questions.

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 https://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.

 

SES Student Council Upcoming Events - Sweatshirt Orders

Members of student council are currently collecting sweatshirt orders through THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st!  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). Orders are expected to arrive  in mid-February.

 

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

The Senior Party Planning Committee needs your help.  We are looking to fill the following committee positions:  Volunteer Coordinator, Student Check-in Coordinator (junior parent), Food Coordinator, Clean-up Coordinator, Fundraiser Coordinator and Website/Technology Coordinator.  Our next committee meeting is Tuesday, February 4th from 7-9 p.m. at Davanni's in Eagan.  Please join us in planning a safe and fun party for our seniors!  

If you have questions, please contact Leanne McCann at 651-210-8713 or leannewalter93@gmail.com 

 

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.


 

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 https://eaasports.sportngin.com/rugby to learn more about rugby and for details about registration. Read more about us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @EaganRugby.

 

Engaging in Family Digital Conversations 

The use of technology continues to increase in our daily lives which can bring both opportunities and challenges. How might we engage in conversations and take actions steps around balancing our technology use, make positive decisions, and recognize when it would be helpful to put it away or aside? Learn strategies to engage in these conversations, how to establish a family media plan, and discover possible tools to monitor and manage your child’s technology use.  

Mark Aronson, District 196 Learning and Technology/Math Coach, has an MA in elementary education from Rockhurst University, and Jenny Huling, District 196 Teaching and Learning Specialist, has an MA in Learning Technology from the University of St Thomas. Both have been instrumental in the implementation and training of the one-to-one technology initiative in District 196. 

 Tuesday, February 4

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Black Hawk Middle School

FREE

To pre-register: https://district196.ce.eleyo.com/course/27431/adult-winter-2020/engaging-in-family-digital-conversations