What's Happening Around District 283

Meyers Selected as 2014-15 Interim High School Principal
Scott Meyers has been selected as 2014-15 Interim Principal for St. Louis Park High School. Meyers has 13 years experience as an educator and administrator and most recently served as Assistant Principal at the school. “My true passion is building relationships with others,” said Meyers in his application.

Superintendent Rob Metz said, “We are fortunate to have a seasoned leader like Scott who is willing and able to step up to this important leadership position; I truly believe that students, parents, staff and the entire St. Louis Park community will benefit from his leadership.”

Meyers will be the Interim Principal for the 2014-15 school year. The school district plans to conduct a search for a permanent principal during the school year.

The school district has internally posted an Interim Assistant Principal position also for the 2014-15 school year; the position closes July 27, 2014.

District Selects Kreyer as Director of Human Resources
St. Louis Park Public Schools has selected Richard (Rick) Kreyer to become Director of Human Resources. Kreyer comes to the District from Minneapolis Public Schools where he was Executive Director of Human Resources Operations. With more than 20 years experience in human resources, Kreyer has worked in education as well as healthcare and labor relations.

He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations with an MBA Concentration from the Carlson School of Management and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Kreyer also currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Metropolitan State University in the College of Management, teaching Strategic Human Resource Management and Labor Relations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“We are excited to have Rick join our team,” said Superintendent Rob Metz. “His experience in all areas of human resources and especially his experience in education and labor relations will be a great resource to St. Louis Park.”

The School Board is scheduled to act on Kreyer’s contract at an upcoming meeting. Kreyer will begin working in the District on July 28.

District Seeks Members for Financial Advisory Committee
St. Louis Park Public Schools is currently seeking members for the Financial Advisory Committee. Participants will contribute their financial, business, human resources, or communications expertise to review financial information and provide recommendations to the Superintendent about the financial future of the school district. Click here to download the application.

Congratulations Class of 2014

Led by student council members, graduating seniors walk around the field before taking their seats. (Natalie Sanford)

During class president Maggie Yarosh's speech, graduates pose for a class of 2014 group selfie. (Natalie Sanford)

High school principal Joann Karetov congratulates and gives words of advice to the graduates in her speech. (Natalie Sanford)

Superintendent Robert Metz reflects on the year and his experience in the St. Louis Park community in his speech at the graduation ceremony. (Natalie Sanford)

The crowd of graduates applauds following a speech. (Natalie Sanford)

Seniors throw their caps into the air as the graduation ceremony comes to a close. (Noa Raasch)

High School Receives National ACT College & Career Transition Award
June 4, 2014 – At a ceremony last night in Washington D.C., St. Louis Park High School received the 2014 College and Career Transition Award from ACT for improving the college and career readiness of all students.

ACT applauded St. Louis Park High School for drastically reducing the number of 9th Grade students failing first year high school classes – from 44 percent to 11.5 percent.

“I want to congratulate St. Louis Park on this incredible honor. As we look to increase student achievement for all our students and break down barriers of access to higher education, we want to continue recognizing those programs that are showing progress,” Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “St. Louis Park High School is showing sustained results with this strategy. I hope this award encourages them to share their work and help other schools replicate their success.”

School staff developed and implemented the Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) program which decreases failure rates and increases graduation rates; including:
- More core credits earned annually by all students
- Significant increase in standardized testing results
- Approximately 85% of 9th graders passing all classes last year (three years from now, the graduation rate should be 85% or more!)

The BARR Program is funded by a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) Implementation Grant. The grant also funded replication of the BARR Program in two rural schools in Maine and one urban High School in California.

“This is total team effort!” said Superintendent Rob Metz. “The ingenuity, dedication, cooperation and assistance of the entire high school staff, the entire school district staff, and the community creates the environment where ALL St. Louis Park High School students can be successful.”

Other components of the BARR Program supporting students to become college and career ready include:

  • Elective Academies
    - Academy classes embed a great deal of post-secondary curriculum.
    - College and Career Advisory Committee engages more than a dozen business and post-secondary partners to provide college and career alignment for the Academy classes.
    - College and career lessons are taught to each student over the course of four years at the high school; students receive credit for this learning.

  • Non-Traditional Academy (NTA) makes graduation and post-secondary learning a reality for 35 students each year that otherwise would not achieve these goals due to socio-economic conditions.
    - NTA operates as a “one-room schoolhouse” within the high school.
    - In 2013, all but two students in the NTA graduated.

  • College Possible makes college access possible for 40 low-income and first-generation-to-college students each year.

  • High Achievement Program (HAP) has led to over 160 black and brown students taking over 300 Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.
    - Ten years ago, we had less than 10 black/brown students taking AP/IB classes. - HAP features academic & social supports, group meetings, individual sessions, study groups, goal setting, monitoring of grades, college visits, educational seminars, career exploration, and character and relationship building

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma School – Becoming an IB school a dozen or so years ago has opened the door for our students to take more IB/AP classes per capita than any traditional public high school in Minnesota.

  • Equity Coaching – SLP High School has moved to a model where instructional coaches guide teachers in providing instruction with an equity lens to ensure academic achievement for all learners.

  • Community Support – 40 Seniors participating in the Rotary Mentorship Program through College Possible received scholarships for post-secondary education.

St. Louis Park was the only high school in the nation to receive the ACT College & Career Transition Award.

District Approves Make Up Days; Announces REVISED 2014-15 Calendar
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SLP Named One of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for the 6th Consecutive Time
St. Louis Park has achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for the fifth consecutive time for its initiatives to help young people. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to its youth. [read more]


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