What's Happening Around District 283

District Approves Make Up Days; Announces REVISED 2014-15 Calendar

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University of MN Releases Final Report on Results of Sleep Study
SLP one of five MN High Schools and eight nationwide to participate

The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development released a Final Report on March 12, 2014, asserting that later high school start times improve student grades and overall health. The study is a continuation of a sleep study SLP participated in during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.

SLP students were surveyed during the 2010-11 school year when school started at 8:20 a.m. and compared a variety of factors to the previous school year when school started at 7:50 a.m., or 30 minutes earlier. Additional data from the school district over the two-year period was also collected.

The sleep study looked at the relationship between later start time and found the following results for St. Louis Park High School:
  • Attendance – no significant difference with late start time;
  • Standardized test scores (Composite ACT, MCA II Math, MCA II Reading, GRAD Writing) – difference not significant;
  • Tardies and Unexcused absences, Total absences, GPA, grades received in periods 1 and 3 – analysis could not be completed; and
  • Car crash rates – increased, but the data may be difficult to interpret because the crashes might involve teens who attend a local high school in a neighboring district.

“We were pleased to be included in the U of M Sleep Study from 2009-2011,” said Superintendent Rob Metz. “The new data released today from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, shows that later start times have a positive effect.”

Feb. 12 School Board Freight Rail Letter
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School Board Schedules March & April Listening Sessions
If you would like to share your thoughts and ideas with the school board in a casual setting, Listening Sessions are scheduled at the following times and locations:

- Tuesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m., Peter Hobart Elementary School Media Center
- Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, PSI Media Center

St. Louis Park Public Schools Receives Highest-rated Grant Status in Validation Category from U.S. Department of Education for $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant to Fund Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) Program Expansion
St. Louis Park High School will serve as national model for high school reform to increase graduation rates and will receive $100,000 annually to continue its work with the program as part of the i3 Validation Grant.

This is the fourth round of grants awarded in the i3 competition and St. Louis Park is one of the seven grant awards given in the validation category along with 18 development grants. The BARR Program Grant is one of the 25 highest-rated applications (HRAs), totaling more than $135 million to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement nationwide. The HRAs were selected from 618 applications and representing 13 states and the District of Columbia. [read more]


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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