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Menahga MN 56464
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The Menahga School District exists to engage all learners on a life-long path to success.

 

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CHART a course that HONORS the past and ENVISIONS the future.

 

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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

KEVIN WELLEN

From Superintendent Wellen:
 

May 26, 2020

Dear Menahga Families:

We made it through graduation! Hats off to Mr. Frank, Mrs. Berg, and the high school team for an exceptional program. Now we have the last week of school to get through before students, parents, and staff can take a well-deserved break from distance learning. Thank you for your continued support and appreciation for all the efforts of our staff during these trying times. Please know that everyone on the staff has stepped up to take on these challenges. We are already making plans for next year. Our hope is that we can run traditional school hours and return to in-person interaction with students and families. If we are allowed, we will probably have some minor adjustments, but the school will have a strong resemblance to the program we had prior to distance learning. In the event, we are not allowed to return, we are going to take time this summer to use feedback from families, students, and staff to make improvements moving forward. We are also planning a third option- students get direct face to face instruction one day and distance learning the next, in the case we are allowed limited capacity in the building on a given day. As you can see, we are planning for all contingencies with our future unknown. Again, when we know more, you will know more.

Now for the immediate future:

Wednesday, May 27th from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, will be the day devices are collected in the Elementary. We invite you to join us in a parade, through the middle school parking lot, to end the year with waves and drop-offs. As you enter from the North, (near the hockey rink), you will follow the signs, stopping at the first stop and dropping off any library books and getting a treat from the staff. Your next stop(s) will be your teachers to drop off your device, charger, and any classroom books that were sent to you. (Please keep all the math supplies.) You will exit the South end of the parking lot near the high school. We ask that you stay in your cars through the parade. Masks and gloves are recommended by the CDC but will be individual decisions. 

 

Middle School and High School students are encouraged to keep their devices for the summer allowing them to stay connected. However, if you are wanting to return them, there will be tables outside where you can turn them in. Make sure you turn in both the charger and the device. You may also return any textbooks, library books, or classroom books that were sent home.  

 

If you are not able to make it to the school tomorrow but need/wish to return items, please put them in a bag, clearly marked with the child’s name and the homeroom teacher’s name, and place it in the boxes in the entryway of each building. These boxes will only be available Monday-Thursday from 8 am - 2 pm, June 1st-11th.

Forms will go out tomorrow if you want to continue to get lunches during June. If you do not complete a new form or call the district your meals will stop automatically. There are significant changes: Meals are for pick-up only in Menahga, Wolf Lake, and Huntersville, on Mondays and Wednesdays only. There will be three lunches and three snacks per child. Meals will not be available for the first week of June while the kitchen resets for summer. Meals will run through the month of June.

We still have no finite decisions for summer rec, but we are investigating the option of starting July 6th,

I said it before, it is still true today, there is not another team I would want to work with and no other community that can top the support we have had. Thank you all for your continued patience and support during these challenging times!

Please take care of yourself and your family!

Kevin Wellen, Superintendent



April 23, 2020

Dear Menahga Families:

As you have probably heard by now, Governor Walz has extended distance learning until the end of the school year. That means students will get a break from distance learning from May 1st through May 4th while teachers get prepared for distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Meals will still be delivered on May 1st and May 4th. Our goal in this endeavor is to make it meaningful for students without overwhelming anyone. So, I will say it again, if you, as a parent or family, are having challenges, or feeling a bit overwhelmed, please reach out to your children’s teachers. Every grade level, every subject must be a little different, but we want it to be a system that works for you. We will not know if we can do better unless we hear from you. Teachers are available every day that we were scheduled to be in session and are happy to hear from you. We are currently waiting for more direction from the state as to how those last few weeks will look and what the summer may hold for everyone. Thank you for your continued support and appreciation for all the efforts our staff during these trying times. Please know that everyone on the staff has stepped up to take on these challenges. Everyone is monitoring and adjusting to the ever-changing variables we are being handed.

Now the big questions we have been hearing:

What about prom?
I am sorry to say we have had to cancel prom for this year.

What about graduation?
We will host Menahga’s first-ever Drive-In Graduation. Graduates will be in their cars on our ball fields and get out to get their diplomas handed to them. Parents and guests may watch from their own vehicles and listen to it on their radio. The program will be on a “Jumbotron” on the field. It will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend. We anticipate it will be visible from the new Parking lot so we should be able to accommodate the anticipated quantity of vehicles. There will be a short recessional parade through town after which, the senior class will be invited back to the field for an old-fashioned Drive-In movie. This will be far from our traditional ceremony, but we feel it is the optimum balance of honoring our students with a celebration of thirteen years of dedication & hard work and providing them a safe means of saying their goodbyes to their classmates & friends. This too is a work in progress, there will be changes but this is generally the plan for today. 

Our Priorities continue to be:

1. Food for kids and childcare for essential personnel

2. Connectivity with students

3. Distance learning

I said it before, it is still true today, there is not another team I would want to work with and no other community that can top the support we have had. Thank you all for your continued patience and support during these challenging times! When we know more, you will know more.

Please take care of yourself and your family!

Kevin Wellen, Superintendent




April 9, 2020

Dear Menahga Families:

As I reflect on the progress we have made through our second week of distance learning and nearly a month since our school system was turned upside down. I want to compliment everyone involved. The kitchen staff is preparing over 2,100 meals per day. The paraprofessionals, with the help of teachers, are loading them on the buses. Since March 16th, the drivers and the delivery teams have delivered nearly 35,000 meals. The support and appreciation from the parents and community have been nothing short of tremendous. I hear stories daily from our staff who see small acts of appreciation and recognition. It is nice to know the community is in this with us together.


Our Priorities continue to be:

1. Food for kids and childcare for essential personnel

2. Connectivity with students

3. Distance learning

Now that we have had time to fine-tune our distance learning, we feel like most of the kinks have been worked out. If you, as a parent or family, are having challenges, or feeling a bit overwhelmed, please reach out to your children’s teachers. Every grade level, every subject must be a little different, but we want it to be a system that works for you too. We will not know if we can do better unless we hear from you. Teachers are available every day that we were scheduled to be in session and are happy to hear from you.

Now that distance learning is well underway, the admin team is focusing on strategies on how to deliver the upcoming “milestone” events including high school graduation and kindergarten round-up. We know for sure we are living this reality until May 4th. Soon we will know if we are back or if we will continue distance learning beyond that. With that in mind, the principals are developing plan A and plan B. No matter what, we will make every effort to create these experiences for our students, even if it doesn’t look like it has in the past.

Just a friendly reminder the school is closed this Friday, April 10th through Monday, April 13th. Distance learning and meal delivery will resume on Tuesday, April 14th.

I said it before, it is still true today, there is not another team I would want to work with and no other community that can top the support we have had.

Thank you all for your continued patience and support during these challenging times! When we know more, you will know more.

Please take care of yourself and your family!



Kevin Wellen, Superintendent



 





March 25, 2020

Dear Menahga Families:

Update

At the Governor’s press conference today, he issued a stay at home executive order effective this Friday, March 27th at midnight through April 10th. Distance learning will still begin Monday, March 30th as we have been planning for. Distance Learning will be in effect through May 4th. Our plan will be published on our website by the close of day Friday, March 27th. Schools are considered essential personnel. We will continue to provide distance learning, meals, and childcare throughout the duration.

We have been directed to ensure that every staff member has work to do. We will balance between providing those essential services, keeping staff income stream steady and being flexible in these trying times.

As we move forward Our Priorities are:

1. Food for kids and childcare for essential personnel

2. Connectivity with students

3. Distance learning

…and we need to do all of this without putting staff in harm’s way.

As a community, we can meet this challenge if we stay in this together. As I look at what we have done in the last 12 days I don’t believe we could have done any better if we had time to plan. If we keep the same efforts moving forward, we will succeed. There is not another team I would want to work with and no other community that can top the support we have had. Thank you all in advance for your patience and support during these challenging times! When we know more, you will know more.

Thank you

Kevin Wellen, Superintendent

March 16, 2020 

Dear Menahga Families: 

Update

Beginning tomorrow, March 17th, the Menahga Schools are closed to give staff time to plan to provide educational services in the event of a longer school closure. We will also be using the time to deep clean the school and buses. If you still need to pick up devices or student’s personal possessions, parents may come to the school tomorrow, as we can still have the public in the building tomorrow if necessary. This afternoon all students will be offered tomorrow’s breakfast to take home on the bus. Tomorrow kitchen staff will prepare lunch for every student and we will use bus routes to deliver these sack lunches and Wednesday’s breakfast for every student beginning with routes tomorrow at 11:30. Please accept this with our gratitude for your patience. Our plan is that all deliveries are distributed by 1:30, but this is the first time this has ever been done.

• We will also be using this opportunity to ask these questions:
• Do you have internet access? Do you wish to continue the foodservice program?
• How many in the family are 18 or under?
• Is this the address you would like to have food and homework delivered to?


We have applied for and anticipate receiving a state program allowing us a free meal program for all children, not just students. Parents will have to give written permission for the district to provide their children with this service. Please cooperate with the school staff as we learn how to best help in these trying times. 

Below are reminders of previous information that is still relevant. 

IF you are a member of the emergency services profession (law enforcement, fire department, EMTs, etc.) and/or the medical profession (direct care staff) that has school-aged children enrolled in the Menahga School District from pre-kindergarten through 12 years old, please contact the school as soon as possible. We will make arrangements to provide supervision for your children during what would be regular school hours, 8:00 A.M.-3:15 P.M. 

Please remember the basics for prevention – thorough and frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, practicing social distancing (maintain a 3 – 6-foot separation between you and others) and staying away from large gatherings of people. 

As more information is made available, we will post on our website, on Facebook, and through School Messenger. 

This is the plan as of now. Like everything involved in this crisis, this plan has been evolving and this is what we have in place as of 3:00 P.M. on Monday, March 16th. 

We are in this together as a school and a community. As we know more, we will share more. 

Thank you 

Kevin Wellen, Superintendent 


March 15, 2020 

Dear Menahga Families: 

Governor Walz announced this morning the closure of all schools to students in Minnesota beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday March 27. Menahga Schools WILL be in operation Monday, March 16 but will be closed Tuesday, March 17th. 

This closure is to give staff time to plan to provide educational services in the event of a longer school closure. We will also be using the time to deep clean the school and buses. On Monday we will use the day to prepare students and staff for “distance learning”. For planning purposes, we need to know if families do not have internet access. We also need to know if you are parents of students in grades 5 and 6 or have declined to have devices home who would like them to come home now. We will also make arrangements to provide sack lunches for students on a “grab and go” and/or delivery using our bus fleet. We will need to know how many to prepare. 

IF you are a member of the emergency services profession (law enforcement, fire department, EMTs, etc.) and/or the medical profession (direct care staff) that has school-aged children enrolled in the Menahga School District from pre-kindergarten through 12 years old, please contact the school as soon as possible. We will make arrangements to provide supervision for your children during what would be regular school hours, 8:00 A.M.-3:15 P.M. 

Please remember the basics for prevention – thorough and frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, practicing social distancing (maintain a 3 – 6-foot separation between you and others) and staying away from large gatherings of people. 

As more information is made available, we will post on our website, on Facebook, and through School Messenger. 

This is the plan as of now. Like everything involved in this crisis, this plan has been evolving and this is what we have in place as of 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 15th. 

We are in this together as a school and a community. As we know more, we will share more. 

Thank you 

Kevin Wellen, Superintendent 


Posted 3.14.2020

Greetings Everyone,

We know there are growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. I want to assure you that as a school, Menahga is in regular contact with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Education. According to them, there are currently 14 cases in MN, none of which are students or staff in school communities, and all cases appear to be a result of travel.

We are following the recommendations of MDH and at this time, they do not recommend school closures.

We are putting extra effort into cleaning and sanitizing, at the school, and reinforcing good hygiene practices for all. We are also minimizing close contact with students and large group gatherings. In the event a case finds its way into a school, MDH and MDE are committed to being in contact with the school district, to help make the best decision for that school. 

The Minnesota State High School League has canceled all competitions until April 6th. Our spring sports are non-contact, so we will follow the same expectations for them as we are for classes. We have canceled Community Ed activities until further notice.

Field trips and student travel will be handled on a case by case decision. We will not put kids at risk, but we want them to have opportunities. Therefore, the first goal is to postpone such travel and cancel when no other options are available.

We are asking families to do their part too. MDH recommends frequent health checks on kids. Keep them HOME if they are sick.  Please continue to teach prevention, maintain social distances, encourage handwashing, disinfect frequently and of course cover sneezes and coughs. 

In the event MDH does direct us to shut down the school, teachers are preparing for distance learning to be ready to implement and keep student progress moving forward. Our goal is to make any downtime as meaningful as possible.

We continue to constantly monitor the situation and are trying to have all of your children’s needs met to the best of our ability.

 

Thank you, everyone, for your support and patience as we enter uncharted waters.

 

Sincerely, 

Kevin Wellen

Superintendent, Menahga

 

 

 
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