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Last Parent Group Meeting of the Year
We want to remind parents that the next (and last) parent group meeting of the year will be on Thursday, May 4 at the school. Please contact Kathleen Edwards if you have any questions.
Parent Group Book Club Meeting
The next HCIS Parent Book Club meeting is on Thursday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., on the 4th floor of HCIS. The book is You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements by David McCullough, Jr. This book is about a high school commencement speech that McCullough gave in 2012. There are three copies at the library or available cheaply through Amazon. It is highly readable and aimed directly at modern parents of twenty-first century kids.
Parent Education Evening
On Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m., Jessica Sweeney, our school social worker, will be holding a parent education evening. We invite you to join Jessica on the second floor of the theater lobby as she spends the evening focusing on some of the most effective parenting strategies to help your child through the spectrum of adolescent challenges—including academic and social challenges. We will discuss how this directly effects children’s ability to learn about and manage their own mental health while building resiliency they will carry on in to adulthood. In addition to participants being given an understanding of the value of validation, they will also be given specific techniques they will be able to use immediately to assist their children. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at (218) 724-7574 ext. 451.
"Validation—A powerful parenting tool to help your child through life’s challenges."
Poetry Out Loud
Harbor City International School's Abigail Etterson and Signe Stromgren advanced to be among the top six competitors in the state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis on March 7 and 8. Abigail, a senior, was awarded the second place prize. Signe is in the junior class.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest, which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Congratulations, Board Of Directors!
Congratulations to Harbor City International School Board of Directors for being a winner of the Volunteers of America School Governance Award 2017!
Math Blackboard ACT Classes
Ruth Kivisto will be teaching Blackboard ACT classes seminars here at Harbor City! Ruth taught at Harbor City for many years before starting the Math Blackboard Beat the ACT test prep class.
Classes will take place:
ACT practice test will take place:
ACT College Entrance Exam
This year the state of Minnesota is paying for all juniors to take the ACT college entrance exam in school on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Nearly all four-year colleges throughout the midwest require the ACT exam. If students score well on the ACT they can use their scores in place of the Accuplacer test at all Minnesota community and technical colleges. More information will be available in the second semester.
PowerSchool Parent Portal
YMCA Membership and Forms
All HCIS students have memberships to the YMCA. To make this official, students need to fill out three forms. Two contain basic information and require a parent signature. The third form is for using the wellness center. The wellness center has treadmills, other machines, and weights. A doctor must sign this form if the student is under sixteen. Mr. Langr's physical education class uses this space. Any students who anticipate that they will take this class before they turn sixteen should get the form signed by a doctor. If your student is sixteen years old or above, he or she does not need the doctor's signature. Please see Ms. Hexum with additional questions about YMCA memberships!
Students are required to fill out the two basic forms each year. The wellness center form stays on file in the wellness center.