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Updates for Friday, September 25

Senior Olivia Reeves Named National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Prep Senior, Olivia Reeves, who has been named as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes the top PSAT scorers, which represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, who go on to compete in the final round for the National Merit Scholarships.

Niche Names St. Croix Prep Top High School with the Best Teachers

Congratulations to our amazing faculty! To see more Niche rankings and learn how rankings are determined

St. Croix Prep Board, Learning Models, Covid-19 Case Rate Data

Given the decline in county case rate data, some of you may be wondering if this means the Lower School will be attending school in-person, five days a week. At this moment, the answer is “no”. The board of St. Croix Preparatory Academy makes all decisions related to a change in learning model during the Covid-19 pandemic. As mentioned previously, the Washington County case rate data is only one aspect of the board’s decision making – they also consider staffing, transportation, related guidance from MDE/MDH, etc. The board’s previous meetings and actions have been:
  • August 11 – approved hybrid model for K-12, when the Washington County case rate was 15.63.
  • August 25 and September 15 – discussed school opening, roll-out, when Washington County case rate was over 20.
  • The next St. Croix Prep board meeting is on October 6.

Parent Survey Coming Next Monday, September 28

We are finalizing the parent survey. This will be sent out on September 28, with a response deadline by September 30. We will use your response data for our board discussions on October 6.

REMINDER - No More Drop Offs at School

In an effort to abide by the hybrid learning model/MDH guidelines, limiting traffic and contact within the school and to protect our students and staff, we are not taking ANY drop offs (no instruments, forgotten homework, lunches, etc.). Thank you for your cooperation.

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St. Croix Prep is Hiring!

St. Croix Prep is hiring substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and subs. Click here to learn how to get your MN sub license. Click here to apply for open positions.

All Students Eat for Free This Fall!

Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this fall, for both in-person and remote learning days. Families need not apply for free/reduced lunch to receive free meals.
 
On in-person learning days, students can pick up breakfast in the cafeteria between 9:15-9:25. In-person lunch will be ordered during first hour of class and available to students during their lunch period. No pre-ordering is required to receive meals on in-person learning days.
 
Breakfasts and lunches are available for remote learning days as well and is requested via the form linked below and picked up by families. The following is important information regarding distance learning meal pick up:
  • Meals are available to any child age 18 or younger in your family. 
  • Meals will include lunch as well as breakfast items for the following week. Meals will only be provided for scheduled school days. Meals will not be provided on holidays or scheduled days off. 
  • Meals will be distributed on a first come/first served basis, with preference to those families that pre-register. 
  • Cut off time for requesting meals for the following week is 7:00 am on Thursday.
  • Students in the DISTANCE learning model will receive 5 days of meals. Students in the HYBRID learning model will receive 3 days of meals. 
  • Families can pick up meals between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at St. Croix Prep on the Friday preceding the week for which meals have been ordered. Meals will be distributed from the north ‘back’ cafeteria door (the school’s ‘bus’ entrance – Door 5).  
  • Only families who qualify for free/reduced meals may elect to have meals delivered to their home.

Please email Marianne Thole, Food Service Director, with any questions. And, please stop by to pick up your child(ren)’s meals. We’re expecting you!

Registration for Chromebooks

Please register for your Chromebook needs for distance learning days. You will be notified as soon as we have a Chromebook available for your use.

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Tier 1 Essential Worker Distance Learning Support Registration

Please register for your Chromebook needs for distance learning days. You will be notified as soon as we have a Chromebook available for your use.

A Message From the Health Office

As school nurses we knew that allergy season and influenza season were going to be particularly challenging, and allergy season has arrived!
 
During this time of the pandemic we have to raise our level of suspicion with all symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 even when they may be from other things, like allergies. Out of an abundance of caution we need to be sure we are doing our daily self screening (staff and students) and staying home when we have any of the listed symptoms.

To help you with that here is the link to the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs that we are using. PLEASEsee the note at the bottom of page 3 for schools only as it affects how we follow the decision tree. As noted, when we have county case data above 10 (currently ours is 17) we follow the middle blue flow even if there is only one less common symptom, we do not follow the top green flow.

And the last tool is the Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms. AGAIN PLEASE note that this tool does not take into account that our county case rate data is above 10, so in the list of less common symptoms you currently only need ONE and should stay home and be evaluated.

In regards to “evaluation from a healthcare provider”, that can be a phone call, tele-health or in-person, that is up to your provider. The health care provider will determine if you should have a COVID test. If they decide you do not need a COVID test we need written documentation of the alternative diagnosis for the individual (and/or siblings/household contacts) to return to school. If a COVID test is done all parties need to stay home until the results are received.

These are tools you can use but please continue to report any symptoms associated with COVID to the nurse. Thank you!

YSB Counselor, Amy Reidel, Available for Office Hours

Starting Wednesday, September 23

We are excited to announce Ms. Reidel, the YSB counselor, will be available for office hours and individual sessions with students starting Wednesday, September 23. She will be seeing students virtually between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please complete the Mental Health Referral Form and return it to your Division principal.

Youth Service Bureau – Online Parent Support Group
Youth Service Bureau is offering an online Parenting in the Age of Hybrid and Distance Learning Support Group. Registration closes Wednesday, September 30. Call 651-439-8800 to learn more.

Athletics and Activities

MSHSL Votes Volleyball and Football Back to the Fall Season
This past week the MSHSL Board of Directors voted to start both the volleyball and football season on Monday, September 28. Registration for these two SCPA based teams has already begun. Click here to sign up through SchoolPay.
 
The head coaches for both football and volleyball will be in contact with students as they complete their sign up process. Practice information for both programs will be added to the school calendar. Schedules for the upcoming season have not been completed as of yet. Those schedules should be available by Monday, Sept. 28th.
 
All students participating in a fall sport are required to complete the MSHSL Eligibility Form, the MSHSL Annual Health Questionnaire and the SCPA COVID Waiver Form.  These forms are available on the Athletics/Activities page on the school website. Click here for the website.
 
Additional information will be sent out as it becomes available. Please contact Rich Dippel (651-395-5904 or richdippel@stcroixprep.org) or Keven Seim (651-395-5944 or kevenseim@stcroixprep.org) with any additional questions.
Boys Traveling Basketball Tryouts on Sunday, September 27
Boys traveling basketball tryouts will be held for all interested boys in grades 5, 6, and 7 on Sunday September 27. Times are as follows:
  • 5th Grade – 1:30-2:30
  • 7th Grade – 3:00-4:00
  • 6th Grade – 4:30-5:30
Important Reminders:
  • Only players will be allowed to enter the building. Parents please drop off and pick up your kids at Door 6. A coach will be letting kids in the building.
  • Players will be required to wear masks as they enter the building and until they start playing basketball. They should also wear their masks immediately upon completion of the tryout until they exit the building. 
  • Players should enter the building “Ready to Play” including having their basketball shoes on before entering the building. 
  • Players should bring their own water bottles as the water fountains will not be on. 
  • Bathrooms will only be available for emergencies. Please plan accordingly. 
  • All basketballs will be provided. Please do not allow your son to bring his own ball. Balls will be sanitized between each tryout session. 
 
For further information or questions please email Keven Seim.

Varsity Home Athletic Events

  • Boys Varsity Soccer Game vs. Nova Classical Academy on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 pm at Prep Stadium.
  • Girls Varsity Soccer Game vs. Concordia on Monday, September 28 at 5:00 pm at Prep Stadium.
  • Girls Varsity Soccer Game vs. Cristo Rey on Friday, October 2 at 7:00 pm at Prep Stadium.
Prep Baseball Fall Baseball
Calling all 8th-12th Grade Boys interested in playing baseball during the 2020-21 season. We have a fall session available to you.
 
When: October 5 – October 24
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $0.00
Please sign up on SchoolPay by Tuesday, September 29. We will have a team meeting Thursday, October 1 at 4:15 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Tim Obr or Coach Rich Dippel.
For a list of all upcoming activities at St. Croix Prep, view the Activities Calendar here. Sign up for alerts for any last minute cancellations or changes to the schedule.
 
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Updates for Thursday, September 24

St. Croix Prep Community,

The start of this school year has been quite different, to say the least. As we continue our efforts to make this a great year, please note the following:

Washington County Case Rate Data as of September 24

The Covid-19 Case Rate data was released this morning; and the Washington County case rate declined to 12.40 from 17.09. A summary of Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan and recent case rates are noted below: Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan uses the number of Covid-19 cases by county over 14 days per 10,000 people. Given the county’s case rate, schools have the flexibility of opening in the following models:

Model Applied to St. Croix Prep

St. Croix Prep is located in Washington County. At the time of the Governor’s announcement (July 30), Washington County’s current case rate was 14.84. Per the MDH, the following is the Washington County historical case rate data:
  • August 30 to September 12 – 12.40
  • August 23 to September 5 – 17.09
  • August 16 to August 29 – 22.11
  • August 9 to August 22 – 22.74
  • August 2 to August 15 – 20.69
  • July 26 to August 8 – 19.54

Room Capacity, Physical Distancing, and Impact on Learning Models

Due to hybrid learning model restrictions, St. Croix Prep cannot accept student transitions from distance learning to the hybrid model at this time. We originally communicated that we would allow this at mid-quarter, but MDH/MDE requirements prevent us from doing this. To be added to the Hybrid Learning Model wait list, please complete this form

Note: Pre-Covid19 enrollment situations were quite easy to satisfy; now they have become very complicated due to evaluation of schedules, family cohort, room/occupancy capacity for each class, etc. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work through this situation.

Room Capacity, Physical Distancing, and Impact on Learning Models

As noted above, the Washington County case rate data impacts our room occupancy and physical distancing requirements. This is only one factor that impacts our choice of learning model and operations. As has been communicated last week and earlier this week, the protocols for those employees and students that have Covid-19 symptoms is, will be in our minds, a more critical aspect for our consideration. As a reminder, per MDH/MDE/Washington County Health Officials, students/employees with Covid-19 symptoms must remain at home until: 1) their isolation period (10 days) is complete; 2) a physician has diagnosed that the symptoms are not Covid-19 related; OR they have received a negative result from a Covid-19 test. Until one of these is completed, the student (and Prep siblings) – employee (and Prep students) must follow these procedures. We are beginning to see the staffing impact of this as staff absences, due to Covid-19 symptoms, are at record levels for this point in the school year, and we have a limited availability of substitute teachers. Note: At this time, we have had no positive Covid-19 cases in our student body or employee base.

Note: Pre-Covid19 enrollment situations were quite easy to satisfy; now they have become very complicated due to evaluation of schedules, family cohort, room/occupancy capacity for each class, etc. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work through this situation.

Parent Survey

We are finalizing the parent survey. This will be sent out on September 28, with a response deadline by September 30. We will use your response data for our board discussions on October 6.

Thank you for your continued flexibility. Even though it seems we are well into our school year, our students have yet to be physically in the building for even 10 days. We continue to make adjustments and improve the learning environment for everyone.

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We will be collecting all of the updates since the July 31 in the "Updates" page of our Flight Plan.

How We Prep

Schools today focus on giving children an education to help them get a job or gain acceptance to a college. We’re not this kind of school – our purpose far exceeds this.

We don’t just prepare students for a job or college, we prepare young people for life.

We partner with parents who are invested in their child’s future, and are committed to their children not just surviving in life, but thriving in life.

We combine a classical education with our culture of character to help children not just reach their career or educational goals, but to reach their life goals.

St. Croix Prep. Prep For Life.

K-12 Environment

One place to call home.

One building, managed by one administrative team, allows for a tightly integrated curriculum scripted with intentional scope and sequence beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

You Won't Get Lost

You Are Familiar.

With a small enrollment, all students will receive personalized attention, permitting a low student/teacher ratio and membership in a mutually supportive community of learners.

Classical Education

Time Tested.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy was founded on a classical model of education, grounded in the time-tested methodology of the Trivium. Our model focuses on providing students with the lifelong educational tools to learn and think for themselves.

Character

Preparing For Life.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy purposefully sets high expectations for all students, staff, and parents. The school places more emphasis on character development, respect, self-organization, responsibility, self-discipline and leadership than a traditional public school.

Paideia Seminars

Thinking Put Into Practice.

The Paideia Seminar is a formal discussion in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.

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