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MN, March 1, 2010) – The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’
Association (MESPA) recognized Jan Anderson, principal of J.A.
Hughes Elementary School, Red Lake Falls Public School District (ISD
#630), with the 2010 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award.
Principals are responsible for a school’s instructional, school culture,
and resource leadership. The award honors principals whose exemplary
leadership and sustained efforts have made noteworthy contributions to
the operation of effective school learning programs -- improving
education, their communities, and their profession.
summing up her educational philosophy, Anderson stated: “We have a
school pledge at Hughes that says in part …’I am responsible for my own
actions; I will do my best to work today.’ An old proverb stays that
‘If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ Students and staff
continually work on personal responsibility. Everyone is encouraged to
take pride in their work at school, to do their best, and to not settle
for ‘good enough.’”
continued, “A phrase I think about when dealing with students, parents,
and staff over grades, discipline, placement, behavior plans,
consequences, etc. is this: If this were my child or grandchild…”
honoring her colleague, Sharon Schultz (principal, Greenbush-Middle
River Schools) stated: “Jan’s leadership style focuses on the whole
student, and Jan puts her energy into each learner’s well-being. Her
continuous professional development and study of effective school
practices is an inspiration to other principals.”
lists the three most significant accomplishments of her career as:
Building: “Working with a great team of dedicated teachers and para-professionals
is an asset that I am most proud of,” Anderson stated. “I try very hard
to give honor and recognition to staff for the great job they do every
day. During my first two years as building principal, our para-professionals
worked hard to meet the requirements of becoming highly qualified.
Coming from rural Minnesota, professional development is limited for
paras. As a team, we studied and worked through the University of
Minnesota Para eLink competency training. This process was a great
experience and brought our paras together as a problem-solving team.”
All-Day, Every-Day Kindergarten: “I know many districts have had All
Day, Every-Day Kindergarten for several years,” Anderson stated, “but I
am so excited about the all-day, every-day kindergarten program that was
started in my school this year. Being a small district, I commend the
school board and parents for their support and commitment. Teachers and
parents are seeing the benefits that research has shown for many years.”
Early Childhood Programs: “I have worked hard to create a more
consistent School Readiness program,” Anderson stated. “All pre-school
students in our district are able to attend programming to help them get
ready for Kindergarten. More than 95% of our students have attended some
programming for two years.”
serves in MESPA leadership as the secretary of the Northern Division.
educational honors include: 1993 Minnesota History Day Teacher; 2004 HP
Technology for Teaching Grant and 2005 K-12 NP Technology for Teaching
Leadership Grant; 2007 EDUTOPIA George Lucas Foundation What Works in
Public Education documentary showing Technology Integration through
the Glacial Ridge Project; 2009 MREA Profiles of Excellence Award of
Distinction for Glacial Ridge Restoration Project.
members selected 12 of their peers to receive the 2010 MESPA Division
Leadership Achievement Award. Anderson was recommended by Randy
Pederson, principal at Red Lake County Central Elementary School, and
then nominated by her Northern division colleagues. “Great principals
lead great schools. These men and women are leaders in our profession
and truly represent the very best in Minnesota public schools. As
leaders, we focus on the potential and possibilities to ignite hope
within our schools,” said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director.
Home & School
Working Together for School Success
J. A. Hughes
Ms. Jan Anderson, Principal
|Making School a Priority
With spring right around the
it can be hard to keep children focused on learning.
What can you do to make school top priority for kids?
Keep these simple ideas in mind--They're useful at
any time of the year.
|Make attendance job #1.
know that unless they're sick, they must go to school. Try to schedule
routine dentist and doctor appointments after school hours. If possible,
take family vacations during school breaks. Tip: Give awards for perfect
attendance each month. Try a "Job Well Done" certificate or a coupon
good for a night of bowling or a movie.
|Show you care. Want your
children to know that you're interested in their school activities and
projects. Attend as many school events as you can. If homework and after
-school activates conflict, speak up:" I know you have baseball practice
this evening, but homework comes first. After you finish, I'll take you
|Keep it upbeat Try to set a
positive example for you children, even when your children, even when
you own day has been difficult. Instead of saying,"I had a hard day at
work. I'll never get my project done," try, "Work was hard today, but I
made some progress on my project." If you show a positive attitude about
your work, your youngsters may feel better about their own.
Beat the morning rush
A calm and happy
school morning begins the night before. Go to bed knowing everything's
in order with these tips:
- Check the weather forecast and help your child choose clothes,
coat, and shoes.
- Have her stow her backpack by the door. Be sure she put in
homework, lunch money, and permission slip.
- Together, plan breakfast, and pack a healthy snack or lunch.
- Test your youngster for tomorrow's quiz on last time.
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|Internet safety (Short
Here are two important tips to keep your youngsters safe on the
Internet. Tell them to open e-mails only from people they know. Also
they should never give out information about themselves on the Web.
Examples: their school, age, or address; friends' or family members'
Do your children expect your help with their homework? Let them know
you're around if they need you-but their schoolwork is their job. The
benefit? They'll learn how to find the answers themselves, as well as
boost their skills.
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|Tackling test questions
Hints for standardized tests
If it's spring, it's usually time for standardized tests.
To help your youngster
be prepared, share these tips about the types of questions that
Read all the answers before marking your choice. Remember,
your first instinct is usually best--so don't
change your answer unless you're sure.
Look for words such as never, always, all,
and none. They're usually in false answers. Words like may
or often are generally found in true answers.
Read essay questions at least twice. Then, make a list of
important thoughts, or key points, about each question before writing
your essay. Read through the finished essay to be sure you've included
all your key points. Check spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
Tip: Your child may feel more comfortable if she's
familiar with the test format. Ask your youngster's teacher for a sample
test or look at the public library.♥
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|Peaceful solutions ---(Parent
used to fight over everything. They'd squabble about which television
show to watch and who would take a shower first. I knew it was time to
step in when I caught Beth and Matt swinging at each other.
I figured out a system to handle their arguments. To start,
I asked each of my kids
to write down their favorite television shows, how much time they wanted
on the computer, etc. Then I told them when I would want to use the TV
or the computer. When there was a conflict, we flipped a coin to decide
who had first choice. Finally,
we agreed on a schedule and pinned it to the bulletin board in the
The kids still bicker sometimes. But they know that when I
say, "Take a look at the schedule," the arguing is over.
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Corner—(Go fly a
Your children can
use this activity to find out which materials make a paper
airplane fly the farthest.
loose-leaf notebook paper, magazine page, cardboard or file folder,
poster board, tape measure.
First, make four
airplanes, one form each type of paper, (Tip: For instructions,
look for books at the library or on Web sites, such as
Next, mark a starting point on the ground.
Standing at this point; toss each plane
in the air. Then, measure the distance from the staring point to where
The firmer the
paper is, the longer the plane will stay in the air.
But very heavy paper will cause the
airplane to fall faster. Which airplane flies the farthest?
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