SMS Holiday Cafe
ISD 748 Announcements
SMS Holiday Cafe on December 14, 2018
In preparation for their annual event, students and staff baked Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and even dog treats in addition to decorating their room festively. At the event, students provided a cheerful welcome to the cafe, practiced customer service skills, and calculated purchases.
School Board to Host Community Meetings
The Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 School Board is hosting a series of community meetings. The board invites school district residents to share their thoughts on the November 6, 2018 operational levy. The board is looking for feedback in order to make an informed decision on how to move forward in budget planning.
Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert explained, “We want to listen to the community to find out what the District can do as we plan for the future.”
Schwiebert continued, “Through the entire process, we have encouraged our stakeholders to ask questions and give input. Prior to the levy vote, we hosted four community presentations along with five tours of the new high school. Although attendance was relatively low at most of the pre-levy events, we were always happy to listen to our constituents and their concerns. I hope that people will take the opportunity in December to meet with us to share their thoughts and ask questions.”
- Thursday, December 6 6:30-7:30pm at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course (3125 Clubhouse Road, Sartell, MN 56377). Blackberry Ridge is providing appetizers to those who attend.
- Monday, December 10 6:30-7:30pm at St. Stephen City Hall (2 Sixth Ave SE, St. Stephen, MN 56375)
- Wednesday, December 12 6:30-7:30pm at Liquid Assets (1091 Second Street S #600, Sartell, MN 56377)
- Tuesday, December 18 6:30-7:30pm at Sartell Community Center (850 19th Street S, Sartell, MN 56377)
After hearing from stakeholders, the School Board will decide District priorities for the budget adjustment process. The District will continue to ensure decisions are student-centered and focused on providing the best education possible.
Kids Connecting to Community
Sartell Middle School continued their tradition of having students volunteer in the community the week of November 12. Over 370 students in Grade 7, along with approximately 26 staff, volunteered at one of 13 local non-profits.
Sartell Middle School contributed approximately 798 hours of community service!!
Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 8-17
Visit your school news page for details:
Homecoming: September 17-21
The Sartell High School Student Council, proving Homecoming is more than theme days, football games, and welcoming back alumni, has continued the tradition of designating a recipient for fundraising during the week.
The Student Council decided funds would be donated to the ALS Association - Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter, which “supports people living with ALS and their loved ones through services and education.” Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, affects the function of nerves and muscles; the cause is unknown.
Watch this student-produced video about a local family's connection with ALS. To make a donation, purchase “Blast from the Past” shirts for $15 ($5 will be donated) available in the main office of SHS or click here to make an online donation.
While some events are for students only, the public is invited to:
- Monday, September 17 - Royalty Rollout at the Sartell High School Auditorium. The event features lip sync and dance contests as well as Blast from the Past trivia. This event is free!
- Friday, September 21 - parade, tailgate ($5 for burger/hotdog/brat, chips, cookie, and a beverage), and football game (the crowning of royalty will take place during halftime).
Open Houses & Orientation
Students and their families are welcome to join us for Open Houses and Orientation the week of August 27. Meet teachers, find your classrooms, and more during the times specified below. Click the links for specific school building and/or department information.
During the events, please be sure to visit with:
- Staff will provide Skyward assistance
- Free/Reduced benefit applications
- Deposit money into your accounts (and activate RevTrack's NEW auto-replenish option)
- Special diet meet and greet with staff
- Introduce yourself to the School Nurse ESPECIALLY if you have a health concern or change from the previous year
- Drop off medications and paperwork - Medication Authorization
- Immunization forms due for Pre-K, K, and 7th graders!
- SMS & SHS: pay Full Access deposit by check or cash at Open House (or pay online here).
ORE & PME: you are welcome to bring in school supplies during Open House.
Tuesday, August 28
Grade 5 Orientation @ SMS 3:45-7:45pm
Wednesday, August 29
SMS Grades 6-8 3:30-6:30pm Welcome Letter
Monday, August 27 - Teacher assignments will be posted in Skyward. Questions about your Skyward account? Email Marlyce.
Tuesday, August 28 - attend Open House at YOUR SCHOOL!
ORE or PME
- bring school supplies
- meet your teacher
- take a short bus ride - trips last 10-15 minutes and leave every half hour
- meet the School Nurse and drop off medications and paperwork
- talk with Food Service staff - try a school lunch for dinner (details here), receive Skyward account help, make deposits to your account, and more!
Note: Your Skyward PIN for Food Service should be in (snail) mailboxes before Open House.
New Family Night: Tuesday, August 21 at 7pm
Pine Meadow Elementary (PME)
1029 North 5th Street
Sartell, MN 56377
Let us help you find your way in District 748! New families are invited to the PME Media Center to meet staff, learn about District 748, and ask questions during our New Family Night.
Please note: this event does not replace info shared during Open Houses.
Children are welcome, though not required, to attend. Child care will be available for those over 1 year.
Late July: watch your mailboxes
Families with students enrolled in the District will receive a printed District calendar in their mailbox. Copies will also be available at school buildings and local businesses. Visit our Calendar page for updates.
June-August Library Hours
Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
June 12 - August 14 (Closed July 3)
Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
June 14 - August 16 (Closed July 5)
Libraries at Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge Elementary Schools will be open June through mid-August. They have created a Bingo Board Challenge to keep students reading during the summer months. There is no fee to participate and there will be prizes for completing different types of Bingo! Stop by either library to pick up your Bingo board. Students may check out books from either school throughout the summer.
Note: To access ORE during construction, use 27th Street to cross Pinecone Road.
April 30-May 25
Green Card Voices Exhibit
April 30-May 11 at Sartell Community Center - open to the public and admission is free
May 7-11 at ORE & PME
May 14-19 at SMS
May 21-25 at SHS
Through an anonymous donation from a Sartell-St. Stephen community member, the Green Card Voices exhibit will be available for students and staff to experience during the month of May.
The public is invited to attend when the exhibit is at the Sartell Community Center.
April 24, 2018
Education Done Differently Event
Sartell Middle School
5:30 to 7:30pm
All community members, families, and friends of all ages are invited to this event that will "Show and Tell" how students are engaged with technology that is purposefully integrated into our curriculum! The evening is a true Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) event complete with a student art gallery featuring works from SMS visual arts students.
The free event includes a fun "make and take" art project to build and keep. The 7th Grade YES! Team and Student Council will be selling concessions to fund the purchase of permanent recycling bins for the building.
Over 30 technology integration projects will be highlighted by students and staff. Learn about VEX Robotics, Drones, 3D Printing, Green Screens, and much more!
March 17, 2018
FUNFEST at Sartell High School
10a to 1p
Fundraiser for Kids Fighting Hunger
The Sartell High School Student Council and National Honor Society invite community families to attend FUNFEST from 10a to 1p on Saturday, March 17. Admission is free and activities are available for $0.25 a ticket. Enjoy carnival games, face painting, bouncy houses, and more. There is also a silent auction.
All proceeds benefit Kids Fighting Hunger.
February 2, 2018 - One District, One Book
ONE DISTRICT, ONE BOOK is here!! See videos of the ORE and PME reveals!
Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools is excited to bring back the One District, One Book program (ODOB) for a 3rd year! The goal of the program is to promote family literacy as well as to create a shared reading experience within the communities of Sartell and St. Stephen during the month of February which is also I Love to Read Month.
Every family with students in kindergarten through 4th grade received a copy of The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney on February 2. Families are encouraged to read the book following the District reading calendar (below) and participate in related activities throughout the month both at home and at school. Community members are also encouraged to get a copy of the book and read along.
A vision of the ODOB committee is to, ultimately, encourage reading conversations that occur not only at home or at school but also at the grocery stores, banks, restaurants, etc. If you are interested in more information about the ODOB program or specifics about the planned events, please check out the One District, One Book Facebook page or our ODOB website.
Thank you to the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation (SSEF) for their support of the ODOB program by donating the funds to offer these books to families free of charge!
Friday, February 2 - Chapter 1
Monday, February 5 - Chapter 2
Tuesday, February 6 - Chapter 3
Thursday, February 8 - Chapter 4
Friday, February 9 - Chapter 5
Monday, February 12 - Chapter 6
Tuesday, February 13 - Chapter 7
Thursday, February 15 - Chapter 8
Friday, February 16 - Chapter 9
Monday, February 19 - Chapter 10
Tuesday, February 20 - Chapter 11
Thursday, February 22- Chapter 12
Friday, February 23 - Chapter 13
Monday, February 26 - Chapter 14
Tuesday, February 27 - Chapter 15
*This schedule has no assigned reading on Wednesday nights.
Please check our ODOB website for more details including the reading calendar, daily trivia questions, and staff recordings of each chapter of the book for those nights when you need to listen to the story instead of reading it!
Also find us on Facebook (Sartell- St. Stephen One District, One Book) for announcements and reading tips throughout the month. We would love to see pictures of your family reading our ODOB book together, so post those reading pics!!
ORE Instructional Coach
PME Instructional Coach
January 18, 2018 - New Website
We have a new website!
Hopefully, you have noticed something different with your online ISD 748 experience. To help you become better acquainted, please view this handout or look at tips below:
- Top: You can always navigate to a school using the Select A School option at the top of the page (between District Home and Translate)
- Middle: Commonly used links are on every page (Global Icons) - Activities/Athletics, Food Service, Announcements, Google Apps, Skyward, Schoology, and Contact Us
- Bottom: You'll find helpful features like Back to Top, Site Map, and links to our social media pages
*Mobile Devices: These features are all available on your devices but in different locations.
Unless otherwise noted (school-specific events are organized on the calendar with their abbreviation before the event), events on the District Calendar apply to all schools/buildings in the District.