District Announcements

  • September 17

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 Families,

    I hope this email finds your family adjusting well to our school year. There are several important items outlined in this communication.

    District Learning Model Update

    This is the first of our bi-weekly communications that will provide an update on the school district’s Learning Model for the following two weeks. At this time, our COVID-19 county case numbers have held relatively steady so there will be no change in our plans:

    • PK-5 will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 6-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar

    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus. The student help desk can be reached via email.

    For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Full-Time Distance Learning
    Full-time Distance Learning families may have materials that need to be dropped off or picked up from school. This will happen weekly on Fridays between 9:00a-2:00p at each school. If your child’s class does not have materials for pick up, teachers will communicate directly with families.

    Families Opting to Switch Learning Models
    Families opting to switch from Full-Time Distance Learning to In-Person/Hybrid learning will need to follow the following steps and timeline:


    • PK-5 - October 5
      Parents must notify the school principal in writing by September 25.
    • Grades 6-12 - End of Quarter 1
      Parents must notify the school principal in writing by October 23.
    • Pending no change in order from the State of MN, Learning Model switches for the remainder of the school year will be on a quarterly basis: 
      • January 8 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by January 8 for a Quarter 3 switch.
      • March 12 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by March 12 for a Quarter 4 switch.

    Families opting to switch from In-Person/Hybrid to Distance Learning may do so at any time. Parents must notify the school principal in writing. The District will be ready to serve students who have switched within two school days.

    Food Service
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently provided a waiver to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations to school districts. All Sartell-St. Stephen students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch daily between September 21-November 6. Even with this program, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced lunch benefits.

    Distance and Hybrid Learning students will be able to pick up free meals on their home learning days. Students will not need to pre-order meals at this time. If students have special dietary needs, please contact Allison Eikmeier so we can make accommodations. Information on the meal pickup procedure can be found on our Food Service News page.

    Safety and Health
    As always, we are counting on you to help us maintain safe and healthy learning environments. As a reminder:

    • Parents/guardians should be conducting daily screening for each child to determine if they can attend school. Please review this Home Screening Form before sending your child(ren) to school.
    • When students enter the school building, they will go through a walk-through temperature scanner. If they register a temperature above 100, they will be evaluated further by the school nurse.
    • Students are required to wear masks on the school bus and in the school building. 

    Mr. Froemming
    It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of a recent loss to our school community. On Wednesday, September 16, Mr. Rustie Froemming passed away. Mr. Froemming has been a part of the Sartell-St. Stephen family for 32 years. He has taught high school business education and been an integral part of our cross country coaching team. Rustie was dedicated to serving the students and our community. He will be greatly missed. His infectious smile, love for inspiring youth through his teaching and coaching, and legacy will never be forgotten. Our Sabre family lost a member who was a pillar of our school community. Please keep the Froemming family and our students and staff in your thoughts.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership. It has been heartwarming to see eager learners in our classrooms again. We are so appreciative of your time and efforts in providing your child with a well-rounded education. We will continue to evaluate our plans and make adjustments in order to best meet the needs of our students.


    Jeff Schwiebert
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748

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  • August 27

    Sartell-St. Stephen Families,

    I am writing today to give you a brief update on a few important items. I am confirming the decision the school board made on August 17 as to the learning models used to begin our school year on September 8.

    • In-Person for grades PreK-5
    • Hybrid Model for grades 6-12 
      • Note that the first week of school differs from most weeks for the hybrid calendar.  Please review the hybrid calendar to ensure you know which days your child attends.
      • Transportation for students in grades 6-12 will begin at half capacity. Families that indicated they will be able to self-transport will not be picked up while we are in a hybrid model.

    For more detailed information on the 20-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    For families who have opted into full-time Distance Learning, we have updated resources on our Full-Time Distance Learning webpage. Families will also be receiving further information from their child’s teachers.

    Open Houses - Next Week
    Our annual open houses for grades PreK-9 will look different this year as we work to reduce the number of people in each school building. Your child’s principal will provide you with specific details regarding their open house plan.

    Partnering for Safety
    We are counting on you to help us maintain safe and healthy learning environments. As a reminder:

    • Parents should be doing daily screening for each child to determine if they can attend school. Please review these questions before sending your child to school.
    • When students enter the school building, they will go through a walk-through temperature scanner. If they register a temperature above 100, they will be evaluated further by the school nurse.
    • Students are required to wear masks on the school bus and in the school building. 
    • Please review the following resources with your children prior to the beginning of the school year.
      • Cough/Respiratory Etiquette
      • How to Properly Wear your Mask video
      • How to Properly Wash your Hands

    Regular Updates
    We will begin our every other Thursday communication on September 17. This regular communication will provide an update on the Learning Model for the following two weeks.

    We are so excited to welcome our students back to school. We have had staff in training and working hard to prepare our classrooms and we are ready to begin another awesome year! Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education.  

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  • August 25

    ISD 748 families—

    Families enrolling their first child in the District
    You are invited to our New Family Meeting Tuesday, August 25 at 7p at Sartell High School. If you cannot attend, please visit our Welcome Sabres webpage (www.sartell.k12.mn.us/welcomesabres) to view short video introductions from staff and link to specific department pages.  Please use the Contact Us information on each department/building page to ask your questions to the appropriate staff member – we are here to help!

     All families
    To help you navigate our new school year, here are a few helpful pages to bookmark and review:

    • Back to School – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/backtoschool
      • school supply lists
      • checklist for departments
      • “how-to” steps to complete your annual updates (Online Form) in Skyward Family Access (for heads of households on a computer).
    • Fall 2020 – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/Fall2020
      • links to each building’s Fall 2020 Safe Learning Guides (please be sure to review – info about Open Houses, teacher assignments, transportation, food service, and more are in these detailed documents
      • links to department pages (access email/phone for specific contacts for your questions)
    • Calendar – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/calendar
      • With information changing frequently, our Google calendar is updated with the latest information.
      • You can also select your preferred calendar feeds on our mobile app, Sartell-St. Stephen Schools.
    • Schools –  School hours, contact information, and more are on each building’s webpage
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  • July 23

    Governor Walz issued an emergency executive order requiring face coverings in all indoor businesses and indoor public setting, including public schools. 

    Effective Saturday, July 25, 2020 all staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering when they are in District buildings or on District grounds where it is not possible to maintain social distancing.  This information applies to face coverings in school buildings and on grounds this summer.  We will provide information prior to school starting with respect to additional exceptions and options for face coverings when school is in session.

    Staff: Please reference the email sent by the Director of Human Resources Resources sent on July 23 for additional information and note the revised date of July 25.

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  • April 6

    To show unity within our communities as we battle the COVID-19 crisis, Sartell-St. Stephen schools will be participating in #BetheLightMN. The lighting will be held on Wednesdays in April at 8:20pm (which when converted to military time is 20:20); lights will remain on for 20 minutes. Our communities have shown tremendous support for each other, and there is no doubt that it will continue in the coming days and weeks of the crisis. This is a symbolic gesture of support for each other. Students and community members should not gather on district property as we follow social distancing protocols. #StayHomeMN  We light our fields as a commitment to solidarity and unity as we fight this disease together.

    We miss seeing you, Sabres! We know it is disappointing that many important end of the school year activities have been cancelled. We especially sympathize with the seniors - Our hearts go to out to the Class of 2020!


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  • March 23, 2020

    2020-2021 Start and Dismissal Times

    • Pine Meadow Primary 7:50am-2:20pm
    • Oak Ridge Early Learning 8:00am-2:30pm
    • Riverview Intermediate School 8:10am-2:40pm
    • Sartell Middle School 8:50am-3:35pm
    • Sartell High School 8:55am-3:40pm




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  • Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

    By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

    There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

    Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

    Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

    School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether online or on campus.

    Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.

    All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

    Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

    Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

    For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

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  • January 2, 2020

    Skyward's scheduled maintenance on December 23 changed the link to Skyward Family Access.

    If you previously bookmarked Skyward, you should update the old link to this new one or visit the District website and click the Skyward icon at the middle of our homepage. 

    Skyward link

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