Newsletters 2017-18 Focus newsletter, [4] SPRING

Minnesota Supreme Court visits Anoka High School Eighth graders win national FBI award District’s health services coordinator earns national honor Anoka High School senior wins national scholarship page 2 page 3 page 4 page 6 FOCUS ANOKA - HENNEPIN SCHOOL ON ANOKA-HENNEPIN SCHOOLS DISTRICT SPRING 2018 Construction on district’s Fit for the Future projects set to begin Work on new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey to begin in May; major projects at all five high schools to begin by September. Preparing for when it counts By Superintendent David Law A rendering from ATS&R, the architecture firm designing Anoka-Hennepin's new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey. The schools will be identical to two other district elementary schools: Rum River Elementary School in Andover, and Oxbow Creek Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. With the snow finally melted, Anoka-Hennepin is set to begin construction on a number of major projects to make the district Fit for the Future. By mid-May, construction will have begun on two new elementary schools — one in Ramsey and the other in Blaine — and by September, work will begin on classroom additions and other renovations at each of the district’s five high schools (Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin Park, and Coon Rapids). “All of these projects — it’s huge for the district,” said Chuck Holden, Anoka-Hennepin’s chief operations officer. “The process to get here has taken a number of years, and we’re very excited to kick this off.” The Fit for the Future plan, which was backed by voters last November when the community overwhelmingly approved a request for new funding to make the projects happen, will create safe and secure learning environments by removing all portable classrooms across the district, construct additional schools and classroom space, provide solutions for maintaining quality schools at every building in the district, and address class sizes at all levels. “The support our community shows for our students and their future is amazing,” said Superintendent David Law. To kick off the construction work at the new elementary schools, Anoka-Hennepin held a groundbreaking ceremo- ny on May 8 at the new Ramsey school site, located at 17003 Nowthen Blvd. NW, and another ceremony on May 15 at the new Blaine school site, located at 12576 Lever St. NE. The city councils of each city, county officials, as well as School Board members, task force members and district leaders were invited to the events to help launch construction. “It’s exciting and none of these projects would be possi- ble without the support of the community,” Holden said. “The community deserves a huge thank you.” continued on page 2 Still looking for fun summer activities and classes for your kids? Anoka-Hennepin Community Education offers summer programming for children in preschool through grade eight. Visit to view options and register online, or call 763-506-5955. Most of us have heard the term “overnight sensation” used to explain some type of unexpected success by a per- son we may have never heard of or had limited knowledge of before. It’s like suddenly a switch was flipped to make the improbable happen. Maddie Rooney, the gold medal winning goalie for the United States Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and a proud alumni of Andover High School, could fit in that category. Without question, her performance in a pres- sure-filled shootout situation made the difference for Team USA to win Olympic gold. She had prepared to win and delivered when it mattered most, and this all played out on an international stage. Highlight reels were shown across the nation, newspaper articles followed and the continued on page 5 Make Anoka-Hennepin part of your social media anokahennepin ahschools anokahennepin