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Lunch tray from one of Robbinsdale's elementary schools.
Hey, What's for Lunch?
09/12/2019
Robbinsdale Nutrition Services would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year. Breakfast and lunch are available at all of our schools. Student meals are planned to be healthy and well-balanced, providing students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
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First Responders at Cooper High School
Day of Remembrance in District 281
09/11/2019
On the 18th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, all schools within the Robbinsdale Area School District held special ceremonies to recognize our local first responders for their service to our communities.
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Armstrong Concert Choir getting ready to perform at the MN Twins game.
Armstrong High School Marching Band & Concert Choir Performances
09/08/2019
The Armstrong Concert Choir Performed the National Anthem at a MN Twins game; the Armstrong Marching Band performed at the MN State Fair.
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Arts in Education Week
09/08/2019
Thank you to our teachers and staff who help our students develop an appreciation for the arts!
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District Technology Staff Prepped 6,500 Chromebooks Over the Summer
District Technology Staff Prepped 6,500 Chromebooks Over the Summer
08/30/2019
Thanks to our community's support through a 2014 voter-approved Technology Levy, all students in grades 4-12 access personalized learning with one to one (1:1) student to device access. Kindergarten through Grade 3 teachers allow their students to utilize devices with 'Chromebook carts'.
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Minnesota's First Lady Gwen Walz Inspires During Staff District Opener
08/29/2019
Teachers, staff and administrators from all schools in District 281 gathered at Armstrong High School on Tuesday, August 27 for the annual Back to School Breakfast, hosted by the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers (RFT), and District Opener Celebration. School Board Director David Boone introduced the surprise keynote speaker - Minnesota's First Lady Gwen Walz, who spoke at the invitation of Superintendent Jenkins.
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District and School Communication Channels
08/27/2019
Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year! Throughout this year, you can expect regular communication from Robbinsdale Area Schools as well as your child's school. Besides email, the primary methods of communication include...
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District 281 is Committed to Leading by Listening.
08/27/2019
Ask a question or share feedback online using Let's Talk!
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Ice Cream Social
Superintendent's Ice Cream Social Recap
08/26/2019
Thanks to all students, staff and families who joined us at the Superintendent's Ice Cream Social for the Class of 2032. Everyone had a great time on a beautiful summer evening. We look forward to seeing all of the great accomplishments of the Class of 2032!
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Jaime Belden with teachers in Latin America
Alumni Profile: 2004 Armstrong Graduate Jaime Belden Working to Improve Quality of Education in Latin America
08/23/2019
The foundation of skills and interests developed while attending Robbinsdale Area Schools has led ‘04 Armstrong alumni Jaime Belden on the path to improve the quality of education children receive in Latin America by working with indigenous and impoverished communities.
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Back to School
Back to School: Open House Dates
08/22/2019
We are excited to welcome your student(s) back to school! All schools will hold Open House/Meet the Teacher Nights.
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CHS Marching Band Selected to Perform at Women’s Suffrage Day Event at the State Capitol on September 8, 2019
08/22/2019
We are pleased to announce the Robbinsdale Cooper High School Marching Band has been selected as the exclusive high school band to perform at the Minnesota Women's Suffrage Day event on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
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Cooper junior Zoe Hollander and senior John Brownell
Cooper Choir Students Participated in MN Music Educators Association All-State Choir Camp
08/20/2019
Cooper junior Zoe Hollander and senior John Brownell took part in the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Choir camp on the campus of St. Olaf College during the week of August 5.
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New administrators pose with School Board Members and the Superintendent
Welcome new administrators
08/19/2019
District 281 is pleased to welcome our new principals, principals with new assignments, new assistant principals, assistant principals with new assignments and new program directors!
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District Staff Participate in Summer Learning
08/14/2019
Staff were busy participating in continued professional learning opportunities this summer.
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We're Hiring!
07/17/2019
Check out our available positions and apply today.
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Superintendent's Kindergarten Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6pm
Superintendent's Kindergarten Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6pm
06/28/2019
District 281 Kindergartners and their families are invited to the Class of 2032 Superintendent’s Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Northwood Park in New Hope. The event is scheduled from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
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Demolition of Cooper High School's front entry.
Renovations at Cooper High School
06/27/2019
Renovations are underway at Robbinsdale Cooper High School include a new front entry, foyer and auditorium! Mechanical and electrical deferred maintenance is taking place throughout the summer.
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Sara Prindiville
Newly Created District Fine Arts Coordinator Position Affirms District 281’s Commitment to the Arts
05/23/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools has a strong tradition of arts education, and is deeply committed in continuing this tradition. As such, the district is pleased to announce Sarah Prindiville has been offered and accepted a newly created District Fine Arts Coordinator position, effective July 1, 2019.
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Billie Pace-Graczyk-Melson
Life & Earth Sciences Teacher at Sandburg Middle School Named Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year
05/15/2019
Billie Pace-Graczyk-Melson, Life and Earth Sciences Teacher at Sandburg Middle School, was named the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year during an evening ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, hosted by the Seven Dreams Education Foundation and Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers.
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Trudy Kaiser
Trudy Kaiser Named 2019 EA of the Year
05/03/2019
Trudy Kaiser has been named the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2019 Education Assistant (EA) of the Year. Ms. Kaiser has served students, staff and families for the past 21 years in various schools including Sunny Hollow Elementary, Neill Elementary and currently the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA). "Working with children is very rewarding,” said Ms. Kaiser. “I appreciate being recognized for something I love to do," she continued.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools and Hennepin Technical College Announce New Partnership
04/29/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools and Hennepin Technical College are excited to announce a new partnership, which will strengthen pathways to skilled trades and technical education. The collaborative partnership will also enhance communications about workforce readiness with students and families at both educational institutions.
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Valerie Castile Presents Donation at Cooper High School
The Philando Castile Relief Foundation Gives Generous Donation to Robbinsdale Cooper High School
04/25/2019
Robbinsdale Cooper High School received a generous donation from the Philando Castile Relief Foundation - Philando Castile Feeds The Children campaign. Valerie Castile presented the donation of approximately $8,000 to cover the meal balances of senior students eligible for free and reduced meals at Cooper High School.
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Surprise ceremony for Ben Berkness, Fox 9 Top Teacher
FAIR School Pilgrim Lane Teacher Ben Berkness Honored as Fox 9 ‘Top Teacher’
04/23/2019
Congratulations to Ben Berkness, Kindergarten teacher at FAIR School Pilgrim Lane, who was honored today as a Fox 9 ‘Top Teacher’! More than 400 teachers were nominated for the 2019 Fox 9 Top Teacher award. Nine recipients are selected each year. Mr. Berkness was nominated by a parent of one of his students.
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Tony Patterson at the Legacy Celebration
Tony Patterson Selected as a 2019 NCAA Living Legend
04/12/2019
We are pleased to announce Tony Patterson has been named a 2019 NCAA Living Legend. Mr. Patterson is an Equity Specialist and Co-Head Football Coach at Cooper High School. The NCAA department of inclusion and human resources honored Mr. Patterson along with six others for their "significant contributions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities and for furthering inclusion within athletics."
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Wilbur Winkelman
Wilbur Winkelman is Finalist for MN Teacher of the Year!
04/08/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools (RAS) is pleased to announce Wilbur Winkelman has been selected as one of nine finalists for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor. Mr. Winkelman is a 5th grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary in Robbinsdale; he was also the 2018 Robbinsdale School District Teacher of the Year.
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Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent
Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent
04/03/2019
Please join us for Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent on Wednesday, April 10 and Saturday, April 13. All are welcome to share feedback, compliments or concerns as we engage family and community members as partners.
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Dr. Jenkins
2019 State of the District Recap
03/18/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools’ annual State of the District Address featured musical performances, recognized the contributions of students and staff, shared inspiring words of where the district is heading and awarded five high school seniors with Butterfly Awards.
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2019 Butterfly Awards
03/18/2019
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 Robbinsdale Area Schools recognized five students with Butterfly Awards during the annual State of the District address. This district-level award is given to high school seniors for exemplary performance in academics, co-curricular activities or service.
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Construct Tomorrow
Robbinsdale Area Schools Features Skilled Trades at Two Events This Week
03/04/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools will feature the skilled trades at two events this week. “We are excited to offer our students opportunities to experience and learn about the skilled trades,” said Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools.
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Prominent Community Members to Speak at Robbinsdale Middle School’s Women’s Day Event in March
03/01/2019
Robbinsdale Middle School (RMS) Multicultural Club is planning a three-day, school-wide “Strength in Girls” Women’s Day luncheon event March 19-21, 2019, to honor the women in student’s lives and the community.
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Classroom Instruction Continues with “e-Learning Days” During School Closures Due to Inclement Weather
02/25/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools has implemented school-board approved e-Learning Days for the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of school closure due to inclement weather, learning expectations for all students continue through e-Learning activities, which count as student contact days.
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2019 State of the District Address
02/22/2019
All families, staff and community members are invited to attend Robbinsdale Area Schools Annual State of the District Address on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
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Benyoshi (Ben) Aoki-Sherwood
Armstrong Senior Named National Merit Finalist
02/22/2019
Benyoshi (Ben) Aoki-Sherwood, a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
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School Start Times
02/20/2019
All Robbinsdale Area Schools parents/guardians and staff are highly encouraged to attend one of our scheduled World Cafe discussions on School Start Times. Your input is crucial as our district begins initial conversations on this topic.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools - School Board
School Board Recognition Week
02/19/2019
The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 18-22 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Robbinsdale Area Schools is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor our board members for their commitment to our school district and our students.
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AHS Marching Band at the Outback Bowl
Armstrong High School Marching Band Accepted to Perform at the 2020 Outback Bowl and Disney World Parade
02/18/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools is pleased to announce the award-winning Armstrong Marching Band has been accepted to perform in the Disney World Magic Kingdom Parade on December 28, 2019. The band has also been accepted to perform at the Outback Bowl Parade in Ybor City on New Year’s Eve, 2019, as well as the Outback Bowl Halftime Show on New Year’s Day, 2020, in Tampa Bay Florida.
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Wintry weather
Reminder: Winter Weather Closing Guide
11/30/2018
As the weather turns colder and snow once again becomes a reality, please take this opportunity to review our district's Winter Weather Closing Guide. Highlights of the guide are included below, as well as information on how to update your notification preferences.
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An Adult Academic Student Pictured with Resident of Covenant Village
Adult Academic Students Thankful for Partnership with Senior Residents
11/20/2018
The Robbinsdale Area Schools' Adult Academic Program (AAP) enjoys a cooperative partnership with Covenant Village of Golden Valley. AAP students visit on a regular basis to talk with senior residents about life, family, work, travel and more. The partnership is thanks to a grant which allows AAP English Language (EL) students to learn from senior residents about U.S. history, civics, family life and career opportunities while improving their English Language skills.
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Armstrong junior Sara Shiff
AHS Junior Advances in Singing Competition
11/19/2018
Armstrong junior Sara Shiff competed in Minnesota's Chapter of the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at St. John's University in early November. Sara won her division - Early High School Women's Classical - while also advancing to the semi-finals of the Early High School Women's Musical Theater division.
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11/07/2018
Voters approved the Robbinsdale Area Schools' request to increase school funding by a margin of 62% yes votes to 38% no votes. The additional funding will help our schools maintain high-quality academic and co-curricular programming for students.
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FAIR Crystal SAIL Students Gain Skills at Leadership Conference
FAIR Crystal SAIL Students Gain Skills at Leadership Conference
10/30/2018
Fourteen 7th and 8th grade students from FAIR-Crystal were selected to attend the Students in Action Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 27, at the University of Minnesota. Students in Action is a program sponsored by the Jefferson Award Foundation aimed at helping youth develop a passion for creating community change, and building the skills and confidence needed to do it well. During the conference, students learned core and leadership skills.
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Spanish Language Teachers Sylvia Suares and Stephanie Pastrana
RAS Teachers Present at Language Conference
10/29/2018
On Friday, October 26, Sylvia Suares (FAIR Crystal) and Stephanie Pastrana (RMS) presented at the MN Council of the Teaching of Languages and Cultures' (MCTLC) annual conference.
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Members from Armstrong's Act On It student organization
AHS Students Lead Workshop at Education Fair
10/24/2018
Five members from Armstrong High School's student organization "Act On It" presented at the 8th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair at the Science Museum of Minnesota during MEA break in October.
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Mrs. Ehn with her 5th grade class
RAS Teacher Wins 2018 Award for Science Teaching
10/17/2018
We are pleased to announce Carrie Ehn, 5th grade teacher at the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA), has won the Minnesota Science Teachers Association 2018 Award for Elementary Science Teaching.
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SEA Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon School
10/04/2018
Congratulations to the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) for being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. SEA is one of only eight schools in MN to earn this distinction for 2018.
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