Parent Engage 360
Episode 14: Referendum 2021 Overview

Episode 14: Referendum 2021 Overview

September 28, 2021

Voters in Anoka-Hennepin communities will have the opportunity to weigh in on three ballot questions on or before Nov. 2, considering a renewal of two levies for learning and investing in a new operating levy providing support for all students. Referendum 2021 includes two questions to renew levies to fund operations and technology that would not increase taxes but would extend current funding while supporting student learning. Planning and research obtained from community surveys over the past year demonstrated community understanding regarding the services this funding provides. By asking the community to weigh in now, the school district may be able to avoid cutting resources beginning in the summer of 2022 if the community decides that the questions on the ballot are still priorities in the school system.

In this episode of the Parent Engage 360 Podcast, Liz Burgard, parent involvement coordinator for Anoka-Hennepin, is joined by Superintendent David Law to learn more about the upcoming Referendum 2021. Learn more about the upcoming referendum by visiting ahschools.us/vote2021. Have a specific question? Call the Referendum 2021 hotline at 763-506-7777 or email Referendum2021@ahschools.us.

The Parent Engage 360 Podcast aims to provide parents and guardians with knowledge from experts in chemical health, mental health, internet safety and more, as well as the tools needed to support their children. Anoka-Hennepin Schools realize the importance of parent engagement in maximizing student success. We hope that providing timely and helpful information through the Parent Engage 360 podcast series will strengthen that bond between school and home with resources parents and guardians can use and share with others.

Episode 13: Transitioning Back to School

Episode 13: Transitioning Back to School

August 16, 2021

Following an unprecedented school year filled with non-traditional learning structures, it is important to acknowledge that some students may have a difficult time transitioning back into the traditional in-person learning model - especially those going from elementary to middle school, and middle school to high school.

Join Liz Burgard, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Tom Shaw, Principal of Coon Rapids Middle School, and Mike George, Principal of Champlin Park High School, as they discuss ways to make both students and parents/guardians comfortable as they head back to full-time in-person learning. Hear about how the middle school experience differs from elementary school, the high school experience differs from middle school, and how to prepare your students for those changes.  Additionally, you will be provided with knowledge on school supports for all students and resources for parents/guardians to stay involved with their student's education.

ParentVUE resource: https://tinyurl.com/CRHSParentVUE

AH-Connect, ParentVue, login assistance, student information, etc.: 763-506-HELP (763-506-4357).

For back-to-school information, school supply lists, open house, etc.: https://www.ahschools.us/bts

Episode 12: Underage Drinking

Episode 12: Underage Drinking

June 15, 2021

With graduation parties and summer upon us, it is important to be aware of our students' choices surrounding alcohol and alcohol consumption. 

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she talks about the effects of alcohol, how kids gain access, and what parameters can be set to prioritize our students' safety and wellbeing. Additionally, learn about what a social host ordinance citation is and how it can impact you as the adult. Liz is joined by Colleen O'Neil, Anoka-Hennepin Schools Chemical Health Prevention Specialist, and Cindy Doth, Youth and School Outreach Manager from Hazelden Betty Ford.

Episode 11: Talking About Race with Children

Episode 11: Talking About Race with Children

May 17, 2021

Discussions about race are crucial to raising awareness, creating change, and ultimately eradicating racism in society as a whole. These conversations can be uncomfortable, however they are necessary. 

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she discusses the best ways to approach talking about race with your children. For this episode, Liz has partnered up with Barbie Smith, Q-Comp peer evaluator, and Peace Mitchell, student achievement advisor at Northdale Middle School, to get their take on navigating these important conversations.

Episode 10: Career Readiness

Episode 10: Career Readiness

April 15, 2021

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she discusses career readiness with Eric Feigum, career and college specialist at Andover High School, and Jes Lipa, director of STEP and technical education.

Learn about the unique opportunities high school students in Anoka-Hennepin Schools have to learn about and explore varying career paths. Get information on STEP and hear from our guests about common questions they receive and resources available for students interested in starting a career following high school.

Episode 9: College Readiness

Episode 9: College Readiness

February 16, 2021

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she discusses all aspects of community, technical, public and private college readiness with Colleen Neary, career specialist at Anoka High School, and Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan, vice president of enrollment at Hamline University.

Tune in as they walk listeners through the processes of pre-college courses, testing, applications and admissions, financial aid, and more. Learn about the resources available from Anoka-Hennepin Schools, as well as other outlets and help prepare your student for their future.

Episode 8: Parenting During a Pandemic

Episode 8: Parenting During a Pandemic

January 15, 2021

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she discusses parenting during a pandemic with Tina Tamura, Andover High School Assistant Principal, and Dr. Ben Flannery, pediatrician. 

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Episode 7: Early Intervention and Prevention - Substance Use

Episode 7: Early Intervention and Prevention - Substance Use

December 15, 2020

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement Coordinator, as she learns about the topic of substance use from Colleen O'Neil, Anoka-Hennepin Schools Chemical Health Prevention Specialist, and Cindy Doth, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation School and Youth Outreach Manager. 

As parents, schools, and communities, understanding what is happening socially and developmentally, and how it may intersect with substance use is crucial in early intervention and prevention. Join us as we help parents gain knowledge about teen substance use and how to set the stage for open communication with their teen(s).

https://hazeldenbettyford.org

https://www.ahschools.us/studentsupport

https://www.ahschools.us/chemicalhealth

Episode 6: Hunger and Homelessness

Episode 6: Hunger and Homelessness

November 13, 2020

Did you know that there are over 650 students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District that are currently homeless, and 13,000 students facing food insecurity? 

Tune in to this month’s Parent Engage 360 episode as we interview Jessica Jasurda, homeless liaison for Anoka-Hennepin Schools, and Rob Williams, founder of Every Meal. 

Every Meal is a Minnesota-based non-profit on a mission to fight child hunger and supply kids with food that is nutritious and delicious. Every Meal has been a great partner of Anoka-Hennepin for many years, but even more so during the pandemic. From March 2020 to Sept. 2020, meals have increased by 400% due to the impact of COVID-19.

National Hunger and Homelessness week begins Monday, Nov. 15 and community members are encouraged to help share the message and spread awareness on some of the hardships students are facing.

If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community this holiday season, Every Meal, a 100% community-funded organization, provides the opportunity to volunteer your time at their warehouse or donate to their organization at everymeal.org. Additionally, if you’re interested in working directly with the district, you can donate to Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation’s Agility Fund at ahef.us or contact your local school directly to inquire about needs.

Episode 5: Internet Safety

Episode 5: Internet Safety

October 14, 2020

Join Liz Burgard, Anoka-Hennepin parent involvement coordinator, on this month's Parent Engage 360 podcast, as she discusses internet safety with Merve Lapus, vice president of outreach and national partnerships for Common Sense Education. Hear about the difference between passive and active screen time, ways to use technology as an extension of learning and various protective factors within the realm of internet safety. Is what you are posting purposeful and appropriate? Are there technology topics you should be addressing with your children? Are there components that you as a parent should brush up on? For all these answers, tune in to this episode of the Parent Engage 360 podcast.

Links:

Common Sense Media researches, rates and reviews everything kids want to watch, read or play so all families can feel confident about their media and technology choices.

Common Sense Education supports K-12 schools with lesson plans, edtech reviews and everything else educators need to empower a generation of digital citizens.

Common Sense Kids Action advocates for all families to have access to quality, safe media and for technology that benefits all communities.

What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

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