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Looking Forward to a Great Year in Westonka Public Schools
Borg Report September 8, 2022
I will never grow tired of the excitement and smiles that come with the first week of school. For some it’s a new beginning, and for others it’s a time to reunite with friends and teachers. For all, it marks a new school year at Westonka Public Schools, and we are excited for the opportunity to work with your children.
Throughout the 2022-23 school year, I will be providing frequent updates on district efforts through the Borg Report. The purpose of these messages is to ensure we are effectively communicating what’s happening in our school district.
I strongly believe that creating strong partnerships with families is critical to our students' success in Westonka. There are many ways you can get involved with your student’s education this year, whether it’s through volunteer opportunities at the school or by becoming more familiar with what they will be learning in classrooms. When parents take an active role in their child’s education, everyone benefits. As I mentioned in my parent email in August, there are a number of opportunities for you to learn more about our school curriculum and ways to get involved:
- Attend conferences and bring any questions you may have about the upcoming school year. Pay attention to emails from your child’s school or visit the school website for important dates.
- Get to know your child’s teachers, administrators and coaches/advisors by volunteering, attending PTA meetings and/or booster meetings.
- Track student performance throughout the year using online tools such as Skyward Family Access and Schoology or SeeSaw.
- Stay up to date through our district newsletter, website and updates from your school and teachers.
- Additionally, you are invited to reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or school principal at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding your child.
Our shared goal in supporting your child is best met when families and school staff have open and constructive communication. It is the reason we invest time and energy to help facilitate this collaboration. Not only do we appreciate these partnerships with our families, we truly believe they are what makes Westonka successful year after year.
District Facilities Review
Westonka is proud to be able to provide best-in-state education to our students (see recent SchoolDigger ranking - Westonka #7 in state) while continuing to have the lowest total school taxes in Hennepin County. In support of our pursuit of educational excellence, we are constantly looking for areas of improvement. One of these areas concentrates on the maintenance and safety of our school buildings and grounds and how they can best support 21st century learners.
During the 2021-22 school year and throughout the summer, Westonka Public Schools continued its extensive review of facilities needs across the district. To help with this process, the district completed an updated demographic study to help project enrollment over the next 10 years and to ensure we understand the capacity of our buildings. At the July 2022 Westonka School Board meeting, demographer Hazel Reinhardt presented that the Westonka District will have stable to slightly increasing enrollment over the next decade.
Additionally, the school board approved a community survey to help the district to better understand the attitudes and opinions of residents of the Westonka School District on four main topics:
- General Perceptions and Atmospherics
- Possible Facilities Maintenance/Improvements
The results of the community survey will be shared at the Monday, September 12 school board meeting at the Educational Service Center. The districtwide facilities review will continue throughout the 2022-23 school year.
COVID-19 Situation Monitoring
Finally, as previously communicated in August, all COVID-related updates will be posted on the district website this year: www.westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19. During the 2022-23 school year, we will be publishing the COVID-19 Dashboard weekly on Fridays, which will include building-level positive cases (students and staff), as well as regional case data provided by Hennepin County.
As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any comments, questions or concerns.