April 2015

April 10th, 2015
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Wow, time is flying…. there are only 40 days of school remaining for school year 2014-2015, thus begins testing season.  We are currently administering and preparing for Multiple Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), Northwest Evaluation Assessments (NWEAs) and the newly required ACT assessments.  The students and staff have worked extremely hard to learn and teach the MN State standards and so we are cautiously optimistic that testing results will show their hard work.

Senior Project Review

We have met several times as a committee to review the current NCA requirements of senior projects as it relates to graduation.  Upon extensive review, the committee remains steadfast that the Senior Project is a great educational experience for students and its requirement has become a cornerstone of the NCA experience.  The committee has recommended, however, that hourly requirements be reduced to 100 hours so students can commit to other things such as schooling and/or work.

Attendance Policy 2015-2016

We are seeking anyone that would like to participate on an attendance committee.  We will likely meet two times to review the current policy and perhaps suggest changes for the upcoming school year.  Please let me know if you would like to participate.  Our first meeting will be soon!

Electronic Payment Option for 2015-2016

NCA will be adding an electronic payment system beginning next school year.  It is our intention to have it completely operational for families in June or July of 2015.

Annual Meeting

NCA will be having its Annual Board Meeting on May 20, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM.  This meeting will include board seat voting, a review of school year 2014-2015 and a S.T.E.A.M display.  We encourage all of our patrons, customers, stakeholders, and parents to attend this event.

Policy Review Cycle

The school board will be review a series of policies at our next board meeting and we would like to invite your feedback on any of the following:

PSEO

Retention and Promotion

Bullying Policy

Equal Access

Religious Accommodation

Data Practices

Crisis Management

Student Transportation

 

Testing Schedule

We have just finished the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in the area of math for 7th, 8th, and 11th graders!  All of the students did a fine job on testing!  We have the Reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for grades 7, 8, and 10 grade scheduled for April 23rd and 24th.  We have the Science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for grades 8 and 10 scheduled for April 30th and May 1st.  In addition, we have the mandatory ACT testing for all 11th graders on April 28th (make up day on May 12th.)  Finally, the students will be partaking in the Norwest Evaluation Association Assessments on May 18th and 19th.  Reminder:  it is recommended that the students get a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on test day.  Again please let Julie Gesinger, District Assessment Coordinator, know if you have any further questions with testing.  She can be reached at julie.gesinger@newcenturyacademy.com or (320)234-3660 ext 2062.

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NCA Students Inducted into the National Honor Society

An honor such as induction to the National Honor Society is a wonderful way for our school to recognize and celebrate the choices, and sometimes the sacrifices each student has made during their high school career.  Like most things, it is not the honor itself that makes all of us most proud, but what each student had to do to get it.

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The staff at New Century Academy challenge each of these students to rest not on their laurels but to continue to strive towards even greater goals.  The four categories, scholarship, leadership, service, and character are the core of a fulfilled and fulfilling life.  They are the sum of many individual decisions and embody a positive attitude backed by purpose.”

Four students were inducted into the New Century Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society on Thursday evening, March 26, 2015.

Congratulations to Lydia Bedgood, Josh Draxten, Isabelle Gasser and Alexis Grack.  They have joined current members Malachi Bedgood, McKenzie Ebert, Katelyn Huls and Paige Richardson.

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