Arcadia This Week 9/12/2022

Hello, Arcadia families, students, and friends,

Opening Expedition

One of the goals in the first week is to establish strong connections with each other, and then to create a social contract that guides our actions as community members. Students spent time in advisory and in 6-12 mixed grade-level groups working on 

Arcadia's Social Contract 2022-2023

College and Career Counseling with Kelly!

Kelly DeShane not only teaches social studies, but is also our college counselor! We are lucky to have someone with his unique background here to help us out! He started his career as a social studies teacher, served in the military, was the Dean of Admissions at a college, and has over 26 years of experience working in admissions for colleges and private schools. 

Students in the junior and senior class will have 1:1 meetings with Kelly throughout the year (at least once per semester) to discuss their post-Arcadia plans. Arcadia Juniors will have the opportunity to participate in the PSAT with Northfield High School. Please look for a message from Kelly with information about signing up for the test!

We will also continue to offer ACT testing in the Spring. More information about that will come out later in the year. 

Kelly also works with Candace at Northfield Promise to make sure Arcadians can access resources they offer. He is building connections with local technical colleges, and, in conjunction with Northfield Promise, can connect students with internships and other opportunities.

We are super excited to have this support available to Arcadia students!

Japan Trip 2023

COVID-19 Update

I’m super excited that this wasn’t the first thing on my list! However, COVID-19 is still out there. Rice County’s COVID-19 Community level is currently medium, and our current case rate is 82.12/100,000 in the one-week period ending Sept. 1st. We do still have a COVID-19 plan posted on our website. Here is a link

While masks are not required, I know many students feel more comfortable wearing them, and they are welcome to do so. With our community level at medium, masks are recommended. Masks might also not work well for some people, and that’s okay, too.

In-Person Attendance

With the changes to COVID-19 policies (especially the change to a 5 day isolation period), we did not renew our online provider approval with the State. The online option was time consuming and difficult to manage on our end, and not a terribly effective school experience for the student, either. If a student needs to be out due to COVID-19, teachers will work with the student to make sure they have what they need to complete work at home. We will continue to post all assignments and materials online on Google Classroom (except some textbook materials).

Upcoming Events

Sept. 6-9: Opening Expedition

Sept. 7: 3:15pm, Special Board Meeting (MSHSL approval)

Sept. 12: First Day of 1st Quarter

Sept. 20: 6:30pm, Arcadia Board Meeting (in person at Arcadia)