This short week held some exciting triumphs, as our cross country teams both took first place in their section meets – we couldn’t be more proud of our Cardinal runners who have set personal goals and crushed them, supported their fellow runners, and represented Staples-Motley so well this fall! Way to go cross country boys and girls teams! Girls tennis wrapped up their season last week, and doubles Haley Cichos & Jenna Dvorak ended with a remarkable 12:1 record! Volleyball and football are going strong now, with varsity football’s first home game tonight against West Central Area schools.
We’ve also had to make the difficult decision to transition our 7th-12th graders to hybrid learning beginning Monday, October 19th. Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly, and evaluate data across five areas (county, district boundaries, school buildings, activity groups and other special groups) before determining the best route forward. Thank you to our staff for work they have put in preparing for this possibility over the last couple weeks, and to all our staff, students and families for your patience and adaptability as we begin 7-12 hybrid learning on Monday. Please see the hybrid calendar to keep track of which days your student is on or off-site.
We are still waiting for some families to complete their Application for Educational Benefits forms (previously free and reduced lunch forms). Even though the USDA has extended free meals due to COVID-19, our district relies on federal funding that is awarded based on these forms to provide student support programs like Title I. If you still need to complete your Application for Educational Benefits, contact Brittany Zuhlsdorf at email@example.com or 218-894-5400 x3164.
Lastly, I want to remind you that if anyone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, all household members must stay home until the results are received. If negative test results are received, healthy students may return to school. If positive results are received, all family members must stay home for 14 days. We are hopeful that together we can minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our schools and communities, and return to full, in-person learning for all.