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    Integrated STEM Curriculum

    • We place an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math woven into an integrated STEM curriculum that better prepares students for a successful future.
    • We provide a child-centered approach to teaching that engages students through hands-on, problem-based learning activities.
    • We focus on developing student skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

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    Partial Spanish Immersion Program

    • Beginning in kindergarten, students have the opportunity to enroll in our tuition-free partial Spanish Immersion Program.
    • Literacy skills are taught in English, other subject areas are taught in Spanish.
    • Students may continue to participate in the partial Spanish Immersion program through sixth grade if they choose.
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    Wide Variety of Extracurricular and Student Enrichment Activities:

    • Future Problem Solving: creative problem solving competition for 4th through 6th graders
    • Green Team: an environmental student recycling group
    • Student News: live in-house television news broadcast five days a week
    • Photo Club: sharing experiences and communicating through photography
    • Extended Day: offering additional support for students in reading and math
    • Community Education :programs including Track & Field, Mad Science, Check Club, Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Soccer, Watch Me Draw, Painting Buddies, LEGO League, Dance, and many more.

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    Integration of 21st Century Technology: 

    • A SMART Board interactive white board, a scanner, and a document camera in every classroom to facilitate integration of current educational technology resources into classroom instruction
    • Eight mobile computer carts containing class sets of laptops
    • Mini-lab of iPods
    • Video Production Room where students edit and produce digital video presentations for broadcast on the morning student news program or to post to the school website

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    Small class sizes: 

    • Average class size is 21.4

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    School Age Care Program:

    • School Age Care (SAC) is available on-site before and after school for students in Preschool through sixth grade. (fee-based)

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    Preschool Program: 

    • On-site preschool program available for 4 and 5 year olds. See the Early Childhood Program information on the Forest Lake School District website for more information.

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    Exceptional Caring and Professional Staff who believe in teaching "the whole child"

    • Staff strives to provide students with an engaging, challenging and dynamic educational program that facilitates the development of intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth in a positive and supportive learning environment.
    • 53 percent of teachers have master’s degrees; more than 40 percent have ten or more years of experience.

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    Parent & Community Involvement:

    • Active, supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    • Strong volunteer program with many opportunities for parental involvement
    • Community partners:  Lino Lakes Police, Centennial Fire Department, Lino Lakes Lions, Columbus Lions
    • Evening events open to the public including Family Engineering night, music programs, etc.
    • Semi-monthly mentor program with selected students/community adults.

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    Diverse Learning Community:

    • The entire school community benefits from a diverse student population, with children from many ethnic and economic backgrounds
    • 1 English as a Second Language teacher on staff
    • Annual, district-wide Festival of Cultures, which originated at Lino and is in its fifthteeth year

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    Well-rounded Education:

    • Physical education experiences every day in grades 1-6
    • Specialists in Media, Physical Education, Technology, and Music
    • Full-time guidance counselor
    • Olweus research-based bullying prevention program
    • Kindergarten students receive a strong foundation that promotes literacy and math skills.
    • Instrumental music opportunites with a choice of orchestra or band in Grade 6

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