Saber Bytes DECEMBER 14, 2016

Drop the Puck

Please join us as we celebrate the new Shakopee Ice Arena. The district's Drop the Puck event will be held Thursday, December 15 at 6:50 p.m.

College and Career Connections

Every month East and West Junior High Schools have a school-wide activity that builds connections to college and careers. In November, the Connect to College and Career event focused on the military in honor of Veterans Day. The students participated in a military jeopardy game and learned about the branches of the military.

Marines also visited the schools and held a special challenge with the kids. They were asked to do as many push-ups as possible wearing a 20-pound vest, or doing as many squats as possible wearing a 20-pound vest and holding a 35-pound block. The top three males and females at each school won Marine apparel. The students also received the opportunity to sign up for a Military Q & A panel. Past and present military members attended and had an open dialogue with students. The students listened to their stories and asked questions to learn more about the different branches of the military.

Two Teachers Honored with TIES Exceptional Teacher Award

On Tuesday, December 13th, two teachers from Shakopee Public Schools received this year’s TIES Exceptional Teacher Award. Trudy Lynch, a first grade teacher at Sweeney Elementary and Karl Zachmann, a technology and engineering education teacher at West Junior High, were honored. Click here to read the full story and check out the video to learn more about their dedication to students:

Hour of Code

Shakopee students recently participated in Hour of Code. The event, which was held the first week of December, is a global movement that reached tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. During the week, Jackson 4th grade students participated in Hour of Code by using Kodable on their Chromebooks. Sweeney second grade students did a full level "dive in" experience with Hour of Code using the app called Scratch Jr. Students created movement with various characters and backgrounds. To read more about hour of code, read the latest edition of Catching Creativity from our digital learning coaches.

Shakopee High School students support Mounds View High School community

Our thoughts are with the Mounds View High School community. Shakopee High School students created these thoughtful banners – filled with well wishes and support – for MVHS to help the student body and staff heal following the fatal car accident involving two of their students.

Designs on Display

Students in the computer integrated manufacturing class at Shakopee High School recently presented projects they have been working on for more than a month. They were asked to design and create wooden nameplates. But, it was more than your typical wood working projects. Students had to build and create their designs using a computer.

Winter Break Excitement

As the winter break approaches, excitement is building for administrators, teachers, and students. Whether it's spending time with family or looking forward to R&R, everyone enjoys the time off for a number of reasons. Click the video below to hear some of the responses we received:

Winter Newsletter

Our winter newsletter will be sent out electronically this year on December 16. The newsletter will provide updates on high school construction, the Academies of Shakopee, and CAPS. It will also shine a spotlight on some of our students who are making strides in the classroom, while also working to become future business leaders. Don't forget to check your inbox on December 16.

Social Media

Please follow the district and Superintendent Dr. Rod Thompson on Facebook and Twitter to check out cool photos, stories and happenings in our schools during the week.

Promote your Event!

To promote an upcoming event, please visit the following link and submit the information: If you have an idea for a story that could be featured on our social media sites, district home page or pitched to local media, please email:

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