Two years ago, when long-range facility needs of the Saint Peter Public School District were first discussed, it was the intention of the school board and administration to get as much public input as possible during that process.
After enlisting the public’s help as part of the Facilities Task Force and seeking public opinion through last winter’s phone survey, the school district is set to take the next step through the use of a charrette process. The process will be conducted through two public meetings. The first was held on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The second will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the SPMS/HS Theater and cafeteria.
By definition, a charrette is an intense period of designing or planning. In the case of Saint Peter Public Schools, it pertains to site plans and space/property use for a possible future high school and the current three buildings (Saint Peter Middle/High School, North Intermediate and South Elementary).
“The meetings are open to the public and we encourage people to get involved,” Saint Peter Superintendent Paul Peterson said. “From the very beginning [of our long-range facilities plan], our board of education has always said that any sort of large-scale facilities planning must be geared towards community-designed, multi-use space.”
Current and projected enrollment increases for Saint Peter Public Schools, well into the future, have caused the district to take a closer look at the need for a new high school building and for repurposing the district’s existing three main buildings.
Peterson explained during these charrette meetings, those in attendance will start in the theater as one large group and eventually move into the cafeteria for smaller group discussions. These will be stations that have a specific focus area -- for example, academic learning in a new high school building and the co-curricular needs of the school and St. Peter community
“Our big picture goal for the charrette is two-fold,” Peterson said. “First, we want to provide an update on where we are at in our facilities planning process. There has been a lot of progress since the Facilities Task Force completed their work in the summer of 2013, and it’s important that our community sees that progress.
“Second, it’s crucial that we engage our stakeholders in discussions about our community’s vision for a new high school facility. Our commitment is to a community-centered space and collecting community-wide input and insight is the next step in our process.”
Those interested in taking part in the charrette process are asked to contact the Superintendent’s Office at 934-5703.
“This is an ‘all hands on deck’ endeavor’. We welcome all comments, questions and concerns and our plan is to use this process to develop consensus on the vision for public education in St. Peter,” Peterson stated.
Long before Columbus, northern Europe had a tradition of mythic lands to the west. This film explores the correlation between the latest archaeological discoveries in the Far North and the descriptions of Viking explorations and settlements detailed in the Icelandic sagas. What emerges is a fascinating story of Norse settlements in Newfoundland and elsewhere along the North Atlantic coast, and of trading and occasional battles with Eskimo peoples migrating east in this period of global warming.
Admission to the film series is free for all. The Treaty Site History Center is located one mile north of downtown Saint Peter at Highways 169 and 22, across from the Mankato Clinic. Please contact St. Peter Community & Family Education at 934-3048 for more information.
Treaty Site History Center
November 6 at 7:00pm
56 min., not rated
Connected By Coffee
Thu., Oct. 9 (Second Thu.), 7 p.m.
Treaty Site History Center, Free.
No Registration required.
70 min., G. The film follows two North American coffee roasters on a 1,000-mile journey across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua to listen to the stories of the people who grow their coffee. Viewers will witness how coffee is changing from a tool of oppression into a tool for empowerment, and how it is transforming small-scale growing communities across the world. Throughout the journey we learn how every cup of coffee we drink connects us in a very real way to the people who produce it. Film sponsored by: St. Peter Food Co-op, River Rock Coffee, St. Peter Reads, Nicollet County Historical Society and Saint Peter Community & Family Education.
Have you ever thought about "freezer meals", but don't know where to start? This is where we and Wildtree come in! We have the menus and the finishing products to help you leave the class with TEN meals (feeds 4-6, or can be split into 2 meals) ready to be cooked! You will also go home with 7 full size Wildtree products (a $70 value) to make repeat meals. (**NOTE: 1 week before class, you will receive a grocery shopping list. Bring food, measuring spoons, an apron and a box of gallon sized freezer bags.)
Mon., Oct. 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m., $75 per person
Hawaiian Ribs, Enchilada Pork Tacos, Crockpot Lasagna, Ranch Chicken Chili, Beef Enchilada Stew, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Honey Hoisin Chicken Wrap, Ranch Roasted Turkey, Apple Balsamic Pork and Pollo Asada Rice Bowl.** (Register by: Oct. 13)
Register for both classes and get a $10 discount!
Family Favorite Meals
Thu., Dec. 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m., $75 per person
Not So Sloppy Sliders, Ranch Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, Surf & Turf Skewers, Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Chili, Sloppy Skillet, Adobo Stack, Cheesy Chicken Tenders, Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken and Mac & Beer Casserole.** (Register by: Dec. 8)
Mondays, Sep. 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 7–9 p.m.
SPCC Rm. 217, $39 + $22 supply fee paid to instructor.
In this three part class, you will have the opportunity to experience letting go of who you think you are supposed to be, recognizing and embracing your strengths, and enjoying a renewed sense of life and purpose. Topics include: Let it Go, The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway and It’s Time to See What I Can Do. Supply fee covers the cost of a book and provides access to online tools which are essential for the class. Bring paper & pen. Kris is a registered nurse, chaplain, motivational speaker and the mother of six talented children. She delights in discovering the strengths of others and helping people recognize their hidden gifts. (Register by: Sep. 15. Min. 5, max. 20)
If you're hearing the phrase, "there's nothing to do!" from your kids, we have a great host of classes and workshops in August!
The Arts Center has a four day workshop all centered on print making. We also have a Chinese Culture workshop for all ages of students. Summer band lessons for those who are starting in fifth grade will begin on August 11. Parents should contact our office to schedule lessons.
For more info, visit - www.stpetercommunityedonline.com
One of the best things we do at Community & Family Education is to provide learning opportunities for people of all ages. Each year we offer adults the means to get their GED, high school diploma, learn English or prepare for the citizenship test. On June 30, we held our annual commencement exercises. Above are the individuals who chose to participate in the ceremony.
Do you wish dinner time was easier at your home? What if you could open up your fridge and know your meal is prepared and ready to be cooked? I want to introduce you to freezer meal cooking! Having meals ready to go in the freezer simplifies life, is healthier, and more economical. You will bring a short list of groceries and I will have the rest of the ingredients ready to assemble your meals. We will be making: Best Ever Burgers, Chipotle Lime Fajitas, Italian Medallions, and Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Pasta. (1 week before class, participants will receive a grocery list. Bring measuring spoons, an apron and a box of gallon sized freezer bags.)
Class meets Monday, July 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $37. Register by July 7 at http://www.stpetercommunityedonline.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=4567&catID=614