District 508 News and Notes

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Attention Saint Peter Public School District staff and families! Happy Last Day of SCHOOL!!

When you get a moment ... grab some popcorn and enjoy the show as we celebrate our staff for an outstanding year!


This year, due to COVID restrictions we were unable to host an in-person ceremony for our staff recognition, so instead, we created a slideshow to have all of you help us celebrate them!

Congratulations to our 'Distinguished Service Award' and 'Excellence in Communication Award' recipients. A committee of your peers reviewed the outstanding number of nominations submitted and created a new award to be handed out this year in addition to the Distinguished Service Award.

Again, thank YOU to our staff for all you do each and every day! Our children are so blessed to have you in their lives!

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Saint Peter Public Schools’ Resource Officers Jon Hughes and Tom Winsell work with school administrators each school year to develop a safe and efficient plan for family members dropping off and picking up their students each school day.

“As the school year comes to a close and we are now again at full capacity, I'd like to thank everyone for driving safely during pick-up and drop-offs of students throughout the district,” Hughes said. “I’d also like to take the opportunity to provide a quick reminder of what routes are preferred.”

The preferred drop-off and pick-up locations, per SRO Hughes, for each of the SPPS buildings are:

South Elementary:
Use the loop to drop-off and pick-up.  The parking lot in front of the main entrance will have restricted access during pick-up, so please only use the loop.  

North Elementary:
We’d prefer all drop-off and pick-ups occur from the school side (not street side) on the passenger side of your vehicle to eliminate any students having to cross the road.  This would include the north side of Flandrau Street between N. 7th Street and N. 8th Street and on N. 7th Street between Traverse Road and Flandrau Street.  

Middle School:
The preferred drop-off and pick-up location is the football field parking lot.  Capitol Drive is becoming overly congested, resulting in a blockage of the staff parking lot, which inhibits the ability of staff to travel between buildings at the end of the day.

High School:
Parent drop off and pick ups are only on the west side of the high school.  The east side is designated for the buses only.   

“Our community does such an amazing job with pick-ups and drop-offs,” Hughes said. “Please continue to yield with care and be prepared for students to be near or around your vehicles at any time.  You as caregivers to St. Peter School District students have adapted to change with compliance and patience to the benefit of our student population, so thank you.”  

If you ever have any questions or concerns in regards to student pick up or drop offs, please email SRO Hughes at jhughes3@stpeterschools.org.

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A mock crash event will take place on Thursday, April 22, starting around 11 a.m. in the Saint Peter High School's west parking lot, with several area law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel participating in the event. This event will be filmed and shown to SPHS students some time before graduation in late May.

Saint Peter School Resource Officer (SRO) Jon Hughes is helping to organize the event, which was last held in 2016. 

Participating agencies include: St. Peter Police, St. Peter Fire Department, Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, River’s Edge Ambulance staffed by Allina, Minnesota State Patrol, Mayo Health Systems Aircare, St. Peter Funeral Home, South Central EMS, Von Essen’s Towing and the Kelly Phillips Foundation.  

“We want to get the word out to residents here in St. Peter to let them know this is happening, so they don’t get too worried when they hear the sirens and sounds that will be associated with the mock crash event on Thursday,” Hughes said. “We try to hold the mock crash event once every four years or so, in order to give all of the students (here at SPHS) a chance to experience it because of the pandemic, we weren’t able to host it last year and this year’s event will not be a live event. Instead we will be video recording the entire event and eventually edit into a program to be shown to the kids.”

As part of the event, Dan Phillips will be providing an impact speech which will also be filmed. Phillips’ daughter Kelly died in September 2007 in a distracted driver accident which also claimed the life of one of his daughter’s best friends. The Phillips family created a foundation in their daughter’s memory to speak to parents and teens about the importance of safe driving habits and eliminating driver distractions. More information on that foundation can be found at http://kellyphillipsfoundation.org

Belted up students earn rewards!

SROs Jon Hughes and Tom Winsell recently rewarded SPHS student drivers who were properly wearing their seat belts as they were exiting the west parking lot after school. Hughes presented those drivers who were properly belted in with a card for a free donut at Dunkin Donuts of St. Peter.

“It’s a good way to remind students to belt up and reward them for being safe drivers,” Hughes said. “Thanks to Dunkin Donuts for their generosity in providing the cards. The kids who received them were very thankful and excited to get a free donut!”

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The St. Peter-Kasota chapter of Dollars for Scholars is in the midst of its “Stay at Home Scholarship Fundraiser” through Thursday, Dec. 31st, at 11:30 p.m.

Because of the pandemic situation, the St. Peter-Kasota chapter of Dollars for Scholars was unable to host its annual Phone-A-Thon this year so this fundraiser is being put on to help raise much-needed funds which will benefit Saint Peter High School graduating seniors.

The local Dollar for Scholars chapter expands the opportunities of St. Peter-Kasota graduates by working in partnership with organizations, businesses, and individuals to raise funds for graduates seeking scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in a fair and objective manner to deserving students.

To donate go to https://bit.ly/3qaM9Zb or text the code "SCHOLARS2021" to 44-321. 

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Testing is free and open to all, with or without symptoms

ST. PETER -- Nicollet County Health and Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the St. Peter Community Center. Testing is free and available to anyone who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms.

The latest testing data has shown that St. Peter and the surrounding communities are a COVID-19 hotspot and the numbers are trending upward. That data, combined with upcoming holidays and colder weather, makes testing especially important. The goal is to identify cases early on so that those who are positive can isolate themselves and their contacts can quarantine. This strategy is proven to slow spread. The results of this event will also provide data to guide future efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

The Minnesota Department of Health continues to recommend asymptomatic individuals to be tested. Additionally, the CDC continues to advise that state and local health officials may continue seeking testing of asymptomatic individuals under certain circumstances to help control community spread. Testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals assists in helping to control community spread. While some who contract COVID-19 experience only mild or even no symptoms, all who contract the virus are contagious. Following the testing next week, local officials will consult with the Minnesota Department of Health so that mitigation strategies can be deliberately implemented.

Anyone who wants to be tested is encouraged to come, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. No insurance or identification is needed.

To avoid long lines, we encourage you to pre-register for a time slot. Visit https://www.primarybio.com/r/nicollet for more information and to sign up for an appointment.

Those who are in need of transportation to the event can call Dial-a-Ride at 888-880-4969; rides are free. We encourage individuals to call for service in advance to ensure availability.

DATE: Tuesday, November 17
TIME: Noon to 6 pm
LOCATION: St. Peter Community Center (600 S. 5th St.) - Use upper parking lot and enter in Door B