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The Superintendent’s Blog

Read #nfldlead for information from the Northfield Public Schools District leader and Superintendent Matt Hillmann.

KYMN | Board Meeting Review | 03.13.2018

I have a standing appointment with KYMN (“The One” at 1080 AM & 95.1 FM) radio on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month following school board meetings. Please listen to today's interview.

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Authentic Learning: YIG Model Assembly

I was invited to tour the Minnesota YMCA's "Youth in Government" Model Assembly program this past weekend. The Model Assembly welcomed approximately 1,500 students from across Minnesota to engage in a real-world simulation of governing based our democratic principles. Thanks to the Northfield YMCA, 15 Northfield High School students participated this year. This is a fantastic example of the kinds of authentic learning that is so meaningful to our students.

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Referendum 2017: Educational Impact of Bond Proposals

When discussing the bond projects on the November 7th ballot, we often get caught up in the specifics of financial and construction components. As a result, we don't talk enough about the educational impacts the bond projects can have on student learning. When we do discuss it, we highlight the need for "21st-century learning environments" or "flexible and collaborative spaces."  These terms can be challenging outside of education to understand.

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Referendum 2017: New High School vs. Renovation

One of the questions asked by a few community members is about Northfield High School and the School Board’s decision to seek approval to build a new facility rather than renovating the current building. This post articulates the thoughtful consideration of the high school portion of the bond proposal before voters on November 7th, 2017.

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Referendum 2017: Early Learning

Northfield Public Schools teachers, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to help every student develop the skills needed to achieve their dreams. In order to address this issue, we must also ensure there is an opportunity for high-quality preschool experience for every parent who wants it for their child. This post focuses on the economic impact of early learning programs, one area where Northfield Public Schools experiences significant space shortages.

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