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Published on Oct 9, 2017
Zanewood Community School in Brooklyn Park challenged its students to get creative and engineer a design made primarily out of cardboard. Young students came through with some impressive results.
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Published on Sep 26, 2017
Brooklyn Park's Zanewood Community School has that shiny, new look and feel this school year. Facility renovations added up to $4 million. It transformed this 1960's era elementary school in the Osseo School District into a modern space for 425 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. "The kids were so excited to see the building this year," said Zanewood Principal Mike Savage during a recent tour of the school with CCX News. "This is unrecognizable from last year: new lockers, new tiling, bright colors in the hallway." There's a level of excitement at this school that stretches beyond building improvements. Zanewood is picking up steam, and you can feel it. "The word that pops into my mind right away is innovation," said Savage. "Innovative, hardworking, passionate, and I'm not just talking about the staff, I'm talking about the kids as well." Two years ago, the school changed its direction after struggling with lagging test scores that teachers knew didn't reflect their students' ability. "The reason we were doing this was to grow our students because the other methods weren't working," said Kathryn Clingan, Zanewood's STEAM Program Coordinator. The school decided to develop a STEAM program, infusing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into the everyday with hands-on lessons and problem-based learning. Even before the school introduced the STEAM program, Zanewood Community School already had good things going for it. "I always felt like this was the place for my kids," said Yosha Scott, a mother of three. Scott and her husband, Deandre have two kids currently at Zanewood, and their oldest daughter already went through the school. "Zanewood has great teachers, great staff," said Yosha Scott. Students at Zanewood represent a wide variety of different cultures, and those backgrounds are celebrated at school assemblies each month, where good leadership and character is also rewarded. "This is a gold ticket," said Savage, showing and explaining to our news crew an incentive program the school uses with students. "A gold ticket is something we give our kids and the kids collect them through the school year. It's an identification for when they do something good in our building." So now back to a progress report on the school's new STEAM program, two years in. Spoiler alert: the news is encouraging. "We took a look at our test scores, our high stakes test scores, [they're] on the rise," said Clingan. "We have made transformational growth in a number of our categories, so that told us, what we're doing is working and we want to continue." As part of the STEAM program, Zanewood also has a community partnership with Boston Scientific that provides some funding and includes local professionals visiting the school from the medical technology industry. Alexandra Renslo reporting http://www.ccxmedia.org Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/ccxmedia http://twitter.com/ccxsports http://twitter.com/ccxnews https://www.facebook.com/ccxmedia.org/ CCX Media is on Comcast xfinity and CenturyLink prism in the Northwest Suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.

 

zanewood scholars' choice dayFor the students of Zanewood Community School, March 17 was all about exploration.

Thanks to the dedication of Zanewood teachers and staff, students had the opportunity to learn new skills in unique, small group settings as part of the school’s first-ever Scholars’ Choice Day.

The event was designed to build interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)-related pursuits while increasing student engagement and creating lifelong learners, according to Scholars’ Choice Day organizers and Zanewood teachers Sara Welu and Kathryn Clingan.

All students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade participated in Scholars’ Choice Day, taking courses that ranged from modge podge to guitar, catapults to kid cuisine, and nearly everything in between. Clingan, who is also the school’s science coordinator, even led several students to a “dig site” as they explored paleontology. Students pre-registered for the classes that met their specific interests, choosing from more than 20 courses taught by Zanewood staff members and volunteers from Boston Scientific.

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zw art dayBright colors and an array of paintings, sculptures and artwork adorned the hallways of Zanewood Community School as students displayed their work during the World Art Day Expo on April 13.

With families and community members in attendance, all Zanewood students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade presented their artwork in three different formats: digital, visual and performing art.

“Our number one initiative with World Art Day was to introduce kids to the wide world of art,” said Kathryn Clingan, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program coordinator at Zanewood. “We also wanted students to explore different art mediums so they think of art as more than just crayons and markers.”

To prepare for the expo, Clingan said Zanewood teachers planned art projects that integrated curriculum and standards. As a result, the artwork highlighted a number of topics and themes, ranging from music to history to literature.

World Art Day was another example of how Zanewood is infusing STEAM initiatives into student learning this school year. The school also held a cardboard engineering challenge last fall before hosting Scholars’ Choice Day earlier this spring.

“Our art expo was a team effort, but teachers Sara Welu and Emily James—along with our entire STEAM team—have been instrumental in planning and coordinating events this year,” Clingan noted.

In addition to hosting these same STEAM events next school year, Clingan said Zanewood students and staff will also focus on a yearlong theme of water—looking at it locally, globally, and through scientific and economic lenses.

“We’ve seen great results with our STEAM efforts this year, including increased joy and excitement for learning among students,” she added. “We feel really proud of the grassroots efforts that we’ve been able to do this year, but we are definitely on track to grow this [STEAM] program next year.”

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I am sure you have seen your child reading lots of books this year and it is more than just for pleasure. We have started a 20 book challenge at Zanewood and all students are participating. We understand that kids read way more than 20 books during the year, but this challenge includes a little more than just reading the book…they also have to do a book share. Classroom teachers track your student’s progress towards this goal. Your child has a choice as to how to share about a book they have completed. Their teacher will go over these options with them and we encourage students to also find new and creative ways to share about books they have read. Book shares can be a simple Thinking Map on the book, a reflection sheet or even a verbal sharing to their class during the school day. Some of the projects may be completed at school, but we would like most of them to be completed at home with adult guidance, if need be.

            When a student at Zanewood reaches this goal, their name is announced during morning announcements by Mr. Savage, their picture will be put up in the school AND they are invited to attend the end of the year Dance Extravaganza!!! This will occur on Monday June 5th for all students that achieve the 20 book goal. All students are welcome to complete MORE THAN 20 book shares and they will also be recognized during morning announcements.

            Let’s work together and support our children’s’ continued reading success and reach our schoolwide goal of 20 books read by each child by June 5th!! We can do it!

 

                                                                        The Zanewood Staff

Greetings Parents and Guardians J

I am sure you have seen your child reading lots of books this year and it is more than just for pleasure. We have started a 20 book challenge at Zanewood and all students are participating. We understand that kids read way more than 20 books during the year, but this challenge includes a little more than just reading the book…they also have to do a book share. Classroom teachers track your student’s progress towards this goal. Your child has a choice as to how to share about a book they have completed. Their teacher will go over these options with them and we encourage students to also find new and creative ways to share about books they have read. Book shares can be a simple Thinking Map on the book, a reflection sheet or even a verbal sharing to their class during the school day. Some of the projects may be completed at school, but we would like most of them to be completed at home with adult guidance, if need be.

            When a student at Zanewood reaches this goal, their name is announced during morning announcements by Mr. Savage, their picture will be put up in the school AND they are invited to attend the end of the year Dance Extravaganza!!! This will occur on Monday June 5th for all students that achieve the 20 book goal. All students are welcome to complete MORE THAN 20 book shares and they will also be recognized during morning announcements.

            Let’s work together and support our children’s’ continued reading success and reach our schoolwide goal of 20 books read by each child by June 5th!! We can do it!

                                                                       

The Zanewood Staff

Bienvenidos Padres y Tutores J

Estoy segura de que ustedes han visto a sus estudiantes leer muchos libros este año y es más que sólo por placer. Hemos comenzado un desafío de 20 libros en Zanewood y todos los estudiantes están participando. Sabemos que los niños leen muchísimo más que 20 libros durante el año, pero este desafío incluye un poquito más que sólo leer los libros…ellos también tienen que compartir lo que leyeron con la clase. Los maestros de la clase  siguen el rastro del progreso de sus estudiantes con respecto a un objetivo. Sus estudiantes tienen la opción de cómo compartir el libro que han terminado. Sus maestras les explicarán estas opciones a ellos y los alentarán a encontrar también un modo nuevo y creativo de compartir los libros leídos. Formas de compartir los libros pueden ser a través de un simple Mapa de Pensamiento (Thinking Map) sobre el libro, una hoja de reflexión o compartirlo verbalmente con su clase durante el día escolar. Algunos de los proyectos pueden ser completados en la escuela pero nos gustaría que la mayoría fueran hechos en el hogar con la guía de un adulto, si fuera necesario.

            ¡¡¡Cuando un estudiante en Zanewood alcanza su objetivo, su nombre es mencionado en los  anuncios matutinos realizados por el director, Sr. Savage, su foto será desplegada en la escuela Y serán invitados a asistir a una fiesta al finalizar el año escolar “Dance Extravaganza”!!! Esta fiesta tomará lugar el lunes 5 de junio para todos los estudiantes que lleguen a su objetivo de leer 20 libros. Se alienta a todos los estudiantes a compartir MÁS DE LOS 20 libros y también serán reconocidos durante los anuncios matutinos.

            ¡¡Trabajemos juntos y apoyemos el continuo éxito en la lectura de nuestros niños para que cada uno pueda alcanzar el objetivo de nuestra escuela de leer 20 libros para el 5 de junio!! ¡Podemos hacerlo!

 

                                                                        El Personal de Zanewood

Bienvenidos Padres y Tutores J

Estoy segura de que ustedes han visto a sus estudiantes leen muchos libros este año y es más que sólo por placer. Hemos comenzado un desafío de 20 libros en Zanewood y todos los estudiantes están participando. Sabemos que los niños leen muchísimo más que 20 libros durante el año, pero este desafío incluye un poquito más que sólo leer los libros…ellos también tienen que compartir lo que leyeron con la clase. Los maestros de clase  siguen el rastro del progreso de sus estudiantes con respecto a un objetivo. Su estudiante tiene la opción de cómo compartir el libro que han terminado. Sus maestras les explicarán estas opciones a ellos y los alentarán a encontrar también un modo nuevo y creative para compartir los libros que hayan leído. Formas de compartir los libros pueden ser a través de un simple Mapal de Pensamiento (Thinking Map) sobre el libro, una hoja de reflección o compartirlo verbalmente con su clase durnate el día escolar. Algunos de los proyectos pueden ser completados en la escuela pero nos gustaría que la mayoría fueran hechos en el hogar con la guía de un adulto, si fuera necesario.

            ¡¡¡Cuando un estudiante en Zanewood alcanza su objetivo, su nombre es mencionado en los  anuncios matutinos realizado por el director Sr. Savage, su foto será desplegada en la escuela Y serán invitados a asistir a una fiesta al finalizar el año escolar “Dance Extravaganza”!!! Esta tomará lugar el lunes 5 de junio para todos los estudiantes que lleguen a su objetivo de leer 20 libros. Se alienta a todos los estudiantes a compartir MÁS DE LOS 20 libros y también serán reconocidos durante los anuncios matutinos.

            ¡¡Trabajemos juntos y apoyemos el continuo éxito en la lectura de nuestros niños  y que cada uno pueda alcanzar el objetivo de nuestra escuela de leer 20 libros para el 5 de junio!! ¡Podemos hacerlo!

 

                                                                        El Personal de Zanewood 

School Info

Zanewood Community School
7000 Zane Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN  55429
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School Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

 

Phone & Fax

School Office
763-561-9077
Attendance
763-549-2439
Kidstop
763-585-7272

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763-549-2440

 

School Leadership

Principal
Mike Savage

Assistant Principal
Courtney Gulyard