American Indian Parents Advisory Committee Meeting

Parents, grandparents, foster parents and guardians: 

You are invited to the most important American Indian Parents Advisory Committee meeting of the year.  For those of you who have been with us for a few years its this time of the year when we ask the question...is the school district meeting the needs of our American Indian children?

At our last meeting I handed out copies of our American Indian Education Plan and copies of the Minnesota Department of Education American Indian Standards. I asked that you speak with your students and ask them how well these standards are being addressed and included in their curriculum.

I hope that you have other questions for your students about the climate of the school and if their needs for academic and social, emotional support are being addressed and met as well. In other words,

  • Do your students feel safe and included?
  • Are you comfortable with the way our students are learning about their culture?
  • Does the manner in which they are being prepared with skills that will allow them to participate fully in their lives beyond pre school-12th grade?

The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Milaca Elementary Media Center located at 500 Hwy 23 in Milaca.  Enter through the Elementary School Doors, east of the flag poles facing Hwy 23.  We will be serving a light meal promptly at 6pm so bring your whole family.

This is your opportunity to support what is working well and to suggest recommendations for change. Our compliance and concurrence document will be presented to the school board and forwarded on to the Department of Education.  Additionally we will have a culture item on the agenda, and lively and supportive conversation.

Please RSVP to gary.loch@isd477.org or call and leave a message at 763.389.7186.

Our last meeting has record high attendance!  Our concurrence meeting is very important so I hope as many or more can attend.  Now is the best time to come be a part of our committee!

See you soon!  Chi Miiwech, Pilamayayae, Many Thanks.

Gary Loch
American Indian Cultural Liaison for Princeton and Milaca Schools

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