High school mentors, part of the Link Crew, greet new students on the first day of school in 2017.

High school mentors, part of the Link Crew, greet new students on the first day of school in 2017.

District-wide grants

Our district-wide grants elevate learning for large swaths of students throughout the District and support the District's strategic objectives.

Our most recent large-scale initiative was a project to implement WEB at the middle school level and Link Crew at the high school. These are programs to recruit and train upper grade students to act as year-long mentors to new students (6th graders in middle school, and 9th graders in high school).

This is a program that is sustainable into the future, with the original systems and teacher training helping to support the recruitment and training of a new crop of student mentors each year. 

Past district-wide initiatives involved the purchase of new software—Destiny and Storia—to make powerful online learning resources available to students, parents and teachers. And we helped to fund a new K-12 curriculum development project to explore the construction of the St. Croix Crossing bridge from the perspectives of engineering and the environment.