With the end of the month of August comes the beginning of the school year for Chisago Lakes students. Nearly 3,400 students will be returning to school on September 4 and we are excited to see them return. On behalf of the Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff, I would like to welcome our students back to school. The school district has been busy this summer preparing facilities and hiring staff for the new school year and we are eager and ready to begin. This summer also provided great news in regard to district and individual school testing results. While being well above state averages in nearly every category, our individual school scores, especially at the elementary level, were exceptional. Thanks to students and their families for the preparation and diligence put into this year’s testing cycle, and a big thank you to our talented and dedicated staff for their efforts as well. This November three seats will be up for election on our six member School Board. Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day and the results will decide the makeup of our school governance board. Seven candidates have filed for the election, so please research the candidates well and make an informed choice for our School Board on Election Day. Wildcat Fall Activities are well underway under the supervision of new Activities Director Neil Fletcher. Fletcher comes to us from Blaine High School and has reported that he is impressed with the student turnout as well as the support shown from parents. Please welcome Mr. Fletcher when the opportunity arises. Also new to the administrative staff is Ms. Sarah Schmidt our new Curriculum and Communications Director, and also Ms. Carrie Hoffman, our new High School Associate Principal. The new school year is a great opportunity for students to develop productive habits regarding school and their own academic progress. The school district has technology available to parents to see their students’ progress in the classroom on practically a daily basis. Many teachers have assignments and projects posted on their websites and parent communication is easier than ever through the use of e-mail. We encourage parents and staff to communicate regularly, especially if there are issues that are of concern. We anticipate a new, enhanced district internet web site to be on line sometime in November. With this, the beginning of my eighth year in the school district, I continue to be impressed with what the community has so generously provided to the schools, as well as what the schools are providing in return to the community. With the significant road construction impacting Lindstrom and the surrounding area, I am reminding our school community that it is our turn to give back to the business community by supporting local businesses and shopping locally, even if it takes a bit more effort. The school district has modern and up-to-date school buildings to educate students in , the best athletic and arts facilities in the area, wonderful students and families to work with, exceptional test scores to report on, and a truly supportive business community. It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with this great community and our fine schools. Feel free to contact me if I may ever be of assistance and best wishes for a successful and enjoyable school year.