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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

American Indian Education

American Indian Education

Form 506

Form 506, which is the Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form, is to be completed by a parent/guardian and returned to the student's school. In order to apply for a formula grant under the Indian Education Program, the school must determine the number of Indian students enrolled. Review the 2013-14 Grant to see how the funds are being used for our American Indian students for academic and cultural programming.

For more information regarding the American Indian Education program contact: Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email

About the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee

All parents, guardians and foster parents of American Indian students in St. Francis Area Schools are encouraged to attend the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee meetings, which are made up of parents of American Indian students, staff and community members. The Parent Advisory Committee meets monthly to discuss issues relevant to American Indian students and welcomes new members.The American Indian Education Program includes a Parent Committee.

The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) will meet on the following Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., St. Francis High School Room C-204. Open meeting is 5:30-630 p.m. and AIPAC closed meeting is 6:30-7:00 p.m.:

2018-19 School Year
October 9
November 13
December 11-Canceled for superintendent finalist interview
January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14

The AIPAC serves in an advisory role to the school district to ensure that the educational and cultural needs of American Indian students are being met. High school American Indian students, parents, guardians, grandparents, foster parents, school staff, and community members interested in supporting American Indian Education are encouraged to attend; your input is very important! For more information or questions about the AIPAC contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575.


Regalia Making Class

The St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program is offering regalia making classes to all our Native students and their families.

Participants will learn about the history and meaning of different regalia outfits, design and make your own regalia.

Sewing machines and scissors will be provided. We have a small selection of ribbon, yarn, beads, and fabric for anyone to use. Participants will need to supply some of their own materials.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 16
Time: 2:30-7:30 p.m. This is a drop-in class, participants are able to join at anytime.

St. Francis Middle School and Saints Academy students can ride a bus to the high school after school and participate in the class. Parents are responsible to arrange transportation home for their student.Place: St. Francis High School, Room C-204
Cost: FREE

For more information contact Carline Sargent, or 763-213-1575.

Complete the registration form and return to your student's school office.

Spring Gathering of Families

The St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program is inviting all to their Spring Gathering of Families on Sunday, April 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Area Learning Center, 4111 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

The Wildlife Science Center Raptor Program will have a hawk presentation and their will be an update on the Medicine Garden project at St. Francis Learning Center.

Dinner will be provided.

For more information contact Carline Sargent, or 763-213-1575.

Two Rivers Pow Pow
Saturday, May 18 | Grand Entry 1:00 p.m.
Handke Center
1170 Main St NW, Elk River, MN

Clothing Order Form

The St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program is selling T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Proceeds go toward the program. Prices vary depending on clothing item and size. See order form for more information.

Data/Trends Emerge in Diversity Study

St. Francis Area Schools staff completed a project in which data on multicultural diversity within the school district and surrounding districts was gathered. Carline Sargent, Multicultural/Diversity liaison, and Sara Tramm, data coach, completed an in-depth analysis to establish baseline data, identify trends and work toward meeting the needs of all students in the district. A few highlights of the findings include:

There are 19 unique languages identified as primary home language, including Hmong, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian

59 percent of multicultural students at St. Francis High School speak a language other than English in their homes

A five-year enrollment trend shows an increase of 3.5 percent in minority students since the 2010-11 school year, with a 2.6 percent increase in the past two years

St. Francis Area Schools minority students at Cedar Creek Elementary School, East Bethel Elementary School and St. Francis Elementary School are performing well above the state targets for proficiency on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in both reading and mathematics.

View the complete project

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