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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:

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.

Important information regarding the hiring of our new superintendent and the December 11 meeting

With the announcement that Superintendent Troy Ferguson will resign from his position effective June 30, 2019, the St. Francis Area Schools is currently conducting interviews for our new superintendent.

Parents and community members will have an opportunity to interview the finalists starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 12, and 13 at the district office.

Please note, the regularly scheduled American Indian Parent Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 will be cancelled due to the parent/community members’ interviews with superintendent finalists. Please take this opportunity to attend, ask questions and learn the candidates’ perspectives and knowledge of American Indian Education.

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January 12 at St. Francis High School, 3325 Bridge Street
Check in: 12:30 PM | Games Play: 1:00-4:00 PM

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Mii o’ow ezhi-odaminoyang Anishinaabeg
Tókhed ikcčé oyáte iyéčhed uŋškátapi
How we play as the People

Games include: Ojibwe Lacrosse on Ice, Double Ball on Snow, Shinny on Snow, Snowsnake, Oneida Football, Crow Arrows, Snowshoe (provided or bring your own), Winter Trekking (bring your own toboggan or sled), Eskimo Tug of War, Inuit Games

FREE and Open to Area Youth and Adults • Age Group Competition (with awards) Dress for the weather! Younger youth need to be supervised by adults.

Rules, Waiver, Volunteers, Sponsors, Network & Other Information: Dan Ninham, 218.368.6430 or

St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Coordinator Carline Sargent, 763-213-1575 or

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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