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The Henton Headlines: August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week

It is worth remembering…

...that your email can be targeted for data requests. I am hearing from an increasing number of school leaders that report they have received data requests for their email around specific topics and words.  It is a good time of year to remind your staff that it is often best to pick up the phone and have conversations rather than putting something in writing that might later be requested.  Data requests can be extensive and costly, especially if you need to have a firm/someone redact private information. You are encouraged to contact your school district legal counsel should you receive a data request.

More information to come regarding homebound instruction and online learning:

During the MDE Back-to-School Conference on August 4, Commissioner Heather Mueller and Assistant Commissioner Stephanie Graff strongly recommended that all school districts apply for provisional approval to become an online learning provider. Should school districts opt not to complete the paperwork necessary to gain provisional approval, there are additional options for online learning, including one that utilizes homebound instruction.  Watch for more information to come from MDE about how homebound instruction might be helpful during the upcoming school year should students and staff need to be quarantined. 

Need assistance finding which MASA region contains your school district?

Here is a helpful link:

Leadership Matters:

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." 

Jerry Rice


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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

July 1 MASA Membership Due - Renew online:
Aug. 6 MDE: Test Results Summary provides embargoed summary results
Aug. 10 MDE: Online Learning Webinar 9 -10:45 am
Aug. 10 Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)
Aug. 17 MDE: Online Learning Webinar 3-3:45 pm
Aug.18 First Session of the Great Start Cohort for New Superintendents and Administrators - Register online:
Aug. 24 MDE: Online Learning Webinar 12-12:45 pm
Aug. 26 MDE: Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
Aug.30 Media receives access to embargoed accountability downloadable data file including state, all districts, and all school-level data
Sept. 1 DUE: MDE SY22 ESEA Title applications (FIN401, FIN406, FIN414, FIN417, and FIN433)
Sept. 15 Workshop: School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal - Register online:
Sept. 15 DUE: MDE GEER I and ESSER I Summer 2020 Funding (FIN151, FIN1.)  Funds for expenditures from January 1-June 30, 2021 must be drawn by September 15, 2021
Sept. 17-18 MN Aspiring Superintendents Academy
Sept. 25-26 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | DECC, Duluth
Sept. 26 Great Start Cohort Session #2 | DECC, Duluth
Sept. 26 Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament - Details Coming Mid August
Sept. 26-28 MASA Fall Conference - DECC, Duluth - Details Coming Mid August


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