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The Henton Headlines: November 23, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 23, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Policies and Procedures for Alternative Lunches:

Last Friday, I heard from MASA members who said they didn’t need to make changes in light of the Attorney General’s opinion on alternative meals for students with overdue lunch accounts. On Monday, I heard from some members wondering if, even though students with outstanding account balances have full meal options, the school district is still in violation of the latest ruling. 

*This morning, (Tuesday, Nov. 22), MSBA sent out a “November 2022 Newsletter” with a discussion about the Attorney General’s opinion, MSBA Model policy 534 and a link to a  revised school meals model policy. I encourage you to review the revised policy.

It is important to ensure that your procedures and school board policies match. There are media reports that well over 100 school districts have policies that do not comply with the Attorney General’s recent opinion. Might you have changed procedures, but not school board policy, or vice versa? In my opinion, it’s worth the time to check and ensure your procedures and policies are reconciled.

*Related to the ruling, I asked Commissioner Mueller for clarification on the scenario below. Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner, called me this afternoon and told me that the Attorney General’s opinion was specific to school lunch meals and does not necessarily address a la carte items. 

Scenario: A student with an overdue lunch account is allowed one of three full meal options provided by the school district. One of the options is the typical hot meal. Another option is pizza. A third option is a pack-and go style full lunch meal. The student takes the hot meal and also picks up some pre-packaged chips and bottled water. The nutrition staff tell the student chips and water do not comply with the student’s meal plan. Is this lunch shaming and in violation of the new ruling?

*MDE is working on a question-and-answer document related to the Attorney General’s opinion. Look for that information to come in the weeks ahead. 

As with all things, if you are unsure about your procedures and policy and if they comply with the Attorney General’s ruling, don’t hesitate to contact your school district legal counsel.

Robocalls:

It has been my practice to use the School Messenger/robocall system sparingly, which generally has meant 1-3 times annually. I hope this trend continues. 

If you didn’t get the robocall on Friday, November 18, you might want to check to see if your administrative assistant did. We have found that because administrative assistants often submit your membership paperwork to MASA (thank you, administrative assistants), their cell number, not yours, is listed. Don’t hesitate to contact me if your number needs updating.

Interested in Joining the Walz Cabinet?

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have opened the application process to fill vacancies for the leaders of the following cabinet agencies: 

  • Department of Education 
  • Department of Health 
  • Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation 
  • Department of Labor and Industry
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Revenue 

Individuals wishing to apply for positions in the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s cabinet may contact gov.appointments@state.mn.us to request an application. Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on November 30 and should be addressed to Governor Tim Walz. 

Applicants may contact gov.appointments@state.mn.us or (651) 201-3400 with questions about the application process or to request reasonable accommodations. 

Leadership Matters:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 2 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January 2023 National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
January 17 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
January 17 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 3 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
February 16-23 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 4 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
March 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 5 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
April 11 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 6 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual




The Henton Headlines: November 17, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 17, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

New Direction for the Walz Cabinet:

On November 16, we learned that four commissioners, Dr. Heather Mueller, Jan Malcolm, Jon Harrington, and Mark Phillips, would not seek reappointment to their positions in the Walz administration. There will be an application process for these four openings and two others in the cabinet. 

Should you be interested in applying for any of these positions, please note the application closes on November 30. Applicants interested in applying can email gov.appointments@state.mn.us to request an application or call 651-201-3400 with questions.

In meeting with Education Commissioner Mueller prior to the public announcement of her decision to not return to her position, I had the opportunity to thank her for her dedicated and steady service as commissioner. Dr. Mueller was accessible, listened and actively engaged with our school leaders across the state. I wished her well on behalf of MASA and I am certain she would appreciate hearing from you if you are so inclined. You can send your farewell remarks to Heather.Mueller@state.mn.us. Dr. Mueller shared that the current cabinet at MDE will stay in place and once a new commissioner is named, that person can make changes if desired.

I also contacted Commissioner Malcolm who served as Commissioner of Health and expressed our gratitude for her leadership. I had the pleasure of serving on Commissioner Malcolm’s COVID Advisory Council and found her to be thoughtful, responsive, willing to make really difficult decisions, and focused on the well being of all. Here is Commissioner Malcolm’s email address (jan.malcolm@state.mn.us) should you want to contact her and wish her well.

MASA Legislative Committee Seeks your Input:

Under the leadership of MASA members Kim Hiel, Jason Berg, Vern Capelle, Jeremy Kovash, Anthony Padrnos, and Paul Drange robust discussion is ongoing about what should be included in the platform and the advocacy strategies that should be employed. These leaders will reconvene the Legislative Committee on November 22 and draft the platform which will be submitted to the Board of Directors on December 7 for consideration.

If you have ideas about what should be included in the platform, please email any of the above leaders, MASA Lobbyist Valerie Dosland valeried@ewald.com, or me at deb.henton@mnasa.org.

We want to hear from you!

American Education Week (November 13-19):

Every year, American Education Week is held the week before Thanksgiving. What a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude to those who have chosen to teach, to work with a child, to drive a school bus or serve a meal. It's also a great opportunity for me to express the gratitude we have here at MASA for the work of our school leaders. As we know, it is a challenging time to be a school leader. We are grateful for your insight, your ability to collaborate and problem solve, and your willingness to show up each day to do your best to ensure every child receives the best we can offer them every day.

Leadership Matters:

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 13-19  American Education Week
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Virtual | 10:15-11:30 am
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 22 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 1 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 2 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
January 17 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 3 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 16-23 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 4 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 21, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 5 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 6 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 16, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 20, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual




The Henton Headlines: November 10, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 10, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

 

Scrolling through Facebook this morning and what post did I see?

“Congratulations to MN Administrators for Special Education - MASE for winning the Council of Administrators of Special Education, a Division of CEC - 2022 State Unit Award for "Awards!" This award recognizes the state unit that sponsors a variety of awards at the state, national or international level.

Thank you South Plains Cooperative Director Sarah Mittlestadt for the Facebook shoutout to MASE and congratulations to our MASE colleagues!  We are delighted you received yet another award from the Council of Administrators of Special Education-your second in three years!  WOW!

The Results are In…Well Most of Them!

Now we begin to build relationships with our new school board members and representatives at the state and national level. Please reach out soon if you haven’t already! We need to ensure they know and believe we have an exceptional public education system in place worth protecting and fully funding, and that you are skilled leaders with the children at the heart of  your why.

To the school leaders whose districts prevailed in levy attempts, we congratulate you. To those who did not prevail, our hearts and minds are with you. You have laid the foundation for a possible next attempt, and no matter how much effort is involved will keep the kids at the focus of all your next steps. Let us at MASA, and your colleagues know how we may support you.

Leadership Matters:

“Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.” - Simon Sinek


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 22 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jet | Session 1 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17, 2023 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting




The Henton Headlines: November 3, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 3, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

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Have you?

If not, mark your calendars for November 8, 2022.  If you have, know that your vote matters!

A special wish of good luck to all of the school districts running levies, bond campaigns, and school board elections.   

MN School Violence Prevention Symposium, Dec. 5, 2022

MASA, MASSP, MESPA, and MSBA are collaborating to offer a School Violence Prevention Symposium. All members of our organizations, along with the members of your school district safety team are invited to join us at the Park Event Center in Waite Park, Minnesota, on Monday, December 5, 2022. 

For more information, click here.

Leadership Matters:

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” - Frederick Douglas


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 8 Election Day
November 8 National STEM and STEAMDay
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting