Year of the Phoenix for Ivan Sand

by Jim Boyle

Ivan Sand Community High School is in its second year of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and in conjunction with this initiative, the school has identified a mascot and three expectations that will represent the Ivan Sand Way.

They are Respect, Responsibility and Kindness, according to Val Bakken, the principal of the alternative high school in Elk River.

The school’s logo — The Phoenix — will be rolled out this year with a new school banner and the logo attached to all of the school’s communications.

Bakken said there are also plans to continue to work on refining the tier 2 and tier 3 interventions.

The school started a third tier towards the end of last year that provided not only more intensive remedial supports but also provided enrichment activities.

“We are excited about the impact this approach to providing students that extra support or exposure will have on the students of our school,” Bakken said.

Relative to instruction, Ivan Sand will be using a Web-based math system that will allow greater ability to differentiate instructions, assess student progress along the way, and provide students a visual representation of their progress.

Ivan Sand has one challenge that no other district school has. The bulk of its students are seniors who graduate at various points throughout the school year and other students are referred to the program throughout the school year as well.

“This creates a challenge with the implementation of things as we need to always review for the new students, allow them time to acclimate to a new school and discover what they need to be successful,” Bakken said.

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