Directors Update August 31, 2017

Good Summer Afternoon, Friends and Families of Arcadia Students!


The new school year is finally here!!  On behalf of the Arcadia faculty and staff, I want to welcome you all to the 2017-2018 school year!   Our annual Kick-off Picnic at Spring Creek Park last night was a delicious and unqualified success!  It was wonderful to catch up with our returning families and welcome our new families.  We also hope everyone had a chance to attend the goal-setting conferences this week.  (If not, please contact your student’s advisor or Kim Hansen at 663-8806.)


This year Arcadia is welcoming two foreign exchange students.  Tenth grader  Val Ocana Tittarelli will be in red advisory, and twelfth grader Alex Climent will also be in red advisory.  Please reach out to welcome them to our community!


Coming Up Quickly

The Jesse James Days Parade is happening on Sunday, September 10th, and Arcadia has a big part to play.  Families and students are encouraged to come walk in the parade with us, while the Arcadian African Drumming group performs on a ‘float’.  We would appreciate having adult volunteers help with this event.  Please contact Barb Wornson at if you are willing to have a great deal of fun while helping get the word out about our innovative school.


If you are new to the Arcadia Middle School, you and your student will want to attend the Middle School Orientation at 6:30 p.m.  on September 14th.  Learn how Arcadia’s progressive, project-based learning model really works.


If your high school student is interested in joining other Arcadia students on a twelve day trip to London, Paris, Florence, and Rome in June, 2018; you will want to attend the European Tour Informational meeting at 6:30 p.m on September 14th.  Currently we have eight students looking forward to this once in a lifetime experience.  We would like to have a group of at least twelve students.  For more information, contact  Barb Wornson or come to the meeting on September 14th.


If you are new to Arcadia High School, you and your student won’t want to miss the High School Orientation night at 6:30 p.m. on September 19.   Come to learn how Arcadia’s progressive, project-based learning really works.  Also at that meeting, you will be given information about the YMCA’s Youth in Government program, which provides our students with the opportunity to participate in Minnesota legislative sessions.


Finally, look for additional information on Arcadia‘s YMCA Family Night on September 29!  The YMCA will close its doors to everyone Except students and families from Arcadia.  While the students enjoy the many activities available, parents will have a chance to participate in a guided conversation about the joys and frustrations of raising a teen-ager.


Enjoy these last perfect days of summer, and come ready to participate in a most excellent school year!


See you at school!


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