SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE SCREENING:
A screening committee, made up of EPEA members in partnership with the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, spent time with three of the five candidates running for board seat vacated by Director Veronia Stoltz. Two candidates--Darryl Stanton and Albert Born--chose not to engage in the process. After reviewing pre-screening surveys, analyzing responses to live questions, and conducting further research into backgrounds, the EPEA is proud to endorse Michelle Mattison as Eden Prairie School's next school board member. Ms. Mattison comes to the table with a well-rounded set of skills, education, perspectives, and personal communication style that will well serve the Eden Prairie students, community, and staff into the future. Ms. Mattison's leadership experiences highlight her commitment to all stakeholders. Her skills and experience provide a solid foundation for productive, healthy, and equity-minded board discussions. In addition, Ms. Mattison's career and experiences serve as evidence of her passion and needed perspective toward a positive trajectory of our school district. Please encourage your Eden Prairie friends/family to check Michelle Mattison as their best choice on November 2nd.
An opportunity to view the League of Women Voters School Board Forum featuring all 5 candidates is available to view on Wednesday, September 29th at 6pm. Streaming video is available at EPTV, at edenprairie.org/CityTV, and facebook.com/CityOfEdenPrairie.
ENROLLMENT UPDATE: FOR YOUR INFORMATION
To date, there are 583 students enrolled in the k-12 EP Online comprehensive school.
K-5: 306 online students
6-12: 277 online students
Open enrolled: 290 students
Most of the enrollments in the EP Online school can during the month of August,
As a whole, the school district has 373 more students this year compared to last, and 84% Eden Prairie kindergarten residents attend a EPS school this year.
MEA LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: OCTOBER 21-22
Education Minnesota is getting ready to offer a multitude of hybrid and online courses for educators during the MEA break. Courses include relicensure area courses, pandemic and trauma-response courses, cultural competency courses and courses related to union knowledge. Interested individuals can log on to the Education Minnesota website to engage in the courses.
EPEA SHIRTS ARE ON THE WAY:
For those who took the opportunity to update your EPEA information, your EPEA shirt is on the way. Look for the distribution of the shirts to occur at your site in October! For those who did not get a chance to update your EPEA information, another chance to order your shirt will be coming.
PFIZER BOOSTER AVAILABILITY:
Educators who received the 2nd dose of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine at least 6 months ago are now recommended to receive their COVID19 booster shot, The CDC has placed educators, health care providers, and immunocompromised individuals in the group it recommends to receive a booster. For those interested in receiving a booster, scheduling one through a local pharmacy or your health care provider is the best option for most individuals.