I am proud and excited to join Richfield Public Schools as your new Superintendent! I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. As an educator, school leader and parent, I am very familiar with the Richfield community. I've always been impressed with the district's tradition of focusing on the students. This focus will guide us in the future as we work to engage students and meet challenges head on. Our commitment to a quality education for all students can only be described as Spartan Pride.We have several achievements worthy of celebration from the past year. Our graduation rate jumped 10 points, and our MN Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) advanced significantly at all schools. Enrollment has increased, and our financial picture continues to stabilize. Our students participate in extracurricular activities at some of the highest rates in the Twin Cities. In addition, the community passed a referendum to improve teaching and learning through technology. These achievements are just a beginning to all the things we can and will accomplish in the years ahead. As we look to the future, our top priorities include revisiting our mission and vision and creating a new
strategic plan to guide our actions. Our strong, unified board has given clear charges:
Personalize and accelerate learning for every student
Revitalize our team and create a highly collaborative environment
Increase voice and partnership with all members of the community
Determine a clear course and plan for the future
Expand enrollment and stabilize the budget
Thanks to those of you who have made me feel welcome. My team is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for success. The 2014-15 school year promises to be one of growth, energy and success for our students, teachers and school communities.
STEVEN UNOWSKY Superintendent
Richfield Public Schools
Richfield Public Schools are pleased to announce that we are moving to an online facility request process effective August 1st, 2014. (The process for the current year 2013-2014 will remain the same.) This means that you will no longer have to fill out a paper permit, or contact individual schools to see if space will be available. You will simply create an account on our new system, and request the space you would like. Once a request is made, that request will be pending for up to 48 hours, until is either approved or denied. You will be able to log into your account after the 48 hours to see if your request has been approved. You will not be notified of the request status, it will be your responsibility to log in and check your request.
The Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K has benefited the Richfield Public Schools since 2003. Proceeds from the event have funded the environmental-education partnership between Wood Lake Nature Center and Richfield Public Schools. Watch Woodlake Nature Center's new video showing Urban Wildland funds in action through Wood Lake's science curriclum.
Richfield Dual Language School Featured in SHIP Active Classroom video! Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health
Also watch: Harvest Healthy Habits featuring school administrators from Richfield Dual Language School
describing the benefits of a school garden.