Back to School information for Braham Schools

Braham Schools Open Houses and Orientation 

Elementary Open Houses to visit classrooms and meet teachers, Wednesday, Aug. 28:

Grades 1-4 from 6-7 p.m. at the
elementary school.

Grades 5-6 from 6-7 p.m. at the
high school.

Elementary class lists will be posted on the front door of each respective building by 3 p.m. Aug. 28. Class lists and teachers names will not be given out over the phone. Do not call the school to ask for this information.

Grade 7: 7-8 p.m. in the high school theater area, C100, with Principal Justin Sawyer, Assistant Principal Tim Malone and teachers. Students will acquaint themselves with classroom locations and teachers.

New Braham Students/Parents

New residents in Braham’s School District 314 who have school-age children will need to contact the school district to enroll their children and to get information regarding transportation to and from school.

The elementary principal is Jeffrey Eklund. His office for Kindergarten-4th grade is in the Braham Area Elementary School and can be reached at 320-396-3316. His office for grades 5 & 6 is in the Braham Area High School and can be reached at 320-396-4444.

The high school principal is Justin Sawyer. His office for grades 7-12 is in the Braham Area High School  and can be reached at 320-396-4444.

The assistant principal/activities director is Tim Malone. His office for grades 7-12 is in the Braham Area High School and can be reached at 320-396-4444.

High School Counselor, Krista McNally, is someone who wishes to meet all new high school students as well, and will be in her office at the high school beginning on or about Aug. 25. She can be reached at 320-396-4444.

Transportation and Bus Conduct

Bus behavior is very important to the safe operation of our transportation system. Students and parents have the right to expect a safe and courteous drive to and from school. With this in mind, students and parents should be aware that any student interfering with the safe operation of our system is subject to removal from the bus. In severe situations, the student may be removed for the remainder of the school year. In such cases, student transportation becomes the responsibility of the parent. Bus ridership rules are available in each of the students’ handbooks, with the inclusion: No eating or drinking on the bus.

Car Drop Off And Pick Up At Elementary Building:

For safety reasons, please be sure to use the student drop off area in the east parking lot when students travel to or from school by car.

The front of the Elementary Building is buses only from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and from 2:45-3:15 p.m. Cars entering the area during those times will be reported to the police and fines of up to $700 may be imposed. Students should arrive at school no earlier than 7:55 a.m.

Insurance Plan

The Braham School District is cooperating in making a student accident insurance plan available through Student Assurance Services, Inc. of Stillwater. Letters and information have been sent home with volleyball and football players, and will be distributed to all other students during the first week of school. We encourage you to thoroughly read the insurance information upon receipt and proceed according to directions.

Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals And Secretaries

A substitute sign up and informational meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 from 9-11 a.m. in B100 at Braham Area High School. The first item on the agenda will be to view the bloodborne pathogens and right to know presentation in order to meet district requirements. Please make every effort to attend. Anyone interested in subbing as a teacher, paraprofessional, or secretary, call 320-396-5201 for more information.

Braham School Closing Announcements

Braham’s school closing announcements will be carried by the following TV/Radio stations:

WCCO TV, Ch. 4 • KSTP TV, Ch. 5

KMSP TV, Ch. 9 • KARE TV, Ch.11

WCCO AM 830, Twin Cities

KBEK FM 95.5, Mora

WCMP AM 1350, FM 100.9, Pine City

Parents are reminded to listen to these stations whenever weather conditions are threatening. Please make arrangements for your children in the event school is dismissed during the day and your children are sent home before the normal dismissal time.

Parents are also reminded they may be contacted directly through the SchoolReach program. SchoolReach will send a message directly to the parent via text message, e-mail and/or voicemail. On the student emergency forms that you will edit and return to school in the fall, indicate your preferred method of notification. The district will make every effort to accommodate these requests.

Special Education Evaluations For Home-Schooled Or Private-School Students

In response to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004) Minnesota School Districts must demonstrate that “all children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated.” This responsibility extends to children with disabilities who are educated at home or in non-public schools.

Upon request, your local public school will provide information to concerned parents on specific disabilities including information about the educational or behavioral characteristics of each disability. Parents who believe their child may indeed have a disability may request information on how to arrange for an evaluation through the district’s special education staff.

Parents of students who are evaluated and are found to be eligible for special education services will become part of a team, which will develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of a service plan to meet the identified needs of their children.

If you have questions or would like to receive information about specific disabilities or evaluation, please contact the principal of the school building your child would be attending if he/she was enrolled in public school. Your school district is committed to success for all learners.

Student Records

The Braham Board of Education has adopted a policy regarding the collection, protection, and privacy of student records. This policy is consistent with state and federal statutes which guarantee parents and students access to student education record information and control over the release of the information to others.

Each building principal is responsible for maintaining and securing privacy and/or confidentiality of student records. Student records may be reviewed only with the written permission of the parent or the student (if the student is 18 years of age or older) except under the following circumstances:

• When the school officials have a legitimate educational interest in the students records.

• When the student records are forwarded to other schools or post secondary education institutions to which the student transfers, applies for admission, or enrolls.

• When the student’s records are in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or received.

•To federal, state and local authorities when such information is specifically required by law.

The school district may release what is termed as student “Directory Information” which includes the following student information: student’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photography, birth date and place, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors and awards received, most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information. “Directory Information” also includes the name, address, and telephone number of the student’s parents. “Directory Information” does not include identifying information on a student’s religion, race, color, social position or nationality.

If any parent, guardian or student (18 years or older) does not want this information to be released without prior written consent, they may notify, in writing, the Superintendent’s Office. The following information must be included:

1.  Name of Student and Parent

2.  Home Address

3.  School Presently Attended by Student

4.  Parents Legal Relationship to Student

5.  Specific Categories of Directory Information That is Not to be Made Public Without Parents’ Prior Written Consent

Minnesota Enrollment Options Programs

Learners in Minnesota have several enrollment option programs which allow them to choose the school or education program they wish to attend.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options program provides 11-12 grade students, who qualify for the postsecondary institution of their choice, the opportunity to take college courses for high school credit The program gives the student choice of a wider variety or more advanced courses than may be available in their high school.

Open Enrollment program allows students kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to apply to attend a school outside the district in which they live. Applications are due in the nonresident district before Jan. 15 except for those choosing to enter or leave districts with desegregation plans.

High School Graduation Incentives program is designed for students who are not likely to graduate or who have dropped out of school before getting their diplomas. These learners may choose from a variety of education options to complete the requirements needed to graduate.

Diploma Opportunities For Adults Aged 21 And Over encourages those who have not completed high school to return to get their diplomas. Qualifying earners have up to two years of free state aid to finish their requirements. Many of the same education programs under High School Graduation Incentives are available to these adults.

Area Learning Centers offer personalized education programs, year round, day and evening, to accommodate the needs of learners. A wide variety of courses leading to diplomas are taught using alternative methods of instruction. Additional services are provided to assure each learner’s success. Learners age 12 through adult may attend.

Public Or Private Alternative Programs personalize the education of learners at risk of not completing high school. Classes are taught using alternative methods and flexible scheduling. These programs are offered during the typical school day and year.

Education Programs For Pregnant Minors And Minor Parents are designed to encourage parenting and pregnant teens to continue their education and receive their high school diplomas. A variety of education options are available. Child care and transportation may be arranged.

For more information see a principal or counselor of a school or the school district office or call the Minnesota Department of Education at 651-582-8200.

Braham Bus Routes

Listed below is an approximate time schedule for Braham Area Schools bus routes for the 2013-2014 school year. Routes will be basically the same as last year with allowances for additional stops along the way. New families with children riding the bus are encouraged to contact neighbors as to when the bus will be in their vicinity. Please have students at the bus stop five minutes before scheduled stop.

Bus 1 Kendall Grell

6:48 – Leave

7:05 – Rush Point Store

7:16 – West Lake 30

7:27 – 509th & Acacia Trail

7:40 – Co. Rd. 2 & Acacia Trail

Bus 2 Kim Flynn

6:48 – Leave

7:08 – Magnuson

7:22 – Palm St. NW & Co. Rd. 3

7:37 – Schutte

7:44 – Braham Meadows

Bus 4 Retta Nelson

6:52 – Leave

6:58 – Hwy. 107 & West 70

7:20 – Orchard St. & Hwy. 70

7:30 – Fiedler

7:35 – Trailer Court/Town Square Apts.

Bus 6 Vicki Olson

6:46 – Leave

6:58 – Downtown Stanchfield

7:09 – Lever Dr. NE

7:20 – Basswood Rd. W.

7:35 – 405th & Vickers St. NE

7:40 – Marshview/Shady Ridge

Bus 7 Roger Lafontaine

6:45 – Leave

6:59 – Co. Rd. 4 & Heather St.

7:08 – Day

7:24 – Henneman

7:31 – Engberg

Bus 8 Dick Nelson

6:59 – Leave

7:06 – Hwy 107-133rd Ave.

7:12 – Braund

7:20 – 120th & Quail St.

7:35 – SE Braham/2nd St.

7:42 – Horseshoe Lane (West side)

Bus 9 Deb Campbell

6:51 – Leave

7:00 – Dletrick’s Bait

7:10 – North end of Bayberry Ave.

7:18 – 522th & Acacia Trail

7:27 – Bendickson

7:40 – N Lake Dr. W.

Bus 10 Vicki Carlson

6:50 – Leave

7:02 – Brown

7:19 – Grasston

7:26 – Royal Heights Lane

7:41 – 2nd St. SE

Bus 11 Michele Richardson

6:46 – Leave

7:01 – Pokegama Lake Rd.

7:13 – Grasston Trailer Court

7:20 – Grasston

7:30 – Red Oak Road

7:39 – Hidden Park

Bus 12 Ron Hagfors

7:02 – Leave

7:06 – Laman

7:23 – Stanchfield Town

7:34 – Stanchfield Road NE

7:40 – Southview Development

Bus 14 Joel White

6:48 – Leave

6:58 – Kanabec Co. Rd. 4 & Legend St.

7:20 – Co. Rd. 7 & 130th Ave.

7:31 – 65 Bait

7:42 – Central Drive-VFW

Bus 15 Brad Bismark

7:02 – Leave

7:07 – 405th & Polk St.

7:16 – Xeon & 401st

7:27 – Polk St. & 397th

7:43 – Jamestown St. NE

Bus 17 Joan Smith

6:50 – Leave

6:56 – Hummingbird Road

7:02 – Royal River Run

7:14 – Hwy 70 & Royalton Rd.

7:21 – Lucht

7:28 – Dahlman

7:36 – Horseshoe Lane (East Side)