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  register              March 2015

Annual Law Seminar for School Administrators:  Make plans to attend!  Due to weather, this has been rescheduled for April 1st from 9am - 1pm.  Click here to see the agenda and register. 
Administrative Programs & Services
32nd Annual School Business Staff Conference:  The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 14th. We have a full day planned with up to eight breakout sessions being held simultaneously.  The conference is a great opportunity for district staff and administration to hear firsthand from MDE, PERA, auditors, school district specialized attorneys, as well as SW/WC SC Staff.    An extra bonus is the opportunity to visit and share information with the schools that attend.  A change that recently surfaced is the location.  It will now be held at the SW/WC SC, in addition to a few areas in the Market Street Mall.  We ran into a scheduling conflict and have had to re-locate the conference.  We've held it here before so we know it can be done! Register at

ACA: ACA and training are two words that go together well these days as regional staff are busy training the new ACA Module available in SMART Software to our member districts.  Our goal is to have all districts trained by the end of April so they are ready to begin looking at the measurement reports available in the ACA Module that will help them make decisions on offers of insurance to qualifying employees during the administrative period that starts May 1st for July 1st insurance renewals.  Great job everyone!


Cooperative Purchasing Update  

New Partnership:  SW/WC Cooperative Purchasing is excited to announce a new partnership with BUCKS Parking Lines and Signs LLC.  This is a local family owned business that will provide special pricing to our members for your parking lot striping and signage needs.  Parking lot striping provides a safe environment, increases efficiency and flow of your parking lot, and improves aesthetics.  Free estimates are available.  For more information, contact or  


An Amazing Deal on Adobe Creative Cloud:  Adobe and the Cooperative Purchasing Connection are partnering to provide our member school districts with the lowest price available on Creative Cloud programming. This offer includes:  

$24/FTE*/school district, which allows for installation on every computer in the district; 


Access to current and future updates for Adobe creative desktop applications;  


One annual payment with a three year lock on pricing.

*FTE = FT Faculty + (PT Faculty/3) + FT Staff + (PT Staff/2). FTE does not include custodial, maintenance, food service, or bus drivers.

The buying window is June 15, 2015 through July 17, 2015. The program must reach 5,000 FTE combined across all members. This offer will not be available outside the buying window. If you are interested in purchasing the Creative Cloud through this program, please contact Oleg Krylov at CDW-G by email: or phone: 866-770-0358.  Click here to read the flyer.  More information about this offer is available online at


Planning for Capital Projects?  Purchasing Connection can help! The following contracts are formally bid and satisfy Minnesota bid law requirements. (MN Stat. 471.345, subd. 15) 

Daktronics - An industry leader in scoreboards, marquees, and electronic displays;

Field Turf - Synthetic field turf, track resurfacing, and tennis court resurfacing and construction;

Fisher Tracks - Rubberized track surfacing and MONDO track products;

Leasing Specialists - National rate comparisons to bring members the best rates for leasing and financing;

Midwest Playscapes - Sales and installation of playgrounds, splash pads, outdoor stadium seating, bleachers, fences, and playground surfaces;

Techline Sports Lighting - Sport facility lighting that now offers LED options;

Tremco Education Solutions - Roofing specialists. Options to repair and re-warranty your existing roof or perform full roof replacements; andUBU - Indoor and outdoor synthetic turf surfaces for: football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby and lacrosse.


For more information about any of these contracts, please visit or call 1-888-739-3289.

Educational Programs & Services
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Behavior Conference - Meeting the Challenge, Uniting Behavior Analysts & Educators:
  Join us in Brookings, SD on Monday, May 13th ... or Tuesday, May 14th in Redwood Falls ... for a day with Keynote Speaker Dr. Merrill Winston and breakout sessions focused on Early Childhood Pyramid Data, Discipline in Schools, Classroom Management, Evidence Based Intervention, Working with Parents, Establishing Rules, Experimental Analysis in Schools and Behavior Changes Across Classrooms.  Register at

Summer Workshops for Kids and Teachers at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton  

University on the Prairie:  This is offered for students entering grades 7-12.  The three-day program will explore science-related careers close to home - July 28-30.  Learning is fun at the University on the Prairie Program!  Again this summer, students in our region can have an adventure in science and career exploration that is closer to home than may be realized.  The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) along with SW/WC SC is offering this popular program for the ninth year.  University of Minnesota faculty from the Twin Cities campus and local professionals will join teachers from our region and SWROC scientists to guide students through hands-on exploration of science in five career areas important to the life and future of southwestern Minnesota: health science, food science, agriculture & environmental science, engineering, and chemistry. The program is unique in the state and offers students an opportunity to open doors to many career paths and will perhaps result in a future soil scientist, pharmacist, food safety inspector, or chemist.  For more information for students and associate teachers visit our website or click here for PDF 


Minnesota Valley History Learning Center Curriculum Training --June 16-17. This two-day training immerses teachers in Minnesota history through the following curriculum themes: Gneiss Rock, Glacial River Warren, Immigration & Settlement, Prairie to Production, and Pioneer Life. The curriculum for these themes is developed to exceed Minnesota Department of Education academic standards in Science and Social Studies. Curriculum is structured for grades 5-9, but is adaptable across all grade levels. Sessions include hands-on trainings with curriculum writers at the University of Minnesota - Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC). Participating teachers receive CEUs, an honorarium for attending training, lunches, notebooks, lesson plans, and other resources to support classroom implementation of the curriculum themes.  For more information visit our website or click here for PDF


Composting: Building A Laboratory Worm Home -- Improving Teacher Quality  2015 -- June 8-11, June 23-25 and July 7-9.  Filled with hands-on learning, this 10-day graduate course at the University of Minnesota - Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) explores science concepts relevant to agricultural science and helps K-12 teachers better prepare students for science assessments. Teachers learn how to establish a lab and receive supplies and resources to bring back to their own classrooms. Other benefits that participating teachers receive include CEUs, a stipend, follow-up visits to participants' classrooms, mileage, meals and snacks.  For more information visit our website or click here for PDF

Science & Nature Conference:  On May 13, 2015 we will be holding our 21st Science & Nature Conference at SMSU in Marshall. This is the perfect opportunity for schools to schedule their end of the year field trip for students in grade K-8. KELOLANDS Meteorologist, Grant Smith will be the keynote speaker and will also be teaching small group sessions. There are some amazing sessions this year for students to check out like: remarkable reptiles, oscilloscopes, buzzing bees, cryogenics, un-mixing colors, makerspace, rocket building, from sap to syrup, firefighting and much more. More information at
Southwest Prairie Regional Center of Excellence 
There are many different activities and trainings being offered through the Regional Center of Excellence, including: Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment Toolkit (PSST), Dropout Prevention Toolkit:  MEIRS, and Planning for Students' Success Student Learning Goals Workshop Series.

Stay up to date with RCE news and events at  For more information, contact Melany Wellnitz, Director, at

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