Member Newsletter
  April 2016  
April 27th is Administrative Professionals Day ... and there is still time to register your administrative assistant for the special day we have planned! Rick Olson will be our guest speaker on "Out Of This World Customer Service".  For more information and to register, click here.
Celebrate Your Students! Nominate Your Academic All-Stars
It is time to nominate your students as Academic-All Stars! All Minnesota K-12 teachers, administrators and academic challenge coordinators are invited to designate students as "Academic All-Stars," to be eligible to attend the 2016 Gathering of Champions. This free annual celebration and recognition of student excellence is sponsored by Synergy & Leadership Exchange and its educational partners. Visit for more details and to nominate your students. The Gathering of Champions will be held on Friday, August 5 at the Mall of America.

SMSU Superintendent Licensure Program Starting Fall 2016 
You can earn your licensure in one year! You may apply if you have a Minnesota Principal or Special Education license, your sixth year certificate or verification of 30 administrative competency-based credits beyond the Master's degree. Read more on the Superintendents Licensure Flyer.

50 Years of SWWC
Have you noticed our "Did You Know ...?" posts on Facebook and Twitter? If not, be sure to follow our pages. Every weekday, we are sharing a historical fact about SWWC. It is fun to step back in time to celebrate all we have done over the last 50 years! You can find links to our social media pages at the bottom of this e-newsletter. 
Be watching your inbox next week for the
Summer 2016 Professional Development Catalog.  
We have a LOT of offerings planned for this summer!

Administrative Updates

Wellness Institute - Employee Incentive Program
Over 1300 employees in 18 districts participated in the incentive program this year.  Employees were eligible to receive a $100 incentive (applied to their premium, or as a contribution to their VEBA or HSA account) and a Fitbit Alta for voluntarily participating in an online Health Risk Assessment, verifying that they knew what their biometric screening numbers were, and by registering for ClearCost Health.  Eligible employees will be able to log on to the SWWC Fitbit Storefront in May to order their device and have it shipped directly to their home.  Districts will use the fitbit devices to offer wellness challenges to employees throughout the summer and 2016-17 school year. For more information, contact Kari Bailey at or 507-537-2292.

Federal, State and DEEDS Quarterly Reports Due May 2
  • Form 941 - Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return - we recommend you use SMART HR to automate the reporting process.
Also a reminder - STAR Submission for the March 1 snapshot is due April 28.

Upcoming Payroll Fiscal Year-End Training Workshops
     Willmar - Tuesday, May 17: 9:30am - 12pm
     Marshall - Wednesday, May 18: 9:30am - 12pm AND 12:45 - 3:30pm 
     Webinar - Monday, May 23: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
For more information and to register for these workshops, visit:                                     
Education Updates
There are many professional development opportunities coming this summer from SWWC (you can see the full list at  However, we also like to promote other opportunities in the region, and here are two that you may want to look into.

Improving Teacher Quality 2016:  Water Exploration: Watersheds, Water Quality, & Water Analysis -
June 13-16, June 28-30 and July 12-14.
Filled with hands-on learning, this 10-day graduate course at the University of Minnesota - Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton, MN 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 all supplies and resources to bring back to their own classrooms. Other benefits that participating teachers receive include CEUs or 3 graduate credits, a stipend, follow-up visits to participants' classrooms, mileage, meals, and snacks.  Registrations are limited to 24 applicants.  For more information visit our website at, email Gretchen at or call 507-752-7372.  You can also view a video of the opportunity from an educator's perspective at   
Minnesota Valley History Learning Center Curriculum Training - July 19-20 
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 Minnesota Valley History Learning Center (MVHLC) in Morton, MN.  The cost for participating teachers is $25 per day, or $50 for both days.  Participants receive CEUs, lunches, notebooks, lesson plans, and other resources to support classroom implementation of the curriculum themes.  Registration is limited to 20 applicants. For more information visit our website at, email Ann at or call 507-697-6119. You can also view a video of the opportunity from an educator's perspective at 
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