Friday, February 28, 2014

Coffee Anyone?

The Coffee Team
Thanks to a grant from the Partnership Plan, students from the ALC have been enrolled in an Entrepreneurship class where they have been given the opportunity to use creative and innovative thinking to learn business and workplace skills in a student run coffee shop.

Students have completed job applications, resumes, elected a company president, sold shares in their company, come up with a store name, learned how to operate a cash register, espresso and coffee maker, and learned how to cooperate and collaborate with each other to accomplish a shared goal.

Students have also been given the opportunity to work with John Utermohl, a community volunteer who is also a 3M retiree.  John has taught the students more about the stock market, aligning their interests with possible careers, as well as consulting with them on their coffee shop.



This spring, we will be sending two groups to compete in the Team Advertising event at MAAP Stars.  Each group is currently developing a marketing and advertising plan for their coffee shops “Morning Motivation” and “Pick Me Up”.

The Coffee Shop was funded by The Partnership Plan, the education fund for Stillwater Area Public Schools


Monday, February 17, 2014

Pennies For Patients Campaign

AM Session Winners

Students and staff at the St. Croix Valley ALC gathered their coins and dollar bills over a two week period in February to make a contribution to the Pennies for Patients campaign, organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In total we raised $285.70 this year.  Lori's advisory raised the most money, $130.22, and will enjoy a pizza party sponsored by Domino's.  Thank you to all that donated money and got involved in this years campaign.  ~Together we can make a difference!~




PM Session Winners


Monday, December 9, 2013

Coat Drive Winners

Student Coat Drive winners 63 items donated
This grading period the community involvement project was created by Jonathan Swanson, Social Studies Teacher.  Jonathan challenged the students to a coat drive competition to see which advisory group could bring in the most warm weather coats.  The students responded with a grand total of 136 jackets!!  All donations will go to Valley Outreach.  The winning group pictured above is Karla McLaughlin's afternoon advisory group (Left to Right):  Stefanie Valian, Mikayla Ihns, Kaylee Schmitz, Jonathan Swanson, Dylan Ausen, Tasha Mikulski, and Tori Desparois.  Jonathan has let the students choose his hair style and color for the last week of the grading period.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 Graduates return from Marine Corps Training

Pvt. Mitchell Doruff & Pvt.  Jaymen Mihm
With the holiday break quickly approaching the ALC was paid a visit by two of our students from last year that are on leave.
Jaymen Mihm and Mitchell Doruff completed the United States Marine Corps Recruit Training, commonly known as "boot camp".  A 13 week program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to join the United States Marine Corps.
Both young men were stationed in San Diego at Camp Pendleton.  Jaymen will be moving on to start infantry training and Mitchell will be going to meteorology school in combination with the Air Force.
We are all very proud of the new Marines and wish them the BEST for their future.

Monday, December 2, 2013

ASVAB Testing


  • General Science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Electronics Information
  • Auto and Shop Information
  • Mechanical Comprehension 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Feast

St Croix Valley ALC Annual Thanksgiving
This year the annual ALC Thanksgiving Feast was a huge success.  The theme was "Thank you for supporting our schools" with the local levy passing we wanted to thank the community for the support.  Students prepared over 40 lbs of potatoes, roasted 5 turkeys, and baked 14 pies.  Community and family donations were accepted as well preparing a feast for a crowd of over 100 people.  It was a wonderful night for family and friends to come together.  
On Tuesday night the ALC staff had Parent Teacher Conferences at the school as well.  It is now the end of the 3rd grading period.  Monday we start grading period 4 with new classes until our Christmas break.  Students and staff are very thankful we have had a wonderful start to the school year with much success to celebrate. 




Making pies for feast
Enjoying a night to celebrate

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beowulf Board Game Challenge

Congratulations Courtney & Tate
After reading Beowulf, students were assigned to groups to create a board game that demonstrated their knowledge of the story.

The most impressive board game this grading period was created by Courtney Coons and Tate Dixon.  They created a challenging and fun game that other students enjoyed playing.  Their creativity and design was very nicely done.

English teacher, Lori Delahunt, said it was the first 3-D board game students had created.