“The Power of One”

Social Emotional Learning Long Range Facility Planning Bus Driver Shortages Recorded Workshop Meetings The district is currently talking about many of the issues parents care about. Two weeks ago, four elementary school principals shared how Social Emotional Learning is being wrapped into their 2022-23 school year theme, “The Power of One.” At the same workshop meeting, Superintendent Nielsen announced strategic planning would soon beginContinue reading ““The Power of One””

18 months Awake

A Round-up of my thoughts after the Panel Discussion How much can one person change in just 18 months? Consider a newborns growth in it’s first 18 months of life, and THAT is the kind of growth I am talking about! To be “18 months Awake” is like being born new, each milestone materializing into the next. This rapid period of growth involves cognitive,Continue reading “18 months Awake”

In Matters of Privacy

Student Data Privacy A new law that impacts schools and technology providers … and your children … Students are back to school using technology under a new student data privacy law which parents have not been made aware of. If this law is legitimately a life saving tool, then why is the knowledge of harm being withheld from the parent for so long? And why is a school district personnel or a government worker (both of whom are strangers to the family) allowed to track my child’s location and listen in on their conversation without parental notice or consent? Maybe the intention behind this provision is good, but it’s direction could potentially undermine parental rights. You can bet that WHAT CAN BE ABUSED, WILL BE ABUSED.

JAiME on Panel

I am honored to have been invited by 1st Conservatives to speak on this PANEL DISCUSSION with Rebekah Bradfield, Alfrieda Baldwin, and MN Senator Roger Chamberlain. Moderated by Liz Collin, Alpha News. You are Invited! Seating is limited. Order your tickets here…

Molding the Claymation Teacher

The Minnesota Licensing Standards of Governor Tim Walz and his appointed PELSB With resignation after resignation by SoWashCo teachers over the last two years … are Mold-a-Teacher License Standards really what the voters of Minnesota want? Puppet teachers and a new social dialect? Do you want perpetual pessimism, Minnesota? Do you want your children to grow up hateful and victimized? I’ve lived here sinceContinue reading “Molding the Claymation Teacher”


Commit to attend a meeting this month around your town. Our elected officials need resident engagement in order to best do their jobs. This is a small list of meetings and events I try to attend around my City of Woodbury, my County of Washington, and my Public School District of #833. Maybe some of these align with your community also? If so, I hope to see you there!

Slave To DEATH

THE SOUL Captive in Servitude. If death is inevitable, does that mean death owns us? I want to consider, just for a moment, the possibility that ultimate slavery comes NOT from our fellow human being, but from an internal spiritual enemy. What do we do when DEATH enters school in the form of a school shooting? …or FEAR enters school in the form of a virus? … or SIN enters school in the form of a false teacher? The one who puts their faith in the spiritual world will answer these questions differently than the one who puts their faith in the earthly world.


PART 3 The MIND Captive in Servitude. Today, it can feel like the minds of our children are being compromised in American public school education. The very system which was said to represent all, seems to represent very few. Those who claim to unite us are dividing us. Even DEI policy, which was written and passed by the school board to promote inclusion, 6 months later, has quietly excluded an entire town of diverse students from their plan. The systems who claim to represent our children, are merely representing their own pocket books. Federal and State Governments … Teachers’ Unions and School Districts … Public Libraries … Dictionaries … Activists.

Slave To MAN

The BODY Captive in Servitude To read The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas is to learn of the evils mankind both endures and inflicts upon it’s own. The idea that so many nations contributed to the organized capture of one race – turning free men, women and children into property – is heartless and barbaric. It ‘s not just a systemic AMERICAN problem though. It’s a worldwide HUMAN problem. Mankind has enslaved itself as far back as we have records to prove, and yet modern American culture is fixated on a mere 300 years, with itself at the center.

Slave To

INTRODUCTION What does it mean to be a slave? with references to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave. As I reflect on Douglass’ Narrative, I think about the many things we are “Slave To”, not just in BODY but also in MIND and SPIRIT. “Slave to MAN” is about human bondage, captivity and servitude of the BODY. “Slave To SCHOOL” looks at the MIND and the suppression of knowledge. “Slave to DEATH” is a matter of our SPIRIT and the chains of Fear, Sin and Death.

Vote for A Better Plan

IN YOUR STATE PRIMARY August 9th, 2022 Early voting begins June 24th and ends August 8th. Vote by mail or in person. The Demand a Better Plan 833 political committee is made up of parents from the City of Newport who have children enrolled in District 833. Despite the Facility Plan’s motto of “Building a Better Future”, the School District has neglected to meetContinue reading “Vote for A Better Plan”

Books in School

NEW WEBSITE CONTENT ADDED See how your school compares to surrounding models in the South Washington County School area. And PLEASE PARTICIPATE by helping complete the list. All Schools BOOK LIST (To view the list CLICK HERE or in in the Menu tab) Reading is healthy. Reading sparks the imagination and expands our worldview. Kids who read improve their vocabulary, memory, comprehension, focus, andContinue reading “Books in School”

Q&A Largest Referendum in State History

PART 2 QUESTION ANSWER & COMMENT Ten audience members participate in discussion with Marvin. Senate District 47 Republicans Meeting from May 24th, 2022 Guest Speaker, City Council Member Marvin Taylor A TWO PART SERIES CLICK HERE for PART 1 – “Largest Referendum in State History“ Marvin Taylor has lived in Newport nine years and was elected to City Council in 2020. I first met himContinue reading “Q&A Largest Referendum in State History”

Largest Referendum in State History

PART 1 LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT WITH Marvin Taylor, from Newport’s City Council If voters approve SoWashCo’s 10-year facility plan and the coinciding bond referendum at the Special Election to be held August 9th, 2022, will this strengthen our families and communities, or will it weaken them? If the district is willing to gamble on outdated demographics projections from a 2018 pre-covid report, whatContinue reading “Largest Referendum in State History”

Ever changing Comment

MAY POLICY CHANGES On May 5th, the School Board discussed their reasoning for the changes made to public comment over the course of this past year. To my knowledge, this was the first time each board member has publicly expressed their opinion on the subject, and it was fascinating! For eight months the board has been silent on this issue, and resident concerns haveContinue reading “Ever changing Comment”

A School’s Vision to Serve

VISION 4 LIFE School Highlight : Concordia Academy High School Author, Jaime Kokaisel published, May 10th 2022 Each one of us holds a profound superpower: the power to GIVE. When we make that choice to help someone in need, we become better than we once were. We become greater than just one individual acting alone because the giver and the receiver both benefit. JesusContinue reading “A School’s Vision to Serve”

Public Comment: April

SoWashCo School Board Meeting Video On April 21st, 2022 the School Board voted 6 to 1 to approve the $462 million Facility Plan, which will close Newport Elementary School. I think Public Comment is the most revealing part of a School Board Meeting. Policy might appear perfect written on a page and graphed out in fancy charts, but it’s imperfections are revealed in the voice of a community gathering together to oppose it. Getting up in front of a large room of people can be VERY difficult. Speaking about an issue that is near to your heart, welcomed by some and unwelcomed by others, takes courage! I wish all voices could be heard on the official livestream, but since the district does not make Public Comment available to the actual “Public”, please take a moment to listen to them here…

Building on Optimism: FACILITIES

The plan is large. The plan is expensive. The plan meets district goals. It is about “Building Our Future” says the headline. “Community. Growth. Student Success.” For everyone, you ask? Yes, for everyone … except for students currently attending Newport Elementary and 3,800 residents living in the City of Newport. For them, the plan represents just the opposite.

School Highlight: Laurel Community School

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO OPEN A SCHOOL? Time, Money, Support … This is the question Woodbury resident, Alfrieda Baldwin, asked herself several years ago. She had practiced law for 32 years, and in her eighth year of retirement she was called to pursue something even greater. She recognized the growing need in her Twin Cities community for Christian Education, and this last FallContinue reading “School Highlight: Laurel Community School”

A Call to Connect

!!! PLEASE PARTICIPATE !!! City of Newport Community and all members of School District 833 Do you support the current Long-Range Facility Plan and the closure of Newport Elementary? Please share your story with me The School Board will vote on the current Long Range Facility Plan and Bond Referendum at the next Meeting on April 21st, 2022. I am writing an article aboutContinue reading “A Call to Connect”

Spanish Immersion: is So Much More.

PART 2 Inspired by Parent Interviews Author, Jaime Kokaisel published March 18th, 2022 A TWO PART SERIES CLICK HERE for PART 1 – “Spanish Immersion: Meet Equity.“ I cover some pretty controversial subjects in this piece, but that’s okay. The more I talk to people, the more I learn, the more I ponder, and the more I relate. The truth is, my spirit hasContinue reading “Spanish Immersion: is So Much More.”

Spanish Immersion: Meet Equity.

PART 1 Inspired by Parent Interviews Author, Jaime Kokaisel published March 1st, 2022 The three Principals from the Spanish Immersion pathway schools are Cynthia Maldonado, Kari Lopez, and Sarah Sorenson-Wagner. As they spoke at the School Showcase in February, certain phrases caught my attention. Those phrases were, “Inclusive Dual Language Immersion” and “For a more inclusive and equitable program, we need a transition…” andContinue reading “Spanish Immersion: Meet Equity.”

Schooling Circles

A SERIES Artwork by Jaime Kokaisel Have you ever walked into the lake up to your knees and watched the minnows swim in circles around your legs? Even from the dock, you can see them MOVING IN UNISON. TOGETHER. IN SCHOOLS. No single fish appears to be the leader. They react to their surroundings in a similar manner and at the same time, changingContinue reading “Schooling Circles”

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