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Spring Registration

We are pleased to offer our last session of extended day (before or after school) classes for the 23-24 school year. Spring Registration April 1st-May 31st Our FREE classes are financially supported by the State of Minnesota to increase achievement for students who qualify for additional academic support through targeted services. Students qualifying for targeted services (CLP’s) are given first priority when registering. Enrollment for remaining spaces is then offered to all students free of charge based on availability. Important details: Class sizes are limited (registrations are first-come, first-serve basis) Each session runs from either 8:15-9:15 am or 3:50-4:50 pm Classes start the week April 1st and end on May 31st No classes on April 26th and May 27th Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather District information line 651.423.777 Be timely when picking up your student. Students will not be allowed to participate in classes if they cannot be picked up on time.

Summer Meals

Stay fueled this summer with free meals! Once again, all District 196 students ages 18 and younger are eligible to receive free meals throughout the summer. 

Echo Park Read-a-Thon

The 15th Annual Echo Park Read-a-Thon starts Jan. 25th and goes through Feb. 6th and will end with a celebration of Bingo Night Feb. 4th. 5:30-7:00. Bingo Night will be virtual and more info will be sent home by Dr. Schultz.

fare for all

Dear Families there are 2 Fare for All sales happening in the southeast metro in January that may be of interest to you. They are:

  • Tuesday, January 19th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Easter Lutheran by the lake (4545 Pilot Knob Road)
  • Wednesday, January 20th from 3pm-5pm at the Diamondhead Education Center (200 Burnsville Parkway)

These are drive through events where you can purchase fresh produce and meat at a fraction of the cost. (40% less than retail)

They have their full schedules posted for February and March, which can be accessed here.



The COVID-19 pandemic made life in the music room a little different this fall. Due to regulations on singing, Echo Park students worked incredibly hard in class and at home to learn the song “Thankful” in American Sign Language. Their hard work not only came together to create a wonderful new piece of art but gave us the chance to look deeper into the way some friends at Echo Park communicate. Even during a pandemic with no singing, we were able to find the silver lining that sometimes the most beautiful performances are seen, not just heard.

Sheridan Story

Dear Echo Park Families:

 At Echo Park, we work hard to ensure students receive a healthy breakfast and lunch each day to support their developing brains and bodies.  Research shows that children who eat regular, nutritious meals are more likely to attend school and be engaged in learning. 

We are excited to collaborate again this year with The Sheridan Story to offer a free weekend food program to all of our students.

The Sheridan Story is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships.  They strive to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends, school breaks, and summer when children cannot receive meals in school.

This is part of the district’s plan to centralize our content management systems and improve communication between schools and families by providing a consistent, user-focused experience across all school websites.

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Magnet Schools of America logo

Three District 196 elementary magnet schools have been selected for recognition in Magnet Schools of America’s 2024 Merit Awards program. Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies and Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology are being recognized as Schools of Distinction, and Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science is one of a select group of schools in the nation to be named a Top School of Excellence.  

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The District 196 School Board on Jan. 8 approved a resolution to accept the resignation of Board Director Bianca Virnig and declare a board vacancy, and a separate action to approve the process the board will use to fill the vacancy. Virnig won a special election Dec. 5 to fill the open seat in House District 52B. She will resign from the School Board Jan. 11.

photo of 4 magnet students

District 196 is accepting applications from families interested in having their students attend a magnet school in the 2024-25 school year. The deadlines to submit applications are Jan. 5 for the five elementary magnet schools, Dec. 15 for Valley Middle School of STEM and Dec. 22 for the School of Environmental Studies optional high school for juniors and seniors.

District 196 logo

Two District 196 elementary magnet schools have been selected for recognition in Magnet Schools of America’s 2023 Merit Awards program. Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology is being recognized as a School of Distinction and Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science is one of only 24 schools in the nation to be selected a Top School of Excellence.