Important 2019-2020 District E-mails

Below you can find copies of vital e-mails that Spectrum has sent out to the Spectrum community during the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great resource for families who are joining us throughout the school year. 

Spectrum Parents/Guardians,

Please see the attached letter detailing our Directed Study program for the 2019-20 school year.

Thank you!

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Parent Portal Updates - 9-13-19

Please see the attached letter from Spectrum's Executive Director, Mr. DeBruyn, for information on updates on the Parent Portal for Infinite Campus. Thank You. 

Parent Portal Updates 9-13-19

Spectrum Families,

 Lifetouch Studios will once again be at Spectrum on Friday, September 13, 2019 to capture student pictures for those who did not have their picture taken the evening of Open House in August.  Please note that all picture re-takes will take place on Monday, October 14, 2019.

Student pictures will take place on the stage of Spectrum’s high school building.  Students in grades 6-8 will be walked over (and back) to the high school building at the appropriate time by Spectrum staff.

Lifetouch will start student pictures at 8:00 a.m.  If you have late arrival and/or are a fulltime PSEO student, please make sure that you are at Spectrum early, around 8:00 a.m., as Lifetouch will only be at the school in the morning – approximately 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The easiest and most convenient way for families to order and pay for pictures is by going to the Lifetouch website at and enter the unique picture code for the September 13th date of EVT2H6XH9.  The best time to order pictures is prior to September 13th; however, you may also order them after but must do so within 48 hours after they have been taken. 


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Commonly Asked Question for Volunteer Hours.

The success of Spectrum is in large part due to the direct involvement of our families.  Research also indicates that students’ success in school is often tied to the academic support and involvement of their parents/guardians.  Spectrum welcomes your involvement at school.  In fact, we encourage our families to volunteer around twenty hours per school year.  Through the generous and helpful spirits of our families, pitching in and lending a hand in a wide variety of areas, Spectrum has been able to accomplish great things over the years and our students have reached tremendous heights.  No task is too small and all help is greatly appreciated!
Thank You!
Thank You to all of our marvelous Spectrum Volunteers we have logged an overall total of 857.05 volunteer hours to date! You have helped us kick off another great fall season of school!


Spectrum has a person on staff to connect our parents/guardians with the needs of the school.  Janice Dammeier, our Volunteer Coordinator, can be found at the High School building.  She can be contacted at (763) 450-9850 or

What is Helpcounter?

At Spectrum, we subscribe to an electronic database system called HelpCounter for our volunteers to sign up and track their volunteer hours from any computer.  It records volunteer hours directly to the family's volunteer file.  Links to the login pages can be found on the school website at  Just click on the tab “For Parents” and choose the drop down “Parent Volunteer Information", and " Parent Volunteer-HelpCounter” choose the link: HelpCounter Support & Tutorials for added answers to your Helpcounter questions.

 How do I enter my hours?

There has been some confusion as to How Your Volunteer Hours are recorded. The only time that your hours are automatically recorded is if you manually sign-up on the laptop in the school office. ANY OTHER VOLUNTEER HOURS WILL NEED TO BE RECORDED BY YOU, or you may send them to me in an email to be recorded for you. If you have signed-up for an event online, you will still need to record the hours, they are NOT automatically entered into your account, as we cannot assume that everyone has fulfilled their commitment. Once you are online at Helpcounter,,  look for the tab "Record Hours/Review Past Hours Volunteered." Please remember to save the email that was sent to you with your customized access-link to Helpcounter in it. I am able to resend that to you if you cannot locate it.

What if I’m not able to volunteer? Are there other ways I can contribute?

Spectrum understands that parents’ lives can get very busy between work, home, family, and other responsibilities.  As a result, they are not always able to volunteer at school as much as they would like.  If this is the case and parents would still like to support their child’s education and the school in other ways, they are welcome to donate *financially (gift cards or currency preferred).  These funds are typically used to free up moneys in the classroom.  No amount is too little and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
*According to the NonProfit Times (April 20, 2017), the value of volunteering is approximately $24/hr.  These are funds saved by the school that are able to be allocated to other educational needs.

Spectrum families, 

Spectrum will be conducting its annual School Board Election on  Monday, April 20, 2020 and  is seeking candidates to run in the upcoming election.   Please consider your interest in becoming a member of Spectrum's robust and strategic board who collectively provide direction and guidance to the school.  

If you believe strongly in the mission and vision of the school, than we need you!  If you have financial, educational, business, human resource, or other experience that you feel would add value to the board, than we need you!  If you have connections within the community that may bring benefit to the school, than we need you!  If you would like to be a part of the governance team of a growing organization, providing policy oversight and assisting with the long-term strategic plan of the school, than we need you!  

To determine your eligibility to run and for more information on the election, please see the attached document.  

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!


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Spectrum is excited to explore bringing a therapy dog into our buildings on a weekly basis. We believe that there are many benefits of a therapy dog, including lowering stress and increasing attendance. We are also aware that there may be students or adults who have allergies or other concerns about dogs. We will do our best to work with families and staff to make this a positive and fun experience and try to lessen and/or alleviate concerns by announcing in advance when and where the dog will be. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janice Dammeier, Volunteer Coordinator, at (763) 450-9850 or

Therapy dogs through *Therapy Dogs International (TDI) are well trained and certified to work in places where a lot of people are present. They and their owners go through a certification process and follow strict guidelines to ensure safety and cleanliness.

The therapy dog that will be joining us weekly at Spectrum is "Mabel". Mabel is an 8 year old Goldendoodle. She has been a therapy dog through TDI for six years. Her owner, Shelby Howe, is a Spectrum parent. She indicates that Mabel loves to visit schools, colleges, and nursing homes. Mabel also enjoyed hanging out with Spectrum seniors as they waited to present their senior capstones recently.

*For more information on Therapy Dogs International, click here .


Spectrum Families,

Apologies for the confusion.  Here are some clarifications and corrections to information released yesterday regarding quarter 3 Service Learning grades.

1. Assignments posted, submitted, and graded throughout the quarter will remain as they are. 
2. Assignments and assessments that were due on 3/18/2020 will be entered into the grading calculation as "exempt." This action will not  impact on your student's final grade. 
3.The final grade calculation will be based up work already posted and graded throughout the course of the third quarter service learning rotation. 
4. Your students final grade will be posted as either a "Pass" or "Fail."


Quarter 4 Service Learning grades are currently postponed.


Thank you,

Spectrum Administration

Dear Spectrum Parent/Guardian,

As previously indicated, in preparation for distance learning starting on Monday, March 30th, we are working hard to ensure all students have internet access at home (whether through wifi or connecting their phone). In order for the school to accurately access this information, we're asking that each family complete the following Internet Access Survey by tomorrow,  Tuesday, March 24th, at 6:00 p.m.

Please click here to access the survey.

Spectrum Parents,

As noted in the communication sent Sunday morning, Spectrum will be opening all three buildings at specified times for students to pick up supplies, materials, and instruments. If your child needs to pick up items, please have them enter the buildings through the Event Entrance @ either building.

The buildings will be open at the following times ONLY:

*Tuesday, March 24th from 7:30-8:30 a.m. AND 3:30-4:30 p.m.

*Wednesday, March 25th from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Other Important Notes:

1. Choral music folders for all grades (6-12) have been relocated to the event entrance in the High School building.

2. Students will only have access to lockers and the music room for instruments. No other classrooms will be opened.

3. The buildings may not be staffed during this time other than a custodian.

4. Please minimize interaction with other people during this time.

5. These times are subject to change if further direction is received from the Governor or Commissioner of Education.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to ensure students are prepared for distance learning beginning Monday, March 30th.

Dan DeBruyn

Executive Director

Spring Sports Update - March 26

We just received an update from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) regarding Spring athletics and activities.  Effective immediately and continuing until the governor of Minnesota has lifted his school closure declaration:

  • All participation in MSHSL spring activities at all member schools is suspended.
  • Participation includes, but is not limited to, competitions, training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.


No decisions regarding the cancellation of spring activities have been made at this time. The MSHSL has indicated their intent to be responsive to member schools and to keep future participation options open for the spring activity season.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available and as decisions are made.

We are grateful for your patience as we navigate the COVID-19 situation.  There is no need to request a spring sports refund at this time. The previous deadline to request refunds by April 10 has been extended indefinitely.  Once we have a better understanding about the spring sports season; we will give each participant one week to make a decision about whether to continue in spring sports or request a refund. 

Thank you for your understanding!
Rick Peterson
Director of Athletics