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. 

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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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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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.