Information for Families
The information on this page will help you and your student be successful throughout the year.
For the 2017-18 school year, FIT Academy’s calendar is identical to District 196, except for the addition of one STEM day.
Our school day will be as follows:
- 8:20am to 2:40pm, Academic Day
- 2:50pm-6:00pm, After School Activities
- 2:50pm-6:00pm, After School Sports & Clubs for grades 6-8. (fees may apply)
About After School Activities for Grades K – 5
FIT Academy will offer a variety of activities for which you can enroll your children after school. The schedule will be emailed to parents the first week of school.
After School Programs for Middle Schoolers
In addition to the before & after school care program for grades K-5, we will be offering specific sports clubs and other customized after school programs for students in grades 6-8. These will include competitive sports teams, club sports, as well as other programs such as a STEM program offered by Sylvan Learning, music programs, and other activities.
After School Care (grades K-5): TBA
Sports and Clubs (grades 6-8): 2:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Students at FIT Academy will be required to wear uniforms. Black or navy shorts (seasonal), skirts, or slacks with no writing, logos or decals may be purchased by parents at any retailer (i.e. Target, Macy’s etc.). School polos and school sweatshirts will be available through the school year.
We are pleased to announce that FIT Academy will be providing bus transportation to students who reside throughout the District 196 boundaries.
Students who live beyond the district’s boundaries will be allowed to catch their nearest bus on the edge of those boundaries. Under this plan, FIT students will catch a district bus to their nearest middle school and will then take a transfer bus routed directly to FIT Academy.
Use the resources below to see the district 196 transportation maps. Feel free to call Tamra Paschall at 952-255-9089 if you have any additional questions regarding transportation.
FIT Academy is committed to limiting the amount of time spent on standardized assessments while meeting state and federally established testing requirements. We will also perform reading and math diagnostic assessments the first and second weeks of school to ensure that we best serve our students academic needs early on in the school year.
Provider: Exact Path Online
Requiring Authority: This is a school requirement
Content Areas Tested: Two separate tests, one for reading and one for math
Who Will Be Tested: All students in grades K-8
Testing Dates: September 6-15
Estimated Duration: 45 minutes to 90 minutes per content area. Note that these are estimates as students are not limited in how long they take to complete a test.
Reporting of Results: Results will be reported to parents at the trimester 1 conferences November 2-3 as well as end of trimester 1 report cards mailed home.
ACCESS Testing for English Language Learners
Requiring Authority: Federal Government
Content Areas Tested: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Who Will Be Tested: Students who qualified based on pre-screening and received parent permission
Testing Dates: February 26-28
Estimated Duration: Total of 3 hours
Reporting of Results: Results will be reported to parents as part of the trimester 2 report card mailed home.
MCA State Assessments
Requiring Authority: State of Minnesota
Content Areas Tested: Reading, Math, and Science (grades 5 & 8 only)
Who Will Be Tested: All students in grades 3-8 will be tested in Reading and Math. Students in grades 5 & 8 will also be tested in math.
Testing Dates: Reading & Math will be tested April 9-13. Science will be tested April 17 & 18. Make-up testing for reading and math will be April 16-19. Make-up testing for science will be April 23 & 24.
Estimated Duration: Reading: 2.5 to 3 hours. Math: 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Science: 1.5 to 2 hours. Note that these are estimates as students are not limited in how long they take to complete a test.
Reporting of Results: Individual Student Reports (ISR’s) will be mailed to parents. ISR’s are generated and printed by the state and sent to schools in the Fall. FIT Academy will mail ISR’s no later than 30 days after they are received from the state.
State Requirement: FIT Academy is required to administer the MCA state assessments. We are also required by law to post the following document:
Families who qualify for free and reduced lunch
may inquire with the administration about reduced fees
Empower Girls Leadership Academy
Friday February 2, 3:00-6:00pm
Don’t miss this event led by former Gophers basketball coach Pam Borton! An afternoon of leadership and fun for girls in grades 5-8! There is a $30 fee for this event. Please enroll ASAP. You can register by turning in these two forms to the front desk.
International and Olympic Festival
Friday February 23, 4:00-6:00pm
Join us for an afternoon of fun and discovery featuring displays, food, dancing, from around the world with an Olympic theme! This is free and open to the community! Please consider representing a country, the more we have the better! Representing a country could include any or all of the following: Food, displays, music, a dance group, etc…! Please email Mr. Allaire if you would like to be involved! All students will go home after school and should return with their parents at 4:00pm. The community is also welcome so please bring grand parents and friends along!
Cycle Health Kidarod Adventure Race
Saturday February 24, 4:30pm
The Kidarod combines running, snowshoeing, mushing, sledding, climbing, and obstacles into an unforgettable race just for kids. Family races will begin at 4:30pm and kid-only races at 5:00pm. This is open to grades 1-8 and takes place at Fish Lake Reserve in Maple Grove. We will have a bus leaving FIT at 3:30pm and returning around 6:30pm. Please register early below to save 50% on the regular cost of $30 per racer!