Say Something Anonymous Reporting System

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:54 PM by Jason Borgstrom


"Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” (SSARS) for Becker High School and Middle School students was launched last May. This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult or use its anonymous reporting system. SSARS enables school administrators and law enforcement to immediately create effective interventions and to help prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm and other forms of threatening behaviors. Students received training on how to report concerns through SSARS last May and had a refresher training in last September. 

Citizen-Tribune Article - Promoting Mental Health of our Students

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:49 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 1:50 PM ]


A recent article in the Citizen-Tribune features many of the ways the Becker Schools are being proactive to promote the mental health of our students. Click on the link for the entire article. 

Stop Bullying

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:29 PM by Jason Borgstrom


Students deserve a safe school environment where they feel safe, comfortable, and are able to learn.  Bullying is strictly prohibited in the Becker School District.  Parents or students are encouraged to report bullying to a teacher or a principal immediately.  The definition of bullying can be found in our district Bullying Prohibition Policy.


Bullying can also be reported anonymously by clicking the “report bullying” link on the website for each school.

Mental Health Programs

posted Apr 18, 2019, 12:11 PM by Jason Borgstrom


The Becker School District is committed to the academic, social, and emotional wellbeing of every student. Accordingly, we have many programs in place to ensure that every student feels safe and secure. Contact and reporting information for students and parents is included in the link below. 

March - SuperTalk

posted Mar 18, 2019, 1:35 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

Check out this month's SuperTalk with Dr. Malone. This month he discusses:

  • Radon Testing

  • Collaboration between the School and the City

  • The School Budget

  • School Board Recognition Month

Next Superintendent Selected

posted Feb 20, 2019, 6:14 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 4:35 AM ]

The Board of Education for the Becker Public Schools screened four strong finalists for the position of Superintendent on February 20. The group was assisted by community, staff and administrative teams who helped provide feedback on all of the candidates. Following a thorough discussion of these candidates, the Board unanimously agreed to engage in contract talks with Jeremy Schmidt who has enthusiastically accepted the offer to enter negotiations with the Board. Should these talks proceed as expected, a formal work agreement is slated to be approved at an upcoming Board meeting. Mr. Schmidt is expected to begin here in early July when well-respected Superintendent Steve Malone will retire. Here is a brief bio on Jeremy Schmidt:

Jeremy Schmidt has been the superintendent for Lester Prairie since 2015. Before that, he was a principal in that same district. Jeremy has served as an Adjunct instructor for St. Mary’s for the past several years where he has delivered coursework in curriculum development. Early in his career, he taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. He has completed the coursework for his Doctorate and earned his administrative licensure through St. Mary’s where his Masters was also awarded. Jeremy’s Bachelor degree in Elementary Education was earned through St. Cloud State. 

The Board expresses appreciation to the several individuals from the staff, administration, and community who helped with the process at Wednesday's interviews. We were pleased with the quality of the candidate pool and excited by the choices that were available. As Board Chair, I'm confident that, with this selection, the Becker Public Schools will continue in the proud tradition of success and that Jeremy Schmidt, like Steve Malone and others before him, will prove to be a great leader of a fine organization. Aaron Jurek, Board Chair

Wednesday, February 20th - Digital Learning Day (Becker Schools Closed)

posted Feb 19, 2019, 7:41 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 5:51 AM ]

 Wednesday, February 20th.  Becker Schools will be closed, Digital Learning Day.  Early Childhood, Digital Learning Day.  Camp Opportunity regular schedule.

2019 Becker Stakeholder Input

posted Feb 18, 2019, 10:19 AM by Jason Borgstrom

Share your ideas and engage with peers to provide input for the school board to use in developing strategic goals. 

It’s easy! All you will need to do is click the link below that corresponds to your role in the district. 

Student Input Portal 

Staff Input Portal

Parent Input Portal 

Community Input Portal (non-parent/non-staff)

We are asking three different questions, you may answer as many as you wish. 

You will be able to share your ideas and view what others have posted. 

Engage in the process by ranking the ideas of others based on the impact you feel they would make on the schools and community. 

We are taking input February 19th to March 1st

Digital Learning Days

posted Feb 15, 2019, 12:22 PM by Jason Borgstrom

Date: February 15, 2019

To: Staff, Students, and Parents

From: Dr. Stephen Malone, Superintendent

RE: Digital Learning Days


The Becker School District is fortunate that we can address future school closings with “Digital Learning Days.” This is possible through our 1:1 iPad integration and that 95% of our students have internet access in their home. Digital Learning Days will advance learning during the current trimester and avoid the need to add additional “make-up” days to the end of the school year in June.

 A digital learning day is a school day when, instead of coming to the school buildings, teachers and students communicate online using Google Classroom, Email, and/or SeeSaw between hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Teachers will share assignments and hold virtual office hours while students complete assignments and receive guidance from teachers.


A digital learning day may occur in the event of unplanned school closures such as inclement weather or a power outage.


• Parents/guardians will receive an automated phone call and e-mail via the school messenger system. The announcement will also be posted on the district website, and social media.

• Students should not report to school but are expected to engage in digital learning day activities as assigned.

• Teachers will post work by 9:30 AM for the students they would have seen in

class that day.

• Teachers will be online during the school day to answer questions and provide


• Flexible due dates and options will be provided to accommodate students who do not have internet access outside of school.

• Grades K-5 and Early Childhood will be engaged with pre-planned learning



Some students with special needs may face unique challenges while performing

academic tasks independently. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) or case manager for specific requests or support.

Becker Public Schools announces finalists for superintendent position

posted Feb 13, 2019, 7:35 AM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 1:01 PM ]

The School Board for the Becker Public Schools is pleased to announce that four finalists will be considered for the position of Superintendent of Schools. These individuals, with solid experience as educational leaders in the state, provide strong choices to the district. The finalists were drawn from a field of 32 applicants for the position. They were selected based on criteria developed by the Board and other stakeholders. These finalists will be interviewed in the district on February 20:

Jean Duffy is the Assistant Superintendent for the Becker district where she has also worked as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her service to Becker began in 2010. Jean’s prior work was in a similar assignment in Lakeview. Jean has also been a Title I coordinator and Reading Specialist. Early in her career, she was a teacher in a Family Literacy program. Jean holds a Doctorate from St. Cloud State and earned her licensure through St. Mary’s. Her Masters and Bachelors degrees were awarded through Southwest Minnesota State.

Jon Ellerbusch has served for the past two years as the Director of Finance and HR for the North Branch Area Public Schools. He was superintendent at Royalton from 2010 through 2017. Jon has served as a middle level and high school principal. Early in his career, he was a social studies teacher. Jon was granted his Doctorate from the University of South Dakota where he also earned his Specialist degree. His Masters and Bachelors degrees were earned through Northern State University.

Jeremy Schmidt has been the superintendent for Lester Prairie since 2015. Before that, he was a principal in that same district. Jeremy has served as an Adjunct instructor for St. Mary’s for the past several years where he has delivered coursework in curriculum development. Early in his career, he taught at both the elementary and middle levels. He has completed the coursework for his Doctorate and earned his administrative licensure through St. Mary’s where his Masters was also awarded. Jeremy’s Bachelors degree in Elementary Education was earned through St. Cloud State.

Brad Sellner has been the superintendent for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted since 2009. Before that, he served HLWW as the middle school principal. He worked for Monticello for a decade as first an assistant principal and then Curriculum Director. Brad taught 8th grade English early in his career. Brad’s administrative licenses were earned through St. Mary’s. He holds a Masters degree from Hamline University and a Bachelors degree from Mankato State.

These candidates bring a variety of skills and experiences to the interview table. Many have been involved in school construction projects, coached extra curricular activities, and held positions of leadership in organizations in the communities they have served. Each has demonstrated success as an educational leader and is recognized for accomplishment in the field.

The Board will be assisted in the final steps of the screening process by a staff team drawn from members from across the school program as well as by an administrative team and a team comprised of individuals from the Becker community. Candidates will start their final screening experience on February 20 with a brief site tour and then interview with the staff, administrative, community, and Board teams prior to the Board making its choice. The new leader is expected to be named by the end of February and is slated to begin in the district in July when Steve Malone, the well-respected and long-time Superintendent for the Becker schools, will retire.

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