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Character Strong

District 518 is excited to be utilizing CharacterStrong district wide this year to enhance students social and emotional learning moving forward.  Character Strong is a Kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum that creates a place where students feel like they belong and learn skills that will help them be the best they can be! CharacterStrong has three main goals for students: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Be Well. The kindergarten through fifth grade curriculum is titled Purposeful People and focus on ten skills, such as kindness, respect, and empathy.  The sixth through twelfth grade curriculum is titled CharacterStrong and focuses on engagement, belonging, and student well-being. We will be utilizing this curriculum in various ways throughout each building and look forward to helping build well rounded students as we prepare them to be successful citizens in the future.

We need your help. Recently, district staff have seen an increased number of reports from students regarding inappropriate/harmful/hurtful social media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat) accounts. It appears that multiple accounts have been created by our students to publicly shame others, disclose embarrassing information and spread rumors.  In some instances pictures have been taken of students without their permission and posted on these accounts.  

Staff have reported many sites to Instagram over the past few days and asked for them to be taken down. Some of the sites only have a few followers, but some have many students viewing and posting content.  As we get one site taken down, others appear. So, here is where we need parents help to bring this to an end.  

What can parents do to help? 

  • Let your child/ren know they can always come to you to talk about what they are experiencing online. 
  • Have conversations with your child/ren about their social media usage. Check their phones and their social media usage. 
  • Remind your child/ren that what they post on social media never really goes away.  Sites can be shut down or images removed, but people’s lives and feelings can forever be affected and harmed.  
  • Encourage your child/ren to report any inappropriate accounts to Instagram and have them block the account on their social media.  
  • Teach your child/ren that if they wouldn’t say out loud to you what they post online, they shouldn’t be posting it.  

And to our District 518 students – you are better than this. You also have a role to help solve this problem. Stand up for those that are being bullied. Report these accounts yourself to Instagram, or even better yet don’t be a follower of these accounts. You can always unsubscribe from following an account and we would suggest this would be a great option. Words can hurt for a lifetime. We are above all of this and we should spend our time doing better things for our fellow classmates.


Necesitamos su ayuda.  Últimamente, el personal del distrito ha notado un aumento de reportes, por parte de los estudiantes, respecto a las cuentas inapropiadas/dañinas/hirientes en el sitio de Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat.  Al parecer, se han creado varias cuentas en Instagram para avergonzar públicamente a otras personas, develar información bochornosa, e iniciar rumores.  En algunos casos, se han tomado fotos de algunos estudiantes, sin su permiso, y las han publicado en dichas cuentas.

Nuestro personal ha reportado varias cuentas al sitio de Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, durante estos días, pidiendo que sean canceladas.  Algunos de estos sitios tienen, únicamente, unos cuantos seguidores, pero algunos, tienen muchos estudiantes viendo el contenido y publicando comentarios.  Conforme logramos cancelar una cuenta, aparece una nueva.  De modo que, como padres, les pedimos que nos ayuden a terminar con este problema.

¿Qué pueden hacer los padres para ayudar?

  • Explique a sus hijos que siempre pueden contarle a usted cualquier cosa que les suceda en línea 
  • Converse con sus hijos respecto al uso apropiado de las redes sociales.  Revise sus teléfonos y supervise el uso de redes sociales.   
  • Recuérdeles que, lo que publiquen en redes sociales, realmente no desaparece nunca.  Se pueden cancelar cuentas o retirar imágenes, pero las personas, sus vidas y sus sentimientos, puede quedar dañadas, por siempre.
  • Anime a sus hijos a reportar cualquier cuenta inapropiada en Instagram y a bloquearlas en sus redes sociales.
  • Enseñe a sus hijos a no publicar en línea lo que no se atreverían a decir en voz alta

Y, para nuestros estudiantes del Distrito 518– ustedes son mejores que esto.  Ustedes también tienen la responsabilidad de resolver este problema.  Defiendan a quienes estén siendo acosados.  Ustedes mismos pueden reportar estas cuentas al sitio de Instagram; o, mejor todavía, no sigan esas cuentas.  Tiene la opción de dejar de seguir una cuenta y les sugerimos que lo hagan.  Las palabras pueden llegar a herir por mucho tiempo.  Nuestra moral es, y debe ser, superior a esto, y podemos usar nuestro tiempo haciendo cosas mejores por nuestros compañeros.

District 518 Learn from Home Plan

In preparation for possible inclement weather District 518 has created a Learn from Home Plan. There are Late Start, Early Dismissal, No School/Snow Day, Buildings Closed, Learn from Home and Distance Learning Plans in place. Click below for more information.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Information to Families

We will host a PSEO informational Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at Worthington High School in the cafeteria at 5:00 p.m. in English and 6:30 p.m. in Spanish.

News & Updates (Districtwide)

  • New School Board Member

    The District 518 Board of Education named Matt Widboom as their selection in the appointment process to fill the vacancy from Brad Shaffer’s resignation on the board. Matt will serve the next 10 months, with the remaining year of Shaffer’s term of 1 full year to be voted on during the general election in November.… Continue Reading

    February 27, 2023
  • WHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Worthington High School Parent/Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, March 7, 3:15 pm – 7:15 pm

    February 27, 2023
  • Community Education Ribbon Cutting & Open House

    You’re invited to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House at our Community Education’s new building on Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 827 N Crailsheim Rd, Worthington, MNLight refreshments and tours of the new building will be available.

    February 22, 2023
  • Hello, Dolly update

    Due to the storm, the WHS Musical “Hello Dolly” has been cancelled for Thursday nights performance. At this time the performances are still moving forward for Friday and Saturday night, along with Sunday afternoon. With over 55 amazing WHS students on the stage, playing in the orchestra, managing the stage pieces and lighting, and more… Continue Reading

    February 22, 2023
  • Learn from Home Day – February 22 & 23

    There will be no in-person classes on Wednesday or Thursday.Students will receive instruction through pre-determined methods such as video conferences, Schoology (WHS, LC, WMS, and 5th grade), SeeSaw (Prairie) or a take home packet (Prairie, Intermediate)Classes could start later than normalTeachers will be available 7:30 am – 3:30 pmBuses will not runAttendance will be taken

    February 21, 2023
  • Learning Center Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Learning Center Parent / Teacher Conferences are Thursday, February 23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    February 20, 2023

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