SCC Middle School

Veterans Day

Did you  miss the MS Veterans Day program? Watch it online here:

Typing: The Most Important Skill Your Child Can Learn


OK, so it is actually called “keyboarding” today, but when I learned how to “type” twenty-five years ago it was on a typewriter. But the basic skills are the same and they're even more important now than they were then because so much of today's work is done at the keyboard.

Learning how to keyboard properly is critical for several reasons. One, the Business and IT Standards for Wisconsin state that students demonstrate the touch method of keyboarding on an alphanumeric keyboard at acceptable speed and accuracy levels. (Recommended minimum: five wpm x grade level). Two, with most of the state testing gravitating to timed, online, short answer format, we do not want the students searching for certain keys and only keying two words per minute (making them unable to finish the test). And three, while most kids and adults can learn to hunt and peck on their own, real keying speed depends on proper technique and PRACTICE.

So, what can you do to help your child improve?

Please reinforce proper keyboarding technique. Are they sitting up straight? Are their hands in home row position? Their eyes should be on their screen or copy NOT on their fingers. Are their wrists and fingers slightly curved? Their elbows should be at a 90° angle at their sides.

Make your child practice! If you don’t have a keyboard at home, have your student ask for a paper image of the keyboard at school. Students can practice by keying newspaper or magazine articles. They may key words from a story book or even the closed captioning from their favorite television show.

Finally, model the behavior. There are great free online typing courses that you may want to try such as:,, or

Submitted by: High School Business Teacher Tracie Crowley


Fifth Graders Visit Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling

The fifth graders had a great time at Historic Fort Snelling, a National Historic Landmark in St. Paul, MN. Despite the chilly day, students gained a tremendous amount of historical knowledge. Built in the early 1820s, Historic Fort Snelling is a great place to learn about military history from pre-Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and much more. Its location, at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, has been significant for centuries to many American Indian communities.


New Grading System for 4-K thru 5th Grade

St. Croix Central is excited to introduce a new grading system in the fall of 2014. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be using standards-based grading in order to help students, teachers, and parents better understand the needs and strengths of each child in relation to the Common Core State Standards. The staff at SCC believes that standards-based grading will celebrate the strengths and support the challenges of all students.

For more information about grading in 5th grade, please visit the STANDARDS & REPORT CARDS page.


Upcoming Events and Announcements

School Closings

When the school is to be closed for the day or for early dismissal due to inclement weather it will be announced via the following:

Radio Television Internet
WCCO 830 AM KSTP TV Channel 5 News

WIXK New Richmond 1590 AM WCCO TV Channel 5 News
WEVR River Falls 1550 AM - 106.3 FM

We ask that you please do not call the school during this time unless you have an emergency.  The phones are needed for our communications.  Since many parents work, it may be wise to have a contingency plan if an early dismissal is necessary.

Channel 5 School Alert

Some people have asked if the AlertNow announcements could be sent out earlier than 6:00 am. The answer is yes!  If you would like to receive a message at the earliest possible time, you may sign-up to receive our school announcements via Channel 5 School Alert.  The Channel 5 School Alert system will be called first by administration and will allow you to receive any announcement within minutes of it being posted.

Click on the Channel 5 School Alert system link below to sign up to receive alerts via email or text message.

Register to receive ALERTS via EMAIL or text messaging



Other Middle School Documents & Forms

MS ATHLETES 2014-2015 - - Do you need a physical or alternate year card?
If there is an OK next to your child's name, they are fine for the school year. Depending on where the "X" is in the column, is the type of physical that they would need. Green column is an actual physical and yellow column is alternate card. If your child's name is not on the list, they will need a physical card.
1st Quarter A Honor Roll
1st Quarter B Honor Roll
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