Community School of ExcellenceHmong Language & Culture SchoolMon.-Fri. 8am-4pm
270 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55113P: (651) 917-0073 F: (651) 487-4274

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ACCESS Testing Information

Friday January 8th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Minnesota requires all English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 to be assessed for English language proficiency. Your child has qualified to receive English services as an EL and is eligible to take the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment. The ACCESS test shows how a student is moving closer to English proficiency at each level.

The ACCESS test will proceed this year, starting Tuesday February 8th, 2021. Students will have to come to school to take the test. Each elementary grade level will be starting on different days and students will be split to take the ACCESS test either in a morning or afternoon session to follow Covid-19 guidelines. Transportation and a bagged lunch will be provided for each student to take home.

All Covid-19 protocols will be in place to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff. We will be providing each student and staff with a face mask and face shield.

You will be contacted by the school with more information regarding transportation and test sessions your child will be assigned to as testing dates get closer.

Please visit for a detailed testing schedule and additional resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at or the school directly at 651-917-0073.


Mai Ia Lee

District Assessment Coordinator

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Emergency Executive Order 20-103

Extending and Modifying Executive Order 20-99 I, Tim Walz, Governor of the State of Minnesota, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and applicable statutes, issue the following Executive Order:

EO 20-103 Final Signed and Filed_tcm1055-458627.pdf (

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CSE High School Students Offered Paid Professional Skills Training this Fall with SPARK-Y Generation Futures & CSE After School Program

CSE High School Sophomore Jubilee Lao featured in SPARK-Y Blog Post First Step: Resume - Next Step: My Future!
Community School of Excellence, Hmong American Partnership, and SPARK-Y have joined together to offer CSE High School students the Generation Futures after-school enrichment program Fall semester 2020.

SPARK-Y Generation Futures is a program that provides over 20 CSE High School students with a paid opportunity to learn about professional skills.

Throughout this course, scholars are taught what they need to know to feel empowered about their future career.

They are learning about everything from resumes to reaching out to potential employers to how culture and bias impact work environments.

Scholars are being paid a $500 stipend (about $30/session) to participate in this program.

In addition, six of these scholars are receiving Leadership Training (a few extra hours and meetings) to help them be leaders within the program.

SPARK-Y says: We want to support you in building a future you want to have!

Generation Futures meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30pm–4:30pm over Zoom thru Mid-December.

Scholars will have an opportunity to apply for SPARK-Y Internships this summer as well.

For more information on CSE's After School Program offerings, please contact Cha Her at

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Important Food Information

School BREAKFASTS and LUNCHES are available to the community at no cost during Distance Learning this Fall.
  • One meal bag contains 7 days worth of breakfast and lunches for students
  • CSE received a grant to provide adult meals (2 per family) with our weekly distribution. We are excited to be able to provide for the whole family!
  • CSE is a community site so that does mean that NON-CSE families can come to CSE to grab meals too.
  • Drive through process, no need to get out of the car. Drive up to the North (main) entrance, meal bags per student will be placed in the family vehicle by CSE staff. Please wear a mask.


Community School of Excellence
270 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
(651) 917-0073


Meals are distributed every Friday from 8am until the last meal bag is given out.

DATE CHANGES for the holidays for meal distribution marked **:
Friday, November 20th
Wednesday, November 25th**
Friday, December 4th
Friday, December 11th
Friday, December 18th
Wednesday, December 23rd**
Wednesday, December 30th**

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September 21, 2020

Important Food Information UPDATE:
School BREAKFASTS and LUNCHES are available to CSE students and the community at no cost during Distance Learning this Fall.
Where: Community School of Excellence270 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113(651) 917-0073When: Every Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm (until last bag is given out to CSE families), until the end of December
  • One meal bag contains 7 days worth of breakfast and lunches for students

How: Drive through process, no need to get out of the car. Drive up to the North (main) entrance, meal bags per student will be placed in the family vehicle by CSE staff.

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August 11

Dear CSE Families,On July 27th, we received further guidance from Governor Tim Walz on opening schools safely. He offered a planning guide for schools based on the COVID-19 cases in the county. With the recent news reports of increased cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the United States, we want to assure staff and families that CSE has been working closely with local officials: MDE, MDH and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay well informed. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Within the past couple of weeks we surveyed both our staff and families, an overwhelming majority felt that Distance Learning is the best option for CSE at this time.
CSE will be starting Fall 2020 with distance learning. The distance learning program will begin for our students on Monday, August 31, 2020. Distance Learning will be for the entire Fall Semester. The leadership team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and re-evaluate the school model later this fall.
We understand that Distance Learning is not ideal for all families but feel this is the best model for the fall. CSE will be sending out further information to all families the week of August 17th with details.
Thank you all for your patience and partnership as we work through the many complexities of planning for a safe return to learning this fall. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school. Please take care and continue to be safe and healthy.
Kazoua Kong-ThaoChief Administration Officer | Community School of Excellence School
PDF Version here

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Message from Bao Vang, CSE CEO

July 31

Hello CSE Families,Thank you for your patience and understanding as we too have been waiting for direction from the Governor’s office. Yesterday, Governor Walz released the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The plan will be driven by county-level COVID-19 virus metrics provided by Minnesota Department of Health and serve as a basis to help schools make decision on what model to implement. This new guideline of COVID-19 data for our county suggests the implementation of an “In-person learning for elementary students and hybrid for secondary students” for CSE.
CSE's main priority must continue to be the health, safety, and wellness of our students, staff, and community. To that end, CSE Leadership team will be seeking input from staff and families in order to make a decision about the best learning program for the CSE community. We hope to provide another update late next week with a final decision by Monday, August 17, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders group for a safe and thoughtful reopening of the school. Ua Tsaug!Bao Vang, CEO

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Message from Commissioner Ricker

July 22

Dear School Leaders,Today, Governor Tim Walz is announcing Executive Order 20-81 which will require Minnesotans to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses starting on July 25, 2020. This Executive Order applies to all Minnesotans, making exemptions for children who are five-years-old and under, and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering.
Included in those settings where masks will be required, are school buildings, both public and nonpublic. Face coverings are generally required for all students, staff, and other persons present in any kindergarten through grade 12 school buildings or district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles. To provide a consistent, safe environment for students and staff, this requirement applies equally to kindergartners, even those aged 5 or under.Students and staff have flexibility to wear face shields instead of face coverings, which allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception, in certain situations. These situations include:
  • Among students in kindergarten through grade 8 when wearing a face covering is problematic.
  • For educators of all grades, when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process.

Additional specifics about the face covering requirement in the order can be found in the updated MDH Fall Planning Guidance document, and the full executive order will be made available on Governor Walz’s executive orders webpage.
Together,Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT Commissioner of Education


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