It's an exciting time at Community School of Excellence! We continue to experience amazing growth and take pride in developing global learners and leaders. We are pleased you are interested in our IB World School and we invite you to visit us soon.

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Camp Friendship
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 Enroll at CSE with Ms. Vang
CSE welcomes our new Family and Community Engagement Manager, Blia Vang. Ms. Vang has served as Family/Community Liaison for various organizations over the past 12 years, including CSE's Special Education department.

Now Ms. Vang welcomes families as the new school year approaches! For any questions on enrolling your child, lunch, transportation, or any other school topic, please contact Ms. Vang at (651) 917-0073


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CSE at Rice Street Parade
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 Welcome to CSE
CSE would like to welcome our new ELL Coordinator, Ms. Mary Beth Groff. 

ELL stands for English Language Learner, and this job is very important at CSE because many of our students learn English in class. 

To introduce herself, Ms. Groff wrote the following:

"I am happy to be at CSE as the new ELL Coordinator. I’ve been teaching for 16 years, the last nine as an English teacher. I’m excited to begin working with staff and families at CSE to continue to develop the English Language Program. 

"We want to help students improve their English skills while they learn math, reading, science, social studies, etc. 

"I live in southwest Minneapolis with my family, where I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, and getting some exercise. I look 
forward to meeting everyone!"

Welcome Aboard, Ms. Groff!

 May 6, 2015

Staff of The Month

Stu Keroff continues to extend his positive impact on his school, the Hmong community, the open source tech community, and now the world. His computer club, the Asian Penguins led a session at HNDC about who their club is, what they do, and how they do it. Of course, we at CSE already know that Keroff's group of middle schoolers are learning tech and doing so with the motivation to help CSE families in need. Now the attendees of their HNDC session know this. And a growing number of tech fans and writers are becoming aware of CSE's Asian Penguins as well. 

True to CSE's IB World School's status, Keroff's latest is the five laptops the Asian Penguins have refurbished and are sending to Thailand to gift to CSE's sister school, Huay Khue. In the spirit of service, global awareness, and expanding minds, I nominate Stu Keroff for May's IB Staff of the Month. 

 April 7, 2015

Staff of The Month

Congrats and thank you Sunny Pleh for bringing out the "Sunny" side of our students at CSE. 

"Sunny goes above and beyond for our students.  Not only is he a teacher, but he plays the role of interpreter, counselor, parent liaison, driver, and mentor to our Karenni students and families.  He often comes to school early and stays late to make sure our students get the extra tutoring they need.  His role is so critical in building trust and a cultural bridge to our Karenni families.  He volunteers to pick students up from their homes and drops them off for special events.  All of our Karenni families know that when he calls them, it is important and they show up.  He is at every PTO meeting translating and helping our Karenni families understand their roles as parents.  He is truly a genuine and caring person in his actions, mannerisms, and words.  For all these reasons and more I think he is deserving of our IB staff of the month."

 March 4, 2015

Staff of The Month

Congratulation to 1st grade teacher, Ms. Anne Vang-Xiong for being selected as CSE Super IB Staff of the Month!

Ms. Vang-Xiong is dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring. She shows these qualities every day in her classroom and to her team. She has also been an incredible asset for the Karenni and Language Academy students, moving them up academically by the end of first grade.

Thank you, Ms. Vang-Xiong, for being such an incredible IB Champ and inspiration to us all.


March 2-5, 2015


Read Across America Week

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!


January 26 & 27, 2015

Second Trimester
Student Scholars

CSE had its Second Trimester Academic Award Assembly January 26 and 27.

Students were recognized for perfect attendance, academic improvement, reading 50 Books, and for making the A or B Honor Roll.

For a list of Award Recipients click here.

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CSE will be at the Rice Street Parade and festival!
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Evening

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Register for Fall Sports
Boys and Girls | Soccer and Volleyball
Deadline: August 3rd, 2015

  • Mondays - Thursdays from 8:30am - 1:30pm
  • Transportation provided for St. Paul only.
  • Outside St. Paul must provide own rides.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • No school on Fridays.
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2015 - 2016 School Calendar
Now Available to view online!

 Upcoming Dates

August 17 - 28
All Staff - Staff Development

August 27 - 5:30 to 7:30pm
Open House

August 31
School Starts


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8th Grade Global Connections Trip to Thailand
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July 4th Freedom Festival
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8th Grade Graduation
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School Picnic Celebration and 
Academic Awards Assembly
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8th Annual Hong New Year Celebration
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