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District Leadership

Working in partnership with and under the direction of the School Board, the district's leadership team is responsible for implementing the District's Strategic Plan, supporting schools, ensuring student learning and growth, partnering with our community, ensuring fiscal responsibility, building strong professional teams, leading safety and security planning, and managing day-to-day operations — all with a focus on educating, inspiring and empowering every student, every day.

Dr. Nate Rudolph

Dr. Nate Rudolph

Superintendent
Dr. Brenda Damiani

Dr. Brenda Damiani

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Christopher Kampa

Christopher Kampa

Director of Finance & Operations
Shawn Kirkeide

Shawn Kirkeide

Director of Administrative Services & Human Resources
Christina Thayer Anderson

Christina Thayer Anderson

Director of Community Education
Dr. Julie Williams

Dr. Julie Williams

Director of Student Support Services

Superintendent Blog

Superintendent Nate Rudolph

February is a busy month in our schools! It’s I Love to Read Month, Career Technical Education Month, Black History Month and Minnesota School Board Appreciation Month. Plus, we’ve just opened our Preschool Registration for next fall. At the end of this month, we invite families of 8th-grade students to Cambridge-Isanti High School to explore all the opportunities for their future goals. This month is all about celebrating our children, their growth, and the community leaders and partnerships that ensure a high-quality education for every student, every day.  

Read More > about Celebrating Our Public Schools in Isanti County
Superintendent Nate Rudolph

Last year when our Strategic Planning Team met to set our district priorities, there was a lot of discussion around social media and its impact on youth mental health. Multiple studies have drawn a clear connection between the decline in U.S. mental health indicators for youth and the rising use of social media and screens since 2009...

Read More > about What’s Coming Across Our Children’s Screens?
Superintendent Rudolph

If you’ve attended any summer programs or community events this month, you’ve seen that our Cambridge-Isanti community is a great place to raise a family! From our Adventure Center excursions to the Isanti Rodeo Days Parade to our Early Childhood Family events in the parks, we’ve enjoyed seeing many of our Bluejacket staff, students and families.

Read More > about A Great Community to Raise a Family
Superintendent Rudolph

In Cambridge-Isanti Schools, we are fortunate to have dedicated leaders. They have answered a calling to make a difference in the lives of children and families. So, it’s bitter-sweet that two long-time principals will retire this year: Mrs. Rhonda Malecha at Cambridge Primary School and Mr. Mark Ziebarth at Isanti Intermediate and C-I STEAM School. 

Read More > about Retiring Principals: Thank you for transforming lives
Superintendent Rudolph

From school music concerts and book fairs to Illuminate Isanti and Santa’s annual visit to the Wolcyn Tree Farm — hardy Minnesotans know there is no reason to hunker down in December. It’s a time to get out and connect with others in our community. From caroling to service projects to ugly sweater parties, connecting with others is good for the soul.

Read More > about A Season of Connection
Superintendent Rudolph

Our students had a great first week of school! I can’t tell you how energizing it is to have children back in school. They bring such wonder, optimism and enthusiasm! We also welcomed 85 new teachers — thanks to voter support of our 2021 referendum. We have lowered class sizes, invested in our staff, and protected career and technical education programs. 

Read More > about Educate. Empower. Inspire. Every Student, Every Day.
Superintendent Rudolph

We’re building the next generation of innovators and inventors. With hands-on, project-based learning and interdisciplinary activities, Cambridge-Isanti STEAM School is now enrolling curious and creative elementary students for grades K-5 next year. Learn more about this unique learning community at our Kindergarten Round-up on April 26.

Read More > about Gear Up for Science, Technology, Engineering and More!
Superintendent Rudolph

The past few years have brought unique challenges to our world and really amplified just how important community is. And what is community? It’s neighbors helping neighbors, children supporting one another. It is a sense that when someone is down on their luck, a neighbor is there. When our teams compete, win or lose, there is a crowd cheering them on. And when we are ready to celebrate, somebody cares. It also means that you are not alone when there is hard work to be done.

Read More > about Community Matters
Superintendent Rudolph

Moody’s and Auditors Give Cambridge-Isanti Schools Favorable Evaluation

(Cambridge, Minnesota, February 9, 2022) — Administrators at Cambridge-Isanti Schools received their own financial “report cards” in January — Auditors issued a clean audit on financial statements. Moody’s updated the District’s bond rating — similar to raising an individual’s credit score.

Read More > about Financial Accountability: Two Independent Ratings on School District Finances
Superintendent Rudolph

For parents and grandparents with first-time kindergarteners who will turn five before September, it is understandable that some are anxious. Yet rest assured, many current Bluejacket siblings can’t wait to jump on the bus with the big kids. Our Primary School principals, staff, and teachers are here for you, and they can’t wait to meet you.

Read More > about Full STEAM Ahead!
Superintendent Rudolph

As we bid farewell to 2021, still filled with uncertainty for what lies ahead, two words stand out in my mind: community and compassion. Our Cambridge-Isanti community is filled with compassion, and it seems to be magnified this holiday season. From the Giving Tree at the High School to the Care Closets in each of our schools filled with donations of basic food, clothing and personal care items children may need—this is a community that steps up over and over again to support neighbors and families in need.

Read More > about Compassion: It’s the Bluejacket Way
Superintendent Rudolph

December is an important month for school finances, and we are grateful for the community support that allows us to move into fiscal year 2023 in a stable position. Our school district referendum was approved with 63% voter support on November 2. And after three years of budget cuts, we are committed to responsible spending and oversight of the new funding. 

Read More > about Trust is About Keeping Commitments
Superintendent Rudolph

In the coming weeks, our community will vote on the future strength of our public schools. After studying our district finances since January, a Community Task Force of 38 individuals recommended that our school district hold a referendum to fix a chronic funding shortfall. We are asking our community to invest in students’ futures—our collective future.

Read More > about Protecting What It Means To Be a Well-Rounded Bluejacket
Superintendent Rudolph

This week, I reflect on the one-year milestone of school closures. The experiences of last year will forever impact how we approach teaching and learning. Our district has always placed a high value on relationships with students and families. We are dedicated to both academic and social-emotional growth and happiness for our students after a difficult year.

Read More > about Cambridge-Isanti School News: Schools Reflect on a One-Year Milestone
Superintendent Rudolph

Primary schools have a time-honored tradition of celebrating the 100th Day of school each year. Working up to the 100th day, kindergartners learn counting skills, as our teachers lay the foundation for number sense, base-ten counting, patterns, and future lessons in multiplication, division — even decimal points and algebra in years to come.

Read More > about 100 Days of In-Person Learning
Superintendent Rudolph

“Dear COVID-19, For generations, through devastation, heartache, destruction and evil, humanity has proven its resilience and power. Our history shows that we are masters of the comeback. Our DNA is woven from grit, ingenuity, creativity and love. We are lemonade makers – hope manufacturers – the ones who always get back up, and get back up, and get back up.”

Read More > about Cambridge-Isanti School News: We are the masters of our comeback
Superintendent Rudolph

If you are like me, you might be becoming a bit weary of words and phrases such as unprecedented, the new normal, and contactless. As 2020 comes to a close in the next couple of weeks, it is refreshing to observe the optimism that a new year can bring. January 1 is technically just another date on the calendar, but this year it seems to represent more.

Read More > about A Season of Optimism
Superintendent Rudolph

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of our community members at backyard gatherings and park events. We want to thank every resident, volunteer and host who attended a gathering or welcomed us into your neighborhood to talk about school funding and the referendum. We appreciate your time, your understanding and your support

Read More > about Forming a Committee Task Force
Superintendent Rudolph

A year ago this week I joined the Bluejacket family, and have learned over the past year what a special community we have in Cambridge-Isanti. I am grateful for the strong community support of our schools. This is a community that values education and has high expectations for responsibility, self-discipline, respect, compassion and honesty—the Bluejacket Way

Read More > about The Future Is In Your Hands
Superintendent Rudolph

As August approaches, our team is diligently planning for the future of our district. We currently have about 20 sub-groups working on the planning process to develop the three plans required by the MDE. Next week, we look forward to the Department of Education providing clear direction for our return to learning in one of three formats.

Read More > about Adaptability. Personal Responsibility. Community Support.
Superintendent Rudolph

Over the past weeks, we have celebrated School Board Appreciation Week and #PublicSchoolsProud Week. As I think about the foundation of our society, I believe nothing is more important than the education of our citizens for the future of our democracy and our country’s prosperity. Children in our schools are fortunate that our community agrees.

Read More > about Celebrating Achievements
Superintendent Rudolph

It’s been almost 90 days since I accepted the invitation to join the Cambridge-Isanti Schools leadership team, and I am energized by the passion for learning among our students and staff. There is strong community support for our schools. Everyone I have met shares the same value of providing the best possible education for every student, every day.

Read More > about 90 Days In