Education

The first week of classes at Apple Valley’s Westview Elementary culminated in Principal Tami Staloch-Schultz (pictured) getting drenched with icy water. Staloch-Schultz took the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association during an all-school assembly Friday, Sept. 5. The aim of the assembly was to introduce students to the concept of “Bulldog STRONG,” an acronym [...]

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Prepares to host 14 bands, including the U of M, in home festival The Rosemount High School marching band opened the competitive season on Saturday with two first-place finishes at competitions in Eden Prairie and Eastview. Their performances of “The Queen” merited the top spot in Class AAA at the Prairie Colors Marching Band Festival [...]

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Volk pursues flexibility for school districts All high school juniors must take the ACT Plus Writing college exam on April 28 to graduate high school, even if they already took it, a legislative mandate that is driving one Lakeville School Board member to take action. Lakeville School Board Member Michelle Volk cited concerns about the [...]

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At its regular meeting on Sept. 8, the District 196 School Board approved the purchase of 8.8 acres of farmland in Apple Valley to be the site of a new transportation hub facility that will eventually save the district up to $500,000 per year in reduced transportation costs. The site is at the northeast corner [...]

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Kindergartners at Rosemount Elementary School ate breakfast early Tuesday morning on the first day of school. This year, all-day kindergarten is free for all students in Minnesota, and, because of additional state legislation, the state is also funding free breakfasts for all kindergarten students. (Photo by Jennifer Chick) Below, Pat DeBord, a kindergarten teacher at [...]

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Post-tragedy hashtag becomes campaign of support for young people It started as a hashtag. Burnsville High School English teacher Jen Waller McDevitt first noticed  #Burnsvillestrong on tweets following the Kansas car crash that killed her former student and good friend, 19-year-old Taylor Ziebol, on July 10, 2013. #Burnsvillestrong continued to pervade social media after news [...]

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