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Boys Soccer: East Ridge blasts Woodbury, wins Suburban East
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Park Volleyball: Wolfpack take fourth at Park Invitational
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April 25, 2013
Park High School stages 'Once Upon a Mattress' for spring play
Any musical comedy that has cannons that shoot confetti has got to be a lot of fun to watch. The cast of Park High School's "Once Upon a Mattress," thinks so, too, because during rehearsals and backstage, actors are smiling, having a good time and are full of joy. A take on the...
April 25, 2013 - 9:48am
April 24, 2013
Car collides with bus carrying students in Cottage Grove; no injuries reported
A car collided with a District 833 school bus carrying students Wednesday morning, but there were no reported injuries. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hillside and Hyde avenues in Cottage Grove around 9 a.m. for the crash. The front driver side of a Nissan sedan...
crime and courts / education
April 24, 2013 - 9:58am
April 23, 2013
Attorney: District 833 principal's pay inequity claims 'ludicrous'
A District 833 attorney told a judge Friday that Woodbury High School Principal Linda Plante's argument about pay disparities is "ludicrous, frankly." Trevor Helmers argued that arbitration is not necessary to move forward with the case, citing the collective bargaining agreement...
April 23, 2013 - 2:31pm
April 22, 2013
Park High School remembers Rita Ruiz
More than 500 students and School District 833 staff members celebrated the life of Rita Ruiz Friday in the Park High School gym.
April 22, 2013 - 9:37am
April 18, 2013
'Transition Fair' for parents of special needs students set for tonight at East Ridge
The first-ever Transition Fair providing information and resources to parents of children with disabilities or other special needs is planned for tonight in Woodbury. The fair will be from 6-8:30 p.m. in the East Ridge High School cafeteria. It will include information on group homes,...
April 18, 2013 - 11:08am
'Taste of South Washington County' schools foundation fundraiser set for April 22
A local foundation is reviving a popular event to benefit area schools. The South Washington County Schools Education Foundation is bringing back its big annual fundraiser, "Taste of South Washington County Extravaganza," on Monday, April 22, in Woodbury. Food vendors from Cottage...
April 18, 2013 - 9:20am
April 17, 2013
Public memorial planned after surprise death of Park High School employee Rita Ruiz
A public memorial gathering is planned for Rita Ruiz, the Park High School employee whose sudden death over the weekend has generated a large and emotional outpouring from current and former students and others. Ruiz, 48, died Saturday, April 13, stunning the Park school community....
April 17, 2013 - 4:56pm
April 15, 2013
South Washington County Schools expands options for Crosswinds building
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for the Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School if acquired from the East Metro...
education / politics
April 15, 2013 - 4:46pm
Longtime Park High School staffer Rita Ruiz dies
Park High School paraprofessional staffer Rita Ruiz has died, Principal Kerry Timmerman announced Monday morning. Ruiz "passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon," Timmerman wrote in an email to the Park community. Ruiz was a familiar face in the Cottage Grove school, where...
April 15, 2013 - 9:03am
April 14, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Talking to kids, controlling apps among ways to copy with cyberbullying
Jen Rockhill of the Youth Service Bureau, Cottage Grove police officer and school liaison Gail Griffith, and Cottage Grove Middle School Vice Principal Jason Schultz led a cyberbullying program last week.
April 14, 2013 - 12:58pm
April 4, 2013
Taking the lead: District 833 students have role in parent-teacher conferences
Student conferences between parents and teachers have long been a mainstay in schools. But the time of teachers being in charge of student evaluations has changed in recent years with more schools adopting student-led conferences in School District 833. Oltman Middle School's student-led...
April 4, 2013 - 8:24am
April 3, 2013
Peeps on parade: Cottage Grove students have fun with candy dioramas
While a waning winter has yet to morph into spring-like weather, fifth-graders needed something fun to do. There is so much material to cover in fifth grade, said Pine Hill fifth-grade teachers Missy Lidtke, Pat Oslund and Melissa Rahn, that it's good for kids to take a break. Eight...
education / food
April 3, 2013 - 8:16am
On the mend: School board member Katy McElwee Stevens recovering from cancer surgery
It wasn't what she wanted to hear, but knowing that her father and aunt had colon cancer, it wasn't a surprise when a doctor told Katy McElwee Stevens that she had colon cancer. During a colonoscopy a month ago, a tumor was discovered and was surgically removed on March 7. Appointed...
April 3, 2013 - 8:13am
April 2, 2013
Lawmakers question future of Crosswinds school in Woodbury
Two Twin Cities schools' future rests in legislators' hands. A East Metro Integration District board governing Crosswinds school in Woodbury and Harambee in Maplewood decided to give away the facilities, but Minnesota Management and Budget has ruled that the only thing it can do...
education / politics
April 2, 2013 - 10:15pm
April 1, 2013
Woodbury principal takes District 833 to court claiming pay disparity involving former Park High School principal
Woodbury High School's principal is taking District 833 to court after dealing with a situation internally didn't yield her any results. Linda Plante, who's been the principal at WHS for 18 years, is concerned over pay disparities she discovered when former Park High School Principal...
crime and courts / education
April 1, 2013 - 12:16pm