Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Eleven volunteers from the Five Oaks Community Church here who are in Haiti on a mission trip to assist with an orphanage project are safe and well after the 7.0 earthquake hit the country on Tuesday, according to their church pastor. The volunteers traveled to Haiti on Saturday to assist with the construction of All God's Children orphanage in Fedja, Haiti. Fedja is about 45 miles north of the country's capitol of Port-au-Prince. All volunteers are safe and the orphanage received no considerable damage, the Rev. Henry Williams said.
A sport that involves chasing a ball while flying on a broomstick is the basis for one of East Ridge High School's newest clubs. A small group of East Ridge students are attempting to form an after-school Quidditch Club that will take up the make-believe sport featured in the Harry Potter novel and film series. The students hosted an informational meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2. When East Ridge junior Megan Thompson first suggested the game of Quidditch to her friends, they were a bit skeptical.
District 833 school buses became victims of frigid temperatures Monday morning when five of its school buses failed to start early in the morning after sitting dormant during the holiday break. As a result of the start-up failures, 11 bus routes were affected. The 11 bus routes affected were - #327A at East Ridge High School, #223 at Lake Middle School, #246 and #250 at Oltman Middle School,#101 at Armstrong Elementary, #163 at Hillside Elementary, #140 at Royal Oaks Elementary, #702 and #705 at Nuevas Fronteras, #803 at Transfiguration and #802 at Valley Crossing Community School.
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? That's the question that Teresa Campbell's fifth grade Gateway students at Bailey Elementary want to know. Campbell's fifth grade students were chosen to film commercials for the local CW Twin Cities network where they asked the bonus question for the television show "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" on Dec.
Winter finally made its way to Woodbury Tuesday, Dec. 8 with about a half foot of snowfall recorded in the area. The National Weather Service included communities in District 833 in a winter storm warning Wednesday, but that wasn't quite enough for school officials to call a snow day. The last time District 833 closed schools due to weather conditions was last January when the schools closed for two days because of frigid temperatures, not snowfall.
As any teacher will tell you, it can be difficult to get a high school student to be quiet. But American Sign Language teacher Kristin Kohner tried to do just that with the second annual Silent Night Deaf Event on Nov. 19 at Woodbury High School. "Some students spend thousands of dollars to immerse themselves in the culture of the languages they have learned, but for ASL students the culture is right here," Kohner said.
District 833 officials asked an incumbent school board candidate to stop sending campaign e-mails to district staff today, a day before the election, and called the actions inappropriate. District officials said school board member Marsha Adou sent election-related e-mails, from a private e-mail account, to teachers and staff at Woodbury High School. That is against district policy, said Barb Brown, District 833 communications director. Adou said she wasn't aware that she couldn't e-mail teachers or staff members. After being told on Monday, Nov.
With about a week to go before the election, one more candidate is throwing her hat back in the ring for District 833 School Board. Current school board member Denise Kapler has started a write-in campaign for re-election. Kapler, a Woodbury resident who was first elected to the school board in 2001, said she chose not to file for re-election this fall because of some instances of retaliation against her daughters due to school board decisions. "That really caught me off guard," she said.
Mike Thissen Age: 39 Residence: Woodbury Family: Married with three sons and one daughter Occupation: Health inspector Why he's running: He wants to be more involved with the decisions the school board makes involving his kids. Mike Thissen is clear on why he believes he would make a good school board member. "What separates me is that I kind of tell it how it is, I respond to people and I listen to people," said Thissen, a Woodbury resident.
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