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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In 2006, District 833's orchestra program started with 250 fourth- and fifth-grade students. Four years later the program has grown to 750 fourth- through eighth-grade students, and continues to grow. Next fall, for the first time ever, District 833 high schools will offer orchestra. "It's going to be very exciting that this small group of students who originally started in this program will enter the high school for the first time next year," said Nancy Wiessner, District 833 fine arts coordinator. The community will come together to celebrate the orchestra program on Feb.
There are plenty of knowledge competitions where students need to use their brains to answer test questions, but the Brain Bee takes it one step further. They must use their brains to answer questions about the brain. East Ridge High School sophomore Kevin Ig-Izevekhai has qualified for the state Brain Bee competition on Feb. 10 at the University of Minnesota. "I've always kind of been interested in the body, first of all, and especially the brain," he said.
Before Ellery Case was even born, she was fighting for her life. "She was born fighting," Ellery's mother Heidi Case of Woodbury said.
How many little boys have superhero bed sheets or pajamas? How many little boys have drawers and closets filled with action fingers and comic books? Probably more than can be counted. Well, for one day all of these superhero fans had a chance to taste the superhero lifestyle during District 833 Community Education's Superhero Training Camp on Jan. 15 in the Woodbury High School Activities Center. During the event, every super boy brought with them their favorite super female sidekick -- mother, grandmother, sister or aunt -- for a day of superhero games and training.
The district's three high school theater programs will unite to showcase their one-act plays Jan. 20. The plays "Crimes of the Heart," "Flaming Idiots," and "Dracula" will be performed on the Loft Stage at East Ridge. "One-acts are actually notorious for not being very well-attended to be honest since they are shortened versions," said East Ridge one-act director Katie Carlson. "It was a really good idea to bring all the schools together to get more people in the seats.
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.