Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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District 833 officials are looking to prepare its future workers to compete in a global marketplace with an after-school Mandarin Chinese language program. The district's community education and curriculum departments, with the blessing of the board, is offering Mandarin Chinese language and culture classes before and after school beginning this week and running until May.
The school bonding referendum that District 833 voters said "yes" to in September will mean changes far beyond a new high school. Grade configurations will be shuffled, teachers will have to get additional certification and boundary changes will take place. The first change on the district timeline is moving the Spanish Immersion language program to a long-term home at Crestview Elementary School in Cottage Grove. Presently the program is based at Bailey Elementary School, where kindergarten, first and second graders are participating. Bailey Elementary will not have room for the program i
School District 833 officials did not choose a site for a third high school at its Thursday night meeting as expected. A decision was postponed until Thursday, Nov.
School Board Member Carrie Olson resigned Tuesday night, effective Nov. 17, one day after the site for a third high school is expected to be decided. Olson, in the first year of a second term, is taking a position in the district's transportation department coordinating bus routes, she said.
More than $3 million is coming to School District 833 with all of it going to teachers in the form of "incentives." Politicians refer to it as "merit pay," a term educators reject. In Minnesota it is called an Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System or "Q-Comp." During the last legislative session, lawmakers, with the support of the governor, provided funding for the system.
One difference between the two Woodbury sites being considered for a third high school is that one is landlocked and the other could be expanded. Comparing a 120-acre site that could be expanded at Dale Road and County Road 19 with an 80-acre site that has no expansion at Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive will be the job of the District 833 School Board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. District administrators warned board members at the Oct.
Three Park High School teens from Cottage Grove spent eight weeks last summer learning how they can change the world. They found themselves changed in the process. All three received scholarships from the Louis August Jonas Foundation to attend camps where they learned about world issues, and how they can make a difference. Shane Penn went to Camp Redhook for boys and Nicole Winters went to Camp Clinton for girls, both in upstate New York, for eight weeks. Janessa Schilmoeller, who attended Camp Clinton in the summer of 2005, went to Denmark.
Bullying behavior is more than shoving others on a school playground. Bullies also intimidate, call kids names, exclude some kids from activities and seek power over others. School District 833 students have been getting the message over the past three years that "bullying" is not allowed anywhere on school property. The school board also approved a policy that includes sanctions for bullying.
Before last week, Park High School football fans did not have a lot to cheer about because the Wolfpack had lost all its conference games. But that came to a halt Friday night.
After Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson found out she was running for her fourth four-year term unopposed, she knew she wouldn't have to raise money for a campaign. She decided to host a little shindig for her supporters instead. The idea grew into the "Heart of the County," a celebration with a nonprofit twist at the River Oaks Golf Club Sunday afternoon. She invited 1,500 of her friends, supporters and local movers and shakers to a fundraiser for community organizations such as the Stone Soup Thrift Store, Friends in Need Food Shelf, Human Services Inc.