Saturday, May 25, 2013
The school will donate the money to Gilette's Children's Miracle Network and the Primrose Children's Foundation.
Primrose School in Eagan raised $3,245 during its Spring Fling fundraiser on May 18—money that will be donated to Gillette Children's Hospital's Children's Miracle Network and the Primrose Children's Foundation. The Children's Foundation is a nonprofit that supports other organizations focusing on the needs of children and families. "We want to share our excitement for building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts the community," Primrose School of Eagan representative Diane Storkamp. "Not only were we able to raise funds for a great community cause, but our Spring Fling event also gave local families an opportunity to come together in a fun and exciting way." Primrose School is part of an early childhood education organization …
The library's "Bookawocky" summer reading program offers kids and teens a number of prizes in exchange for books they complete between June and August.
"The big thing about reading is, you have to be in the condition for it. Physical condition, too. This body of mine is a constant distraction. Here I am trying to read, busy reading, yet persistently obliged to put my book aside in order to hit the can, clip my nails, shave, throw up, clean my teeth, brush my rug, [...] take an aspirin, light a cigarette, order more coffee, scratch my ear and look out the window." - Martin Amis, Money To help surmount the countless distractions knocking at the gates of Sustained Literary Exploration, the Dakota County Library is offering local kids and teens a number of small bribes in recompense for completing the chore of reading. The "Bookawocky Summer Reading Experience" program is offering children …
Friday, May 24, 2013
The district's elementary school attendance boundaries haven't changed for 17 years, leading to socioeconomic inequalities, the district says.
District 191 is considering considering elementary school attendance boundaries and will be seeking public input during three upcoming meetings. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District's boundaries have been unchanged since 1996, leading to inequalities. "Some elementary schools are over capacity while others are underutilized," according to a statement on the district's website. "Also, demographics have changed with higher levels of poverty in some schools than others." Plus, enrollment in District 191 elementaries is expected to increase by as many as 1,000 students over the next decade. Elementary principals, teachers and parent leaders have already provided feedback about new enrollment boundaries. Now, the district is soliciting …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The foundation gave $100,000 in scholarships to 118 Eagan students, the organization's largest ever single-year disbursement.
The Eagan Foundation, a local non-profit, announced Wednesday that it would be giving $100,000 in scholarships to 118 Eagan students graduating from high school. It's more money than has been given in any year in the foundation's nearly quarter-century history and a 34 percent increase over 2012. Donors to the Eagan Foundation include local businesses, school organizations, family foundations other and nonprofits. The scholarship winners were honored on May 21 during a breakfast ceremony at Eagan High School. The Eagan Foundation has more about the selection process and winners in a press release: Senior-year students attending Eagan High School or residing in Eagan were eligible for the scholarships administered through the Eagan …
Parents and students can share their best graduation photos with the Eagan community in the gallery below.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Abigail Alt was voted in 4-1 on Thursday night, filling a vacancy left by Paula Teiken.
The Burnsville School Board has a full complement once again. Thursday night, the Board of Education chose Abigail Alt to fill the the vacancy left by Paula Teiken, who resigned in early March due to an impending move. The Board opted to appoint a replacement, as they did when former Board Member Gail Morrison left in June 2011, rather than going to the expense of an off-year election. Nine people went out for the seat, though one of the candidates, Bob John, dropped out at the last minute. Alt, a Burnsville woman and mother of two, was chosen after two rounds of voting. The second and third runner up for the spot were Scott Hume and Bill Streff, respectively. "I was thrilled and very honored. It's a big responsibility serving the board…
Two students from Eagan High School were honored in a May 18 ceremony.
Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. Forty-two Minnesota high school students were honored Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Scholars of Distinction award program in the areas of Science, STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, Leadership and Theater Arts. To earn recognition, a student must have completed required work in Minnesota’s academic standards, demonstrated mastery of complex subject matter, and applied their knowledge and skills in challenging projects, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Education. Among those recognized Saturday include two Eagan High School students: Minnesota Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano was on hand for the ceremony at the Perpich …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Students from the school partnered with the Eagan Fire Department earlier this week as part of several planned Earth Day events.
Faithful Shepherd Catholic School junior high students made a mark on their community on Monday as part of a much-delayed Earth Day celebration. The school's seventh- and eighth-grade students helped build an outdoor classroom at the Eagan Fire Safety Center and conducted a neighborhood clean-up in the area, according Faithful Shepherd Executive Director John Boone. Other school students cleared litter from local parks, planted seedlings on teh school campus and completing other projects, Boone said. Eagan firefighters also brought the students on a tour of the safety center, with an emphasis on the eco-friendly aspects of the Green Globe-certified building.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
District 191 will be the focus of a $3 million National Institutes of Health grant looking for better ways to address childhood obesity.
Overweight elementary students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district will benefit from a new $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. In fall 2014, the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing will begin a five-year study of District 191 schools to determine the best way to address childhood obesity. "This is a huge benefit for our students and families," Dawn Willson, the district's director of health services, said in a statement. "Students will receive ongoing support to make healthy changes in their lives." The nine-month, voluntary after-school program will include small group sessions for students, a support group for parents and one-on-one coaching sessions with the school nurse, parent and child. The …
Friday, May 3, 2013
After a decade of declining enrollments, district schools may see the beginnings of a population rebound over the next 10 years.
After riding out a 5-7 percent enrollment decline in the last decade, School District 196 is in for smoother sailing in the next 10 years, a consultant told school board members last month. Hazel Reinhardt, a consultant hired by district officials to study population fluctuations in the district, projected that schools may see shrinking enrollment over the next five years. But that decrease will likely be followed by a rebound as members of Generation Y—the so-called Millenials—begin to have children of their own, Reinhardt said. She attributed the small fluctuations over the next decade to natural population cycles, and described the district's population as stable—which is good news for the district. In the 2003-04 school year, District …