Monday, May 6, 2013
From Atlantic salmon to Lebanese Baba Ganoush. Add to your cooking know-how with these courses from District 196's Community Ed program.
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley. WHAT: Create delicious fish dishes using a few basic techniques. Make and taste a mixed greens and garden vegetable salad served with homemade creamy garlic dressing. Grill fresh tuna steaks with a Mediterranean style relish served with pasta tossed with garlic in olive oil. Moist, flaky Atlantic salmon is slow baked with oven dried tomatoes and dill butter sauce. Walleye Pike is lightly breaded and pan-fried to a crispy golden brown and served with homemade tartar sauce and mashed potatoes. Key lime pie topped with fresh whipped cream completes the menu. Demonstration and tasting. Taught by Jeff Sandino, founder of Flavors from the Home, Inc., an…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Each Sunday, Eagan Patch takes a moment to look back at the headlines from the previous week.
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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 …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The District 196 School Board heard a proposal on April 22 for a 10-cent hike in lunch prices and a 5-cent bump in breakfast prices.
School District 196 families will see a small bump next year in school meal prices thanks to a Federal mandates requiring more fresh fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and vegetables in school meals. On April 22, the District 196 School Board heard a proposal for 10-cent hikes in the lunch prices and a 5-cent increase in breakfast prices district-wide. Lunch prices were last increased in the 2011-12 school year, while breakfast and milk prices have not increased since 2004. At the meeting, board members expressed concern over a potential dip in meal enrollment as a result of the decrease. The board did not take action on the meal hike last week, but is expected to vote whether to approve the proposal at an upcoming meeting. With …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Collin Westgard builds and refurbishes computers out of his parents' garage—then he donates them to families in need across the community.
Even in preschool, Collin Westgard had an affinity for computers. "At age four, he was the kid in the room who would rather help someone else play on the computer or work on it, than play with the blocks," his mother, Kathleen, remembers. Westgard, now a 15-year-old freshman at Eagan High School, still loves tinkering with computers and helping others—two traits that have earned him a special shout-out from Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire and the Eagan City Council. That's because Westgard, who works out of his parents' garage in Eagan, is using his skills to build and donate computers to local students. As if that wasn't enough, he also provides free tech support to elderly computer owners in the community. "With youth like this, and parents …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Magnet Schools of America honored the Eagan elementary school and two other facilities in District 196 late last week.
Editor's Note: The following is a news release from School District 196. All three elementary magnet schools in District 196 are recognized as schools of distinction for 2013 by Magnet Schools of America. The School of Distinction and higher School of Excellence awards recognize magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement. To be considered for an award, schools must submit an application with information about school demographics, a program overview, innovative instructional strategies used at the school, assessment, parent and community involvement, and awards and achievement examples. …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Check out these spring Community Education course listings from School District 196.
WHAT: Create both traditional rolled sushi (maki-zushi) and American California sushi. Start with seasoned sushi rice and add your choice of ingredients including cooked chicken, shrimp, smoked salmon, crab, mushrooms, eggs, carrots, avocado, spinach, ginger and more! No raw fish is used. Discover where to shop and how to select brands. Prepare ingredients, assemble the rolls and learn presentation tips. Sample sushi in class and take some home. Bring a container to class. Fee includes all ingredients. Additional time may be required for cleanup. WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at Scott Highlands Middle School. COST: $39 per person. Registration here. WHAT: Learn and develop solid golf skills and work on correcting your hook or…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The School District 196 band programs need your help providing instruments to families unable to afford their own saxophone, trumpet or other instrument.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Eagan High School. The "Band For All" program in ISD 196 provides instruments for students who'd like to be a part of our Instrumental Music program, but cannot afford an instrument. If you have an instrument sitting around your house, please consider donating it to this program. (Another great need is cash to repair donated instruments.) BFA Coordinator, Angela Wyatt, reports that they are currently running very low of instruments and the requests are beginning to exceed supply. The effect of this shortage will immediately affect the beginners program, which trickles down to the middle school and eventually the high school. All of this affects the future health of our entire district …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Students rejoice! School District 196 has cancelled classes district-wide on Tuesday, thanks to a snowstorm that blanketed the metro area with a thick layer of freshly fallen powder overnight. The winter storm deposited as much as 7 inches of snow during the overnight hours in some Dakota County communities, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to continue this morning, with totals in excess of 10 inches likely in some areas. Forecasters are calling for a high temperature of 29 degrees on Tuesday, with northeast winds at 10 mph. The winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting difficult driving conditions on all of the major Dakota …
Monday, March 4, 2013
School District 196 has a bevy of classes coming up this spring for local residents.
School District 196 is offering a handful of art, cooking, health and hobby classes this spring, including a cupcake baking course and pottery classes. Check out the course descriptions below, or click on a link to register for a class. Information courtesy of School District 196. When/Where: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Rio Gran Training Academy. Description: Enjoy time with your dog discovering basic to complex tricks. Learn how to break down tricks for easier training and how to turn simple tricks into complex. Tricks include shake, dance, fetch and others. Rio Gran Training Academy instructors, lifelong passion for dogs, experts in dog training practices, have helped dogs and owners build strong relationships. Cost: $20. …