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Oct 10th


Keep kids' minds sharp over summer vacation

Keep kids' minds sharp over summer vacation There's nothing kids look forward to more than summer vacation. But summer can also be a prime time for the summer slide -- when grade school students forget some of the reading and math skills they learned during the school year, according to the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). 

That learning gap forces teachers to play catch-up when school starts again in the fall. 

"Parents can play critical roles in ensuring children maintain their academic skills in reading and other subjects over the summer," says Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. "The key is to associate learning with fun activities."

Schools must welcome, respect families

Every child who enters our school doors is an individual with a unique set of life experiences, talents, skills and challenges. I strongly believe that every child deserves our fullest and most intentional support in helping him or her achieve success in school, as well as in life. To do this, our schools must be places where all children feel and believe their surroundings are safe, welcoming and supportive.
Ensuring that our families feel included, welcomed and respected when they enter our buildings is equally as important. Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to providing excellent service to our students, families and visitors through every interaction. A friendly voice on the phone, a warm welcome in the school office and a hospitable environment help individuals continue to have positive connections with our schools. This commitment to inclusion of the diverse families that we serve must permeate every level of our organization.

Arts High School admissions opportunity

Arts High School admissions opportunityHigh school juniors and seniors who are interested in the arts have a second opportunity to apply to attend the Arts High School at the Perpich Center. The Arts High School is a public, tuition-free, accredited high school. It is located at 6125 Olson Memorial Highway in Golden Valley, at the intersection of Highway 55 and 100.

"We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated students who want to work hard," said Julio Vargas, Enrollment Management Director at the Perpich Center.  "Students do not need to come to us with years of lessons or a formal background in the arts. We want to find students who will benefit from our program that combines rigorous academic and intensive learning in the arts."

Bryn Mawr fifth-graders get a taste of college life on campus

Bryn Mawr fifth-graders get a taste of college life on campus Fifth-grade students at Bryn Mawr Elementary School on May 2 experienced a half-day college field trip. Forty-five students participated in the Bryn Mawr Day at the University of Minnesota event, in which students spent the day in the shoes of a college student.

“This experience helps students to realize their potential beyond elementary and secondary school,” said MPS Assistant Director of Equity and Diversity Cedrick Frazier. “Our goal is to raise the expectations of students and parents alike that attending college will be part of students’ future.”

MUL Guild hosts 2011 graduation celebration

The Minneapolis Urban League Guild, an auxiliary of the Urban League affiliate in Minneapolis, will host a celebration for Class of 2011 graduates on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Urban League Glover Sudduth Center located at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North in Minneapolis. 

North High redesign update

Minneapolis Public Schools and the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) on April 20 held the first meeting of the North High Redesign Advisory Committee, a group of nine community members and five school district leaders that will help inform and guide the work of redesigning North High School. ISA is a nonprofit school turnaround organization that partners with school districts and communities to transform underperforming high schools into new academically rigorous and personalized schools.

Henry, Washburn robotics teams to compete at championship

Students from Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Washburn high schools on April 27-30 will compete at the international FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO. The event will bring together 352 qualifying teams made up of 8,800 high school students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United States.
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