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Aug 28th


Maxfield Magnet teacher named Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Maxfield Magnet teacher named Minnesota Teacher of the YearSaint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) sixth grade teacher Ryan Vernosh is 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The appointment, which was made public Sunday, May 2, is the culmination of a search process that began with more than 400 nominations and 107 candidates.

"Ryan represents the teacher of the future that our nation's students need right now," said Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva. "He truly embodies the passion, dedication and determination of our District's quality educators that work tirelessly in our classrooms to effect positive change in our students' lives."

Vernosh, who teaches sixth graders at Maxfield Magnet as part of the school's gender specific programming, is the second ever SPPS teacher to be named Teacher of the Year. He has been with the District since 2004 and has taught at Maxfield since 2006.

Metropolitan State appoints interim affirmative action officer

Metropolitan State appoints interim affirmative action officerTruly Webb, Minneapolis, has been appointed interim affirmative action officer by President Sue K. Hammersmith. The appointment is effective for one year beginning May 3.

Webb is responsible for developing the university’s affirmative action plan; for monitoring compliance within all aspects of university work; and for investigating student or employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought under MnSCU’s 1B.1 policy. She also works with the Human Resources Office in the administration and monitoring of hiring practices and provides training and professional development related to nondiscrimination, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action.

Folwell Middle School to celebrate school history and tradition

After 78 years, students, staff and families will honor the history and traditions of Folwell Middle School with a closing celebration scheduled for May 20. The school is seeking old school photographs, artifacts and yearbooks for a commemorative booklet which will be published by current Folwell students.

Food and entertainment will be provided. There is no cost to attend. The event is Thursday, May 20 with a Multicultural buffet from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, welcome and ceremony at 6:30 pm and a community social 7:15-8 pm.

All events are at Folwell Middle School, 3611 20th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

Amhearst Wilder Neighborhood leadership program graduates 32

Amhearst Wilder Neighborhood leadership program graduates 32
On Monday, April 26, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) graduated 32 students from its 2009-10 program. The event, was held at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, in Saint Paul. Saint Paul Chief of Police John Harrington offered the keynote address, and Alicia Huckleby, Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA), also offer remarks.

Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarships

Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarshipsWhen Cooper High School senior Samuel Ogunyemi opened his mailbox last week, what he found was a free ride to college. Ogunyemi, who has been participating in Admission Possible’s free after school college prep program for the past two years, is one of 20 Minnesota high school seniors to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The award, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, covers all expenses for an undergraduate degree at the college or university of the recipients’ choice, and even the cost of a doctorate degree in some fields of study.

When he opened the letter, Ogunyemi was overwhelmed. “It said, ‘Congratulations, Samuel,’” he recalls. “I said ‘wow’ for at least 30 minutes. Just ‘wow’ over and over. I showed my mom, and she was jumping up and down. It felt good.”

Originally from Nigeria, Ogunyemi moved to Minnesota when he was 10. “My parents wanted me and my brother and sister to get an education in the Unites States,” he said. “They said if you get a degree here, you can go anywhere in the whole world.”

Rotary Club partners with Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Read-a-Thon

For one week in mid-March, the Minneapolis South Rotary Club supported Friendship Academy of Fine Arts in its annual Read-A-Thon. FAFA, located at 2600 E. 38th Street, conducted the event during the week of March 8- 12 at the school. Members of the Minneapolis South Rotary Club volunteered hours of their time to read to children in various classrooms. Club members, Jesse Lee, Ethel Lee Norwood, and Karin Treiber, club president, developed a project to fund awards for the three classrooms and the three students that achieved the highest reading goals during the week-long program.

FAFA Administrator, Ethel Lee Norwood, expressed the views of the teachers, parents, and students in her comment, “The 2010 Read-a-Thon was a great success. The winning students and classrooms are so appreciative of the books they were able to purchase with gift certificates from the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.”

Presently, the FAFA does not have a library to serve its 150 students in grades K-6.  Consequently the Minneapolis South Rotary Club applied for and received a Rotary International Community Assistance Grant in the amount of $500 to assist individual classrooms in enhancing the collection of books for the students in these classes and to present individual awards to students so they can build their home libraries.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of community-based, service-minded volunteers who work on literacy, hunger, water-safety, and other needs.

Six students earn Gates scholarships

Six students earn Gates scholarshipsSix Minneapolis Public Schools students were among 1,000 scholars nationwide selected as the recipients of good-through-graduation college scholarships from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Fadumo Abdullahi and Abdullahi Ali of Edison High School and Doua Kha, Mai Vang, Soua Chang and Susan Vang of Patrick Henry High School will receive scholarships that can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients’ choice. The Class of 2010 Gates Millennium Scholars represent 45 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing the next generation of America’s leaders, UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, over 13,000 students have received GMS scholarships, attending more than 1,500 schools, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and UNCF member historically black colleges (HBCUs).
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