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Feb 06th


MPS students named National Merit Scholars

Beatrice R. Gantzer of Southwest High School and Evelyn C. Reilly of South High School were among 2,900 students nationwide honored with National Merit Scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities on May 25. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

The Destination College Savings Sweepstakes gives parents have a chance to win $1,000 towards college

The Minnesota College Savings Plan launched its 3rd annual Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes, Destination College Savings, on a special day this year, May 29, 2011 – or 5-29 Day.

The Minnesota College Savings Plan is Minnesota’s official Section 529 plan, administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. As of May 25, 2011, the Plan has helped over 55,000 families save close to $900 million toward a child’s future college education.

Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform efforts

 Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform effortsDr. Chance W. Lewis, the newly appointed “Carolyn Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte”, has been selected by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to lead in the reform of teacher training programs at selected universities. Dr. Lewis’ expertise and extensive research in the areas of urban education and teacher training will serve as the foundation as the UNCF attempts to address the issue of student achievement or the lack thereof. The UNCF’s innovative approach to education reform extends beyond high stakes testing and school options in that it will examine and address those directly impacting the learning process, teachers.

MPS commencement ceremonies to be held June 2-7

Seniors from the Minneapolis Public School district’s high schools and alternative programs will be presented as the graduating class of 2011 during ceremonies June 2-7.

Graduation ceremonies for North, Patrick Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Thomas Edison and Washburn high schools will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, located at 1301 2nd Ave. S. Graduation for Broadway High School will be held at North High School, 1500 James Ave. N. Graduation for Wellstone International High School will be held at Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Ave. S.

School matters: Can public schools really do more with less?

To answer that question, NAM education reporter Vivian Po spoke with Ulrich Boser, author of a recent report by the Center for American Progress: “Return on Educational Investment: A district-by-district evaluation of US educational productivity.” The report, the first attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country, found that some districts have spent their dollars more wisely than others—and most schools can improve their efficiency, if they try.

MCTC partner with Boston Scientific to launch Math and Science initiatives for Minneapolis high school students

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.

Joan Franks named Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal

Joan Franks named Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished PrincipalJoan Franks, principal of Armatage Montessori School in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal (NDP).  The U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award, which has corporate sponsorship from VALIC.

The NDP program was established in 1984 to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of education children receive during their early school years. The program highlights the fundamental importance of the school principal in achieving educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students and reinforces their continued leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.
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