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Feb 10th


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.

North High Redesign: A 14-Member Advisory Committee Announced

The selection of 9 dedicated community members completes the creation of a strong, committed advisory committee that will help inform and guide the work of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) in the North High School redesign process. 

Of the 23 community members who submitted applications, 4 were selected by the joint district-community interview team, and 5 others were elected by the community at a public meeting last Thursday. The process for selection included community members nominated each other or themselves to serve on the committee. Each candidate gave a brief statement and then those present at the meeting voted for up to four candidates.

Lessons on closing the achievment gap

Lessons on closing the achievment gapWhat began as Wendy Kopp’s senior college thesis has since evolved into a national force in education reform: Teach For America (TFA). This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to removing educational inequity by recruiting the nation’s top college graduates to commit two years to teach in urban and rural schools in low‐income communities.

Kopp, the TFA Founder and CEO, was in town last week for a special Minnesota Meeting at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) studios in Saint Paul. Nearly 150 community and education leaders gathered to hear her chronicle the lessons she’s learned over the years about what it will take to close the achievement gap in her best‐selling book A Chance to Make History.
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