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Lyndale School hosts authors, artists at Arts Extravaganza Day

Lyndale Community School  from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Thursday May 13 will host Arts Extravaganza Day, the culmination of a year-long poetry project sponsored by Arts for Academic Achievement that paired classrooms with Minnesota authors. Lyndale Community School is at 3121 W. 34th St. in South Minneapolis.

The goal of the project was to help students know authors, see themselves as authors and become authors. Each grade level worked on poetry and writing with a single author or artist for five or more days during the school year. Through classroom visits, artists taught students about the writing process and gave them a look into a writer’s mind. All students in grades Pre-K through five produced written work.

At Arts Extravaganza Day, students will present readings, performances and illustrations. Authors scheduled to read from their work include John Coy, Susan Marie Swanson, Joyce Sidman and Marie Olofsdotter, who will appear with a four foot tall puppet of her character Sofia.

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Forum explores closing the achievement

Forum explores closing the achievementCarl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy & Strategic Initiatives of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education will be the keynote presenter in a Town Hall Forum on education, 4:30pm– 6pm., Monday, May 17, 2010. The event is organized by 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison. It will be held at Columbia Heights Senior High School, 1400 49th Avenue Northeast, Columbia Heights, MN.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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