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Oct 31st

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Saint Paul Public Schools extends student application deadline

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Superintendent Valeria S. Silva announced last week at the regular Board of Education meeting that applications for elementary and secondary students will be accepted and considered on time if turned in by March 22, 2011.

The date change allows families to complete the application process following March 15, 2011, when the Board is expected to take action on the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan.
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MPS to hold classes on March 11 to make up for snow days

Classes will be in session at Minneapolis Public Schools on March 11 to make up for snow days that took place on December 13 and 14, 2010. Students originally were not scheduled to be in class on March 11 due to professional development for elementary school staff and parent-teacher conferences for high school staff and families. March 11 was identified as a makeup day after a review of the MPS calendar.

Because school will be in session on March 11, parent-teacher conferences will be moved to February 18 for all students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Staff professional development formerly slated for February 18 for secondary school staff and March 11 for elementary school staff will now take place on May 9.

Black History Month Events at the Minnesota History Center

Visit the Minnesota History Center during Black History Month in February, and join in festivities that celebrate the proud heritage of black Minnesotans.  Learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators who fought in World War II, while exploring the exhibit “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.”

On the last three weekends of the month, Feb. 12–13, 19–20 and 26–27, families can take part in a History HiJinx craft activity and make a model glider to take home. Kids can also try on a parachute pack and listen to stories about the Tuskegee Airmen.
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AchieveMpls hosts HBCU college fair

AchieveMpls hosts HBCU college fairHigh school students, parents, and families are invited to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday at an HBCU College Fair (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on Monday, Jan. 17, at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 Fourth Street North, in Minneapolis. Students can talk personally with over 20 HBCU representatives and graduates to learn about individual schools, admission requirements, and scholarship resources. They can also connect live via SKYPE to staff and students at Howard University, Bethune-Cookman College, and Clark University. This free event features food, entertainment, and door prizes.
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Progress made; challenges ahead

In the last decade, a coalition of public school educators, parents and civic activists across the country have charted substantial progress in deterring tens of thousands of students from dropping out of high school, according to a newly-published study.

Among other things, the study showed there were 120,000 more high school graduates in 2008 than in 2001 (holding population constant) – a result fueled by overall graduation-rate increases in 29 states and significant graduation-rate increases among African American, Latino American and Native American pupils.
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“Empowerment” operative word in Kenya visit

“Empowerment” operative word in Kenya visitValerie Geaither recently visited Kenya to share and explore ideas about empowering families in the African diaspora. But when the Metropolitan State University professor returned to Minnesota, she was surprised by just how much she felt empowered.

Media stereotypes suggest Africa is an economic basket case and rife with disease, government upheaval and corruption and myriad other ills. But what Geaither witnessed during her trip to Kenya was a progressive, education-centric country determined to shed Third World status.
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Final days to submit entries to the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition

Competition to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation

WASHINGTON –  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded teams participating in the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition to submit their recipes by 5:00 PM EST on December 30, 2010. Teams across the country are working to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition - part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative - will draw on the talents of chefs, students,  school nutrition professionals, and  parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. 
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