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Feb 11th


Celebrating excellence

Celebrating excellenceWE WIN Institute had an exciting summer with kindergarten, fifth and eighth grade students.  The organization strengthened the reading and writing skills of youth through studying about local and national leaders.  The program was funded by a grant from the Minneapolis Public Schools called ’WrapAround’.

Creating a culture of yes

As we begin the 2011-2012 school year, I am excited to see our students engaged in learning and achieving high results. Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and staff members are prepared to promote student success and accelerate student achievement. We have been working to strengthen our organization internally and externally with a specific goal in mind: “Creating a culture of yes.”

We are MPS and we are committed to our mission: We exist to ensure that all students learn. We are also committed to our vision: Every child college ready.

School administrator’s new book highlights the benefits of positive reinforcement

School administrator’s new book highlights the benefits of positive reinforcementFor decades, educational researchers have documented the benefits of teacher praise and attention in response to working with students who possess learning and behavior problems. Despite the documented benefits, many educators continue to under-utilize this simple method for achieving improved student performance and behavior.  The result of such compelled Dr. Marcus Jackson, a principal to write a children’s book about the topic.

Monster Jam back-to-school drive helps families affected by May 22 tornado

Monster Jam back-to-school drive helps families affected by May 22 tornadoThe producers of Monster Jam on August 19 conducted a back-to-school supply drive in an effort to assist families with school-aged children in the area of north Minneapolis affected by the May 22 tornado.

Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School Principal David Branch, as well as members of the school’s student council and other civic leaders welcomed the Monster Jam representatives and drivers of two Monster Jam’s premier trucks, Grave Digger and Grinder, parked in the lot of Lucy Craft Laney School located at 3333 Penn Ave. N.

Metropolitan State appoints affirmative action officer

Truly Webb, Minneapolis, was appointed affirmative action officer by President Sue K. Hammersmith.  The appointment was effective July 20.

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 the Minnesota State College’s and University’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.

Money skills every child should have

Money skills every child should haveMoney matters, and money management skills are even more important -- at any age. With the help of parents, friends and teachers, children can develop essential financial skills that will be an asset throughout life.

Nearly half of parents believe that schools should teach their children financial literacy, according to the 2010 Intuit Town Hall Money Matters Consumer Survey. However, with cuts to education budgets across the country, teachers often lack the resources they need to impart good financial advice to young ones and many parents don’t have the tools to reinforce lessons at home.

Does campus living earn a passing grade?

Does campus living earn a passing grade? Every fall season, families across the country load up possessions in cars and vans to move their college student into a new home. That is, a new home for the next four months, and then winter break comes around. While dormitory living is the traditional experience for students who leave home to attend a college or university, some parents see merit in allocating their resources for their child to live in an apartment. In some cases it is out of necessity, such as with large schools that only provide housing for first-year students.
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