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Feb 09th

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Bookawocky chemistry program engages inquisitive kids and parents

Bookawocky chemistry program engages inquisitive kids and parents

Kids attended a “Chemists in the Library” program on Saturday, July 14 at the Oxboro Library  in Bloomington.  The program was sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society and was part of Hennepin County Library’s “Bookawocky” summer programs for children and teens.  The community room was packed with inquisitive kids, parents, and grandparents.

Pictured: Dave Blackburn (left), a chemistry professor at Century College, showed Maple Grove residents Sean, Ethan and Natalie Dietz how to make silly putty at a “Chemists in the Library” program at Hennepin County Library – Oxboro on July 14.

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College can end generational poverty

College can end generational poverty

One adult with a college degree can end the cycle of generational poverty in a family forever. However, fewer than nine percent of students from low-income backgrounds receive their bachelor’s degree by age 24.

Pictured: Ayriel Hadley, who graduated from Saint Louis University in May, celebrated on Saturday with 35 other students of College Bound’s first college graduating class at the Cap & Gown Ball at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

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Obama recognizes master teachers

Obama recognizes master teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Obama Administration announced the President's plan for the creation of a new national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps comprised of some of the nation's finest educators in STEM subjects.

The STEM Master Teacher Corps will begin with 50 STEM teachers established in 50 sites and will be expanded over four years to reach 10,000 Master Teachers. These selected teachers will make a multi-year commitment to the Corps and, in exchange for their expertise, leadership and service, will receive an annual stipend of up to $20,000 on top of their base salaries. The Administration will launch this Teacher Corps with the $1 billion from the President's 2013 budget request currently before Congress.

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Eco Education awarded Xcel Energy Foundation grant check for $10,000

Eco Education awarded Xcel Energy Foundation grant check for $10,000

The Xcel Energy Foundation recently awarded a grant check for $10,000 to Eco Education, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of sustainability learning experiences for school children.

Pictured from left to right:  Elise Griffin, Eco Education program advisor; Paul Adelmann, Xcel Energy community relations manager; Lea Favor, executive director of Eco Education.

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Teaching literacy: Fulfilling, exciting

Teaching literacy: Fulfilling, exciting

I have spent the last ten months of my life in a flurry of excitement. I spent this past school year working with kids at Sheridan Global Arts and helping them learn. I have to admit, it's tough to sustain such a level of excitement when you know that your responsibility is to change lives. I watched children who could barely speak English on the first day of school grow to be successful readers by the end of the year. I helped kindergarteners with no experience with letters become readers. These things happened, in part, because I was there as a literacy tutor. I watched these kids grow daily, feeling so blessed that I could be a part of their growth and success. This flurry of excitement and amazement at the impact of being a literacy tutor wouldn't have happened without the Minnesota Reading Corps.

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Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

The Camper Cabin Production in Red Wing, MN is now on the Summit Academy campus.

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes and Summit Academy celebrated the first jointly built camper cabin for state parks.  An ice cream social was held at Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway, to celebrate completion of the first Department of Natural Resources (DNR) camper cabin built through a new partnership between the Hennepin County STS Homes Program and Summit Academy OIC.

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2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

Pictured: 2012 Step-Up participating students

The second annual Northwest Suburban Integration School District Step-Up Summit for eighth grade boys was held June 18-22, 2012 at the University of St. Thomas downtown Minneapolis campus.  Approximately 45 students from five NWSISD member districts attended the summit.  The intensive educational experience helped prepare participants for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement.

Each day began with a keynote speaker that stressed the importance of education as a way of maintaining control over one’s future.  Participants then spent the morning participating in classroom activities focused on introspection, learning how culture shapes expectations, setting goals for the upcoming school year and creating plans that will assist them in accomplishing those goals. 

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