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Feb 13th


Education's STEAM in the 21st century

Education's STEAM in the 21st century

It’s a very exciting time to be in Robbinsdale Area Schools.  On December 5, 2011, the School Board approved a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet for K-5 elementary students, set to open fall of 2012.  This STEAM magnet will have traditional components found in exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education; we added an arts focus as well because of the influence arts has on education, and also because Robbinsdale Area Schools has a long and successful history in arts education.  District staff are working hard on the creation of this magnet, and other staff are working on enrollment policies that will help to ensure that the students who attend this magnet are reflective of the beautiful diversity of the district.  Infusing the arts into STEM education can enhance engagement and creativity, help to preserve and honor culture and tradition, and unlock creative thinking and the potential for partnerships. 


Zone will support North High growth

North High School will have a designated attendance area for the 2012-2013 school year that includes the Bethune and Bryn Mawr attendance areas.   
This attendance area is in addition to the citywide option for all Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) high school students.  Students who request North High School outside of Zone 1 will be eligible for a Metro Transit Go To Card.  Students who live in Zone 1 outside the one-mile walk zone, will be eligible for MPS yellow bus transportation.


The Best Gift for Our Students

As we enter the holiday season and the season of giving, I wanted to reach out to our families and friends in Minneapolis. The best gift that a child can receive is your support in his or her pursuit of a high-quality education experience.

There is nothing more important than preparing students to be successful. I see the future leaders of Minneapolis and our world in the bright eyes and intelligence of our students.


More than 40% of low-income schools don't get a fair share of state and local funds, Department of Education Research finds

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education documents that schools serving low-income students are being shortchanged because school districts across the country are inequitably distributing their state and local funds. 

The analysis of new data on 2008-09 school-level expenditures shows that many high-poverty schools receive less than their fair share of state and local funding, leaving students in high-poverty schools with fewer resources than schools attended by their wealthier peers.


African Americans and Standardized Tests:

New book urges going back to basics to close achievement gap

As a group, African American students continue to score among the lowest of all racial groups on standardized K-12 and college entrance exams. Whether right or wrong, fair or unfair, standardized test scores are used to determine which students are accepted into gifted programs and the university of choice—and which students are placed in special education and remedial programs.


Hawthorne focus on education

Hawthorne focus on education

The monthly Hawthorne Huddle meeting, held from 7:30-8:45am Thursday, November 3 at 601 29th Ave. N. revisited September’s topic of Academic Achievement, focusing on two innovative efforts to educate youth in North Minneapolis. 

Key presenters were Eric Mahmoud, founder and CEO of Harvest Preparatory and Best Academy Schools, and Angela Chang, principal of Minneapolis College Preparatory School. 


University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Levy-Pounds named one of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

The Minnesota Jaycees recently named University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds to the list of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. Levy-Pounds is among 11 honorees who were recognized at a special awards celebration held on December 3rd.

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