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Feb 07th


Saint Paul Public Schools takes school enrollment to the community

New and returning Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) students and families are invited to begin the school enrollment process earlier and more easily this year. The Student Placement Center (SPC) will host several community enrollment sites throughout Saint Paul during July and August 2011, to recruit and enroll new and returning students. This exciting opportunity brings this important service to the communities and closer to our families. Services at the community sites will include assigning and updating student numbers, language assessment for students who have a home language other than English, determining enrollment options and a review of each student's health history.

McCarthy named dean of Hamline School of Business

McCarthy named dean of Hamline School of BusinessHamline University welcomes Dr. Anne M. McCarthy as dean of Hamline University School of Business. McCarthy brings with her 30 years of experience in business and higher education and particular expertise in the areas of entrepreneurship, economics, management, and marketing.

“With broad academic experience and innovative leadership, Dr. McCarthy is uniquely qualified to build on the current success of the Hamline University School of Business and to significantly advance its programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels,” said Dr. David Stern, vice president for academic and student affairs. “With her high aspirations and a deep commitment to entrepreneurism, she is the right person at the right time to lead the business school.”

Books For Africa shipped nearly 2 million books to African children in past year

Books For Africa shipped nearly 2 million books to African children in past year Books For Africa (the St. Paul-based 501 c 3 non-profit) announced that over the past 12 months with the completion of its fiscal year on June 30, 2010, approximately 1.9 million books valued at $22.2 million have been shipped to 21 African countries.  In addition, 643 computers and 13 brand new law libraries were shipped to Africa during this same time frame.  This represents the most books that Books For Africa has ever shipped in a 12-month period.

Corporations bring $13 million to support Minneapolis Schools

We constantly strive to do all that we can to continue connecting with our communities and families. Everyone is busier than ever, which is why we work hard to develop innovative and creative ways to provide our families and the community with information and support that they need to ensure that our students are successful in school. As summer break is well underway, we encourage families and community members to follow us and provide feedback through the various communications tools we utilize all year round:

Teachers make a difference

Teachers make a differenceTeach For America on June 7 announced that nearly 50 new teachers will begin teaching in the Twin Cities in the fall of 2011 as part of the largest entering corps in the organization’s history. With the addition of these teachers, nearly 100 first- and second-year corps members will collectively reach more than 6,000 students in high-need public schools across the Twin Cities. These corps members will teach alongside other dedicated educators, including some 30 new alumni of Teach For America-Twin Cities who will continue working in education.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Teach For America to bring corps members into Minneapolis schools,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. “These teachers are an asset to our school communities and are renowned for working alongside MPS teachers and staff to support student achievement. We look forward to welcoming our new corps members this fall to join their colleagues who will remain in our schools beyond their original two-year commitment.”

Government shutdown causes MPS to cancel tests

Due to the recent state government shutdown, the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) announced it will cancel test administration for the writing portion of the Minnesota Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma (GRAD) and the Minnesota Basic Skills Test (BST) written composition retest, originally scheduled July 19. The next opportunity for Minneapolis Public Schools students to retest is November 2.

Test results for students who completed the Minnesota GRAD math or reading retest in June are also delayed due to the state government shutdown, the School District said in a press release Wednesday. Test results will be delivered to families via U.S. postal mail when state government operations resume.

The promise of Freedom Schools

In many school districts across the country summer vacation is getting into full swing. But for a lucky group of nearly 10,000 children in 87 cities and 27 states around the country, it’s not just summer—it’s a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® summer.

“For me, Freedom Schools was my first exposure to African American college students. Until that time, I couldn’t tell you what college was, couldn’t spell ‘college,’” said Donnie Belcher, who began attending the CDF Freedom Schools program at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. when she was 12 years old. “I actually put a face, a Black face, behind the idea of going to college. We talk about the impact of fatherlessness on Black males, but not on females—and I still remember Lavelle, who was a Morehouse man. He served as the first positive Black male I had ever seen in 12 years.” That experience stayed with Donnie and fueled her dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher through her high school years and beyond.
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