• Meet Lynda Benkofske, December Above & Beyond Employee Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/Lynda_Benkofske_Sandyweb.jpg Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski presented Lynda Benkofske with the December Employee Recognition honors during a Monday morning meeting. (click on photo at left) The surprise event took place at the District Service Center.

    Here is part of Lynda’s nomination:
    "Lynda has been highly instrumental in moving the early learning centers to a new and higher level of quality early childhood education, by initiating the process of seeking accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is a rigorous process involving the creation of new policies, gathering of evidence for portfolios, and making sure that curriculum and materials are up to national accreditation standards, and it will ensure that all of the infants and young children in the district's early learning centers will receive the highest quality early childhood education, and the best chance at success in both school and life in their future." read more

    Congratulations Lynda!

  • MN DI participates in China Tournament Friday, December 12, 2014

     A local DestiNation Imhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/BlaineTeam_China_web2.jpgagination team competed in China this month and brought home the gold. 

    According to Minnesota Affiliate Director, Pamela Schroeder, our team from Blaine High School brought home a First Place in the structure challenge, and a First Place in Instant Challenge. This was the second Beijing International Invitational, and the team's second (and third) victory there. The team name is "If I told you I would have to.....TOP SECRET". The members are in grades 7-11. (click on photo)

    It was a very competitive environment. In addition to 575 Chinese teams performing in their country's tournament, there were 25 international teams from Canada, Qatar, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Korea, and three US teams. Winners at this event will advance to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May.

    Taking first place in the Instant Challenge was especially significant because this was the first time a trophy was issued in China for Instant Challenge.

    Congratulations go to the Blaine DI Team!

  • ASL Students Rock during Pep fest Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/EPHS_ASL_Pep_Fest_web.jpg District 287 has a big presence in the American Sign Language (ASL) Department at Eden Prairie High School (EPHS). For many years, instructors Albert Walla and Lynn Fiscus, and Interpreter Cynthia Dzimian, have taught the skills needed to be fluent in ASL.

    During the last few years, the skills of 3rd year ASL students are demonstrated by signing songs during EPHS Pep Fests. On Friday, the Pep Fest included the accomplishments of students in academics, sports and outside activities. Half way through the announcements,11 "accomplished" ASL students signed the song Don't Stop Believing (Journey 1981) to the entire student body. One of the students did an impressive "air guitar” solo while others signed applause. All of which received a standing ovation by the thousands of students and staff who attended the event.

    Last week’s event was a particularly big occasion. EPHS football team won their 4th straight State Football Championship.

    Nice work ASL students and staff!

  • Chad Maxa named Technology Leader of the Year Monday, December 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/ChadMaxa_Intermediate_District_287.jpg Congratulations Chad Maxa for being named the state-wide Technology Leader of the Year. This award goes to a district technology leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve education. Chad received this prestigious award this morning during the annual TIES Technology Conference.

    Chad is our Executive Director for Technology and Innovation. He has been with our District since 2006. Here is a summary of his nomination:
    “His leadership and technical skills have helped build and maintain IT in a large, complex, and innovative organization. Among his many contributions, Chad led a process to acquire tools for a comprehensive safety and communication system …. This has helped reassure staff and parents that students’ needs can be met quickly and efficiently .… Chad was instrumental in the design of the North Education Center, which is customized for highly unique learners. He understands that integrated and accessible AV and technology systems are the foundation for successful teachers and learners.”

    TIES produced a video about Chad's work. See video.

    Congratulations Chad!

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