• Summer VOS programs Celebrated Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Students, parents, community partners and staff gathered to celebrate another great summer of Vocational Outreach Service.

    The celebration featuhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/VOS_Summer/VOS5web.jpgred the work of 28 students in the technology lab. (See more photos) Many of the projects for our classroom teachers and libraries were extensive; time to produce the materials during the regular school year would not be possible. This summary report was compiled by staff and students:
    Production: 562 hours
    Technology Lab – production: 640 hours
    Technology Lab – creation: 768 hours

    The summer VOS program also placed 138 students in 26 non-profit worksites in the community. This group of students experienced jobs in organizations including the American Cancer Society, Golden Living Center and Ridgedale Library. See other worksites.

    Congratulations everyone on another great summer!

  • HMC Students named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Four studenhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Alan_Chiang_HMC_2014_web.jpgts from the Honor's Mentor Connection Program have been named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction.

    The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated self-directed students. To earn this recognition, students must demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects. Students may pursue one or more area of focus.

    This year's Scholars of Distinction:
    Sweta Bhoopatiraju from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "Effects of Betadine for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Patients Intolerant to Maintenance Chemotherapy"
    Paymon Rafian from Maple Grove in the Science category; Project: "Crowd Sourcing as a Method of Indoor Navigation for People with Low Vision"
    Thomas  Zhang from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "The Fermat-Weber Problem: An Exploration of Continuous Variants"
    Alan Chiang (pictured above) from Wayzata was recognized in three categories including Science, Mathematics and STEM; Project: "Medicinal Hydrogels: Functionalizing Hydrogels to Monitor Glucose Levels in Diabetes"

    Interviews with the four winners describing the details of each project appears on the HMC website. Watch video.

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  • District 287 receives State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/msab_logo_color_small.gifThe Minnesota State Arts Board awarded Intermediate District 287 an Arts Learning Grant for the 2013-14 School year. Artist in residence, Anne Krocak, worked with students from Edgewood, South Education Center, Epsilon and Omegon on public art projects using mosaics. 

    This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

    The arts program also collaborated with VSA Minnesota which is an affiliate of the National VSA organization started by the Kennedy family in the 1970s. This is the third year Krocak has worked with students to create a mosaic public art.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgWatch the video to see students at Edgewood to create mosaics stepping stones in their community garden and talking about their inspiration for the mosaic hall tree.

  • Supt. Lewandowski Summarizes Legislative Session Outcomes Monday, July 7, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Legislaturegraphicweb.jpgDuring District 287 School Board meetings this year, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski provided updates on the primarily positive outcomes of the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session with regard to intermediate districts.

    The following is summary of the state sessions.

    New revenue will be realized by the intermediates: (1) Being included in the increase in the safe schools and lease levies; and (2) Receiving teacher evaluation funding.

    A positive policy change to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act will let high school students enrolled in full time dual credit program on college campuses such as the Hennepin Technical Gateway to College Program take remedial coursework.

    Other items of interest are
    (1) Funding to help provide the additional support services needed to operate recovery schools;
    (2) Intermediate districts being able to award diplomas; and
    (3) Building principals having the ability to direct students to enroll in an Area Learning Center (ALC).

    If you have any questions contact lkrees@district287.org.

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