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

    Four students 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 Schhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Alan_Chiang_HMC_2014_web.jpgolars 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.

  • 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.

  • President Obama visits Customer Service Class Monday, June 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/PresObamaScreenCaptureWEB.jpg Nine students and NECA instructor John Vittera got their 15 minutes of fame on Friday June 27th ….no…it was 20 minutes! 

    Watch the drama unfold!

    The students are enrolled in a ProjectCare course taught by Vittera at the HIRED Office in Minneapolis. He is teaching the Customer Service class as District 287’s part of a grant collaboration. ProjectCARE is a HIRED collaborative effort funded by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Greater Twin Cities United Way Women’s Giving, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses’ Association.

    According to Vittera when he arrived at the HIRED office on the Friday,  police and black vehicles filled the parking lot. 

    “I knew something was up,” said Vittera. “The students and I went through a security check and then we went to the classroom.” He added, “The real surprise came later when lots of cameras and President Obama entered, I was actually stunned!” 

    The President asked about the class and I thought it was best that the students tell about the class,” Vittera recalled. “The most compelling part of the visit for the teen moms was when President Obama shared with them that he was a child of a teen mom.  His mother was 18 when she had him and she raised him on her own.”

    Students reflected on their experience in talking with the President.
    Nou:“My kid will someday be like the president, successful.”
    Kenisha:  “I have a lot going on in my life and think a lot about what happened in my past. President Obama talking to me last Friday made me think, I am worthy!”
    Shanarea: “The first person I called was my grandfather and he said he was proud of me for meeting the president. He voted for Obama.”   

    Adolescent students who are parenting and receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) funding requires young women under the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school or have a GED to be in school or an approved work activity. This Customer Service course is similar to one taught year round in the ALC programs at District 287.

    HIRED works closely with schools and social service agencies, to support students in obtaining their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job-search skills necessary to find and hold a job. It is a natural partner for District 287’s work.

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