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Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.


Oak-Land Junior High School Resource Officer recognized for exceptional service

Washington County Detective Rebecca Engel, the School Resource Officer at Oak-Land Junior High, is this year’s Meritorious Service Medal winner, awarded by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Department. (submitted photo)

She may be known as “Ms. Deputy” by some of the students at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo, but law enforcement officers around the state know Detective Rebecca Engel as this year’s Meritorious Service Medal winner.
Engel was recently recognized by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association for her exceptional accomplishments and achievements as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Oak-Land Junior High School. The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to just one deputy in the state of Minnesota each year.


District 622 middle schoolers win Maplewood Human Rights Commission essay contest

From left, Maplewood Human Rights Commissioners Julie Xiong, Nate Danielson and Jon Brandt pose with the winners of the commission’s essay contest, Maplewood Middle School student Nate Kong and Skyview Middle School students Julian Yang and Jaitel Vang. (submitted photo)

Three District 622 eighth graders have been named the winners of the city of Maplewood’s Human Rights Commission essay contest.
Nathaniel Kong, an eighth grader at Maplewood Middle School, earned first place for his essay and will be entered into the statewide essay contest. Two Skyview Middle School eighth graders also placed in the Top 3. Jaitel Vang earned second place and Julian Yang earned third place.


'It's a Wonderful Life' at Hill Murray

photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

Hill-Murray seniors and little ones in the cast of “It’s A Wonderful Life” gather in front of the scenic book-like setting. Open the pages and it’s a 10 by 24-foot backdrop depicting the town of Bedford, the Bailey’s living room, the bridge and the building and loan business. Performances are Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 and15 at 2 p.m. at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood.


ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award

Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin, multiple needs teacher at Oakdale Elementary, is The Arc Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.


Hill-Murray presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Hill-Murray Theatre, including cast members William Arnold and the larger Audrey 2 played by Nick Schroepfer, will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on Oct. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

The “Trio” Riley Petty, Abby Laudi, and Kezia Germ rehearse the “Little Shop of Horrors” rock musical number for Hill-Murray’s fall production.

Hill-Murray Theatre will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on Oct. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.


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Stillwater district unveils new technology services

Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834 will become more mobile-friendly this fall with the addition of two new services for parents and students. The district will introduce a new text alert service and lunch menu application for mobile devices that will keep families in the loop with what’s going on during the school day.
“Anything we can do to improve or increase our services for our students and parents is a good thing,” Superintendent Corey Lunn said. “When we’re downsizing ... it’s good to have a service that allows parents to not depend on staff as much.”