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'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 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.

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


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.”


Century College awarded grant for veterans’ job training in transportation

Century College is one of six colleges in the country that has been awarded a federal grant to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.
Century will receive $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


ISD 834 School Board approves putting levy request on November ballot

The Stillwater Area School District board of education has voted to put a levy referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The vote, taken at the board’s Aug. 8 meeting, was unanimous.
According to a news release from the district, the decision to place the request to increase the district’s operating levy on the ballot came after two years of planning and community input, then months of discussion regarding recent changes in state legislation.


District 622 programs aim to keep students in school ... or get them back

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District is launching new programs this fall so that students with young children and former students have a better chance to earn their high school diploma.
A daycare center for young children whose mothers are students will open in September at the District Education Center in North St. Paul. It is a partnership with the YMCA and designed to prevent young parents from dropping out. It will offer parenting classes as well, said community education director Chuck Erickson.
The district will also begin offering another new program at Harmony Learning Center this fall so adults between the ages of 18 to 21 who didn’t complete high school will have an added opportunity to earn their diploma.


Into the principal’s office… (part 2)

Meet Tracy Buhl, principal at Oakdale Elementary School, Meet Travis Barringer, principal at Skyview Elementary School, Meet Joe Slavin, principal at Skyview Middle School