District 197 offers online referendum information session Oct. 10

School District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro invites area residents to join her for an online presentation regarding the Nov.


Visitation school named finalist for science award

Visitation students Nick Owens, Greta Van Guilder and Alex Casale were excited to see the code they wrote working as part of the robotics unit of their computer science program. (submitted photo)

Visitation student Janna Fitzgerald is a member of the mechanical sub team of the school robotics club. The mechanical sub team's responsibilities include building a robot for competition against other schools. Last year Visitation was the regional champion of the FIRST Robotics Competition. (submitted photo)

Tekne Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 13
Science can be an exacting discipline, and so too, it seems, can the art of choosing the winners of science and technology competitions.
The Convent of the Visitation School of Mendota Heights was nominated for a 2014 Tekne Awards in the Education Technology Award category.


West St. Paul closer to ice arena revamp

Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.


Early Learning Center opens in Inver Grove Heights

Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Early Childhood Director Karen Sperl reads to students in the Community Preschool classroom on Sept. 11 during the grand opening of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Inver Grove Heights royalty worked on arts and crafts during the grand opening Sept. 11 of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Center added onto Hilltop Elementary
Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.


District 199 appoints new school board member

Sherry Warrick
The District 199 School Board appointed Sherry Warrick to fill the board seat left vacant by Bridget Cronin, who resigned in August due to a change in her residency, at a special meeting Sept. 8.

West St. Paul school to learn from Ghana group — and vice versa

First-grade students become acquainted with the tools in their "explorer backpacks" used in lessons led by Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley and other InSciEd Out program partners who visited Ghana this summer. (Submitted photo)

Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley prepares a team of first-grade students at the Light Academy in Ghana for a cheer. (Submitted photo)

During his trip to Ghana, Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley explored the fishing village of Elmina. As Bradley put it in his blog, "We arrived just in time to see the daily arrival of the fishing boats bringing in their catches, and the intense level of commercialism and exchange that occurs the moment the boats pull in." (Submitted photo)

Common ties found through health concerns
Last year, students at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul chose to explore the effect ingredients in Takis have on the mobility of zebra fish, exploring the health implications of the spicy corn munchies favored by youngsters.


District 197 school board ties success of stadium to technology, security votes

Some stadium supporters feel "betrayed" by decision
Because the District 197 referendum failed in May's special election, school leaders hope enthusiam for a new stadium at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will help pass the vote this fall. 


Graduates - South-West Review published Aug. 3, 2014

Southwest students make their schools’ Grad’s List


Community college partners with agribusiness

Inver Hills Community College is partnering with global agribusiness CHS and the CHS Foundation to launch the Agricultural Sciences Career Pipeline Program, a new statewide educational and career pathway initiative for middle and high school stude