Schools

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19
May

St. Croix Lutheran to construct new dormitory

The city of West St. Paul recently approved construction of a three-story, 152-bed dormitory on the campus of St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 in West St. Paul. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Mon
12
May

Visitation student earns robotics award

Madeleine Logeais of Roseville, a junior at Visitation School in Mendota Heights and co-captain of The Robettes all-girls robotics team, earned one of only ten FIRST Dean’s List awards at the Robotics World Championship held April 26 in St. Louis, Mo.
Logeais is the first-ever Minnesotan recipient of the prestigious award, which is selectively given to exceptional FIRST Robotics Competition participants based on their leadership skills, commitment to FIRST ideals, contributions to their team, and their effectiveness in increasing awareness of FIRST within their schools and communities. 80 or more finalists are named, and winners are announced at a ceremony during the championship.

Mon
12
May

Both District 197 referendum questions fail


District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro presented information April 22 on why the schools were asking for additional funding, a request voters rejected May 6. The school board voted unanimously in February to put the two questions on the ballot in a special election. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

District 197 voters recently struck down a two-part referendum aimed at increasing technology funding and upgrading facilities at West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools.
The two questions that failed on the May 6 ballot asked voters to:

Mon
28
Apr

Graduates - South-West Review published Apr. 27, 2014

Southwest students make their schools’ Grad’s List
 

Mon
28
Apr

District 197 special election is May 6


District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro presents information on why the schools are asking for a renewal and increase in its technology levy and a $11.4 million building levy to upgrade facilities. The school board voted unanimously in February to put the two questions on the ballot in a special election, which is May 6. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Levy, bond would increase student access to technology, upgrade facilities
Third-graders assembled Legos last week at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, building a robot they can then program on a computer to perform certain tasks.
“They live in a digital world,” said Shannon Lawson, a teacher at Somerset Elementary. “If we don’t meet that at school, they won’t want to be there.”

Mon
14
Apr

Inver Grove Heights schools announces superintendent finalists

The Inver Grove Heights school board recently announced its six first-round finalists for superintendent.
The board is hoping to replace Superintendent Deirdre Wells, who announced in January that she would resign when her contract ends June 30, after nearly a decade in the district’s top spot.

Mon
14
Apr

Inver Grove Heights teacher overcame tragedy to find her life’s passion


Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra, nearly 2, and her mother, Patricia, 20, sit in front of an apartment in April of 1970. Westra says her mom, who finished college while raising a toddler on her own, was a huge influence in her career path. Westra is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra leads her class of fourth- and fifth-graders on April 2 at Salem Hills Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra’s grandma, Ruth Kraemer, left, and her mom, Patricia Gale Cretilli, in May 1970. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s first grade school photo. She says she got into fights, and wasn’t a great student around that time, but found out education was her true passion later in life. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s dad, Peter Kraemer, the day of his high school graduation. He immigrated when he was 9 from Germany. He became the first in his family to graduate from college. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.

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09
Apr

Visitation’s Upper School in Mendota Heights names next director


Rene Gavic

Rene Gavic, Visitation’s Upper School director of student life, was recently named the next director of the Mendota Heights institution.

Mon
31
Mar

Learning by Heart


The new Visitation School entrance in Mendota Heights at twilight. (submitted photos)

Seniors Nicole Nelson and Rachel Mussell wait in anticipation for the unveiling of the historic stained glass in the entryway of Visitation School.

Students gather for the grand opening of Visitation’s new” Heart of the School” addition.

Students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade joined together to celebrate the opening of the new “Heart of the School” addition.

Students toured the new space and discovered features that had been hidden beyond temporary construction walls.

Visitation School celebrates opening of new commons area
March 17 was a historic day for Visitation School in Mendota Heights. For perhaps the first time ever, students couldn’t wait to go to school on a Monday.

Mon
31
Mar

District 197 seeks voter approval for referendum

Money would go to technology upgrades, new building
On May 6, School District 197 will be asking voters to approve a two-question tax-levy referendum that would improve technology, expand early learning and boost the district’s security systems.

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