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History made--ground broke to build Prairie Winds Middle School, 1200 Prairie Winds Drive, Mankato.
History made at Prairie Winds Middle School groundbreaking

Ground was recently broke for the new Mankato Area Public Schools' Prairie Winds Middle School, 1200 Prairie Winds Drive, Mankato.

The project will help accommodate student growth and help continue to provide facilities and learning environments for students.

 
 
Attend upcoming Mankato Area Public Schools' concerts

Attend Mankato Area Public Schools' upcoming concerts:

East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road
Pops concert (choir)
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 in the auditorium
Featuring the jazz, seventh and eighth grade choirs.

There is no cost to attend these concerts.

West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive 
Pops concert (choir)
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 22 in the auditorium

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David Lutz is top candidate for principal of West High School

David Lutz is the top candidate for principal of West High School, with duties to begin July 1, pending Mankato Area Public School Board approval. Lutz is currently assistant principal at East High School, and has served as gifted and talented coordinator and summer school administrator in Wayzata. He has also taught high school and middle school social studies, including advanced placement courses.
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Register for Mankato Area Public Schools' "Fantastic 4 to 5's" preschool section at Kennedy Elementary School

Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation has opened a "Fantastic 4 to 5's" preschool section at Kennedy Elementary School, 2600 East Main Street, as part of the district's Early Childhood Family Education program.

Children must be age four by September 1 to enroll. Class times are 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation.
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Apply to serve on Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council

Apply to serve on Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council. Citizen input is important in providing quality lifelong learning opportunities in the community. Help make a difference:
  • represent the community
  • engage community members by linking communities, businesses, homes and schools
  • create collaboration between the community and Mankato Area Public Schools
  • advise district policymakers
  • help plan, evaluate and enhance program offerings
Advisory Council members serve three-year terms. Apply online. For more information, contact staff at 507-387-5501.
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Shane Baier
Shane Baier is top candidate for principal of Washington Elementary School

Shane Baier is the top candidate for principal of Washington Elementary School, with duties to begin July 1, pending School Board approval on March 16.  He currently serves as a middle school principal in South Dakota. 

Baier has 17 years of administrative experience, which includes serving as principal of Dakota Meadows Middle School-North Mankato, East High School-Mankato and as a middle school principal in Idaho.  His background includes teaching experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
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Tracy Brovold is top candidate for director of educational technology and information systems

Tracy Brovold has been selected as the new director of educational technology and information systems for Mankato Area Public Schools with duties to begin July 1, pending School Board approval on March 2. Brovold has served as instructional technology coordinator, technology integration specialist, curriculum coordinator, mentor and teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools.

For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools' staff at 507-387-1868.
 

 
 
Mankato Area Public Schools' East and West High schools earn national Project Lead the Way recertification

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East and West high schools have received national recertification for their Project Lead the Way programs, which provide Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM) education curriculum to help students apply what they're learning to real-life activities, projects and problems.

East and West high schools were recognized for outstanding practices in:
  • incorporation of robotics program to enhance student learning;
  • providing the latest equipment, such as three-dimensional printer and webcam to help students learn about manufacturing technology;
  • engaging students early in Project Lead the Way at middle and high school levels;
  • course exam scores above the national average;
  • teams supported at all levels including teachers who support student success;
  • active partnerships and collaboration with Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College.
It’s estimated that by 2018 there will be almost 1.2 million unfilled science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics related jobs in the United States. By integrating PLTW into the curriculum, Mankato Area Public Schools helps determine student aptitude and interest and alignment with occupations in demand.
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Mankato Area Public Schools receive donation of certified MacBooks from Mac to School

To support adult family literacy and student learning in the district, Mac to School has donated 15 certified MacBooks to Mankato Area Public Schools.   
 
Mac to School’s generous donation – estimated at $10,000 – increases the ability for students to have technology to learn at home.
 
Mac to School, a leading provider of K-12 certified Apple technology, selected Mankato Area Public Schools for the donation through its national Give Mac program. The company evaluates candidates for donations based on their financial need and their intended purpose for the technology.  
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New school named Prairie Winds Middle School

The Mankato Area Public School Board approved the name Prairie Winds Middle School for the district's new middle school opening fall 2016. Construction will begin in the spring of 2015. More than 150 suggestions were received.

In considering the new school’s name, input from community and stakeholders was important. From September 17 to October 10, 2014, suggestions were received using the guidelines outlined in Mankato Area Public Schools' policy 810--naming school district facilities.
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