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Mankato Area Public Schools' Walk/Bike to School Day Wednesday, September 17

In addition to offering healthy meals and raising awareness about nutrition, school district staff offer opportunities for students to engage in 60 minutes of daily exercise and form healthy habits that can last a lifetime.  Mankato Area Public Schools is pleased to announce sponsors in support of the district's Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday (September 17):
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"Safe routes to school" walking route maps available

View walking routes that are part of the "Safe routes to school" program, which provides opportunities for students to bike and walk to school. Maps are available for Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Washington elementary schools. In addition to being online, maps can be picked up at Mankato Area Public Schools' Central Registration office, 10 Civic Center Plaza.
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Map of site for new middle school.
Land purchase agreement approved for new middle school

Today at 5:30 p.m., the Mankato Area Public School Board approved a land purchase agreement to build a new middle school on the east side of the city.  The 65-acre parcel is located east of Highway 22, between Hoffman Road and Highway 83, in Mankato Township.

Approval to build a new middle school was authorized by voters in the November bond referendum to provide adequate space and learning environments for all students.

 
 
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David Lutz to serve as Assistant Principal of East High School

David Lutz has accepted the position of assistant principal at East High School beginning July 1, pending School Board approval on May 19.  

Lutz earned a bachelor's in social studies from Bethel University; a master's in education and a specialist degree in administration from St. Mary's University.  Lutz currently serves at Central Middle School gifted and talented coordinator and summer school administrator for Wayzata Public Schools. He has taught high school and middle school social studies.
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Top two Mankato Area Public Schools' principal candidates named

Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath have emerged as top principal candidates with Mankato Area Public Schools: Johanson for Monroe Elementary School; Kath for Eagle Lake Elementary School. The Mankato Area Public School Board will formally act on their appointments on Monday, April 7.

Johanson taught fifth grade at Spring Lake Park and sixth grade in Robbinsdale. He also served as an administrator teacher on special assignment, with assistant principal duties, in Robbinsdale. He currently is administrative dean of students at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington. He will replace Al Lawrence, who is retiring in June.
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Scott Hogen selected as director of facilities

The recommendation for approval to hire Scott Hogen as director of facilities, effective March 10, will go to the Mankato Area Public School Board on Monday, February 3.   Hogen has served as director of buildings and grounds for New Ulm Public Schools for the past 16 years. From 1982 to 1997, he served New Ulm private schools as head custodian and then as director of buildings and grounds.
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Mankato Area Public Schools named to Advanced Placement Achievement List by the College Board for significant gains in advanced placement access and student performance fourth year in a row

Mankato Area Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada, and one of seven school districts in Minnesota, being honored by the College Board with a place on the fourth annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. The district earned this honor for opening advanced classroom opportunities to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher. Achieving these goals indicates that Mankato Area Public Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous coursework.
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Mankato Area Public Schools' Central High School helps prepare students for life

Meet some students and learn why they value Mankato Area Public Schools' Central High School. At Central High School, 110 Fulton Street, students are empowered to succeed through academic, social and career goals.

Learn more about this educational opportunity. For enrollment information contact staff at 507-387-3047.

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Get involved with Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation. Call 507-387-5501. Get involved with Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation. Call 507-387-5501.
Get involved with Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation

Get involved with Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation, 110 Fulton Street. Take advantage of what community education and recreation has to offer and have fun, learn new skills and meet new people:
  • learn Spanish, swing dance and chess
  • learn about using social media
  • take a pottery class
  • go on a senior trip to an area destination
  • join an adult sports league
All this and more is available through Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation, which encourages lifelong learning and recreation for people of all abilities and ages.
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Mankato Area Public Schools' to launch new fitness program

Mankato Area Public Schools will launch its districtwide Active Learner Program for Schools (ALPS), a before school exercise program, as part of its wellness initiative. The program engages students in physical activity and is one way to help meet the goal of one hour of exercise each day. Students can earn points for their classrooms by walking or biking to school and walking the school's ALPS trail. Classrooms with the highest points are recognized and have the opportunity to fly the ALPS flag and receive a backpack shoe charm.
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