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Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School announces 2014 Hall of Fame recipients

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School announces this year's Hall of Fame recipients—Mankato High School and West High School graduates and staff, who are being recognized for their legacies and celebrated for their success. Those honored with the Hall of Fame recognition serve as role models for current students. Categories established as selection criteria include professional; athletic/entertainment; science/technology and service to community. This year's recipients:
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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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Educare awards more than $60,000 in grants

The Educare Foundation is pleased to announce distribution of $63,146 in grants to help Mankato Area Public Schools offer enhanced educational opportunities to students.

Ten Educare grants were approved:
  • Bridges Community School, $3,788 for classroom digital access--the funds will be used to purchase a set of 12 i-Pads (or i-Pad minis) to be used in classrooms on a daily basis.  These iPads will be used in math and reading lessons, as well as for social studies and science lessons.
  • Monroe Elementary School, $3,130 for Kindergarten technology enhancement--funds will be used to purchase a mobile tablet center for use with math and reading interventions and enrichment, during the school day and for use after school, with the Excel program.
  • East High and Junior High schools, $14,000 for fitness center--add eight weight machines and 16 pieces of cardiovascular equipment to the East Fitness Center.  This addition allows students in physical education classes to be active and independently working.  It will also impact students during after-school hours.
  • Franklin Elementary School, $2,000 for Learning Through Music Reading Readiness Program--Funds will be used to support the Learning Through Music Program at Franklin Elementary School during the extended school year program.  Through this program, trained music educators from the Mankato Symphony Orchestra work with English language learner (ELL) students on literacy, numeracy and social skills through interactive music instruction.
  • Hoover Elementary School, $9,370 for iClone--this grant will purchase a set of 30 iPad minis and surge protectors for use in all grade levels.  It will allow teacher-led and student-created media presentations through the use of interactive apps to deliver content that can be accessed anytime by students and parents.  These iPads will enhance teaching efficiency and the rigor of the curriculum will be enhanced through small group instructions, presentations and higher-order thinking skills.
  • Kennedy Elementary School, $3,170 for Kennedy Cubs Academy--purchase 10 iPad minis to be shared between two fourth grade classrooms.  These minis will be used to encourage students to participate in Khan Academy, create e-books written by students, implement a flipped classroom with Edmodo, provide digital directors for small groups of students and video possibilities.
  • Secondary ELL students districtwide, $6,000 for ELL mobile learning initiative--enables all ELL students at the secondary level to have their own iPad mini.  These devices would all students technology for learning and specifically text books in digital and audio format, text reading apps, ELL videos and digital guides and dictation software.
  • Dakota Meadows Middle School, $7,134 for physical education iPod Touch--purchase 33 iPod Touch devices to be used in 7th and 8th grade physical education classes.  Instruction benefits include differentiated instruction, enhanced student learning and immediate feedback to students.
  • Franklin Elementary School, $13,060 for Franklin is Flying for Technology--purchase 33 iPads and support materials for use with students in 4th grade.  Use iPads to infuse technology into the inquiry process and help students learn to gather and evaluate information, create work to represent their learning and publish work globally.  The iPads will allow change from a techer-centered classroom to a student-centered classroom.
  • Grade 12 districtwide, $1,494 for super mileage vehicle competition and CAFE' legislative efforts--purchase six 3.5 horsepower engines.  12th grade students are challenged with building a fuel-efficient vehicle from scratch.  Teams compete by exploring scientific and mathematic principles that affect fuel economy.  Students are provided with an engine, clutch, sprocket, chain and fabrication materials.
The Educare Foundation provides financial support to Mankato Area Public Schools beyond the normal operating budget for programs and activities that enhance educational opportunities.  Educare is an important link between our community and the classroom...More Information

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