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Two-hour late start for Mankato Area Public Schools Tuesday, March 10

Mankato Area Public Schools will begin two hours late Tuesday (March 10). Late starts are scheduled at various times throughout the school year to allow for teacher meetings, which are directly related to improving student achievement.

For more information, contact Mankato Area Public Schools’ administrative offices at 507-387-1868.


Commissioner Cassellius to host listening session in Mankato

Minnesota Education Commissioner will be in Mankato at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, to host a listening session on early learning and other investments made in Governor Dayton’s 2015 budget proposal. Cassellius will be answering questions and looking for input on what is working in Minnesota public schools and what needs more support. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on education in Minnesota.
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Attend Attend "The Collective Showcase" at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7.
Attend "The Collective Showcase" on March 7

Mankato-Plan to attend "The Collective Showcase" at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7 in Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato. The event features the Collective Drumline and Colorguard. Featured guest performances include Minnesota State University, Mankato Percussion Ensemble, Mankato Ballet Company and Bass Brand Brass Band.
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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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Attend upcoming Mankato Area Public Schools' concerts

Attend upcoming Mankato Area Public Schools' concerts:

West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive
West Band Pops Concert featuring concert band, symphonic band and jazz I
7:30 p.m., Friday, February 20 in the auditorium
Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for students

Westside bands in concert featuring the Garfield sixth grade band, Dakota Meadows Middle School seventh and eighth grade bands and West High School concert and symphonic bands

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Register for fall 2015 kindergarten

Register for Mankato Area Public Schools' kindergarten for fall 2015 beginning Monday (January 19) through Friday, February 20. Registration is held between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Central Registration, Intergovernmental Center (first floor), 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato for the following Mankato Area Public Schools:
  • Bridges Community School, Mankato
  • Eagle Lake Elementary School, Eagle Lake
  • Hoover Elementary School, North Mankato
  • Kennedy Elementary School, Mankato
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, Mankato
  • Franklin Elementary School, Mankato
  • Jefferson Elementary School, Mankato
  • Monroe Elementary School, North Mankato
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School, Mankato
  • Washington Elementary School, Mankato
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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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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...More Information

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