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"We Like Pi" team members: Benjamin Rudenick, Ethan Dempster, Anthony Mansfield and Noah Peters.
Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation First Lego team earns second place at state championship

The Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department's First® Lego® League team, "We Like Pi," placed second in the programming division of the recent state championship at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul.

To earn the state spot, the team placed in the following at regionals:
  • first place -- Head-to-head to challenge
  • robot design award
  • best t-shirt trophy
Team members include Ethan Dempster, Benjamin Rudenick, Noah Peters and Anthony Mansfield. Coaches are Kim Spears, Steven Peters and Julie Dempster. "We Like Pi" is sponsored by Kato Engineering, Dotson Company and Mankato Area Public Schools Community Education and Recreation Department.
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East Junior High School student Kody Miller and Dakota Meadows Middle School student Akshat Singh. East Junior High School student Kody Miller and Dakota Meadows Middle School student Akshat Singh.
Students participate in Geography Bee

Mankato Area Public Schools' students recently participated in a Geography Bee. East Junior High School student Kody Miller and Dakota Meadows Middle School student Akshat Singh placed in the top spot in their respective schools.
 
 
Adriana Grunzke standing next to locker she decorated that won second place in national coolest locker contest.
Adriana Grunzke wins contest for artistic works

Adriana Grunzke, student at Roosevelt Elementary School, won second place in a national coolest locker contest.  Students were encouraged to incorporate certain items into their entries.  Criteria included originality, workmanship and use of color.  Grunzke was one of three second place winners who earned prizes, including a $2,000 gift card for Roosevelt Elementary School. 

The competition was sponsored by Scotch Brand and 3M Company, St. Paul, Minn.

 
 
Robin Hughes named choir director for Minnesota Ambassadors of Music

Robin Hughes, choir director, at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School has been named choir director of the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music. The group, compromised of Minnesota’s best band and choir students, represent the state during featured performances. Learn more.
 
 
The looks on their faces say it all as they celebrate winning the state championship title.
Scarlet football team wins state championship

The West High School football team won the first place trophy in the State of Minnesota, class AAAAA football championship.  At their recent football banquet, players celebrated and were quick to thank coaches for positioning them to win throughout the season.  Scarlet Quarterback Ryan Schlichte was named Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year. 
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Scott Hogen, director of facilities and Superintendent Sheri Allen
Mankato Area Public Schools receive Environment Health Excellence Award

Mankato Area Public Schools have received an award for having a program that meets and exceeds state and federal standards for a healthy environment.  Minnesota Department of Health staff gave three schools in Minnesota the award this fall and said they applaud the winners for going above and beyond to make sure their students have safe and healthy learning environments.
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Mankato Area Public Schools one of 10 nationwide to receive grant

In partnership with the University of St. Thomas, Mankato Area Public Schools has been awarded a Javits Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to implement enhanced talent development programming at all district schools.  The three-year grant begins in January.

A collaboration team composed of staff from Mankato Area Public Schools, school district parents of students who receive talent development services and staff from the University of St. Thomas will engage in four types of activities:
  • developing improved identification protocols
  • providing a scope and sequence of appropriately differentiated curricula for students in grades 1-10
  • training and support for students
  • professional development for teachers and administrators
Mankato Area Public Schools was only one of 10 grant recipients nationally, and was the only single district grant awarded.  For more information about talent development services at Mankato Area Public Schools, contact Heather Mueller, director of teaching and learning, at 507-387-1868.
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Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Caleb Harff (East High School) and Ahmed Badre Dean Alkurdy and Justin Portner (West High School). Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Caleb Harff (East High School) and Badre Dean Alkurdy and Justin Portner (West High School).
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students named National Merit semifinalists

Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Caleb Harff (East High School) and Badre Dean Alkurdy and Justin Portner (West High School) were named National Merit semifinalists.

A student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards are all criteria considered.  About 1.4 million juniors across the nation entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, about 16,000, are selected as semifinalists..More Information

 
 
Nhi Tran, Ariana Lopez and Megan Holub Students Nhi Tran, Ariana Lopez and Megan Holub.
West High School students place third in national history contest

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School students Nhi Tran, Ariana Lopez and Megan Holub placed third in the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest in the "Senior Group Website" category. View their winning website.

More than half a million students worldwide participated in the year-long National History Day program, competing in a series of contests. Top students are selected to participate in the national contest...More Information

 
 
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Mason Bultje, Caitlin Clause and West High School students Isaac Mehlhaff and Emily Smith. Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Mason Bultje, Caitlin Clause and West High School students Isaac Mehlhaff and Emily Smith.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Triple “A” award winners

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Mason Bultje, Caitlin Clause and West High School students Isaac Mehlhaff and Emily Smith received the Triple “A” (academics, athletics, arts) award. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, on the ..More Information
 
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