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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
 
 
Pictured left to right: Sam Murray, Jakub Soroka, Naomi Lopez, Cooper Hansen, Rachel Olsen and Ford Johnson
Dakota Meadows Middle School students selected for regional honor bands

Dakota Meadows Middle School students were selected to participate in regional honor bands. Students selected for the South Central Minnesota Honor Band are Jakub Soroka, Rachel Olsen, Sam Murray, Cooper Hansen and Naomi Lopez. Students selected to for the South Central Minnesota Regional Jazz Honor Band are Rachel Olsen and Ford Johnson.
 
 
Katelyn Flatgard and Jared Miller Katelyn Flatgard and Jared Miller
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Franklin Elementary School Math Masters earn first place
 


Mankato Area Public Schools’ Franklin Elementary School students Katelyn Flatgard and Jared Miller earned first place in the Math Masters competition--Flatgard in individual problem solving, and Miller in the fact drill.
 
Math Masters of Minnesota competition is designed to promote excellence in thinking skills pertaining to mathematics.

 
 
Pictured are (left to right) Principal Dan Kamphoff; Beth Schabert, representative from America's Farm Grow Communities; and local farmer Nathan Risto and his sons, Ian and Owen, who attend Hoover Elementary School.
America's Farm Grow Communities give generous donation to Hoover Elementary School

Nathan Risto of Nicollet County, Minnesota was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  Risto selected Hoover Elementary School to receive the $2,500 donation.

“We’re grateful for community partnerships because it enables us to enhance offerings to students,” said Dan Kamphoff, principal of Mankato Area Public Schools’ Hoover Elementary School.”  We’re pleased local farmer Nathan Risto, a Hoover parent, considered his school community to help benefit student learning.”   
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Team members (left to right): Riley Means, London Smith, Juan Berrones and Brooke Hartman. Team members (left to right): Riley Means, London Smith, Juan Berrones and Brooke Hartman.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Garfield Elementary School Math Masters earn first place

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Garfield Elementary School Math Masters students earned first place in team problem solving at a recent competition. Team members included: Riley Means, London Smith, Juan Berrones and Brooke Hartman. Means also earned first place in the facts round portion of the competition
 
 
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Kirsten Peters receives President's Volunteer Service Award

Kirsten Peters, a Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student, received the national President's Volunteer Service Award. She is being recognized for exemplary volunteer service. It's cited as an award that inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

The award is given by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve...More Information

 
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