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Nicholas Schmitz, science teacher at Dakota Meadows Middle School. Nicholas Schmitz, science teacher at Dakota Meadows Middle School.
Nicholas Schmitz receives "Excellence in Science Mentoring Teacher" award

Nicholas Schmitz, a science teacher at Dakota Meadows Middle School, earned the "Excellence in Science Mentoring Teacher" award from the Minnesota Academy of Science. The award recognizes science teachers who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery and encourage student engagement in hands-on projects and experiences outside the classroom.
 

 
 
From left to right: (kneeling) McKenzie Gleason and Tessa Machado (standing)
Chris Thielsen, Mike Shores, Jordan Pasker, Alex Berg, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Samuel Mansfield, Josh Menzel, Dani Gleason, James Coomer and Dave Stahl
From left to right: (kneeling) McKenzie Gleason and Tessa Machado (standing) Chris Thielsen, Mike Shores, Jordan Pasker, Alex Berg, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Samuel Mansfield, Josh Menzel, Dani Gleason, James Coomer and Dave Stahl
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team wins state championship; advances to nationals

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team won the state championship, advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky (through April 18) and will compete with students from 25 countries around the world.

Student teams were given a design challenge and used the VEX equipment kit to design, build and program a robot to perform certain tasks. Students were introduced to the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics Design System in partnership with Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The hands-on robot-building experience provides an opportunity to excite students about STEM subjects in a fun, motivational way.
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Pictured left to right: (first row) Maddie Ceminsky and Abbygail Weiler (second row) Nara Ganske and Emma Young (third row) Ian Spencer and Sam Csizmadia Pictured left to right: (first row) Maddie Ceminsky and Abbygail Weiler (second row) Nara Ganske and Emma Young (third row) Ian Spencer and Sam Csizmadia
Dakota Meadows students selected to South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band

The following Dakota Meadows Middle School students were selected to participate in the South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band:
 
Madison Ceminsky
Sam Csizmadia
Nara Ganske          
Ian Spencer
Emma Young
Abbygail Weiler

Schools from all over southern Minnesota and Iowa participated.

 
 
Dakota Meadows Middle School students selected for Southern Minnesota Honor Band pictured left to right: (row 1) Jackson Koeneman, Emma Young, Kyleigh Schimek, Kayde McMannis, Ian Spencer, Sam Csizmadia and Nick Lustig; (row two)    Akshat Singh, Andrew Baston and Andrew Beckius; (row three) Maddie Ceminski, Malia Lagred and Keely Schuck; (row four)  Elizabeth Meidl, Claire Hemstock and Kassidy Fischer; (top row) Nara Ganske Dakota Meadows Middle School students selected for Southern Minnesota Honor Band pictured left to right: (row 1) Jackson Koeneman, Emma Young, Kyleigh Schimek, Kayde McMannis, Ian Spencer, Sam Csizmadia and Nick Lustig; (row two) Akshat Singh, Andrew Baston and Andrew Beckius; (row three) Maddie Ceminski, Malia Lagred and Keely Schuck; (row four) Elizabeth Meidl, Claire Hemstock and Kassidy Fischer; (top row) Nara Ganske
Dakota Meadows students selected to Southern Minnesota Honor Band

The following Dakota Meadows Middle School bands were selected to participate in the Southern Minnesota Honor Band held in Austin, Minn.:
 
Akshat Singh
Madison Ceminsky
Keely Schuck
Andrew Baston                 
Emma Young
Kassidy Fischer
Nara Ganske
Sam Csizmadia
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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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