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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

 
 
Maggie Taylor, East Junior High School students Maggie Taylor and Jenny Vetter; and Dakota Meadows Middle School students Corey Schneider and Derek Engen.
Students participate in Geography Bee

Mankato Area Public Schools' students recently participated in a Geography Bee. East Junior High School students Jenny Vetter and Maggie Taylor, and Dakota Meadows Middle School students Corey Schneider and Derek Engen placed in the top two spots in their respective schools.
 

 
 
Pictured left to right: Toni Hames, Mary Nelson, Alyson Enderle, Macy Anderson, Tatum Schultz, Lauren Andrego, Mason Bultje, Jack Cunningham, Bukata Hayes, Melodee Hoffner and Bev Mountain. Pictured left to right: Toni Hames, Mary Nelson, Alyson Enderle, Macy Anderson, Tatum Schultz, Lauren Andrego, Mason Bultje, Jack Cunningham, Bukata Hayes, Melodee Hoffner and Bev Mountain.
Mankato Area Public Schools' students and staff recognized with Pathfinder award

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School Student Council Executive Board has been recognized with the Young Pathfinder award for successfully implementing the Mankato East Sharing Tree. Applicants anonymously file gift requests with the counseling office and the council does its best to match requests with available funds. This program benefits all students regardless of race, economic background or religion.
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Amy Bond and Troy Hoehn, athletic trainers at Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School named a Safe Sports School 1st Team

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School was named a Safe Sports School 1st team by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Criteria to become a Safe Sports 1st School Team:
  • create a comprehensive athletic health care system;
  • provide or coordinate pre-participation in physicals;
  • promote safe and appropriate facilities. 
Athletic trainers Amy Bond and Troy Hoehn work as athletic trainers at East High School. This is Bond’s first year of service and Hoehn’s 15th of service...More Information

 
 
Mankato Teacher of the Year, Jane Brunz, and Robin Courrier,  president of the Mankato Teacher Association. Mankato Teacher of the Year, Jane Brunz, and Robin Courrier, president of the Mankato Teacher Association.
Eagle Lake Elementary School teacher Jane Brunz honored as teacher of the year

Jane Brunz, a physical education teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools' Eagle Lake Elementary School, has been named the Mankato Teacher Association Teacher of the Year. "I believe in putting students first," Brunz said. "A positive attitude for teachers and students will help set the tone for how much success happens."

Brunz is in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She has 20 years of service to Mankato Area Public Schools.

 
 
Timothy Cain
Timothy Cain earns perfect score on WordMasters Challenge

Monroe Elementary student Timothy Cain recently earned a perfect score on a WordMasters Challenge exam.  The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.  It also helps students learn to think analytically and metaphorically by working with analogies.
 
 
Jason Grovom, principal of Mankato Area Public Schools' Kennedy Elementary School.

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy Elementary School named a “Celebration” school



Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy Elementary School was one of 48 schools designated a “Celebration school” by the Minnesota Department of Education. “Celebration schools” are recognized for helping close achievement gaps and increase graduate rates.
 
 
Mankato Area Public Schools' READY! for Kindergarten selected as one of the best in education

READY! for Kindergarten, a national program offered through Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department, has been selected as one of the best in education by education leaders, who named the program to District Administration magazine's "Readers' Choice Top 100 Product" for this year.

"The READY! for Kindergarten program directly correlates with the skills that help incoming kindergarteners be successful,? said Sheri Allen, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. "This program is a tremendous support to parents and students as we work together to ensure students are prepared for school."
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