Franklin Elementary Student Recognized for Coding Skills
Mankato Area Public Schools' Franklin Elementary School student Baran Skistad, sixth grade, was recognized for his technology coding skills as a featured curator on Scratch, a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. As curator, Skistad selected favorite activities to be highlighted on Scratch...More Information
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Triple “A” award winners
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Hanna Shank and Logan Swanson; and West High School students Joseph Park and Jisoo Kim received the Triple “A” (academics, athletics, arts) award. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. To be eligible, students must be a high school senior, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sponsored athletics and fine art activities and comply with the MSHSL student code of conduct...More Information
Monroe Elementary School receives highest honor
Mankato Area Public Schools' Monroe Elementary School, North Mankato is shown receiving a National Blue Ribbon School award presentation. The award honors high-performing schools in reading and math. The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve...More Information
Monroe Elementary School was named a Rewards School by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2011, 2013 and 2014 before being named a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School in 2015.
First grade student Kate Nessler
Kate Nessler, a first grade student at Mankato Area Public Schools' Jefferson Elementary School, contributed $100 to Connecting Kids, offered through the district's Community Education and Recreation Department. She raised funds by selling her grandparents' sweet corn. Nessler came up with the idea after learning about the program from her mother. Nessler wants all area children to have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school activities...More Information
Cal Duis named "Capstone Teacher of the Year"
Cal Duis, teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Schools, was named “Capstone Teacher of the Year” by the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Duis was recognized for sharing energy, insight and positive work with youth.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School receives $2,000 grant from Mankato Clinic Foundation
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Mankato Clinic Foundation to provide iPads to help athletic trainers as they work with student-athletes. The iPads will help make recordkeeping more efficient and enhance accuracy, which can positively impact the health and safety of student-athletes.
East High School student Danielle Gleason earns perfect ACT score
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School student Danielle Gleason earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of these four test scores.
Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, about 1,400 of more than 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead...More Information
Aisha Chughtai and Deven Michels earn first place honors at State History Day
Aisha Chughtai and Deven Michels took first place honors at State History Day and will compete at nationals. Their topic is, “leadership and legacy in history.” They chose to research Wayne Wheeler and showed his impact and importance in modern American politics.
National History Day encourages students to research history in a creative way. Criteria includes making sure research is accurate and thorough. View website developed by Chughtai and Michels to communicate information about their topic.
Matt Moore honored as exemplary teacher
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School Teacher Matt Moore has been honored as a model teacher who supports, inspires and assists students to attain greater learning as a regional honoree in this year's WEM Foundation's Outstanding Educator Awards Program.
"Mr. Moore not only taught us important facts, but also how to think, write and analyze," a student shared.
Dakota Meadows Middle School student wins bronze medal in state science fair; three students are first-time participants
Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadows Middle School student Akshat Singh, eighth grade, won a bronze medal for his project and paper presentations. Seventh grade students Sam Pries, Maya Miller and Kira Sims were first-time science fair participants.