Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.
Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834 will become more mobile-friendly this fall with the addition of two new services for parents and students. The district will introduce a new text alert service and lunch menu application for mobile devices that will keep families in the loop with what’s going on during the school day.
“Anything we can do to improve or increase our services for our students and parents is a good thing,” Superintendent Corey Lunn said. “When we’re downsizing ... it’s good to have a service that allows parents to not depend on staff as much.”
Century College is one of six colleges in the country that has been awarded a federal grant to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.
Century will receive $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Stillwater Area School District board of education has voted to put a levy referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The vote, taken at the board’s Aug. 8 meeting, was unanimous.
According to a news release from the district, the decision to place the request to increase the district’s operating levy on the ballot came after two years of planning and community input, then months of discussion regarding recent changes in state legislation.
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District is launching new programs this fall so that students with young children and former students have a better chance to earn their high school diploma.
A daycare center for young children whose mothers are students will open in September at the District Education Center in North St. Paul. It is a partnership with the YMCA and designed to prevent young parents from dropping out. It will offer parenting classes as well, said community education director Chuck Erickson.
The district will also begin offering another new program at Harmony Learning Center this fall so adults between the ages of 18 to 21 who didn’t complete high school will have an added opportunity to earn their diploma.
Synthetic turf is awaiting both Tartan and North High sports teams for the upcoming fall season. Color coded field markings for football, soccer and lacrosse are per the National Federation of State High School Association standards.
Meet Kevin Wolff, principal at Maplewood Middle School, Meet Angela LaBounty, assistant principal at Maplewood Middle SchoolMeet Pangjua Xiong, principal at Weaver Elementary School, Meet Jaysen Anderson, assistant principal at North High School
When District 834 students arrive for the first day of school in September, their familiar building may look a little different. Over the summer, ISD 834, which has schools located in Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and Lake Elmo, to name a few, will be installing several new measures to help amp up security.
Superintendent Corey Lunn says although schools are statistically the safest place for students, the district had identified a couple areas that could be improved upon.