Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, Liberty Classical Academy, an independent college-preparatory private Christian school will have a new pre-K through 12th-grade home campus in the St. Pius X school building, 3878 Highland Avenue, White Bear Lake. Liberty’s new campus features 22 classrooms full-size gymnasium, theater and concert stage, library and cafeteria.
From left, Maplewood Human Rights Commissioners Julie Xiong, Nate Danielson and Jon Brandt pose with the winners of the commission’s essay contest, Maplewood Middle School student Nate Kong and Skyview Middle School students Julian Yang and Jaitel Vang. (submitted photo)
Three District 622 eighth graders have been named the winners of the city of Maplewood’s Human Rights Commission essay contest.
Nathaniel Kong, an eighth grader at Maplewood Middle School, earned first place for his essay and will be entered into the statewide essay contest. Two Skyview Middle School eighth graders also placed in the Top 3. Jaitel Vang earned second place and Julian Yang earned third place.
Hill-Murray seniors and little ones in the cast of “It’s A Wonderful Life” gather in front of the scenic book-like setting. Open the pages and it’s a 10 by 24-foot backdrop depicting the town of Bedford, the Bailey’s living room, the bridge and the building and loan business. Performances are Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 and15 at 2 p.m. at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood.
Japanese Dance with Taiko Drum was one of the many cultures highlighted at the annual Taste of Weaver held Nov. 21. Eleven ethnic performances took center stage. A potluck followed. Louai Abualreesh, second from left and now in middle school, came back with his friends for a Palestinian folk dance, a line dance for weddings and joyous celebrations. Louai performed in second grade with his older sister and has performed at the Taste of Weaver since. Alijah Ellingson, Mubaraq Adedayo, and Creshawn Prior made their moves in a hip-hop dance.
The Oakdale 7th grade football team finished the 2013 regular season undefeated with a total of 10 wins. During the 10-win streak, the Titans, led by head coach Jerry Schwalbach, had a total score of 307 to their opponents’ 56.
In “Whistle Down the Wind,” three children (Mason Wold, Riley Ebner and Ellie Peterson) find a man (Andy Peterson) in their barn and mistake him for a Messiah. (photos by Heather Edwards/Review)
For most people, the name Andrew Lloyd Webber is associated with Broadway hits such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats“. However, among Webber ‘s plays is a lesser -known, beautifully haunting musical called “Whistle Down the Wind,” and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul is currently presenting it.
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 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.