Second grader Alexis Ramirez and SPIFF pal Nancy Plath pored over an activity packet together in teacher Alex Messicci’s class Nov. 22. (photos by Luke Reiter/Review)
Finley Gustafson provided his best turkey impression during a sing-along at the SPIFF friendship fair.
Second grade teacher Alex Messicci leads students and volunteers in a sing-along to kick off a new year of SPIFF. Messicci first created the program, which pairs second graders with older adult volunteers, 25 years ago as a new teacher at Somerset.
Student Olivia Nunez and SPIFF pal Millie Gignac took a moment to celebrate their newfound friendship in Messicci’s classroom Nov. 22.
When you’re an elementary-age student, having a good friend in the same grade can change the way you feel about school.
Second graders at Somerset Elementary in Mendota Heights, however, are learning that a good friend who’s a bit older (sometimes more than 80 years) can change you for life.
On Nov. 22, second-grade students at Somerset met for the first time with the grownup counterparts who will mentor, help, play with and write to them through the upcoming school year as part of the school’s Special Pals in Fun Friendship program.
It may not have been an overwhelming show of support, but the slim 127-vote margin by which Inver Grove Heights residents voted in favor of the school district’s bond referendum was enough to yield some big fixes for community schools.
The $24.8 million bond referendum received 1,761 yes votes in the Nov. 5 election, or 52 percent of the total vote, compared to 1,634 votes against.
When South St. Paul High students go back to school Sept. 3, they’ll be equipped with a new educational tool: a Google Samsung Chromebook.
Recently the district purchased 800 of the laptops in an effort to equip all juniors and seniors with a computer for use at home and school. Students in the upper elementary grades will also be able to use additional Chromebooks available in student areas.
On Earth Day, April 22, third-grade students from Visitation School in Mendota Heights celebrated the day by releasing 70,000 ladybugs throughout the Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe. The ladybugs are earth friendly and a natural pesticide that help all the living plants in the park stay healthy. Click here to see and buy photos. Linda E. Andersen/Review