Schools

Mon
02
Dec

Somerset Elementary celebrates 25 years of friendships


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.

Mon
11
Nov

IGH school referendum passes narrowly

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.

Mon
02
Sep

New year, new computers for SSP students

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.

Thu
16
May

We the (young) people


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Third graders from Somerset Elementary in Mendota Heights toured the Minnesota State Capitol and met their State Representative Rick Hansen April 25.

Fri
10
May

Graduates - South-West Review published May 2013

Southwest students make their schools’ Grad’s List
Metropolitan State University
North Texas University

Fri
10
May

Science on the brain


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Twenty-six eighth graders from Inver Grove Heights Middle School spent the morning of April 30 on the Inver Hills Community College campus getting a first-hand look at the college experience.

Mon
06
May

Ready for some football?


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Students from Pine Bend Elementary in Inver Grove Heights formed one of 30 teams of elementary, middle, and high school students from throughout Minnesota gathered Tuesday for a nutrition and NFL-t

Tue
16
Apr

Education Department approves SSP Schools bond proposal

The Minnesota Department of Education has issued a positive review on the South St. Paul Schools building bond proposal that will come before district voters on May 21.

Mon
08
Apr

Graduates - South-West Review

Southwest students make their schools’ Grad’s List

Bemidji State University
• Christine Davis of West St. Paul, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice

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