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Continued: What's new in south metro schools

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM

The marching band will be performing at the Tournament of Roses parade this Jan. 1 and has already started practicing.

School of Environmental Studies

Principal: Dan Bodette

Expected enrollment: 400


As part of the American Youth Leadership Program, a group of students from the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley will be partnering with a school in Costa Rica and taking a yearlong class on leadership and climate change. In the spring, 18 of those students will visit Costa Rica for three weeks and stay with students they worked with during the year. The program is funded through a University of Minnesota grant which requires that half of students on the trip have a disability, whether physical or related to learning or mental health. Students will receive two University of Minnesota credits if they complete class requirements.

The school will now offer an AP Psychology class.



Principal: Kim Swift

Expected enrollment: 1,500


Students in math and science classes at Shakopee High School this year will be using Chromebooks to integrate technology into the classroom. The Chromebooks will also function as electronic textbooks.

In addition to the district’s website updates, parents and students in grades 6-12 will be using a new student information system and parent portal.

Ninth-graders at the junior high can participate in the AVID program, which is new to the district.

And at this year’s homecoming football game on Oct. 4, seven high school alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their community or in their career will be inducted into the newly created Shakopee High School Hall of Fame.

The district filled two administrative roles with principals who already worked in the district at the end of last year. Dave Orlowsky, previously principal at the Pearson Sixth-Grade Center, serves as the district’s data and testing administrator, a newly created role. John-Paul Jacobson, principal at Shakopee East Junior High School last year, is now the district’s technology director.


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