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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 Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) has changed its name to Arcadia Charter School. The middle and high school, now in its 11th year, will hold a 10-year anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 4, according to Principal Ryan Krominga.


Belle Plaine

Principal: Dave Kreft

Expected enrollment: 500 (9-12)


Students in grades 7-12 will now have “intervention time” built into their weekly schedule one day a week. During this time, students missing work can make it up or teachers can check in with struggling students. The period will operate like a homeroom class.

“We know how busy the kids are, especially at the high school level, so finding time to come in before or after school is a challenge,” Kreft said. As the year goes on, Kreft said the staff will add more enrichment activities during the period for students who have their work completed.

Also, all teachers in Belle Plaine “will have iPads in hand” this fall, Kreft said.



Principal: Dave Helke

Expected enrollment: 2,144


Burnsville High School students will return to new digs, including a remodeled commons and cafeteria, as part of a three-year project to bring the school’s aesthetic into the 21st century, said Principal Dave Helke.

The school will debut Check and Connect, a program to support students struggling with attendance and academic issues. The program assigns an adult on staff to check in regularly with their student as part of an “intense, wraparound intervention,” Helke said.

Burnsville has expanded the number classes offered in partnership with community colleges for college credit. Six new courses will be options for juniors and seniors, including two sections of a social science class and two sections of English through Inver Hills Community College. A business class is offered through Normandale Community College and a construction trades course is available through Ridgewater College. Adding the classes was an “attempt to give students in the academic middle more opportunities to experience college,” Helke said.

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