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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


Cannon Falls

Principal: Tim Hodges

Expected enrollment: 386 (9-12)


Students in grades 6-12 and their parents will be working with a new student information system, Infinite Campus, which lets them track grades, attendance, behavior information like office referrals and lunch fees all in one place.

The high school is part of a new cohort of schools using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a Department of Education program that not only teaches kids explicitly about expectations, but rewards them for good behavior, too. Last year, the school did a few PBIS trials and “saw a great positive response from kids,” Hodges said.


Convent of the Visitation

Principal: Dawn Nichols

Expected enrollment: 401 (7-12)


The Mendota Heights-based private girls’ school is in the middle of a major construction project, called the Heart of the School, to be finished in March. With 12,000 new square feet and 3,000 refurbished square feet, the addition will include an updated library, new classrooms and gathering spaces and a new entrance. Another part of the project was the 4,000-square-foot STEM center, completed last spring, which will also be used for arts activities.

This year is the second in Visitation’s 1:1 laptop initiative, with freshmen receiving them this fall. Sophomores received them last year.

Visitation is also starting the Visitation Leadership Institute, which will bring together all of its leadership programs under one umbrella. For the first time, a women’s studies course called Women and Society will be offered through the Institute.



Principal: Polly Reikowski

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