Students will notice new carpet in classrooms throughout the school, which replaces 20-year-old carpet.
The school will add a cyber cafe in partnership with Starbucks this fall, with Starbucks donating coffee and coffee pots. By removing some lockers, the school made room for the cafe, installing pennant lights, comfortable seating and outlets nearby so students can plug in electronic devices. The cafe will have a limited menu of regular coffee, decaf and tea, Berkvam said, noting that many students were already bringing caffeinated drinks to school in the morning. Special education students will run the shop.
Principal: Scott Douglas
Expected enrollment: 1,866
Beginning this fall, Lakeville South is phasing in its new STEM academy by offering two new classes, with two sections of each. A Technology, Engineering, Science course will examine electromagnetic radiation as related to digital electronics, and Engineering Your Future will address the fundamentals of engineering, including robotics, prosthetics and environmental engineering.
Principal Scott Douglas said the school will add an academic seminar class every Tuesday for 45 minutes. The class is designed so students who need help can get it, and to encourage them to take responsibility for their learning, he said. The other students will participate in enrichment activities or have study time.
The structure of parent-teacher conferences will change this year. Teachers will be required to call home in the late afternoon or evening every three weeks to inform parents of missing work or low grades. By the time conferences roll around, it’s often too late for students to catch up, Douglas said. Teachers’ time will be reconfigured so that they’re paid to make the calls.
The school will offer a health class that’s totally online, as will Lakeville North, he said.
Douglas added that the district was recently approved to provide an online K-12 school, called LinK12 Lakeville, available to students anywhere in Minnesota. “What we really want to do is be a magnet to the students who want to learn digitally or online and provide that service 24/7,” he said.
Principal: Lonnie Seifert
Expected enrollment: 1,225
Two new administrators will start off the year at New Prague High School. Principal Lonnie Seifert was the assistant principal at New Prague for seven years before taking his current post. Assistant principal Erik Garnass was previously assistant principal at the middle school for two years and a math teacher in the district before that.