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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

Teachers will receive 500 iPads this fall and 1,000 iPads on carts will be provided for student use. Next year, every student will receive their own iPad, beginning in 8th grade.



Principal: Ben Fisher

Expected enrollment: 250 (7-12)


All students in grades 7-12 will receive training in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) this fall through the “Anyone Can Save a Life” program. The initiative is in conjunction with Northfield Ambulance Services.

The school will install a sound and lighting system in the south gym to improve school plays, concerts and other performances.

A science teacher at the high school will be teaching a class using LearnPads, an iPad-like tablet, in combination with the traditional curriculum. Other teachers also use the devices with classes, said Principal Ben Fisher.



Principal: John Wollersheim

Expected enrollment: 1,993


The high school will debut two new STEM-oriented classes this year, both at levels above the AP courses already offered in those subjects. The first is a high-level Linear Algebra class, taught by a retired Rosemount teacher. The class will supplement the Multivariable Calculus class, which began last year. Also, an English teacher at Rosemount will teach a course in Advanced Computer Science. As part of a partnership with the high school, Inver Hills Community College will offer college credit for both classes.

Two upper-level Mandarin courses are being phased in this year. One is a level-four course and a second is a College in the Schools course offering credit at the University of Minnesota.

This is Rosemount’s first year of participation in AVID. The program is offered as an elective and open to freshmen.

The LADR (Leading and Developing Readiness) program is in its second year, thanks to another Inver Hills partnership. This will be the first year juniors will earn college credit for English classes. As 9th and 10th-graders, a group of students in the academic middle will take classes with an emphasis on preparing them for college work. In 11th and 12th grade, they’ll take classes at the high school that will earn them college credit through enrollment at both institutions.

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