South metro school briefs: Magnet school information nights

  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 9:31 AM


Magnet school parent information nights

Parents interested in District 191’s magnet school options can attend upcoming information nights at four elementary and junior high schools.

Magnet schools provide students with specific academic programs, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), AVID or gifted-and-talented offerings.

The information nights will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Rahn Elementary School of Arts and Technology, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Harriet Bishop Gifted and Talented Elementary, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Nicollet Junior High (offering the AVID college readiness program), and at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Metcalf Junior High (offering the STEM Magnet Program).

For more information about magnet schools, visit

Rahn Elementary chess team wins title

About 60 elementary students competed in the 30th annual districtwide chess tournament on Dec. 14 at Metcalf Junior High, and Rahn School of Arts and Technology earned its first district championship title.

In second place was Harriet Bishop Elementary. The school has the district’s largest chess team, with 78 students, and was the defending champion. Third place went to William Byrne Elementary.

Six students were named grade-level winners, and 10 other individuals won awards as well.

District 191 has a chess team at each of its elementary schools, and all fourth-graders have a chance to learn about chess during the school day through a residency program that brings a chess master to the district.


Principal to retire at end of year

Kim Swift, who has served as Shakopee High School’s principal for three years, recently announced that she will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Swift spent three decades serving in various roles in Dubuque, Iowa, before coming to Shakopee. She began as a teacher and later became a guidance counselor. After that, she was principal at the district’s alternative high school.


District to hold community forums

The Farmington district has set the dates for two community forums this winter in order to discuss its emerging plans for a new school with parents and community members.

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