Holocaust survivor to speak at high school
Dora Eiger Zaidenweber will speak next week about her experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust, including her time at a forced labor camp in Radom, Poland, and concentration camps at Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen.
Zaidenweber is a frequent speaker and will also be presenting her newly published family memoir, “Sky Tinged Red,” which tells the story of her father’s time at Auschwitz.
The presentation, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Shakopee High School (100 17th Av. W., Shakopee) is free and open to the public.
Her appearance is sponsored by the high school’s German Department, with support from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Metcalf chess team does well at nationals
The Metcalf Junior High chess team excelled at the National Junior High Chess Championships, held April 25-27 in Atlanta, with 26 members making the trip.
The school’s championship team took sixth overall, with Alex Gude winning a trophy for top player under a 1400 rating. The Under-750 team won the national title, beating out 56 other teams, with a team score of 25 out of 28, a national record. Noah Helke led the team and took home the national individual title with a 7-0 record.
In addition, the Under-1000 team tied for third and the Under-1250 team placed ninth. In the speed chess competition, Metcalf took third place as a team. The team is coached by Metcalf math teacher Brian Ribnick.
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan
District will discuss 2014-15 budget
The District 197 school board will hold its annual community meeting to discuss 2014-15 budget proposals at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 19, in room A241 at Henry Sibley High School (1897 Delaware Av., Mendota Heights).
There will be time for comments and questions. More information on the budgets can be found on the district’s website at www.isd197.org. Go to“school board” at the top, then click on “Board Briefs” for the April 21 and May 5 meetings. The board’s work session will be held right after the budget meeting.
Gifted and Talented council has opening
The district is accepting applications for one elementary school parent position on the districtwide Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC). Applicants should have a child who has been identified as gifted and talented. The position’s three-year term begins Sept. 4, 2014.