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Continued: South metro schools launch a new year

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM

This is the first full year students will be able to use the school’s “Coeur de Visitation,” from the French word for heart of the school. It’s a newly remodeled entrance and commons area, which also contains additional classrooms, completed last March. The space also includes a library and an Idea Lab, a sound-treated room where students can work on multimedia projects.

The school continues to develop its leadership programming for young women. This year, a series of multicultural speakers will be visiting to talk about womanhood around the world.

Three new administrators have been hired recently, including directors of the upper and middle schools and a director of finance and operations.

Eagan

Principal: Polly Reikowski

The Rosemount-Apple-Valley-Eagan district has a new technology pilot program to see how different devices work in various classrooms.

Six Eagan teachers will have classes in which all students get an iPad Mini. Along with 40 other teachers across the district, they will conduct research with the devices and report their findings.

Sound systems in the gym and auditorium were replaced recently because they were both 25 years old and had been repaired many times, said Principal Polly Reikowski. With new speakers, sound will be improved at events in both spaces, she said.

The AVID program is now in its second year, which means it has expanded to the sophomore class. The school sent five teachers to AVID training this summer.

Three new teachers and three who were previously worked in other district schools will join the staff this year.

Eastview

Principal: Randall Peterson

The 2014-15 school year will bring several new classes and programs to Eastview, most in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics area.

As part of a districtwide technology pilot program, ninth-graders will receive iPads.

Last year, a new engineering programming was introduced, and this is the first year of full implementation. The program includes applied mathematics, applied science and college-prep engineering classes.

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