Previous Page 8 of 10 Next

Continued: South metro schools launch a new year

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

The school is beginning its second year with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, Wollersheim said.

School of Environmental Studies
Principal: Dan Bodette


The School of Environmental Studies, also known as the “Zoo School” because it is next to the Minnesota Zoo, will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, said Principal Dan Bodette.

On the practical side, the school has a new roof and an updated security system, he said.

Like other Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan schools, a few teachers here will take part in a “beta” program to determine the value of giving all students a device like an iPad.

And the Advancement Via Individual Determination program is being implemented for juniors and seniors this year, Bodette said.

Shakopee

Principal: Ben Kusch

Principal Ben Kusch is a new addition to Shakopee High School, having previously been principal at Farmington High School for six years. He’s “starting over in a very positive way,” he said.

And “there’s a whole lot of new going on” at Shakopee, he added.

The high school has 32 new licensed staff members, including teachers, counselors and other professionals. It has made the dean of students position full-time, rather than part-time, and hired someone new to fill it.

There’s a new leadership class offered this year, an elective, he said.

At the secondary level, the district now provides activity buses to take students home from after-school sports or activities, he said. And the school board has waived all student admissions: getting into a football game is now free.

In his first months as principal, he has been overseeing a group that redesigning all aspects of the district’s secondary schools, from facilities and technology to academics. The process has helped acclimate him to the district.

South St. Paul

Principal: Butch Moening

  • related content

  • As members of the Blaze Blazettes dance team warmed up on the field, youth football players began to arrive for Burnsville football’s fourth annual “Kick Off Bash” on Aug. 22. Across the south metro, schools and students have been gearing up for the start of the new school year.

  • As members of the Blaze Blazettes dance team warmed up on the field, youth football players began to arrive for Burnsville football’s fourth annual “Kick Off Bash” on Aug. 22. Across the south metro, schools and students have been gearing up for the start of the new school year.

  • A new track, artificial turf and an updated scoreboard were installed this summer at Dan Patch Stadium, where Prior Lake teams play.

  • Uniformed St. Thomas Academy students attended a Prep Bowl game in 2012. This school year will mark the last the academy participates in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close