In preparation for the 2012-13 school year, Eden Prairie Schools has added 10 classroom sections at elementary schools to lower class sizes and keep them within established class size ranges.
The number of classroom sections was established in spring 2012 and was based on the projected student enrollment. Based on the most recent enrollment data, the district's preliminary enrollment is currently above levels projected last spring.
When the 2012-13 budget was created last spring, contingency funds were set aside to hire additional classroom teachers if needed due to an enrollment increase.
The following classroom sections have been added at these elementary schools:
• Cedar Ridge - full-day kindergarten and grade 5
• Eden Lake - grade 6
• Forest Hills - full-day kindergarten and grade 6
• Prairie View - full-day kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 5
• Oak Point - grade 3 and grade 6
Wayzata Public Schools is in need of volunteers for the district's Literacy Volunteer Program, which pairs adults with students in grades 3-5 who are struggling readers.
Students read to the volunteers using a curriculum that is focused around award-winning children's literature. Volunteer options include once or twice a week or every other week for a half hour at a time. Training is provided by the district's language arts resource teacher, and there is room to work around individual schedules.
For more information, contact Charlene Barghini at 763-745-5208 or by e-mail at charlene .email@example.com.
Students are invited to take part in the "Green Your School" sign contest.
Design a poster about your school's coolest sustainability project, like recycling, saving energy or conserving waste. When you have the perfect design, post a picture of it on the MNGreenSchools Facebook timeline.
Judges will review the posters and award prizes.
Submissions are due Sept. 17. The contest is being organized by the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/MnGreenSchools .
Bloomington's Westwood Elementary School has earned designation as a Minnesota School of Excellence for the 2012-13 school year, according to the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA).
Westwood joins six other public schools in the Bloomington Public Schools system to have a current Minnesota School of Excellence distinction.
The Minnesota School of Excellence Program is a school improvement process that assesses six standards for quality elementary schools: leadership, vision, student learning, staff development, data and decision-making, and active community engagement.
MESPA recognizes schools that demonstrate the school improvement process, which requires a program of self-study, development of a school improvement plan, and implementation of the plan based on demonstrated results.