What's new this fall in west metro schools?

  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 3:00 PM

From iPads to free admission to new grading policies, west metro high school students will see a slate of changes when they return to the classroom next week. They will see some familiar faces in key school positions, and some new ones. For a roundup of some of the changes in store at local schools, turn to Page AA6.

WAYZATA

Principal: Mike Trewick

Projected enrollment: 3,273

Ninth-graders at Wayzata High School recently received iPads as part of the district’s MyWay for Student Learning initiative. Student in grade 10-12 will get one next year as the initiative is completely phased in.

This year, the high school is expected to house 3,300 students, which is about 100 over capacity. Over the coming month, the school board and administration will develop plans to manage the growing enrollment in coming months.

There will be some new faces, too, as Wayzata High welcomes two new associate principals. Amy Janacek is the 10th-grade associate principal, and Jeff Pawlicki is the 12th-grade associate principal.

EDINA

Principal: Dr. Bruce Locklear

Expected enrollment: 1,965 (grades 10-12)

Edina High School is modifying its weekly schedule to provide more time for individualized student learning experiences and teacher collaboration time. Every Wednesday, over an extended lunch period, students will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, participate in enrichment or intervention sessions, or work in teams. The time will be focused on specific learning objectives and student needs. Examples of student assistance offerings will include writing conferences, math help, science lab make-up, Advanced Placement review sessions and ACT prep.

In staffing changes, Troy Stein will join the leadership team as activities director/assistant principal. In addition to serving the past five years as Chaska’s assistant principal in charge of activities, athletics and fine arts, Stein also worked for three years at that city’s high school as a math teacher and head baseball coach.

HOPKINS

Principal: Patty Johnson

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