Child development students at Tartan High School in Oakdale will assume teaching roles for a six-week preschool program to be offered at the school beginning Jan. 14.

The high school has put out a call to parents to register 3- to 5-year-olds by using a form available on the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District website.

According to the brochure, the preschool will be open from 9:20 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Feb. 21, and daily activities will include a "welcome song" as well as student-led lessons drawn from a curriculum that consists of "art, story, science, math and dramatic play."

"We understand that this is a transition period for many children so we will work with you to help your child to adjust to being left at preschool," the brochure states.

Families are asked to pay $35 to cover extra supplies and snacks, but will not be turned away if they are unable to pay, the district said.

Parents are asked to pick up their children on time to ensure that student teachers aren't late for their own classes.

Anyone with questions is asked to e-mail Jennifer Roberto at

This month, Tartan High also was one of many district schools to host holiday-related volunteer activities. The school's student council worked with the Oakdale Business and Professional Association and Hope Evangelical Free Church on a "Holiday Helping Hands" program that delivered gifts and food to needy families within the district.

The school district said that 28 Tartan classes volunteered to sponsor 26 families.

South Washington

Three teachers get grants for STEM instruction use

The H.B. Fuller Company Foundation has awarded $23,269 in grants to three South Washington County School District teachers to assist in middle school STEM instruction, emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math.

Since 2008, H.B. Fuller has awarded $161,000 to district middle school teachers, a district news release said.

Logan Carstensen, a science teacher at Lake Middle School in Woodbury, received $8,000 for lab equipment.

Louise Hinz, a math teacher at Woodbury Middle School, was awarded $9,928 for 32 iPad minis plus a cart that can be used to sync, charge and transport the devices.

Liz Scheidel, a science teacher at Woodbury Middle School, received $5,341 for a "stationary bike power generator, basic wind kit, IR temp gun, infrared camera, timer and thermometer," the district said.

According to the district, H.B. Fuller has made the grants available due to the large number of employees living in South Washington County.

Anthony Lonetree