High School to host college fair

Students and families looking at colleges can explore all of their options at a college fair at the high school.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, Farmington High School (20655 Flagstaff Av., Farmington) will host 124 public and private colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, and mili­tary organizations at its annual college fair. The event is free and open to students or family in Farmington and surrounding communities.

It is recommended that students register their personal information at www.gotocol before attending the fair. This will save students time by creating a personal bar code that can be printed out or pulled up electronically via a smartphone or other device and scanned by colleges the student is interested in. This lets students avoid filling out information cards at each booth. For more information, contact Sarah Garcia, FHS college and career counselor, at


Forum explores immigrants' stories

Superintendent Joe Gothard is inviting community members to explore issues of race and culture through Community Conversations, forums designed to get people talking about things that aren't always discussed openly.

The next event, focused on stories of immigrants, is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the Senior Campus Commons, upper level, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. A panel of immigrants will be in attendance, and attendees are asked to share their story or that of their ancestors.

Refreshments will be available. Reserve free child care by contacting Jami at or 952-707-2005.


District wins finance award

Shakopee Public Schools has been awarded the School Finance Award for a second year in a row, given by the Minnesota Department of Education. The award is given to districts that are fiscally healthy and submit data to the state in a timely fashion.

South metro

Registration open for Gifted and Talented

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Community Education will host the 13th summer Gifted and Talented Institute this summer. East Ridge Junior High and Hidden Valley Elementary in Savage will host the classes.

Students who are identified as gifted or exhibit a high level of talent or interest in an area may participate. Students must be entering grades K-10 in September to be eligible. To register, see or call 952-707-4150.

Dates for the summer institute are June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18 and July 21-25. Classes are three hours in the morning or afternoon, or six-hour full-day classes. Project KIDS school-age care will offer affordable care before and after classes. There is a free hot lunch program and supervision available for all students participating in a full day of class.

New class offerings this year include Young Performers Summer on Stage: 101 Dalmatians; Girls and Engineering; HTML Programming; Clay and Brick Animation Creation; Intro to Java Coding; and A Slice of Raspberry Pi.

The institute is offered through a collaboration of nine south metro districts: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Prior Lake-Savage, Shakopee, South St. Paul and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Council for the Gifted and Talented and the Lakeville Council for Gifted and Talented also support the efforts of the Institute.

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