St. Louis Park

Wooddale Nursery School registering

The public is invited to tour Wooddale Community Nursery School on Tuesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the programs it offers.

The school, located at 4003 Wooddale Av., serves children from 3 to 5 years old and offers sessions three mornings or afternoons each week. Children must be 3 years old by Oct. 31, 2013, to attend. The school is taking registration for the 2013-14 school year.

If you have any questions, call 952-926-2123 or visit

West Metro

National art-award winners

Two Hopkins High School students have won National Scholastic Art Awards — Michael Semahge and Clair Hoober.

Semahge won a National Gold Key award for his drawing, “5 O’Clock Shadow,” which also was named an American Vision Nominee and was one of five pieces chosen for the “Best of Show” category. Hoober’s painting, “Crashing Waves,” won a National Silver Key.

Also, Leyla Margolis-Brooks, a Minneapolis resident who is a senior at Perpich Arts High School in Golden Valley, received a Silver Key for her painting, “Self Portrait.” Margolis-Brooks received a Gold Key for her portfolio and a Gold Key for an individual work at the state level.

Since 2004, eight Hopkins High School students have received National Scholastic Art Awards.

As part of the honor, the students will attend the National Awards Ceremony in New York City this summer.

The National Scholastic Art Awards is the national component of the Minnesota Scholastic Art Award competition.


School technology to be showcased

The public is invited to learn how technology is transforming learning in Edina Public Schools on April 20.

The showcase will be from 9-11 a.m. on the third floor of the Edina Community Center.


Fundraiser set for concert choir

Armstrong High School’s concert choir will perform on Friday to raise money for its scholarship fund.

The “Puttin’ on the Ritz” concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 Northwest Blvd. in Plymouth.

A silent auction starts at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, which includes desserts, coffee and punch.


Oak Grove tech program gets tablets

Bloomington’s Oak Grove Elementary School is adopting a “one-to-one” tablet program in one of its classrooms thanks to charitable gifts from Best Buy, Microsoft, Naiku and Ergotron.

Each student in teacher Stephen Searl’s fourth-grade classroom will receive a tablet PC to use during the school day.

The program is part of Best Buy’s Classroom of the Future project, which works with schools to provide technology to improve student learning.

Oak Grove is piloting the elementary program to determine if student learning, particularly mathematics scores, will improve in Searl’s classroom with use of the devices.

The math curriculum will be digitally taught with materials from the same publisher and then supplemented with online math games.

The tablets are outfitted with the latest educational software through Naiku and Microsoft. Charging and classroom display units are provided through Ergotron. Microsoft has also donated an Xbox Kinect.