What is it like to grow up with autism?

A mother-son team on a mission to tell people what autism is really like will give a presentation Dec. 6 at Rosemount Middle School, 3135 143rd St. W., Rosemount. Stefan Kavan, a senior at New Prague High School, began speaking publicly about his autism when he was in middle school. He and his mother, Barb, a special education teacher, will talk about how the developmental disability affects their lives and what students, parents and teachers can do to interact with children who have autism.

"Raising Trainman: A Mother-Son Story of Autism" is open to District 196 parents. The event is free and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Board approves Gay-Straight Alliance

The Shakopee School Board on Monday approved the Gay-Straight Alliance as a school-sponsored student club. The application was approved 4 to 3; it had been previously rejected for technical reasons and tabled at the previous meeting because of board member concerns.

"We talked about the fact that we don't have a precedence of allowing a political group into the high school," said board member Bob Loonan, who voted against the application. "And now we've done that."

According to the group's application, the Gay-Straight Alliance is a "nationally recognized student-run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation."

A "school-sponsored" club is one that can advertise through the school newsletter about meetings, and have a volunteer faculty liaison, according to Superintendent Jon McBroom. The school board is revisiting the title of "district-sponsored" clubs and considering changing it to "school-recognized."


Blaze School Store holiday open house

The Blaze School Store and More, a Burnsville High School store run by work-experience students, is hosting an annual holiday open house from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in room F-160 at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Hwy. 13. The store, which will serve treats from 2:30 to 6 p.m., features a selection of Blaze clothing in many different styles. Holiday products this year include beaded lanyards, Blaze jewelry, gift mugs, toffee candy, cappuccino and tea.

To view products, go to and click on "school store."