Free admission offered to events

This year, Shakopee students will be admitted to all home athletic and activity events for free. This includes volleyball, swimming/diving, soccer, basketball, hockey, wrestling and any other home sporting event.

Students can also get into activities like the fall musical, band and choir concerts and the spring play for no cost.

Students in grades 9-12 must show their student ID to be admitted, while K-8 students will get in free when escorted by an adult.

All students will receive an ID this year after school pictures are taken. Before then, students should let staff know which school they attend to get in free.

Upgrades to the district’s ticketing system now allow tickets to be purchased online.

Go to to buy a ticket, print it out, and have it scanned at the entrance. More information can be found online or by calling 952-496-5171.

New activity bus available this year

Beginning this year, Shakopee students in grades 6-12 who stay after school for academics, activities and sports will have access to transportation home.

Buses will pick up at Pearson 6th Grade Center, West Junior High, East Junior High and Shakopee High School at 4:45 p.m.

Another pickup will happen at West Junior High and the High School at 6 p.m. Students will be dropped off near their bus stop within about 45 minutes.

For questions, contact your student’s school or the activities department at 952-496-5171.

Four inducted into Hall of Fame

For the second consecutive year, Shakopee Public Schools along with the Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation will recognize outstanding alumni by inducting them into the Shakopee High School Hall of Fame.

This year, four people who have achieved distinction in their careers, personal lives or communities will be honored:

• Barbara Weckman Brekke, class of 1989;

• Charlie Vig, class of 1978;

• Joe Theis, class of 1953; and

• Joan Peck Lynch, Friend of Shakopee Public Schools.

They will be inducted after the homecoming pep fest on Friday, Sept. 26, with their names announced at the football game that night.


School advisory groups seek help

The Lakeville district’s chemical health advisory committee and the district mental health council are looking for members as they restructure.

Since chemical issues and mental health concerns are often closely related, the groups recognize that it is most effective to work in collaboration.

The district is developing a community coalition of individuals who are willing to plan, develop and implement school and community activities to address these issues.

The coalition will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Av., on the following Mondays: Nov. 3, Dec. 15, Jan. 26, March 9 and April 20.

Contact Judy Johnson at 952-232-3681 or at


District seeks reactions to its plans

Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke with many parents, teachers and students during his first year in the district. Using that information, Vision One91 was developed.

The still-developing plan will likely involve adding to the high school and making the high school 9-12. Other elements include technology upgrades, increased security and consolidating administrative offices.

Now, Gothard and the district want to share details and seek feedback on the plan.

There’s a session for that purpose on Tuesday in the Senior Campus Commons at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

For more information and to provide feedback, go to

Two schools celebrate 50 years

Vista View and Sioux Trail Elementary Schools are celebrating their 50-year anniversaries.

The schools were opened in 1964 in a rapidly growing Burnsville.

Students, families and staff from the two schools marched in Burnsville’s Fire Muster parade on Sept. 6.

Last week, Vista View celebrated with a “spirit week,” a schoolwide celebration and a dance.

Next week, Sioux Trail will celebrate with an in-school program on Oct. 2 along with an open house, book fair and silent auction in the evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a dance at 6:30 p.m., celebrating the 1960s through today.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, there will be a community fun run at Sioux Trail at 10 a.m. and tree planting at noon.

For more information, go to

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Ackland is gym teacher of the year

Brian Ackland, a physical education teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary School, has been selected the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2014-15 by the Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The state association recognizes a physical education teacher at each level annually, as well as teachers of adapted physical education, dance and health, for their teaching abilities.

Ackland has taught physical education at Oak Ridge for 19 years. He will receive the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award at the group’s fall conference in early November.

Erin Adler