The district’s newest learning spaces are already being put to use by students and staff after Phase 1 construction projects at Concord and Countryside elementary schools finished the first week of March. The projects, which began last fall, have added classrooms at Countryside, and classrooms and flexible learning spaces at Concord.
At its March 20 meeting, the School Board approved the purchase and sale agreement for the property where the district’s current transportation is located. The buyer is Trammel Crow Chicago Development, Inc., for a purchase price of $4.7 million. Income from the sale of the property, located at 5220 Eden Avenue, will be applied to the cost of the new transportation services property, under construction at 7600 Metro Boulevard.
Claire McElligott, a Valley View eighth grader, will compete in the Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit (Metro ECSU) Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 22.
Anna Klien, Edina High School (EHS) senior, received the Edina High School Athena Award for 2017. Anna will represent EHS at an awards banquet on May 5 in Bloomington.
After considerable deliberation and evaluation of a variety of data points on Thursday, March 9, the Edina School Board selected Dr. John Schultz, Hopkins superintendent, to be the next superintendent of Edina Public Schools.
The third in a series of community conversations around race and equity is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, from 7-9 p.m. in the Normandale Auditorium. Three authors from A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota will tell their stories in this Looking Through a New Lens conversation.
After interviewing six candidates, including a late addition to the slate on Thursday, the Edina School Board has decided to advance two candidates to the final round. After a thorough discussion, the board chose to advance Dr. John Schultz, Hopkins Public Schools superintendent, and Mr. Eric Schneider, Minnetonka Public Schools assistant superintendent.
At the request of the School Board, executive search firm BWP and Associates added a sixth superintendent candidate to the interview pool.
For a week in January, Valley View Middle School homerooms became places of “courageous conversation.” Guided discussions helped students reflect on their own identity and how to honor the identity of others.
The School Board approved a revision to the 2017-18 school start/end times plan at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 27. One change was made to the plan, which is that Creek Valley Elementary will move to Tier 3 and will have a 9:25 a.m. start time and 4 p.m. end time for the coming school year.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) students continue to graduate at rates that significantly exceed the state average according to data released Feb. 23 by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Overall, the EPS four-year graduation rate for 2016 was 96.8 percent — more than 14.6 percent higher than the state average of 82.2 percent.
Edina Public Schools, in partnership with St. Louis Park Public Schools and Robbinsdale Area Schools, will host a "Reimagine Minnesota" community conversation on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Louis Park Middle School.
At a special meeting on Feb. 16, the Edina School Board approved the candidate slate for first round interviews to fill the position of Edina Public Schools Superintendent.
Food Rescue is designed to redirect unopened, unpeeled and uneaten food from school lunches to people who need it. Alex Turnbull, registered dietician with Chartwells, the district’s food service partner, is introducing the nationwide program to all EPS schools.
The district reconvened the Budget Advisory Task Force (BATF) to assist administration in identifying $750,000 in budget adjustments for 2017-18, as well as helping the district address long-term financial needs.
Edina High School's Model United Nations delegation joined more than 2,700 national and international students at the Model United Nations Conference at the University of Chicago earlier this month.
Edina High School was named Section 6AA Champions for its one-act play, Dear Finder, which recounts the Holocaust in the words of its victims and its perpetrators.
Recognizing that the 2017-18 school start/end times plan approved by the School Board on Jan. 9, 2017 was not included in the initial options presented, the board supported a request by district administration to conduct a review of the approved plan as it relates to the Creek Valley Elementary community.
Students, staff and families at Countryside Elementary School participated in a day of service Friday. The event, called Countryside Against Hunger, partnered with Impact Lives to pack nearly 60,000 meals.
The Edina High School Debate Team had an impressive showing at the Minnesota State High School League Debate Tournament capturing a state championship, a runner-up placement and four quarter-finalist awards.
At its meeting on Jan. 30, the Edina School Board approved a change to the 2016-17 school calendar making Thursday, June 1, 2017 the last day of school for all students in early childhood classrooms through grade 12.
Frank M. White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota, will talk about his book and the experiences of Black Baseball League players in Minnesota at the next Looking Through A New Lens event on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 a.m.
Fourteen Edina High School (EHS) students have been recognized with Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA) for their creative accomplishments.
An Edina High School (EHS) Science Team is headed to national competition for the second year in a row. The team placed first at the Minnesota High School Regional Science Bowl on Jan. 21.
One of Edina High School’s (EHS) three-person music listening teams captured first place with a score of 96 out of 100 at the Regional Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest on Jan. 20. Team members are Anne Amen, Rachel Lauson, and Susan Stewart, all seniors.
Six contraptions built by Edina High School students have transformed adaptive physical education at South View into an inclusive opportunity to play games and sports. The creations could all be described as a type of catapult and were designed by 20 EHS students in their capstone engineering and design class, taught by Tim Berndt.
For many parents, especially parents of elementary students, the first semester report card release on Friday, Jan. 27 will be the first time logging into the portal since last fall and many may not remember how to log in. Do not fear — be ready for Jan. 27 by verifying you can log in today.
The Edina School Board accepted the superintendent profile report from the district’s contracted search firm, BWP and Associates, to be used as guiding information in the firm’s screening of applicants for the Board to interview.
Families will notice a change in the format of their students’ report cards when first semester grades are released later this month. The report cards, now generated by the new Infinite Campus student information system, will have a slightly different appearance at first glance, but offer the same user-friendly features that families have experienced since the Infinite Campus rollout last fall.
The district’s Go Green Committee is looking for more members – parents, students and teachers – to join them in making a difference in the schools and the environment. In the next year, the committee is looking to broaden its focus while sustaining the work already accomplished in recycling efforts around the district.
For the second year, Edina Community Education is joining the non-profit TED organization in spreading new ideas in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less in a community forum.
The Edina High School Thespians are excited to introduce the winter theater season. January will offer two incredible opportunities to be entertained: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, January 19 - 21; Dear Finder One-Act Play, January 27 & 28.
Following numerous public comments from parents, students and staff, the Board discussed the options presented and ultimately rejected district administration’s recommendation on a 4-3 vote. The Board created and approved what it called a “modified white option,” based on a plan offered as an alternative to the administration’s recommended plan.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) is kicking off a series of community conversations in January with the goal of engaging students, staff, families and residents in discussions about race, culture and equity in the Edina community.
The Edina School Board approved the tax levy for 2016, payable 2017, at its meeting Dec. 12. The levy represents a 1.57 percent increase from the previous year. Statewide, the average increase for school district levies this year is 2.1 percent.
Janet Jans, music teacher at South View Middle School, was presented the Middle Level Educator of the Year Award by the Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) at their recent conference. Jans has taught music at South View for nearly 30 years.
Four Countryside students were clearly excited to talk about their pieces, which will be part of the annual Student Art Show at the Edina Public Library. This year’s show is earlier than past years to accommodate the library’s planned renovation project that begins in March.
The Edina School Board, at its Dec. 12 regular meeting, approved the district’s recommendation for a new Edina High School daily schedule, which will take effect during the 2017-18 school year.
Elementary and middle schools students around the district participated in Hour of Code last week, part of a global movement to teach students how to code.
“I need you to hear with your hearts today,” said Edina High School (EHS) principal Bruce Locklear as he welcomed students to one of two school assemblies Tuesday morning. The assemblies were held to announce the new Edina High School Creed, a statement of respect and inclusiveness written by more than 50 students to move the high school forward in ensuring a welcoming school climate.
Over the past two years, the activities office at Edina High School has approved many new clubs, all founded by EHS students. These clubs provide students with a great way to connect with peers while they pursue their passions.
With the announcement of Superintendent Ric Dressen’s retirement at the end of the 2016-17 school year, the Edina School Board and its search consultant, BWP & Associates, are seeking community feedback on the skills and qualities desired in the next leader of Edina Public Schools.
Maureen Curran-Dorsano began teaching at Normandale during the 1992-1993 school year, the second year of the school’s existence. There she stayed until her retirement, never wavering in her passion for immersion education.
Two teachers from Edina Public Schools will be honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the organization’s annual Education Technology Conference, Dec. 10-13. David Higley, grade 2 teacher at Cornelia Elementary, and Shannon Seaver, Edina High School math teacher, will be recognized for using technology as a tool to personalize learning for their students, and also for mentoring and encouraging colleagues to do the same.
Congratulations to the following teams and student-athletes on their 2016 State Championship victories:
Following a Nov. 14 School Board discussion of draft options for new school start/end times, the district is seeking input from students, parents, staff and community members on four revised options. The four options were revised from draft options, developed in partnership with a 28-member community task force.
Tommy Jiang, a senior at Edina High School, has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He will perform Bb Clarinet in February with the Honors Symphony Orchestra under the direction of renowned conductor Sharon Lavery. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
“I think the environment needs a lot of help.” That opinion, shared by a member of the South View Environmental Group (SVEG), is what moves 18 students to meet twice each week during advisory to brainstorm ideas on ways to inform and change the habits of their peers in ways that are Earth-friendly.
Teaching a 21st Century Media Literacy class in the constant and constantly changing media landscape can sometimes mean making daily adjustments to lessons or discussion topics.
Edina students voted to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the U.S. in the experiential Kids Voting Edina polls that were companion to the actual general election.
This fall, students across the district met authors and learned about the writing process. Author visits help engage students around reading for pleasure (an important developmental asset), help to motivate students to read and write, not to mention ignite sparks of creativity.
High school and college-age students are changing America’s identity by becoming more engaged and highly informed. Three Edina High School students and a teacher weigh in on today’s political climate.
EPS enrollment increases, five-year projection shows modest growth Edina Public Schools (EPS) took its first official student count for the year on Sept. 30 and found 63 more students in district desks than last year. That and other enrollment numbers and projections were shared with the school board at its Oct. 24 meeting.
After nearly eleven years at the helm, Ric Dressen announced tonight his intentions to have the 2016-17 school year be his last as superintendent in Edina Public Schools Superintendent.
Edina High School hosted its annual blood drive Oct. 25, when staff and students come together to do good for people they will never know. Those who choose to volunteer will offer up a pint of blood in exchange for donuts and the satisfaction of knowing they have potentially saved up to three lives.
If you are disheartened by the current political climate, consider the results of classroom civics lessons in Edina Public Schools. Fifth graders at Highlands Elementary planned thoughtful political campaigns based on everything from protecting habitat to cyber security. Creek Valley third graders learned the importance of being informed voters through a hands-on lesson that included crackers and cookies.
Edina Community Education (CES) took its adult enrichment programming on the road this month with a “field trip” to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona. It is another way the program is exploring new and different opportunities to engage the community and meet life-long learning needs.
Edina High School senior Tommy Jiang is among more than 400 semi-finalists named across the United States in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Tommy was selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects, and is one of six students selected from Minnesota.
In order to give everyone the option to drive to school, the 212 Leadership Group, a collective of EHS students who take on monthly service projects, has taken measures to encourage students to carpool.
Personalization occurs in all areas of our lives. From our special order at the coffee shop to an appointment with our doctor, we are acknowledged as individuals with unique wants and needs. Personalized learning is no different.
Parents can take their children with them to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 8, where students can also vote for the political candidates of their choice. Kids Voting Edina returns to the community for the fifth time. Here is how it works.
Theatre Forever will present Carlo Goldoni’s The Venetian Twins on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Edina Performing Arts Center at Edina High School. It is one of a number of performances happening at Minnesota high schools and colleges sponsored by ARTshare and staged by Theatre Forever. Tickets are general admission, $10 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens.
As part of an ongoing mental health and wellness initiative, Edina Public Schools has established partnerships with Family Innovations and Fraser to provide enhanced school-based mental health services and support students across the district.
Ninety-four percent of the overall community and 97 percent of district parents said the quality of Edina Public Schools is “excellent” or “good” according to the most recent community satisfaction survey, which was summarized for the School Board at its meeting on Sept. 26.
Kids Voting Edina is returning to classrooms and the community for the fifth time this election season. The national grassroots, non-partisan program aims to educate youth about the election process and our country’s democracy system.
The 2016 payable 2017 preliminary tax levy was approved by the Edina School board at the Sept. 25 meeting. The levy includes a 1.6 percent increase over the previous year for district property owners.
Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce that 35 Edina High School (EHS) seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students. While these students will not continue in the competition for 2017 National Merit Scholarship awards, they are among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition.
This year in Edina elementary schools, two seasoned teachers are stepping away from the classroom to help advance the Edina Public Schools Next Generation Strategic Plan. Mark DeYoung and Josh Jansen have assumed new roles for the 2016-17 school year as Next Generation TOSAs.
Highlands Elementary School has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes the building’s performance in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
On September 26, Edina Public Schools (EPS) will be launching a new online engagement tool to gather input from all members of EPS community. The three-part virtual conversation, called ThoughtExchange, will collect ideas and allow district decision makers as well as participants to learn what community members value and prioritize on a variety of topics.
P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, has designated Edina High School as an exemplar school for 2016-2017. EHS received this honor for exemplary 21st century learning practices in preparing students for success in college, career, and life. It is the first high school in Minnesota to earn the designation.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) is pleased to announce that 14 Edina High School (EHS) seniors have been named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists. These students are among 16,000 nationwide who will compete for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships offered next spring.
Edina Family Center (EFC) programs received a four-star rating, the highest attainable, from Parent Aware, a program of the Minnesota Department of Education dedicated to helping families find the highest quality early childhood education programs in Minnesota.
Two Edina elementary schools have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education for accomplishments in closing the achievement gap and promoting high academic growth for all students. Cornelia and Creek Valley were named Reward Schools for scoring in the top 15 percent of Title 1 elementary schools in the state.
Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Leah Byrd as the new Community Education Early Childhood Programs coordinator.
At Countryside Elementary School visitors are being asked to take an extra step prior to entering the school this year as the school tests out new security technology.
Creek Valley Elementary is the second school in the district to receive Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes the building’s performance in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
The average Edina High School (EHS) graduate is more prepared for post-secondary education than their peers statewide according the 2016 College Readiness Report released by ACT on Aug. 24.
At their meeting on Aug. 4, the Edina School Board approved bids for building additions and renovations at Concord and Countryside elementary schools. The projects, which are slated to begin this fall, are part of the 2015 voter-approved Transforming Spaces, Advancing Excellence bond referendum.
Newsweek magazine’s annual list of America’s Top High Schools has again named Edina High School in the top 100. At 86th, EHS is the highest ranked public high school in the state. In total, 17 Minnesota high schools were ranked in the top 500.
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has presented Edina Public Schools’ (EPS) communications department with nine national awards in recognition of outstanding publication and electronic media work completed in the past year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Concord Elementary School its Energy Star certification. It signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Login credentials for the new system should be arriving via U.S. mail to families by early next week. Also included will be a brief tutorial on accessing the system. Parents are asked to log in to their new account and follow the instructions included with their letter to update family contact information.
Edina Public Schools’ scores for the 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments show that while the district continues to be one of the highest academically performing districts in the state, the achievement gap persists. This reflects the state trend, which is “disappointing,” according to Brenda Casselius, the state’s education commissioner.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) invites families, students, staff and community to join the growing nationwide conversation about re-imagining education by attending a screening of the acclaimed film “Most Likely To Succeed” on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the South View Middle School auditorium.
Emma Schwert loves to sing on stage. “When she sings, her words are clear and fluid and it is easy for her to form words,” said Carrie, her mother. Having autism makes speaking a challenge for Emma. But she joined her singing voice with the voices of two of her special education peers and their Edina High School (EHS) Thespian partners for a performance at the International Thespian Festival last month.
The Edina Education Fund board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Rendleman as its executive director. Rendleman was a member of the board until she was hired to serve as the interim executive director earlier this year.
The district’s parent portal, SchoolView, will close down effective July 1 as implementation of the new parent portal system, Infinite Campus, continues. Families are strongly encouraged to print copies of report cards, test scores and assessments before SchoolView closes July 1.
Edina High School (EHS) athletes have had a successful spring this year, bringing home multiple state championships.
Video of Edina High School’s June 4 commencement ceremonies is being broadcast on several local cable channels in the coming weeks.
Beginning June 6, the main entrance at Edina High School (Door 7) will be closed as construction on the west side of the building begins. And effective Wednesday, June 9 the main offices for EHS (administrators and clerical) and the Activities Office will relocate to Valley View Middle School for most of the summer. EHS summer school classes will also be held at Valley View.
The Edina High School Thespians are dusting off their winter production of Peter and the Starcatcher for a one-day, two-show engagement in preparation for bringing their show to the International Thespian Festival. The group will restage its production on Friday, June 17 with two shows, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the South View Middle School Auditorium.
Meghana Iyer, an Edina High School junior, has been named one of 10 high school STEM Communicators by the Minnesota Academy of Science. The award focuses on the written communication skills of high school students who show exceptional potential in conducting scientific and mathematic research.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) proudly announces the hiring of Elizabeth (Beth) Cornwell as the new assistant principal of Valley View Middle School. Cornwell, who currently serves as the school’s Dean of Students, replaces Craig Jensen, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
This spring, eight elementary teachers at three schools conducted a pilot study to enhance students’ global competence and teach them how to think critically about world issues.
The Edina Chamber of Commerce named Geneva Fitzsimonds Teacher of the Year at their annual meeting May 25. She is a sixth through ninth grade band teacher at South View Middle School. Appropriately enough, Fitzsimonds learned of the honor at the conclusion of last week’s grade 8 and 9 band concert.
As part of the ongoing implementation of its Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan, the district is exploring options for school start and end times at all of its school sites (elementary, middle school and high school).
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota has designated Edina Public Schools (EPS) as a Seizure Smart School District following the completion of a series of trainings for students and staff throughout the district this year.
May Term for All, a program introduced last spring, is back by popular demand. Different from May Term, the offcampus experience for seniors, May Term for All was a pilot program last year for sophomores and juniors. The program tailors to students with a variety of learning styles and offers individualized learning through unique courses.
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of students at Edina Public Schools (EPS)? The district is looking for community members who would like to get involved and help EPS achieve its All for All mission – ensuring all learners have the skill and knowledge necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society.
The district’s Department of Media and Technology Services is preparing for a busy summer as work concludes on the implementation of two new systems. Infinite Campus will replace SchoolView as the district’s student information system and Schoology will replace Moodle as the learning management system. Both systems will roll out to families and staff before the start of the 2016-17 school year, with training and information coming in July and August.
You are invited to be among the first to view student inventions that are both practical and creative at the Celebration of Learning: Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Trade Show, Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Edina High School. The Trade Show is the culmination of the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class, the capstone course for Project Lead The Way.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has named Meghana Iyer, an Edina High School (EHS) junior, a Scholar of Distinction in two categories. She is one of 51 Minnesota students who were honored at a ceremony on May 14 at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.
Madison Banks, an Edina High School (EHS), has been presented a Youth Thrive Award by the Southdale YMCA in Edina. The award recognizes teem leaders across the metro area that have made an impact in their communities through their involvement with their local YMCA.
When Normandale Elementary School fourth graders entered the media center Thursday, they didn’t realized getting out would not be so easy. Students became “trapped” inside a digital library and needed to find answers to clues about popular books to escape, leading them on a scavenger hunt to freedom.
Fourteen Edina band students in grades 7 though 10 participated in the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) Honor Bands, for grades 6-8 and 9-10 last month. These musicians were selected from over 400 students who auditioned this winter for a position in the group.
Nine members of the Edina High School DECA team competed at the International DECA Career Development Competition last month in Nashville, Tenn. Junior Will Lively placed second out of over 150 finalists in the Restaurant Food Service Management competition. This is the 5th International trophy that Edina DECA has won in the past four years.
Valley View Middle School students are attempting to bike around the world. Well, sort of. In a schoolwide challenge posed by media specialist Heather Palmer, students are trying to bike the equivalent of 24,901 miles, the distance around the world, while listening to audio books and riding Desk Cycles.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) proudly announces the hiring of Kathryn “Katie” Mahoney as the new principal of Highlands Elementary School. Mahoney replaces Peter Hodne, who is retiring at the end of the school year. She was selected following a process that included input from students, staff, parents and community members.
This is personalized learning in action: Nico chose the book to read, the academic standard to learn first, how to learn it, and used a project of choice to show what he’d learned. In short, choice, voice and proof of mastery.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) proudly announces the hiring of Dr. Timothy Anderson as the new principal of South View Middle School. Anderson replaces Dr. Beth Russell, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Anderson was a selected from a strong pool of candidates in a process that included input from students, staff, parents and community members.
Edina High School (EHS) has been ranked 7th in the state in the annual “Best High Schools” list by U.S. News & World Report. EHS is ranked in the top 17.8 percent of the country, earning a Gold Medal rating by the publication.
Following the unanimous approval of earthwork contracts at its April 11 meeting, the Edina School Board voted 6-1 on Monday to approve an agreement with synthetic turf vendor FieldTurf for the purchase and installation of four new and one replacement synthetic turf fields. The decision comes following concerns raised by Edina parents and community members regarding the safety of the crumb rubber infill used in the turf.
On Saturday, students districtwide met at South View Middle school for the 2016 Student Wellness Challenge, an annual event dedicated to wellness in all forms.
Three Edina High School (EHS) students received recognition from the City of Edina for their hard work and dedication to making the Edina community a better place at the city’s annual Volunteer Recognition Reception event Wednesday.
In addition to enjoying cake, Edina High School students eat pierogies, listen to reggae, celebrate their quinceañeras, pray daily to Allah or speak fluent Hebrew. The EHS Multicultural Show on April 7 embraced this diversity by introducing different cultural perspectives to the student body through dance, clothes, song and poems. The show addressed racial tensions and the variety of cultures at Edina, and issues of multiculturalism and assimilation.
Read about South View's recognition by the Minnesota Special Olympics, the achievements of the South View Academic Triathalon team, and the EHS Latin Team's impressive results at the National Exam.
When the James Sewell Ballet contacted Edina High School band director Paul Kile asking to borrow uniforms and instruments, Kile offered up a whole band -- and the ballet company took him up on it. That is how 41 members of EHS bands came to be accompanying musicians for a segment of the James Sewell Ballet company’s spring program, opening Friday at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis.
For the second consecutive year, South View Middle School hosted a United States citizenship ceremony with the help of student leaders and with a crowd of ninth grade government students.
Several generations of artists will share their works and love of visual art at a showcase called “Art and All That Jazz” at The Waters of Edina on Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 pieces of art will be displayed including 15-20 created by Edina High School students.
Head engineers and night lead custodians districtwide came together during spring break for an intensive, all-day training around leadership and equity.
Wellness Across Cultures is the theme of this year’s Student Wellness Challenge, Saturday, April 23 at South View Middle School.
Edina High School juniors Allison Schwoboda and Brandon Schenck have been named finalists to the FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Award for leadership.
The sticker says “Teacher Locker,” but what’s inside is all about students. In one locker are lacing cards and instructions for “animal walks”; in another, a theraband and ball activity cards; another locker includes exercise dice and a ribbon stick. These are where Creek Valley students can have a “locker break.”
School readiness and personalized learning are at the heart of a new initiative happening in the Early Childhood Kindergarten Prep class. Books-in-a-bag with activities focused on literacy are helping ensure that children who will be kindergarteners next year will be on par with their peers and ready to learn.
Senior Hannah Hankinson has been named Edina High School’s 2016 Athena Award recipient. The award is based on excellence in individual sports or participation and/or accomplishments in team sports.
Four Edina High School students captured 14 gold and silver medals at the recent North Dakota/Minnesota Junior Classical Latin League annual convention. The two-day convention included competitions in academic, creative, athletics and arts categories; presentations on classical topics; and Latin-related games.
Kate Erickson’s Pre-K students learn about shapes, colors, numbers, animals and the weather. What is different, however, is how they are learning.
As Spring Break draws near, most of us look forward to a week of relaxation. For 20 Edina High School (EHS) students, however, Spring Break will be a week of intense, experiential learning.
Nine members of the EHS DECA team will advance to international competition following the annual Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference March 6-8.
“We had all heard student voices complain that they are always in the same math group,” said Mark DeYoung, one of four fifth grade math teachers at Countryside Elementary. “And they would refer to them as the ‘smart’ group or the ‘dumb’ group,” said colleague Katie Sweeney. No one is sure who on the math team spoke the words, but someone said, “What if we let the students choose their own math group based on how they like to learn.”
The College Possible program at EHS is looking for current sophomores who want to attend college and would like help making it happen. The program operated this year as a pilot for the nationally recognized non-profit organization. According to Heidi Howard, student academic coordinator, the success this year led to a decision to start another cohort for 2016-17.
Playing piano began as something fun for a fourth grader to do. Seven years later, Edina High School junior Michael Tang finds it to be a means of expression and the source of a unique experience.
More than 350 works of art by Edina elementary students will be on display at the annual Student Art Show at the Edina Public Library March 17 through April 17. It will open with a reception to celebrate the artists on Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Super Tuesday, many Edina students actively took part in the democratic process for the very first time. There was a huge turnout for both the Republican and the Democratic caucuses held at South View Middle School and Valley View Middle School, respectively. Voters weren’t the only ones present though, many Edina Public Schools 9th graders were present as volunteers as well. Both caucus locations were bustling with people.
Lindsay Smaka’s enriched chemistry students crowded around laptops so they could see the faces of their project partners. It was a half hour before school begins at Edina High School (EHS) but it was the end of the day for their partners -- students at Geschwister-Scholl Schule in southwestern Germany.
New signage in every school cafeteria aims to make the recycling process easier for students and more efficient. Purchased with funding from a $22,000 grant from Hennepin County, the new signs provide words and pictures describing what items can be thrown in each bin. It’s all about proper sorting.
Edina Public Schools’ (EPS) efforts to close the achievement gap between student subgroups showed positive improvement this year, according to data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Overall, the EPS four-year graduation rate in 2015 was 97.64 percent – more than 1.5 percent higher than last year and almost 16 percent higher than this year’s state average of 81.9 percent.
The Edina High School Band will kick off a fund drive for new uniforms at this month’s Pops Concerts. The need for new uniforms is a high priority for the band program because of the wear-and-tear they have experienced from countless halftime performances, band trips, and parade appearances. Band Director Andy Richter is quite familiar with the uniforms. “The current band uniforms were purchased in 1994,” he said. “We got them my junior year of high school at Edina.”
Four seniors will represent Edina High School (EHS) at the national Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington D.C., sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. This is the first year EHS has had a team, and in fact, had two in local competition. Members of the state championship team are: Katie Kelley, Lydia Knoll, Natalie Omodt and Sophie Sissi. They won the state competition on Feb. 3, which included 34 teams from around the state.
What began as a small gathering of students of color looking for a safe space to meet and discuss life at Edina High School (EHS) has grown to be much more. The group's event, Sun Down to Sun Up: A Celebration of Melanin, Black History and Experience, is just that – a celebration of black culture through poetry, music and speeches from local black leaders.
While students had a day off on Feb. 16, district educators were in the classroom. A day of professional development organized by the district was called the Personalized Learning Summit. Teachers and specialists came together to focus on how the district’s efforts to make learning more engaging are progressing and to talk about next steps.
Some are inspired by television shows, another by his uncle who just completed law school. One student’s mom made her sign up and yet another said simply, “We like to argue.” They are all members of South View’s Mock Trial Team, and no matter the reason that brought them together, it seems to be working for them. They are advancing to regional competition this week, the only team of five in the district to achieve that level this year, and will be competing against high school teams.
The snoring dog is the first clue that this is not an ordinary 7th grade classroom. It’s the sunroom at Sophia Doebbert’s home, which is her classroom for about half of the school year. It looks like mission control, with Sophia at the center of an arc of computer screens, her motorized wheelchair temporarily in “park.” Winston, the dog, is sleeping noisily on her lap, but Sophia is alert and working hard.
Learn more about the programs and projects the Edina Education Fund supports at the 20th Anniversary Show and Tell Luncheon, Monday, Feb. 22. The event features displays and demonstrations by Innovation Grant recipients.
Canada no longer uses pennies! This was a surprising information that kindergarteners in Angela Gatke’s Countryside classroom learned last week. Also surprising, might be the way they learned it – from a classroom of kindergarteners in Calgary.
The Edina High School (EHS) Symphony Orchestra has been selected to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Mid-Winter Clinic on Feb. 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Forty-nine representatives from 15 school districts met at South View Middle School and the Edina Community Center Tuesday for MasteryCon, a technology-focused conference about how educators are using MasteryConnect in their work.
Except for his morning runs, Highlands Elementary Principal Peter Hodne stayed indoors for almost a week in a house near Salt Lake City, Utah with eight other educators, whom he had never met, with one goal in mind - write a book in five days.
Edina High School (EHS) students continue to bring home championship hardware as groups of student pursue their interests in a variety of clubs and teams. The Science team will move on to national competition and the Latin Team captured seven first place finishes in recent competition.
The Edina Education Fund made surprise visits to 10 Edina Public School teachers this week, presenting them with 2015-2016 Innovation Grants. A total of $54,850 in grants were awarded in support of projects that will impact students in kindergarten through grade 12, at all nine school sites.
At its Jan. 25 meeting the School Board approved a two-year master agreement between Education Minnesota-Edina (EME), the bargaining unit for the district’s teachers, and Edina Public Schools. The agreement, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017, was approved by EME members on Jan. 21.
Implementation of the district’s new student information system, Infinite Campus, has begun. It will move the district another step closer to its goal of integrating student information technology to provide a one-stop portal for families.
Being in the right place at the right time snagged a prime opportunity for the EHS Thespians and their director, Tony Matthes. The troupe will be the first high school in the country to stage the Disney play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Jan. 21-23 at the Edina Performing Arts Center. According to Matthes, it is both an honor and a challenge.
The Edina School Board has approved the purchase of land for the construction of a new district transportation services facility. At the Jan. 11 meeting, the Board reviewed and approved the Contract of Sale and Purchase with sellers JASUE LLC and ALEFF LLC, both operated by Kin Properties. The property is 9.25 acres of vacant land in a plat known as the Edina Interchange Center, located at 7600 Metro Boulevard, west of Highway 100.
The Edina Public Schools (EPS) and Education Minnesota-Edina (EME) announce a tentative agreement of a new two-year contract for the district’s teachers and licensed educators.
In all of his trips to Washington D.C. – and there have been at least 10 – Erik Anderson has never been to the White House. Now, the Valley View social studies teacher has a special invitation and a job to do. He will be tweeting the State of the Union speech next week live from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, just off the West Wing.
Thirteen new courses have been proposed for secondary students for the 2016-17 school year. The courses range from digital art to personal wellness, advanced levels of several languages to college-level algebra. What they have in common is their alignment to the district’s educational competencies and the advancement of personalized learning opportunities.
The School Board approved the tax levy for 2015, payable 2016, at its meeting Dec. 15. The levy represents a 19.14 percent increase over the previous year, of which 16.4 percent is a result of the voter-approved bond referendum.
The School Board approved calendars for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years at its Dec. 15 meeting. The calendars are the culmination of months of work by a calendar committee comprised of district staff, parents and administration.
The Edina Education Fund has recently learned that it has been selected to receive a $15,000 grant from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation. Grant funds will be distributed to three Edina Public Schools district programs the Edina Education Fund has supported for a number of years.
Two teachers from Edina Public Schools have been honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES annual Education Technology Conference this week. Jamie Hawkinson, grade 4 teacher at Creek Valley, and Lynn Timmer, special education teacher at South View, were recognized for not only using technology to personalize learning for their students, but also mentoring and encouraging colleagues to do the same.
Last week, Edina High School computer science students took their skills to the elementary and middle schools to teach kids computer programming. The visits were part of a global initiative called Hour of Code, held annually to give students around the world an opportunity to learn about computer science.
For nine Edina Public School (EPS) teachers and staff members, weeks spent in other countries last summer not only taught them about the culture of the area, it caused them to view their own students with new eyes. Now, they are using their experiences to teach in new ways.
This January, Edina High School will host the third annual Edina Model United Nations Conference (EMUNC). EMUNC is a distinctive conference in that it is the only student-run MUNC in the state.
Creek Valley Elementary welcomed Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius this morning for show and tell. The school is one of just 14 Title 1 schools that has earned the Reward School status from the state for five consecutive years, an indication of progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.
Caroline White’s second grade class entered the Normandale Elementary School gym for physical education (P.E.) class Thursday morning excited, with yo-yos in hand and ready to build on the skills they had learned earlier in the week.
“Every child can be a leader” is the premise of the Leader in Me, a whole school transformation process embraced by Creek Valley Elementary last year. It is based on the FranklinCovey 7 Habits of Highly Effectively People, but interpreted for kids.
A group of 62 students and seven teachers from Kaisei High School, Japan, visited EHS in October to participate in the exchange with Edina students studying Japanese. Since their first visit last year, the students in both countries have been in correspondence with each other using both English and Japanese. It has also been their strong wish to visit EHS again, hoping to establish a partnership for the benefit of students in both schools.
Emily Layton and Nicholas Meersman, Edina High School seniors, have been named National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board. The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) is based on test scores from PSATs taken as juniors.
Edina’s seventh annual Day of Service took place Oct. 24 and every Edina resident had the opportunity to participate. Through the many volunteer opportunities, Edina residents were able to display their gratitude. “The Edina Day of Service is a great way to be a part of something bigger than yourself that helps the community we are so lucky to be a part of. It is important to give back to the community that has raised us so well,” said EHS senior Alex Meffert.
Eleven student-athletes signed letters of intent at a ceremony during Edina High School’s collaborative time. To the applause of teammates and friends in attendance, family members joined the students on stage while their coach said remarks on their behalf.
It is a bit like a Food Network show. A food tasting is followed by discussion, a second taste, sometimes a funny look or a big thumbs up. Then, of course, there is the vote. But this is not an episode of Chopped – it is Tasting Tuesday at Highlands Elementary.
On Monday night, Edina High School and district administration, the School Board, community members, parents and teachers met to recognize 20 National Merit Semifinalists and 21 Commended Scholars.
To bring the history and meaning of Veterans Day to South View Middle School (SVMS) students, Principal Beth Russell called on a group of seven students to get the story first hand.
Most people try to recycle. The trick is doing it right. Knowing the meaning of the colored bins and what to throw in them makes for a successful recycling program. Edina Public Schools (EPS) wants to get everyone in the recycling habit and is about to make it easier to recycle correctly anywhere in the district.
Edina school district voters reelected two incumbents and one new member to the school board on Nov. 3. Amir Gharbi, Sarah Patzloff, and Leny Wallen-Friedman were elected for three open board seats from a field of seven candidates. The three will be sworn in and begin their four-year terms on Jan. 11, 2016.
Snow may seem a long way off thanks to a warm fall, but now is the time to prepare for extreme weather by updating your contact information on SchoolView. Accurate phone numbers and email addresses will ensure that you are always in the loop in case of school cancellation, late start or early closure.
There are many ways to serve your country and Melody Snyder found a way that was perfect for her -- as a musician in the Minnesota Army National Guard, 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band. She will be the guest speaker at Valley View Middle School’s Veterans Day programs on Wednesday, Nov. This is the 13th year Valley View has honored veterans of military service with student assembly programs that are also open to the public.
“You are not singers, you are singing athletes,” Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (won-dih-MAWG-nee-you) said to a group of ninth grade boys choir students at South View Middle School on Friday.
The number of Edina Public School students earning honors for Advanced Placement Scholar Awards grew again this year as the district congratulates 533 students for their achievements – four more students than last year. The AP Scholar list consists primarily of seniors, juniors and sophomores from Edina High School, but also includes eight freshmen.
Named for the time it begins, Club 350 at Countryside Elementary School gives students who participate in KIDS Club another outlet for their creativity, as well as a chance to learn from and spend time with “cool” high school students.
With over 30 athletic opportunities available, sports are undeniably a large part of Edina High School (EHS). Historically, boys' sporting events have been very well attended while girls' teams have played for smaller crowds. This year, EHS students have been making a bigger effort to attend girls' sporting events.
School district administration and Best Buy executives cut a ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the new Geek Squad Tech Hub in Edina High School’s Media Center on Oct. 22. Although having a Geek Squad agent at EHS is not new, the look of the Tech Hub is. The new kiosk will replace an ordinary office desk to provide more space for consulting with students and working on devices.
The Edina High School (EHS) speech and debate teams have again earned national recognition for ranking in the top 10 percent in the country and has earned membership in the National Speech and Debate Association’s “100 Club.”
The Third Annual Carnival Concert will be Saturday, Oct. 24. Hosted by the Edina High School Varsity Band, the concert is geared toward families and children ages 12 and under. The goal is to promote the joy of music at home and in Edina schools.
Jessica Kitzman knows there is an artist inside each of her students. Rather than trying to direct those artists, she wants to set them free. As the new art teacher at Countryside, she is using a curriculum style called Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB). It is a change from how many elementary art curriculums operate and has a goal of providing “authentic art experiences for students.”
Students throughout the district have had the opportunity to learn about the writing process first hand from a host of authors who have visited elementary and middle schools, and EHS this fall. Author visits are coordinated by media specialists at the schools to promote and celebrate the culture of reading.
Dozens of fourth and fifth graders toed the start line on the lower field of Edina High School (EHS) Wednesday afternoon, eagerly waiting for the starting gun to sound. At the Edina Elementary Cross-Country Run, students were able to get their first taste of what it is like to run a cross-county meet.
“It’s like a hiccup or a sneeze – people who have seizures can’t help it.” Caroline Olstad brought that and several other messages to staff and students at Cornelia Elementary last week. She is program manager for Seizure Smart Schools, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation-Minnesota (EFMN), with a goal of increasing understanding of epilepsy and decreasing the stigma attached to seizures.
When the vest is on, he knows that it’s time to work. Diabetes service dog, Jagger, accompanied his owner to work at Countryside Elementary School this week. Cindy Frerichs’ four-legged companion provided an opportunity to expand students’ knowledge of service animals.
The first inklings of Louisa Darr’s acting talents were revealed when she played the part of a dog. “The first play I was in was in preschool – I played the part of Toto in ‘All I Said Was Bark,’” Louisa said. “I was a sassy Toto.” Next week, Louisa, a Valley View 6th grader, will play her biggest role to date. She will be Colleen in a production of There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins.
It’s all about keeping kids moving for two Highlands Elementary School physical education teachers, who kicked off the first Highlands Marathon on Friday. The Highlands Marathon is a yearlong event where students run around a track at their own convenience and pace.
Bill Webb, Edina High School band director emeritus, will be honored with a musical tribute on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Fick Auditorium. His contributions to the Edina school band programs and Minnesota Symphonic Winds, of which he is an associate conductor, will be celebrated by peers, current and former band members, and fellow musicians.
Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce that 21 Edina High School (EHS) have been named National Merit Commended Students. These seniors are among the 34,000 students nationwide being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
Parents and community are familiar with the homecoming parade and of course, the football game. But inside the halls of Edina High School, homecoming is a weeklong event. There are theme days, a powder puff football game, and a bonfire with a live band. Student photographer Nate Sanders, a member of the Zephyrus staff, provides an "inside" look at Homecoming 2015 with this photo album.
When students get to middle school, there is new responsibility in the form of technology, namely the fact that students use their own devices. With that added responsibility comes an added risk of cracked screens and other related mishaps. At Valley View and South View middle schools, students don’t have to go far to find help when those problems occur.
Inspired by a California-based artist and just in time for National Arts in Education Week, Creek Valley’s all-school art project produced an installation whose message clearly reflects the school’s initiative as well as the district theme.
When more than 1,000 high school students come together for an event you expect laughter, high energy and lots of noise. However, on Wednesday morning when Edina High School (EHS) juniors and seniors assembled for about an hour, they were speechless. They witnessed the reenactment of a tragic car accident -- a stark contrast to the Hawaiian-themed clothing of the day and the boisterous excitement of homecoming week. But the message of the event and its timing is intentional. (Note: Some people may find these images to be graphic.)
Three full time social workers have been added to district staff this year as recommendations from last year’s Mental Health and Wellness Study are implemented. The increased staff will help meet the increasing needs of students.
Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce that 20 Edina High School (EHS) seniors are among the 16,000 students chosen nationwide to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Nearly 1.5 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT® exam, which serves as the initial screening assessment for the scholarship program.
Three Edina elementary schools have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for accomplishments in closing the achievement gap and promoting high academic growth for all students.
Two cultural liaison positions have been added to the Edina Public Schools (EPS) staff this year. They were created to help engage and enrich the academic experience of students and families in the district’s largest bilingual demographic categories. Abdul Abdullahi and Blanca Diaz de Leon have joined EPS as cultural liaisons for Somali and Hispanic families.
Helping the audience travel back to 1930s Alabama, Noah Deets will perform in the Guthrie Theater’s upcoming production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
As part of the district’s kickoff week, 60 district staff members were recognized for their achievements at a luncheon on Aug. 26. School board members, district administrators and colleagues gathered to acknowledge important career accomplishments and commitment to serve students, families and fellow staff throughout Edina Public Schools.
Mary Heiman, health services coordinator for Edina Public Schools (EPS), has been named the 2015 School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota.
Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of America’s Top High Schools has again placed Edina High School (EHS) in the top 100 schools in the country. At 71st, EHS is the highest ranked Minnesota high school and the only school in the state in the top 100.
While families and students prepare for the coming school year, district staff and teachers are looking ahead too. But their focus extends beyond the next nine months and on the educational model that Edina Public Schools is becoming.
The district’s Next Generation Strategic Plan continues to move forward following approval by the school board of proposals in three key study areas. The board approved recommendations for the Birth through Grade 5 (BG5) program study, secondary pilot studies, and the Mental Health and Wellness study for implementation in the 2015-16 school year.
Families will now find it easier to manage lunch, activities and school age care accounts with FeePay, the new online payment system.
In a few days, students will head back to their classrooms as the new school year begins. They arrive at school in many different ways and while the days are still warm, many students walk or bike to school. Now is a good time to review safety guidelines and the rules of the road for both walkers and bikers of all ages.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) invites interested teachers, staff and community members to apply for membership on a study team that will help design the Next Generation of educational programming for kindergarten through grade 5 learners in the district.
In the midst of Thursday’s heat and humidity, a group of volunteers from Northwestern Mutual-Edina didn’t hesitate to lend their time and energy to help clean up the playground at Countryside Elementary School.
Filing for the Edina School Board closed on Tuesday, August 11, with seven community members filing affidavits of candidacy. Three incumbents - Cathy Cella, Sarah Patzloff and Leny Wallen-Friedman - are running again along with four newcomers: Melanie Allen, Layla Avila, Claudia Carr and Amir Gharbi.
Kids feel a sense of freedom when they hop on a bike and take off down the street. But until they reach a certain age, the scope of their travels may be limited - unless they sign up for Biking Adventures.
Special Education students in the Edina High School (EHS) Extended School Year (ESY) program met a new four-legged friend when Getty, a therapy dog, visited their classroom Wednesday. Getty and her owner, Wendy Hitch, arrived at EHS to the eager welcome of students who had spent the beginning of the week preparing for Getty’s arrival by learning about working dogs.
At Highlands Elementary, students are learning conflict management skills along side math, and critical thinking with language arts. These are some of the concepts of the Cooperative Learning method that have long been a part of the Highlands way of teaching. Principal Peter Hodne has embraced Cooperative Learning as a general philosophy for an even longer time –– so long, in fact, that the Cooperative Learning Institute recently recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fourth graders from Edina Public Schools’ (EPS) Success Center hosted a lemonade stand Thursday at Normandale Elementary to raise money for the American Red Cross. However, it was part of something much more than quenching thirst.
It has been a good summer for the Edina Community Education Services (CES) volunteer program, which has seen a significant increase in the number of students helping out in classes this summer.
Inspired by the style of American artist and social activist Keith Haring, a new mural in the Concord Elementary cafeteria shows scenes of people participating in healthy activities such as jumping rope, boating, biking and playing on playgrounds side-by-side with drawings of watermelon, grapes, carrots and other healthy foods.
Edina Public Schools (EPS) proudly announces the hiring of Corinne Graham as the district’s Assistant Director of Student Support Services. She replaces Molly Hollenbeck, who left the district in June.