Capitol Hill wins state MathCounts tournament
A team of “mathletes” at Capitol Hill Magnet School took first place in the 2016 Minnesota MathCounts tournament held on March 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth. The Capitol Hill math team is made up of seventh-graders Sasha Hydrie and Simon Mulrooney, and eighth-graders Riaz Kelly and Cali Rivera. Alex Ford is the team’s coach.

More than 123 “mathletes” from 26 schools across the state qualified for this year’s Minnesota MathCounts tournament. Minnesota MathCounts is part of a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics. The program is coordinated by volunteers with the the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers.

Johnson student competes in ‘Poetry Out Loud’ state finals
Chaia Vang, a junior at Johnson Senior High School, recently competed in “Poetry Out Loud,” a state poetry recitation competition at The Loft Literary Center. Chaia competed against 11 other students from around the state. Poetry Out Loud is a program established by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Jessee Buetow selected to participate in 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator program
Jesse Buetow, a fifth grade teacher at Randolph Heights, has been chosen to participate in the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator program. Over the next year, Buetow will be among a prestigious group of top educators who will receive professional development opportunities to help build digital classrooms. PBS chooses one representative from each state to be part of the Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator program.

Parkway Middle School teachers present at American Montessori Society Annual Conference
Parkway Montessori & Community Middle School teachers Kent Miller and Stephanie Bijoch recently presented at the American Montessori Society 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago.  Their session, titled “Arts Literacy through a Montessori Lens” and attended by more than 100 Montessori educators, made the case that the visual and performing arts have a valid place among other subjects in the Montessori Middle School curriculum. They led participants through visual and auditory thinking strategies and the graffiti-annotations method in a Socratic seminar setting.

Linwood Monroe fifth-graders win Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Award
Three fifth-graders at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (LMAP) recently won the Conservation Award at the Minnesota Zoo. A project created by Justice, Jack and Cole received the Conservation Award, beating out 40 other projects entered in the challenge.

The Minnesota Zoo invited students to help zookeepers by designing a puzzle feeder enrichment feature that could be used to keep multiple primate species happy and mentally stimulated. In all, eight fifth-graders from LMAP, along with their science their science teacher, Ms. Wittmann, participated in the zoo’s challenge on March 8.

SPPS students featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares videos, photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and at spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Christian, student at Mississippi Creative Arts
  • Megan, student at Washington Technology Magnet