Yvonne with colleagues

Staff kudos:

Yvonne Fair, teacher at Murray, honored with Circle of Peace Award
Yvonne Fair was honored with the Circle of Peace Award from Concordia Language Villages. The award is presented to individuals who have given outstanding service as a staff member for 15 years.

Yvonne, a French teacher at Murray, has been working with the Concordia Language Villages Weekend program by bringing Murray students who study French to participate in immersion programs for long weekends during the school year.

Bringing the students to Lac du Bois in Bemidji is a unique experience. It allows the students to feel what it would be like to actually be immersed in a French-speaking community, but gives them a very safe environment to experiment with their language skills.

Yvonne’s students who attend each year return to class revitalized with a new appreciation for their ability to communicate in another language. It inspires them to strive harder in their studies.

Mary Mackbee, principal at Central, named Administrator of the Year
Principal Mary Mackbee has been named 2014 Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota School Counselors Association.

The award recognizes Mary’s leadership and outstanding service that have had a positive impact on the school counseling field.

Student kudos:

Capitol Hill Middle School Jazz Band Takes Second Place at Eau Claire Jazz Fest
The Capitol Hill Middle School jazz band recently took second place at the prestigious Eau Claire Jazz Festival. The band is directed by Joe Morrissey.

In addition to the second-place finish, eighth-grader Roland B. won an Outstanding Soloist award.

Harding honors students who build Little Free Libraries
To promote reading in the St. Paul community, Harding students raised over $1,000 to build nine Little Free Libraries around the East Side of St. Paul and stock them with books.

Little Free Libraries are a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Linwood Monroe students with special needs learn from artists in residence
At Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, each grade level does at least one residency each year in which they work with an artist or artists from our community. This year, the Linwood Monroe Special Education team was excited to host its first ever Special Needs Art Residency with K-5 students with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD).

The students worked with Upstream Arts, a local arts organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. Upstream Arts draws on research and best practices to provide a unique, arts-based approach to addressing social deficits common in individuals with a variety of disabilities.

In their programs, local professional artists - actors, musicians, poets, visual artists and dancers - lead activities that nurture self-expression, conversation and group participation. The students shared their experience with Upstream Arts at school gatherings on both of the Linwood Monroe Arts Plus campuses.

Bridge View and Focus Beyond students participate in dance residency
During the month of March, students from Bridge View School and Focus Beyond Transition Services collaborated with the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts School on a mixed ability dance residency led by Young Dance.

Through the dance residency, peer dancers of all abilities worked together on a performance that incorporated student IEP goals and objectives and included movement, choice making, expression and communication. A final performance took place at the Ordway in March.

The students who participated in the residency attended a performance by Axis Dance, a group of dancers with and without disabilities that performs nationally.

This opportunity was made possible through a grant from VSA Minnesota and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

Murray students win awards at state science fair
Ten students from Murray Middle School participated in the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair in March. The State Science & Engineering Fair is an annual competition that showcases Minnesota's best and brightest students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. It is the culmination of Minnesota Regional Science & Engineering Fairs occurring throughout the state.

Congratulations to the following students for winning awards. View complete project descriptions online.
Seagate Emerging Scientist Awards

  • Forrest A.
  • Gayathri D.
  • Daniel E.

Middle School Paper Awards-Grade 7

  • Valerie B.
  • Isak S.

Grand Awards-Bronze

  • Lily X.

Grand Awards-Silver

  • Gayathri D.

Grand Awards-Gold

  • Forrest A.
  • Daniel E.

Broadcom Masters Award

  • Forrest A.
  • Gayathri D.
  • Daniel E.