Jody Rohweller

Staff kudos

Jody Rohweller, teacher at Highland Senior, named Saint Paul Rotary Club Teacher of the Year
Highland Park Senior High School Teacher Jody Rohweller has been named the 2014 Saint Paul Rotary Club Teacher of the Year. She will be honored at the Rotary Club’s annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 6 at the Crowne Plaza.

Rohweller, a social studies teacher, has been teaching at Highland Park for seven years. She has been with Saint Paul Public Schools for 15 years.

Before working at Highland Park, Rohweller was a student teacher at Humboldt Senior High School, worked at Hazel Park Middle School for seven years and was a curriculum coach for one year. This year, she is teaching 11th grade IB History of the Americas and 12th grade IB 20th Century Topics. Rohweller is also the co-advisor for Student Council and the head coach of the Highland Park Speech Team.

Nan Martin, facilities staff member, performs CPR to save Zumba teacher
Nan Martin from the Facilities Department saved her Zumba instructor’s life by performing CPR on her for 20 minutes. Nan had just finished a refresher CPR class with the Security and Emergency Management (SEM) Department at SPPS. Watch the full story on WCCO.

Hamline presents at virtual showcase
Hamline Elementary presented their technology integration efforts at the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) 2014 Virtual Showcase.

Project showcases are an opportunity for schools to highlight their successes in mobile learning.  At Hamline, teachers have been working this year to integrate technology into their lessons and provide digital learning opportunities for students. In past years there were iPads in the classrooms, but they weren't being used to their full potential.

Hamline uses one iPad for each student in grades 3, 4 and 5. This is their first year with iPads in grades 3 and 5, their second year with iPads in grade 4.

The Hamline VILS team is:

  • Fawn Nguyen, 3rd grade teacher
  • Estella Daniels, 3rd grade teacher
  • Barb Hvidhyld and Jane Hall-Dayle, 4th grade co-teachers
  • Scott Johnson, 4th grade teacher
  • Diane Smith and Mandi Clayton, 5th grade co-teachers
  • Jon Gjerde, 5th grade teacher
  • Duy Nguyen, K-5 computer teacher and tech integrationist
  • Jodie Wilson, tech coach
  • Craig Anderson, principal

Two SPPS staff honored with Eagle Award for work in grant writing
Rebekah Doyle, grants management coordinator; and Marian Heinrichs, manager of program evaluation; received an Eagle Award from the Office of Indian Education on April 17. Rebekah and Marian supported Indian Education in applying for additional funds to prevent chemical dependency among American Indian youth.

The award recognizes adults who have generously given their time and/or resources to support the Office of Indian Education and the students in SPPS.

Student and school kudos:

Linwood-Monroe student wins Saint Paul Tree Poster Contest
The city of Saint Paul will plant a tree at Linwood-Monroe Arts Plus in honor of a student who won an annual poster contest held by the city’s Tree Advisory Panel.

Grace Hogan, a student at Linwood-Monroe, created the winning poster, surpassing 400 applicants. The poster now will become a magnet.

The city plans to hold a ceremony in May, naming the occasion Arbor Day in Saint Paul. The city also will plant a tree at Linwood-Monroe in honor of Grace. A date for the ceremony has yet to be scheduled. The following students will also receive prizes:

  • Second place: Kueh Wah Lay, Bruce Vento
  • Third place: Drew Moseman, Chelsea Heights
  • Honorable mention: Caden Kipfmueller, Highland Park
  • Honorable mention: Angelina Yang, Farnsworth
  • Honorable mention: Zhane Singer, Hazel Park
  • Honorable mention: Edwardo Perez, Riverview
  • Honorable mention: Zong, Farnsworth
  • Honorable mention: Savana, Linwood Monroe
  • Honorable mention: Summer Aharts, Groveland Park

Central ranks No. 21 among best high schools in Minnesota
Central High School ranked No. 21 among Minnesota high schools, according to the Best High Schools list by U.S. News. The analysis reviewed the school’s student to teacher ratio, college readiness, and math and reading proficiencies for the ranking, according to U.S. News. Learn more at spps.org.

American Indian Magnet School receives Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant for medicine wheel garden
Project Learning Tree (PLT) awarded a $1,000 GreenWorks! grant to American Indian Magnet School to create a medicine wheel garden at the entrance to the school.

The grant will support the project in which middle-school students in the Urban 4-H program plan the layout of the garden based on Indian traditions and symbols. They will learn about and plant traditional crops, such as corn and beans, and work closely with Lakota herbalist Paul Red Elk.

Third grade class add a little groove to their routine, perform for HealthPartners
Kudos to Brian Rice’s third  grade class and Adams Spanish Immersion School for their commitment to wellness and physical activity. Adams has taken on the yumPower School Challenge for the last several years and boasts high participation rates. The program inspired Señor Rice’s class to adopt a daily classroom physical activity. Using a dance they learned from yumPower’s kick-off assembly, these third grade students now groove as they transition back into their classroom academic routine from recess. They were asked to perform their dance at HealthPartners’ Annual Meeting earlier this month.

National History Day at Open World Learning Community
Over 70 students at Open World Learning Community (OWL) competed at Regional History Day this year. They prepared 36 projects, of which 18 qualified for State History Day and three won honorable mentions. Here are the winners and the projects they are working on:

Student name(s) Project title Type Award
Sunniva Dunagan 
St. Croix Environmental Law Website State qualifier
Mercutio Takle
Samuel Osborne
The Dakota War of 1862 Website State qualifier
Ed Diatta Duluth Lynchings Documentary State qualifier
Sam Dale-Gau
Bjorn Holm
Eli Sage-Martinson
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Documentary State qualifier
Micah Gundale
Theo Sage-Martinson
Connor Scott
Tom Hobday
War of the Worlds Documentary State qualifier
Siena Leone-Getten
Paying Lor
Voting Rights Act Documentary State qualifier
Jude DeRango Japanese-American Internment Camps Performance State qualifier
Maya Rodriguez-Ross Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Performance State qualifier
Fuabci Vang Lord High Admiral Lee Soon Shin Performance State qualifier
Seda Farnham
Fiona Shyne
League of Women Voters Performance State qualifier
Grace Kellar-Long Louisa May Alcott Performance State qualifier
Noah Rooze
Simon Dungan-Seaver
Madie Scott
Church Committee Performance State qualifier
Zoe Gale
Ty Gale
Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Performance State qualifier
Ryland Hughley Hormel P9 Strike Exhibit State qualifier
Kim Perez
Yvette Ybarra
Pancho Villa Exhibit State qualifier
Seamus McManus
Angel Hang
Pang Houa Yang
Indian Removal Act Exhibit State qualifier
Gaochua Xiong
Koua Yang
Estephanie Romero-Rodriguez
Ida B. Wells Exhibit State qualifier
Amanda Weiss
Brittany Prather
Rosie the Riveter Exhibit State qualifier
Ella King
Griffin Sawyer
Leona DeRango
Victoria Woodhull Documentary Honorable mention
Grace Bellamy
Quinn Christensen
Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly Performance Honorable mention
Kou Vang
Jedi Casas
Lathaniel Vang
Great Chicago Fire Exhibit Honorable mention