Heidi Sturm recognized as KS95's 'Teacher of the Week'
Heidi Sturm, a second grade teacher at Randolph Heights Elementary School, was recognized Nov. 19 as KS95’s "Teacher of the Week." Sturm was nominated by a parent and former student of Randolph Heights.


186 SPPS seniors complete Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
A group of 186 seniors at Central High School, Harding Senior High School and Washington Technology Magnet School completed the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at William Mitchell College of Law. Students who participated worked with law school fellows on the structure of government, the First Amendment and the Fourth Amendment. The students were taught how to write a case brief and competed at a Moot Court, hosted by the college. Students Charlene Taylor, Mary Lengsfeld and Sierra Bentley qualified to compete in the national Moot Court competition next spring in Washington D.C.

Colleen Fridlund speaks at Highland Park Library's grand reopening ceremony
Colleen Fridlund, a fifth grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School, gave a wonderful speech during a grand reopening ceremony of the Highland Library. Fridlund spoke about the partnership between the library and Horace Mann.

Fridlund also shared memories about the Rice Street library being a sanctuary for her growing up. She said it was a special treat to ride the bus downtown to the main library, where she participated in activities and browsed the children's library. As a teacher at Horace Mann, Fridlund said she wants to instill that same love of reading in her students.

Every month, fifth-graders will walk to the newly renovated library for presentations by the librarians on selected genres and to browse and check out selected books.

Mary Mackbee honored by University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni Award
Mary Mackbee, principal of Central High School, was recently honored by the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

The award recognizes Mackbee for her “exceptional educational leadership and commitment to closing the achievement gap at Central High School.”