Johnson Senior High School teacher travels to South Korea for summer conference, field student
Crystal Nelson, a social studies teacher at Johnson Senior High School, was one of 17 North American educators who participated in the sixth International Conference on Geographic Naming and Geographic Education this summer to learn firsthand about South Korean culture.

Nelson described it as an enlightening experience. Many of the Korean delegates who presented are involved in organizations and committees that represent the South Korean government. “I’m grateful to have learned more about Korean culture and history -- information that I can share with my students.,” she said.

Photos: Eight SPPS students visit Silicon Valley to learn about technology careers
Sixteen Twin Cities area eighth graders, including eight SPPS students from Washington Technology Magnet School, Murray Middle School and Humboldt High School’s Academy of Information Technology visited California’s Silicon Valley this summer to explore technology careers through Silicon North Stars. A total of 16 Twin Cities area eighth-graders participated.

During the trip, the students participated in team building activities, met entrepreneurs and visited companies known for innovative products, such as Google, Facebook, Lyft, YouTube, Indiegogo. They also visited Stanford University and the venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz.

National History Day winners at OWL, SPPS schools
Two students from Open World Learning Community (OWL) took first place for Senior Group for Documentary at the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. Siena Leone-Getten and Pa Ying Lor, who will both be juniors this school year, competed June 17 in the final round with their project "Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grassroots Leadership."

The team won state for their category, which earned them a spot in nationals, competing against 100 other projects nationwide, said OWL Principal David Gundale.

Obama teacher reappointed to Minnesota Board of Teaching
Gov. Mark Dayton reappointed Mary Frances Clardy to the state’s Board of Teaching as a Classroom Teacher. Clardy is a literacy coach at Obama Elementary School. Her term expires Jan. 7, 2019. She is the sole representative on the board from Saint Paul Public Schools.

The Board of Teaching provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs and assures that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. The board determines the standards and practices that will serve the state's teachers and teacher preparation institutions. The board consists of 11 members, appointed by the governor.

Highland Park student retraces life of Minnesota soldier who died in Normandy Highland Park Senior High School student Emma Mulhern this summer traveled to Washington D.C. and the Normandy region of France for 2015 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute.

The program brought together  15 students and teachers from across the United States and Guam to learn about the history of the Normandy Invasion and stories of the service members who perished. Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School teacher David Howard also participated on the trip.