Students Serve On Anti-Bullying Council

High school students Michael Reinhardt and Zeam Porter and junior high school student Jake Ross discuss their roles as members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council. The 23-member council--established under the Safe and Supportive Schools Act-- provides leadership in implementing Minnesota’s new bullying prevention and intervention law. Reinhardt, Porter and Ross bring an important youth voice to the council. Read their story in the Star Tribune.

Scholars of Distinction

The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction program recognizes distinguished achievement by highly-motivated and self-directed students. To earn this recognition, students must complete required work in the Minnesota Academic Standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects. Awards may be earned in: Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, STEM and Theater Arts. Students must complete the Intent to Apply by December 15, 2014. Learn more on the Scholars of Distinction web page.

Calling All Kid Filmmakers!

Entries into Minnesota’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival now being accepted. Kid filmmakers of all ages are invited to develop their most creative ideas into a 90-second film that tells the entire story of a Newbery-winning book. Teachers, Librarians, Media Specialists and Parents are encouraged to visit the 90-Second Newbery website for inspiration, guidelines and how to submit entries. Deadline for submitting films is December 20, 2014! Read media advisory.

Leading the Way -- Year After Year

This year, 131 schools are designated as Reward schools and 217 schools are classified as Celebration Eligible. Reward and Celebration Eligible schools are high-performing in the areas of student test scores, student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates, and receive federal funds for children from low-income families. Forty of the Reward schools have received the honor three times and 20 have received it four times. “Some of our Reward schools are truly beating the odds, and many of them are doing it year after year,” said Commissioner Cassellius. View Rewards schools list. Visit web page for more.

Facts and Information About Ebola

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to provide information about the Ebola virus to schools. And though, officials and health experts continue to stress that the risk to Minnesotans is currently very low, Governor Dayton and and MDH Commissioner Ehlinger have convened leaders in the health, human services and public safety sectors to develop prevention and, if needed, rapid response plans for our state. Visit the MDH Website for additional information. Or call the Ebola Information Line: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Student members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council with Star Tribune Reporter
High School Student Intent on Research Project
90-Second Newbery Film Competition logo 
Two Young Students Focused on Reading
Red brick school building with U.S. flag