Since 2007, the Minneapolis-based chorus VocalEssence has brought the talents of at least two composers from Mexico to work directly with student choirs and community choruses in Minnesota. The program allows participants to explore Mexican cultural and choral music traditions and write new music for each group. At the end of the school year, Windom Dual Spanish Immersion, Park Spanish Immersion Elementary, St. Anthony Park Elementary, Latino Children's Choir and Blaine, Central and Hopkins High Schools presented world premiers of new music in concert.
Student Ideas to Change the World!
Students In Action (SIA) empowers students to take an active role in developing student leaders, promoting community service, recognizing people who make a difference and inspiring ideas that will change the world! Participating students presented their accomplishments at the Spring Leadership Conference for award. International School of Minnesota will move on to the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Read more and view list of winners.
NEW! Early Learning Scholarships
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce a new Early Learning Scholarships Program available for Minnesota families in early fall of 2013. It will increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for three- to five-year-old children with the highest needs. The 2013 Legislature has appropriated $23 million for FY 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) and $23 million for FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) for the Program. Read more.
Mahtomedi Student Project Wins President’s Environmental Youth Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the regional 2012 President’s Environmental Youth Award to members of an environmental club at Mahtomedi High School for its Zephyr Wind Project. The school’s Eco Club raised $100,000 to build a 10-kilowatt wind turbine next to the school’s football field to power the stadium lights, scoreboard and concession stand. Learn more about the President's Environmental Youth Awards.
Did you know that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collects data on each public school student regarding the primary language spoken in their home (Home Primary Language)? Using this information, MDE has determined the ten most commonly spoken home primary languages in the state and developed language-specific maps for each. Check it out.