Summer Meals for Children

When school is out, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps children get the nutritious meals they need. To locate a summer meal program location near you, enter your address in the new Summer Meal Site Finder online tool or call the 2-1-1 Hotline or 651-291-0211. In greater Minnesota, call 1-800-543-7709. Access the TTY service at 651-291-8440. To learn more, visit the Summer Food Service Program website.

National Finals Champs in Economics!

Meet the talented Mounds View student team: Jacob Weightman, Emily Ruan, Abraham Chen and Sam Rush. They out scored over 10,000 student competitors on the way to earning a spot at the national competition in New York, where they placed first in all three rounds of the National Economics competition! Congratulations as well to coach Martha Rush, a social studies and economics teacher at Mounds View. Visit Mounds View Public Schools for more information.

Teacher Development and Evaluation (TDE)

Do you have a plan and method to collect, report, reflect and act upon your local TDE data? The Minnesota Department of Education is consulting with Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest to develop teacher, principal and district leadership implementation and perception surveys to support continuous improvement. We are seeking schools or districts representing various school sizes, regions, and demographics to participate in piloting the surveys this fall. Interested or have questions? Read the memo for more information.

2015 Scholars of Distinction

Forty-eight distinguished Minnesota high school students were honored at the Scholars of Distinction award program in the areas of Science, STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, Leadership and Theater Arts. To earn recognition, a student must complete required work in Minnesota’s academic standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter, and apply their knowledge and skills on challenging projects. Read news release with list of scholars and projects.

Purposeful Play Helps Children Learn

In this informative video, three educators discuss the important role kindergarten plays in a child’s social, emotional and academic development. Significant shifts in brain development happen between ages five and seven. A positive experience in kindergarten can build young children's skills, confidence and launch a lifelong love of learning! Watch the Shift: The Development and Learning of Kindergarten Age Children.