Celebration Schools Announced

Twenty-two schools are being recognized as Celebration schools for their efforts to increase student achievement. Celebration-eligible schools are announced annually. This year, 143 schools applied for the honor. “Minnesotans should be proud of the work going on in our schools. I look forward to continue learning about their successful efforts to ensure all students succeed and sharing that work with other schools across the state," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read news release.

Student Learning -- Community Benefits

Oak Park Elementary students from Mrs. Edwards’ and Mrs. Molin’s GATE classes recently completed a service learning project, designed to connect classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community. At Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, the students hand packed cartons of nutritious meals for delivery to malnourished and hungry people in nearly 70 countries around the world. The results were impressive: One hundred sixty-one boxes of nearly 35,000 meals that will feed 96 children for a year!

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.

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 EXTENDED to Jan. 16, 2015! 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.