Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The ensemble shared the AHS stage with Bethel Jazz Orchestra and New York trumpeter John Raymond. Enjoy video of the full concert here.
Here is a full 85-minute video of the Armstrong High School Jazz Ensemble I concert at AHS on April 11, 2013, when the high school musicians were joined on stage by the Bethel Jazz Orchestra and New York trumpeter John Raymond. See the concert above or at the Robbinsdale Area Schools channel at YouTube.com.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A study by the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now graded all public schools in the categories of student performance, subgroup performance, performance gains and achievement gap.
Plymouth-area schools are doing unevenly in terms of student performance, and students of color are in most cases doing worse than white students, according to a new study. While Minnesota's public schools excel in test scores, the achievement gaps between white kids and students of color, and between low-income and high-income students, are still significantly larger than national averages. Statewide, black and Latino eighth-graders lag 37 percentage points behind their white peers in math. Low-income eight-graders trail their richer classmates by 32 percentage points. In a March report, the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) sliced and diced public school data and published "report cards" for every school and district in…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Service is April 1, 2013 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth.
Friday, March 29
Ruth Esterberg (Lussky) of Maple Grove Aug. 14, 1936 - March 26, 2013 Born Ruth Ristau. Preceded in death by her first husband, William Lussky. Survived by children Kenneth Lussky of Anoka; Karen (Kevin) Prevost of Madrid, Spain; Linda (Dale) Lokkesmoe of Lakeville; eight grandchildren; and husband Allan Esterberg. Ruth worked as a school nurse for Robbinsdale School District for 26 years, volunteered for PRISM, and was an active member of her church. Memorials can be directed to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Service Date: Monday, April 1, 2013 Time: Visitation 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.; funeral service 11 a.m. Location: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 Northwest Blvd, Plymouth Information provided by Gearty-Delmore Funeral …
Friday, November 9, 2012
A Metropolitan Transportation Network bus driver was fired after asking a Robbinsdale Middle School student to bring a gun onto the bus.
A Metropolitan Transportation Network bus driver has been fired after stopping at an intersection and asking a seventh-grade Robbinsdale Middle School student to pick up a gun and bring it on the bus. The incident occurred on Nov. 8 around 8 a.m. The district immediately took action after the driver notified school employees about the weapon. Fridley Patch reported that Metropolitan Transportation Network owner Tashitaa Tufaa said the driver ignored "very huge signs" inside the bus that prohibit drivers from stopping alongside the road to pick up items. "Even if they see a $20 bill, they cannot pick it up," Tufaa said. "They are supposed to call their supervisor immediately." Instead of calling a supervisor, the bus driver continued on the…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The school's principal promised to dress up like a bee if students raised more than $300.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
During a recent book fair Sonnesyn Elementary School students were busy raising money and keeping their principal "buzzy." The school raised $573.44. The incentive was prompted by new principal Leia Ward who set goal levels for the student community, which were surpassed, for a recent coin collection during its book fair. The coins were to help earn books for classrooms. Ward set four different goal levels. The first level was if students collected $75 worth of coins she would play outside with the students during recess. If students raised $150 she would sing a song on the morning announcements. If students raised $225 Ward would color her hair black and yellow for the day, in honor of Sonnesyn's mascot, the bee. But if students raised $…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.
World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Wayzata School District, Robbinsdale School District, Providence Academy and West Lutheran High School how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights. Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.” This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
At a board meeting on Monday night, the Robbinsdale School Board officially accepted the new hire of 20 new employees into the school district.
Twenty new faces are walking the halls in Robbinsdale School District buildings this year. At their meeting last night, by approving the consent agenda, the Robbinsdale School Board officially accepted the new hires into the district. Here's the list of new teachers and employees: Meadow Lake Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Robbinsdale Cooper High School Robbinsdale Middle School Forest Elementary School Neill Elementary School Robbinsdale Transition Center Sonnesyn Elementary School Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School Plymouth Middle School Floating Between Schools Northport Elementary School
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A list of open house events for each elementary school in the Wayzata School District.
It's that time of year again. Time to check out your school and classroom before the big first day of school. The first day of school for the Wayzata School District is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Seven elementary schools in the Wayzata School District have numerous back to school events and activities happening this month. The following is grouped by school and goes in chronological order: • Gleason Lake: open house K-5 and Curriculum Night grades 3-5 is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. From 3:30 to 4 p.m. kindergarten families are welcome to check out the kindergarten playground and get acquainted with other families. Kindergarten, first and second grade is 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 Thursday, Sept. 6, with two identitical presentations offered for each grade …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Numbers are going up for 2012 MCA reading and math testing results for the Robbinsdale School District
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
According to Robbinsdale School District press release: Proficiency on state reading tests increased as a whole for Robbinsdale Area Schools, and increases in proficiency rates for both math and reading at various levels continue to build a solid foundation for success in the future. Noble Elementary, for example, has made large gains over the last two years, experiencing an eleven percentage point increase in students proficient from 2010-2012 on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in reading. Forest Elementary had an eleven percentage point increase in students proficient in math in just one year, and Northport Elementary has made a six percentage point increase in students proficient in math in a year’s time. Proficiency in …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Robbinsdale Area School Board approved a three transportation contract.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
According to a press release from Robbinsdale Area Schools: On Tuesday morning, the Robbinsdale Area School Board approved a new three-year contract with its custodial-transportation bargaining group. The agreement was structured as a collective bargaining agreement and as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that includes the resolution and settlement of the grievance brought forth by the group’s union. The three year contract includes a wage increase that is similar to the increase for other employee groups – 1% the first year, 1.5% the second year and 1% the third year. In addition, 21 full-time driver/custodian positions will remain in-house with Robbinsdale Area Schools. Seventeen of those driver/custodian positions will be assigned…