Japanese Dance with Taiko Drum was one of the many cultures highlighted at the annual Taste of Weaver held Nov. 21. Eleven ethnic performances took center stage. A potluck followed. Louai Abualreesh, second from left and now in middle school, came back with his friends for a Palestinian folk dance, a line dance for weddings and joyous celebrations. Louai performed in second grade with his older sister and has performed at the Taste of Weaver since. Alijah Ellingson, Mubaraq Adedayo, and Creshawn Prior made their moves in a hip-hop dance.
Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Kathy Lukin, multiple needs teacher at Oakdale Elementary, is The Arc Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.
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Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834 will become more mobile-friendly this fall with the addition of two new services for parents and students. The district will introduce a new text alert service and lunch menu application for mobile devices that will keep families in the loop with what’s going on during the school day.
“Anything we can do to improve or increase our services for our students and parents is a good thing,” Superintendent Corey Lunn said. “When we’re downsizing ... it’s good to have a service that allows parents to not depend on staff as much.”
Century College is one of six colleges in the country that has been awarded a federal grant to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.
Century will receive $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Stillwater Area School District board of education has voted to put a levy referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The vote, taken at the board’s Aug. 8 meeting, was unanimous.
According to a news release from the district, the decision to place the request to increase the district’s operating levy on the ballot came after two years of planning and community input, then months of discussion regarding recent changes in state legislation.
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District is launching new programs this fall so that students with young children and former students have a better chance to earn their high school diploma.
A daycare center for young children whose mothers are students will open in September at the District Education Center in North St. Paul. It is a partnership with the YMCA and designed to prevent young parents from dropping out. It will offer parenting classes as well, said community education director Chuck Erickson.
The district will also begin offering another new program at Harmony Learning Center this fall so adults between the ages of 18 to 21 who didn’t complete high school will have an added opportunity to earn their diploma.