A rendering of the new Twin Cities Academy building shows how the school will face west onto Birmingham Avenue near the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue. School officials are expecting the structure to be complete in July 2016. (submitted graphic)
Students at East Side charter middle and high school Twin Cities Academy have already begun the new school year, and a year from today the school will begin an altogether new chapter.
Academia Cesar Chavez’s founder Ramona A. de Rosales holds a golden shovel during the groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new 35,000-square-foot expansion. The expansion will combine the former Blessed Sacrament church building with the current school building and a new structure, giving the school capacity to add 7th and 8th grade classes, a gymnasium, and a large library, among other features. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will turn former Blessed Sacrament church into library
Setting in motion plans to nearly double their square footage, Academia Cesar Chavez celebrated the groundbreaking of a 35,000-square-foot expansion on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The school is undergoing an expansion on its site at the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church space on White Bear Avenue at Ames Avenue.
A series of speeches were delivered at the groundbreaking in both Spanish and English, underlining the charter school's dedication to its dual-language approach.
Two students from Johnson High School work on a design to send to a laser engraver. The kids are getting stipends to help staff the Arlington Hills Community Center’s Createch Studio, and teach others how to use Johnson High’s laser engraver and 3D printer. The equipment is on loan from the school for the summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
During the school year, some Johnson High School kids couldn’t get enough of the new 3D printers and laser engravers, which came as part of the school’s addition of aerospace and engineering curriculum back in 2013.
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
School’s immersion program showing steady growth
“If a grandma cannot speak to her grandchildren, the relationship is lost,” says May Lee Xiong.
Adding a food truck, too
St. Paul Public Schools is hoping to provide more of its students with free summer meals.
Though the schools have long been providing free summer breakfast and lunch programs, there’s a marked discrepancy between the number of free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches served during the school year and what’s served during the summer months.
The Roseville Area School District has selected three finalists for the soon-to-be vacant superintendent position, and planned to name a finalist after the second round of interviews on Wednesday, April 29.