Schools

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01
May

Two East Side student athletes are Athena Award winners


Miranda LaFavor

The Athena Awards Committee asked St. Paul area schools to nominate their top female athlete for the award. The schools obliged, and 43 girls, representing city and suburban, public and private high schools were selected to receive the award.

Sun
01
May

Teaching is second nature to St. Pascal Baylon teacher


Krista Welle’s fourth grade class, from left to right, Chiashee, Audrey, Natalie, Olivia, Giovanni, Michael, Krista Welle, Matteo, Gabe, Sean, Orlando and Christopher. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Some teachers don’t choose teaching; teaching chooses them.

St. Pascal Baylon Catholic School teacher Krista Welle knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up.

Sun
24
Apr

‘I’m not afraid to be vulnerable’


Koua Yang, teacher and coach at Harding High School, says, “I just want people to know how challenging and how rewarding teaching is.” (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Harding teacher shares his philosophy on how to connect with students 

 

“I just really love working with kids. They just make me happy,” says Koua Yang, a Harding High School instructor, coach, and one of 11 finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, an award that celebrates Minnesota’s teachers and their work.

For 16 years, Yang has been a social studies teacher at Harding High School. He currently teaches Asian American studies and human geography, and coaches the boys and girls tennis teams.

“It was instilled in me early on that education was important by my mom. My mom was my greatest teacher,” Yang says.

Sun
24
Apr

Students are her ‘heroes’


Juanita Ortiz

Elementary teacher Juanita Ortiz uses her cultural background to help her students

Juanita Ortiz realized she wanted to be a teacher while she was working in the Head Start program.

“I didn’t know until I stumbled into it,” she says.

Ortiz says she began noticing she had more success with the Latino children because she knew their language and culture, and could communicate easily with their parents.

Sun
17
Apr

Johnson High to undergo internal, external construction


The new entrance and addition will be made of glass and metal to reflect Johnson High School’s aerospace program. (courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

The changes will take place during the summers of 2016 and 2017

Clogged toilets, wandering visitors and a gloomy entrance that’s not handicap accessible are just some of the building-related issues that have plagued Johnson High School. 

However, long-awaited building improvements are finally on the horizon. At a District Five Committee for Planning and Economic Development meeting on April 5, community leaders learned of some changes coming to Johnson High School. 

Fri
01
Apr

Parents want Farnsworth program to be considered for new middle school

Overcrowding has St. Paul district eyeing constructing East Side school

At a recent community information session on a proposed new East Side middle school, some parents questioned whether St. Paul Public Schools had looked at all its options.

The school district administration is considering building a new middle school in an area bounded by Larpenture and Minnehaha avenues, and Arcade Street and McKnight Road. 

The district estimates there will be a 500 student-seat shortage for middle-schoolers by the 2019-2020 school year.

Sun
27
Mar

St. Pascal’s Knights boys basketball team captures league title


Front row, from left to right: Coach Joe Hommes, Max Weber, Sam Malec, Peter Hommes, Patrick Wanschura, Assistant Coach Rob Malec. Back row, from left to right: Matt Ray, Aiden Wolfard, Greg Goedker, Joe Tschida, Dillon Schweitzer, Assistant Coach Mark Weber. (submitted photo)

Despite only one win during the regular season, St.

Sun
27
Mar

A hoppy time in the classroom


Students had the option to hold a chick or just pet it, after being reassured they donít bit. (Hannah Burlingame photos/Review)

Students get a visit from the Easter bunny and chicks

Sun
13
Mar

Harding High School team wins culinary competition


From left to right, Kaylyn Vang, Xia Vang and Chinue Yang. (Submitted photo)

With a winning dish of Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps, cucumber salad and pineapple crisp, one of two teams from Harding High School will be going to Washington, D.C., in June.

Sun
28
Feb

Johnson seniors get creative in cooking contest


Johnson seniors, left to right, Yeng Yang and Va Yang are adapting a Hmong dish to be a possible school lunch offering. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Seniors Yeng Yang and Va Yang are working to change what they and their classmates eat for lunch at Johnson High School.

The two students are participating in the nationwide culinary contest called Cooking up Change. 

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