Saturday, May 25, 2013
This video highlights this year's recognized teachers.
Video by Minnetonka Schools Minnetonka School District is fortunate to have many exemplary teachers. The difficulty with beginning a "teacher of the year" program is narrowing the field to just one teacher, according to the district. This recognition is not a selection of Minnetonka’s best teacher—which varies by child, by year, by day, and by moment. This award seeks to select the best representatives of the many outstanding teachers in the Minnetonka School District. The program includes recognition at every level and from every school. Courtney Balcer, Minnetonka Preschool, Special Education Teacher Parents say what they notice most about Courtney Balcer is the joy she has while teaching. Courtney, along with her co-teacher Paul, …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The team defeated Shakopee 7-0 in the final.
Congratulations to the Minnetonka High School Varsity team on winning the Section 2AA team tournament Tuesday at Gustavus. The team defeated Hutchinson 7-0 in the semifinals and Shakopee 7-0 in the final. Next stop is the state tournament which begins June 4.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Although school districts like Minnetonka and Eden Prairie still need to 'dig into the details,' things are looking good for parents of future kindergartners.
A $15.7 billion education package that will "make life easier" for working parents, according to the bill's supporters, now awaits Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's signature as work begins to wrap up on the 2013 Legislative Session. The omnibus bill, which means one version of the bill was introduced in each chamber, was approved with small support from Republicans over the weekend, picking up five GOP votes in the state house and four more in the senate. Sen. Ann Rest of New Hope was the lone "no" vote from the DFL side of the aisle in the Senate, creating the 41-26 margin. The bill raises the state's method of funding local schools by $156 per pupil for a total of nearly $235 million in new money over the next two years. The bulk of that …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The district said "the data from these online tests will be largely unreliable based on the technical difficulties."
Last week, Minnetonka Schools suspended Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test taking for an additional day. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) suspended testing across the state on April 16 due to server issues traced back to the vendor the state uses to administer online tests. Testing started back up the next day. Testing was also suspended on April 23 at Minnetonka schools. Students are taking the tests again this week, and the tests are not currently suspended, said school district representatives. The state uses these tests to measure student progress to meet standards required by law. "There have been no similar or widespread issues since last Wednesday," said Charlene Briner, chief of staff for the Minnesota …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Interact Club at Minnetonka High School has been recognized with the Rotary Presidential Citation. The award was presented to the group on April 19 for their local and global service work this past school year.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After leading Minnetonka's efforts to ensure reliable technology as an accelerator of learning, Carter has announced her resignation as Executive Director of Technology, effective June 30.
The following was released by Minnetonka Schools: After leading Minnetonka's efforts to ensure reliable technology as an accelerator of learning, Dr. Julie Carter has announced her resignation as Executive Director of Technology, effective June 30. Dr. Carter has accepted a position with the BLE Group where she will help other schools plan and implement educational technologies. “Dr. Carter has worked tirelessly to put technology into our students’ and teachers’ hands. Her leadership has made Minnetonka a national model for the use of technology in the classroom,” said Dr. Dennis Peterson, Minnetonka Public Schools Superintendent. “With Dr. Carter’s reputation and experience in building successful technology programs, it isn’t surprising …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It's been a little tough to compete in "spring sports," when spring has taken so long to arrive.
Tuesday, April 16
With a little help from Mother Nature and the grounds crew, the Minnetonka baseball, girls lacrosse and track teams compete for the first time at home Tuesday, April 16. Photos were taken Tuesday morning. The modified track meet and features “track” events but no “field” events. The day's full schedule can be found here.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Student groups from across the Minnetonka School District have partnered with 18 local charitable organizations to collect items "drive-thru style" that will be reused or recycled.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Members of the Minnetonka High School Marching Band traveled to Orlando, Florida during Spring Break.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Minnetonka High School Varsity Cheer Team won their second consecutive national championship in Florida this year.
Video by Minnetonka Schools. The Minnetonka High School Varsity Cheer Team won their second consecutive national championship in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling Division at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. An honor traditionally earned by Southern states with strong cheerleading teams, Minnetonka broke into the national spotlight last year. Check out this video for a re-cap of their season. See related: • Minnetonka Cheer Team Repeats as National Champs (2013) • VIDEO: Minnetonka Cheer Team Wins National Competition (2012)