Education briefs: College/Career Fair; math team; Lions poster contest; and talk on education funding

Nov. 12 career, college fair set

Elk River High School is hosting its first Career and College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the commons of Elk River High School.

This is an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about various careers and colleges and begin investigating personal career paths. Students in grades 9-12 and their parents are invited to attend.

Elk River High School to host its first college and career fair.
Elk River High School to host its first college and career fair.

There are more than 30 post-secondary programs that will be represented at the Career and College Fair, including community colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools and four-year colleges.

Career professionals and military representatives will also be there to offer information about their career fields. Some of the career fields include law, physical and occupational therapy, marketing, banking, business management, human resources, machinists, culinary and dietetic, drafting, journalism, merchandising, real estate, sales and education.

There will be a panel from 6-6:30 p.m. when admission representatives will explain the general admission process for two-year community colleges, technical colleges, four-year public, four-year private and out-state colleges.

“This is a great opportunity to learn the differences between post-secondary programs before heading out to the Fair,” said Kim Davison, an Elk River High School guidance counselor and career and  college specialist.


Math team beats 

Crimson in first meet 

The Elk River High School math team kicked off its year with a big win over its arch rival, Maple Grove, in its first meet.

The Elks, led by junior Jordan Haack, defeated the Crimson by 16 points. Haack got perfect scores on each of the tests that he took.

Other high scorers for Elk River were sophomore Alex Christensen, junior Hunter Gulbranson and senior Jacob Wisniewski.


Cecconi to talk about seeing schoolchildren and not tax burdens

Mary Cecconi, the executive director of Parents United for Public Schools, will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in community room at Elk River High School.

The title of her talk will be: “When did we stop seeing school kids and start seeing tax burdens?”

The Elk River Area School District’s Legislative Action Team  and Parent Involvement Committee are hosting the talk. Members of these two groups are asking the public to attend to become educated and engaged advocates for public education.

Her presentation has been designed to dispel the myths behind the funding of public education and see the realities of what public schools are facing.

Cecconi has championed children as a teacher, school board member, parent volunteer, levy campaign chair, statewide legislative committee member and volunteer parent lobbyist.

She will offer her insights on how people can take action and get involved in the Elk River Area School District to advocate, communicate and organize to bring  a collective voice to community leaders and elected officials.

Parents United for Public Schools exists to unite and empower those who value public education in Minnesota to be strong advocates for excellence in public schools, according to a press release.


Jason Frost wins                   

Lions poster contest

Jason Frost, a student at Salk Middle School, has won the local installment of the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.

He was awarded $100 for his work of art. Philip Skorykh was awarded $50 for his second-place entry.

Art teacher Mark Pederson coordinated the contest at the school. Frost’s poster will be among the entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Lion Bob Brown said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Salk Middle School.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” he said.

The winning poster will be entered at the district, multiple district and International rounds of competition.