education

• Event at Elk River High School attracts more than 2,000 kids by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer High school students in grades nine through 12 toured the college fair at Elk River High School Sept. 25, getting a glimpse of their postsecondary options from 90 facilities that attended the event and offered information. All the [...]

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• New class at middle schools to help prepare next generation of computer programmers by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School District will begin preparing the next generation of computer programmers when school begins next week. Sixth-grade students across the district will take computer coding instead of the 21st century skills class this school year, [...]

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• New course will give kids a glimpse into several world languages, and other cultures   by Jim Boyle Editor Members of the Elk River Area School Board got their first good look at courses that will replace a middle school health and Family and Consumer Science class. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be taking Introduction [...]

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The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The process of notifying Elk River Area School District administrators who will likely lose their jobs in the face of a minimum of $2.4 million in budget reductions has begun. The Star News has learned the district’s communication’s department will take a hit. Casey Mahon, the district’s manager of communications,  confirmed [...]

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What should the top educational priority be for Congress and the Obama administration? Twenty-six Minnesota education leaders responded when I asked them recently. Their responses fell into several major areas. Mark Bezek, Elk River superintendent, told me, “Just think how much more we could do for students if we could ‘just’ focus on content and [...]

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Erin Sindelir, a sixth-grade science teacher at Salk Middle School in Elk River, has been selected as a FOX 9 Super Scientist award winner. Nine winners were chosen by an independent judges’ panel comprised of education experts from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education.   Sindelir was nominated by Salk Middle [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor “Schools cannot do it alone.” That will be the message of Dr. Jamie Volmer, an internationally-recognized education expert and author, who will present to the general public at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Aug, 29) at Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater. The Elk River Area School District is hosting the presentation, and [...]

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