education

by Jim Boyle Editor As thousands of students streamed through the doors of District 728 schools this week for the start of school, they were greeted by an energized bunch of teachers. The electricity could be felt Aug. 29 when hundreds of educators from across the Elk River Area School District packed into Zabee Theater [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School District is preparing to take community engagement to a higher level in the coming year. Charlie Blesener, director of District 728 Community Education, will be promoted to a director of community engagement. District administrators have been formulating a plan to carry this out since suggesting the [...]

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Lora Arnott has been hired to replace Carl Jacobia as the director of special services. The Elk River Area School Board approved her appointment on May 23. Arnott is from Fairbault Public Schools where she served in a similar position. She has 25 years of experience in education. She holds a master’s degree in speech [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor When Alyse Oban came to Ivan Sand Community School in Elk River as a sophomore, she described her attitude as “horrible.” “I finally realized I had to grow up,” she said. A key part of that was when her mom moved to Tennessee during Oban’s junior year. Oban said she [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor There are more than 2,200 senior high school students taking world languages across the Elk River Area School District this year, and that number is expected to grow considerably once a new world language curriculum adoption takes root. “The students will be very excited about the technology and resources they will [...]

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by Don Heinzman ECM Publishers With limited funds, 12 percent (278) of eligible 3- and 4-year-olds are taking early public school readiness programs in School District 728. Data shows that half of the pre-schoolers in Minnesota are ready for kindergarten, and it’s estimated that half the eligible students are ready for kindergarten in the district. [...]

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Elk River High School graduate Katie Becklin-Atkinson, Ph.D, class of 2000, will be the guest speaker at the 17th annual Chase Korte Peace Essay awards ceremony at noon Friday, March 18. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held in Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater. In 1999, Becklin-Atkinson won the local [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Lakeville Schools, often considered a twin to Elk River Area Schools, will close a school and cut the equivalent of 94 jobs with a recent vote of its School Board. The striking similarities between the two school districts do not extend, however, to the current budget cycle for the upcoming school [...]

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The importance of early childhood education, and early education programs provided by Elk River area schools, will be the subject of a talk on Wednesday, March 16 at noon at the Perkins restaurant in Elk River. The event is hosted by the Elk River Area Citizens League. Presenters include Kathy Simonson, manager of Early Childhood [...]

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