Tuesday, April 30, 2013
District 196 officials are united in their support for more early childhood education programming, but logistics aren't in their favor.
When it comes to early childhood education, School District 196 has a lot of catching up to do. Only 6 percent of the incoming kindergarten students in the district have participated in a District 196 program for 4-year-olds, compared to 20 percent of incoming students in Prior Lake, 30 percent in Burnsville and 44 percent in Lakeville, District 196 Director of Elementary Education Julie Olson told school board members last week. On April 22, Olson presented the board with findings from task force asked to evaluate the district's early education needs. The verdict? "We know that we have a number of obstacles to face as a district, both in terms of funding and in terms of space," Olson said. "Our programming is limited, especially as we …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Take a family-friendly course in astronomy, courtesy of District 196's Community Education program.
Explore the sky, searching out star clusters, nebula and perhaps a nearby galaxy as part of a family-friendly astronomy course offered by District 196's Community Education program. The couse is scheduled from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Black Hawk Middle School in Eagan. The cost per family is $20. Click here to register for the course. A large telescope will be provided. Class meets outdoors at Black Hawk Middle School. Please dress for the weather. Make-up date is Friday, May 17, if the weather is cloudy. The course is taught by Stephen Engel, who has an educational background in physics, astronomy and computer science and a lifelong interest in space exploration and astronomy with star-gazing events.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Two Apple Valley High students won first-place titles in this year's tournament.
Pam Wycoff has served as the head coach of Apple Valley High School's speech team for 24 years, involving herself in every detail of the program down to clothing and jewlery choices. When she retires from the speech team at the end of the year, she'll be able to boast a legacy of 71 state champions and more than 100 national finalists. “Ever since she came in 1989, she’s been the heart and soul of everything that’s done here,” Joe Wycoff, the arts and activities director at Apple Valley, told the Star Tribune. “The legacy of speech and debate at Apple Valley is the legacy of Pam Wycoff.” Wycoff plans to keep teaching at Apple Valley for a few more years before her retirement from education. The 2013 Tournament This year, four District 196 …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Apple Valley High School won the team title in the qualifying tournament.
District 196 students have a long tradition of excelling at speech competitions. Apple Valley High School has won more medals than any school in the state, and Eagan High School boasts the third-highest statewide medal count. And the past serveral years, district students have won a majority of state titles awarded in the 13 categories of competition and about a third of all medals awarded at state each year. It's looking like this year won't be too different. District 196 students won 35 of the 39 spots in the qualifying tournament on April 4 at East Ridge High School. Students will compete for state titles on April 19 at Blaine High School. Here's a list of qualifying students provided by the district. Apple Valley High School had 15 …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Steven Albaugh, the choir director at Rosemount High School since 2000, has been named one of the ten finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.
Rosemount High School's choir director, Steven Albaugh, is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, Education Minnesota announced Monday. Albaugh, a former president of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota, has taught at Rosemount High since he came to the school from Northern Arizona University in 2000. "Mr. Albaugh cares about each one of his students and has worked tirelessly to build the great choral program that we have today," Chad Berg, a former student of Albaugh, wrote in his nomination letter. "Yes, through his talent, relatability, and passion, he has built a state recognized choral program that continues to grow and improve every year." In his work with Minnesota choral directors …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Nine District 196 students will be representing the district in the debate events at this year’s National Forensic League Speech and Debate Tournament in June.
Editor's note: The following is a column by Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District 196 Superintendent Jane K. Berenz. Thank you school counselors Please join us in recognizing the work of the 31 school counselors in our middle schools and high schools in District 196. National School Counseling Week is being celebrated this week (February 4-8) to highlight the impact school counselors have in helping students achieve success in school and planning for their post-secondary education and careers. As part of the celebration, District 196 counselors are thanking staff and students for the positive contributions they make to the success of our school counseling programs. Nine district debaters qualify for national tournament …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A District 196 School of Environmental Studies teacher joins three Rosemount teachers as nominees for this year's Teacher of the Year award.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Rosemount High School teachers Steven Albaugh and Thomas Scott, Rosemount Middle School teacher Lisa Swanson and School Of Environmental Studies teacher Brad Johnson are among the 135 teachers nominated for 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. All of the candidates, including the four District 196 teachers, have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor. The number of candidates is the highest for the Teacher of the Year program since 2005, according to Minnesota Department of Education. This year’s program will name the 49th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of Minnesota's excellence…
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Andrew Christopher Randall Memorial Travel Award is given to a teacher or staff member who fosters mutual respect between individual students and staff.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Rosemount, Apple Valley Eagan School District 196. District 196 is accepting nominations through Feb. 25 for an annual award that recognizes district employees for their ability to foster mutual respect between individual students and staff. The Andrew Christopher Randall Memorial Travel Award was established in 1991 by Dr. Ruth Randall Benson, former District 196 superintendent (1981-83) and Minnesota Commissioner of Education. She established the award in memory of her grandson Andrew, who died in September 1990, at age 14, following a six and one-half year battle with cancer. The award is given to honor …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
For Duchscher, who has served on the School Board for 13 years, this will be his fourth year as the group's chair.
Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Rosemount, Apple Valley Eagan School District 196. Rob Duchscher was elected chairperson of the District 196 School Board for 2013 at the board’s annual organization meeting Jan. 7. This will be Duchscher’s fourth year as chairperson during his 13 years on the board. He was first elected in 1999 and previously served as board chairperson in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The board also elected Jackie Magnuson to be vice chairperson, Gary Huusko clerk and Art Coulson treasurer for 2013, and approved assignments to four board committees and organizations on which the School Board is represented. School Board committee assignments through December 2013 are: The following appointments were also …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The State Debate Tournament takes place Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Rosemount, Apple Valley Eagan School District 196. Twenty District 196 high school students had top finishes at the Section 3 debate tournament Jan. 4-5 and qualified to compete at the State Debate Tournament, which will be held Jan. 18-19 at the University of Minnesota. District 196 students swept all six qualifying spots in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Miriam Kelberg of Apple Valley High School finished first in Lincoln-Douglas debate, followed by Ryan Lowder and Nurry Goren of Eagan High School, Kezia Jenkins of Apple Valley, and Anant Naik and Nikhil Venkatasubramanian of Eastview High School. This year’s Lincoln-Douglas resolution is, “Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above …