Kari Pratt engages students in learning through math games
Kari Pratt, talent development math coach, created an engaging way for elementary students to practice math—Math Play. Students use playing cards and games provided to work on addition and subtraction. Since it’s important for students to continue to learn outside the classroom, games and cards were sent home.
Math games help students learn actively, develop a positive attitude about math, increase math confidence, develop problem-solving skills and master math skills. BankVista in Mankato donated 300 card decks to distribute to students..More Information
Marcy Koch receives Elementary School Counselor of the Year award
Marcy Koch, counselor at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools, received the Elementary Counselor of the Year award from the Minnesota School Counselors Association.
The award recognizes counselors who demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration to promote equity, access to opportunities, provide education experiences for all students to maximize their achievement and collaborate with stakeholders.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team is tournment champion at state competition
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team won the championship at the state competition and advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
Student teams were given a design challenge and used VEX equipment kit to design, build and program a robot to perform certain tasks. Students were introduced to the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics Design System in partnership with Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs. A goal of STEAM is to help produce employees and leaders of tomorrow that can help solve real-life problems. This is done by engaging and motivating students about STEAM subjects in a fun and interesting way.
Melisandra McLaughlin top reader in myOn Blizzard Cup contest
Melisandra McLaughlin, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Middle School, was the top reader in the myOn Blizzard Cup reading contest with more than 81 hours of reading time.
She was awarded a KindleFire HD, contributed by myON, a literacy program. Roosevelt Elementary School earned the traveling trophy for having the most reading most minutes overall in the district; Eagle Lake Elementary placed second and Bridges Community School came in third...More Information
Emily Spieker is Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadow Middle School's spelling bee winner
Emily Spieker, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Middle School, won the school’s spelling bee. She advanced to the regional spelling bee and earned second place.
Students win AA State wrestling championships
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Charlie Pickell, West High School wrestling team; and Logan Swanson, East High School wrestling team, won the AA State wrestling championship in their weight class.
Leif Stout's game places third in STEMFFUSE challenge
Leif Stout, a student Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School, placed third Blitz Race in the STEMFFUSE challenge. Stout developed the game as part of his computer science class. Stout won a $25 gift certificate and Mankato Area Public Schools received a curriculum license extension, a $1,500 value
Teacher Mike Shores named VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Mike Shores, a teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East Junior High School was named the VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year. This award is presented to a teacher who shows leadership and dedication to students and continually exceeds expectations to ensure a safe, enjoyable educational experience for students. Student teams nominate teachers and describe how they inspire, motivate and educate in a positive, enthusiastic and challenging way.
Jay Eichhorst honored for commitment to student musical growth and achievement
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East Junior High School Teacher Jay Eichhorst was recently named a member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Eichhorst was recognized for his “deep commitment to his student’s musical growth and achievement, his leadership roles in regional and statewide music education organizations, and his mentor work with prospective music education majors in the region.”
East High School student Sam Mansfield earns perfect ACT score
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School student Sam Mansfield earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of these four test scores.
Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduation class of 2015, about 1,500 of more than 1.92 million students earned a composite score of 36. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.