First grade student Kate Nessler
Kate Nessler, a first grade student at Mankato Area Public Schools' Jefferson Elementary School, contributed $100 to Connecting Kids, offered through the district's Community Education and Recreation Department. She raised funds by selling her grandparents' sweet corn. Nessler came up with the idea after learning about the program from her mother. Nessler wants all area children to have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school activities...More Information
Cal Duis named "Capstone Teacher of the Year"
Cal Duis, teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Schools, was named “Capstone Teacher of the Year” by the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Duis was recognized for sharing energy, insight and positive work with youth.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School receives $2,000 grant from Mankato Clinic Foundation
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Mankato Clinic Foundation to provide iPads to help athletic trainers as they work with student-athletes. The iPads will help make recordkeeping more efficient and enhance accuracy, which can positively impact the health and safety of student-athletes.
East High School student Danielle Gleason earns perfect ACT score
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School student Danielle Gleason 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 graduating class of 2014, about 1,400 of more than 1.85 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...More Information
Matt Moore honored as exemplary teacher
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School Teacher Matt Moore has been honored as a model teacher who supports, inspires and assists students to attain greater learning as a regional honoree in this year's WEM Foundation's Outstanding Educator Awards Program.
"Mr. Moore not only taught us important facts, but also how to think, write and analyze," a student shared.
Dakota Meadows Middle School student wins bronze medal in state science fair; three students are first-time participants
Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadows Middle School student Akshat Singh, eighth grade, won a bronze medal for his project and paper presentations. Seventh grade students Sam Pries, Maya Miller and Kira Sims were first-time science fair participants.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School’s production of “The Laramie Project” recognized
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School’s production of “The Laramie Project” was recognized by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard. The play tells the story of the aftermath of Matthew’s murder in Laramie, Wyoming. Judy thanked cast and producers and encouraged this opportunity be used to “form discussions about how to create a more civil, compassionate and just world.”
Nicholas Schmitz receives "Excellence in Science Mentoring Teacher" award
Nicholas Schmitz, a science teacher at Dakota Meadows Middle School, earned the "Excellence in Science Mentoring Teacher" award from the Minnesota Academy of Science. The award recognizes science teachers who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery and encourage student engagement in hands-on projects and experiences outside the classroom.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team wins state championship; advances to nationals
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team won the state championship, advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky (through April 18) and will compete with students from 25 countries around the world.
Student teams were given a design challenge and used the 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 and math (STEM) programs. The hands-on robot-building experience provides an opportunity to excite students about STEM subjects in a fun, motivational way.
Dakota Meadows students selected to South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band
The following Dakota Meadows Middle School students were selected to participate in the South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band:
Schools from all over southern Minnesota and Iowa participated.