Mankato Area Public Schools’ Garfield Elementary School Math Masters earn first place
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Garfield Elementary School Math Masters students earned first place in team problem solving at a recent competition. Team members included: Riley Means, London Smith, Juan Berrones and Brooke Hartman. Means also earned first place in the facts round portion of the competition
Kirsten Peters receives President's Volunteer Service Award
Kirsten Peters, a Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student, received the national President's Volunteer Service Award. She is being recognized for exemplary volunteer service. It's cited as an award that inspires others to take positive action to change the world.
The award is given by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve...More Information
Mankato Area Public Schools' students and staff recognized with Pathfinder award
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School Student Council Executive Board has been recognized with the Young Pathfinder award for successfully implementing the Mankato East Sharing Tree. Applicants anonymously file gift requests with the counseling office and the council does its best to match requests with available funds. This program benefits all students regardless of race, economic background or religion.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School named a Safe Sports School 1st Team
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School was named a Safe Sports School 1st team by the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Criteria to become a Safe Sports 1st School Team:
Eagle Lake Elementary School teacher Jane Brunz honored as teacher of the year
Jane Brunz, a physical education teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools' Eagle Lake Elementary School, has been named the Mankato Teacher Association Teacher of the Year. "I believe in putting students first," Brunz said. "A positive attitude for teachers and students will help set the tone for how much success happens."
Brunz is in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She has 20 years of service to Mankato Area Public Schools.
Timothy Cain earns perfect score on WordMasters Challenge
Monroe Elementary student Timothy Cain recently earned a perfect score on a WordMasters Challenge exam. The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. It also helps students learn to think analytically and metaphorically by working with analogies.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy Elementary School named a “Celebration” school
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy Elementary School was one of 48 schools designated a “Celebration school” by the Minnesota Department of Education. “Celebration schools” are recognized for helping close achievement gaps and increase graduate rates.
Mankato Area Public Schools' READY! for Kindergarten selected as one of the best in education
READY! for Kindergarten, a national program offered through Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department, has been selected as one of the best in education by education leaders, who named the program to District Administration magazine's "Readers' Choice Top 100 Product" for this year.
"The READY! for Kindergarten program directly correlates with the skills that help incoming kindergarteners be successful,? said Sheri Allen, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. "This program is a tremendous support to parents and students as we work together to ensure students are prepared for school."
West High School student Emily Smith earns perfect ACT score
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student Emily Smith 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 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 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
High school tennis teams celebrate new courts
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East and West high schools received a $70,000 grant from United States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern to update school tennis courts. Tennis courts were renovated for safety and design to best meet player needs. In addition, tennis courts were designed to accommodate youth by adding boundary lines that serve younger students.