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Mankato Area Public School Board member Abdi Sabrie receives Bush Foundation Fellowship; recognized with Directors' Award

Mankato Area Public School Board member Abdi Sabrie is one of 24 Fellows of more than 750 who applied selected for a Bush Fellowship from the Bush Foundation. The Bush Fellowship provides Fellows up to $100,000 for up to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes.

Sabrie has been honored with a Directors' Award from the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA).This award recognizes those who complete 100 or more hours of attendance at MSBA and national School Board Association meetings and activities within four years.

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Mankato Area PUblic Schools' students Ben Koser, Morgan Brooks, Matt Preis and Sam Preis were selected to visit NASA Johnson Space Center. Mankato Area PUblic Schools' students Ben Koser, Morgan Brooks, Matt Preis and Sam Preis were selected to visit NASA Johnson Space Center.
Mankato Area Public Schools' students and teachers invited to participate in the Microgravity University for Educators Challenge

Mankato Area Public Schools' students Morgan Brooks, Ben Koser, Matt Preis and Sam Preis, and teachers Emily Dauk and Eric Koser were selected to visit NASA Johnson Space Center and to test student-designed, autonomous, orbital insertion devices in a simulated microgravity environment. Through a competitive process, teams of students and educators submitted proposals to design orbital insertion devices and test them at Johnson Space Center’s unique astronaut training facilities. The challenge involves designing solutions to technical problems, or improvements to existing solutions, identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work. All teams have been assigned a NASA engineer or scientist to guide them through the Engineering Design Process before arriving.
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Theo Coyle and Alex Emery Theo Coyle and Alex Emery
Theo Coyle and Alex Emery win school geography bees

Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Theo Coyle, Dakota Meadows Middle School, and Alex Emery, Prairie Winds Middle School, won their school’s competition as part of the National Geographic Bee. Coyle and Emery took a qualifying test and up to 100 of the top scorers in the state will be eligible to compete in the state geography bee in April.

 
 
Mankato Area Public School Board: Judi Brandon, Sara Hansen, Ann Hendricks, Abdi Sabrie, Jodi Sapp, Kristi Schuck and Darren Wacker Thank you for your service Mankato Area Public School Board— Mankato Area Public School Board: Judi Brandon, Sara Hansen, Ann Hendricks, Abdi Sabrie, Jodi Sapp, Kristi Schuck and Darren Wacker
School Board Recognition Week is through February 23

The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 19-23 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Mankato Area Public Schools is joining public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the communities it serves and its children.

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photo of School Board accepting $15,000 donation check from Jack Links company representatives Brian Hansen, Judi Brandon, Jeff Dahline, Ann Hendricks, Stephen Rustad, Abdi Sabrie, Jack Links representatives: Kelly Sonnek and Patricia Lopez, Darren Wacker and Andrew Kellenberger.
Jack Links donates $15,000 to support activities that promote student leadership

The Mankato Area Public School Board accepted a $15,000 check from Jack Links staff representatives Patricia Lopez and Kelly Sonnek on behalf of the company.  The generous donation will be used to support activities that promote student leadership.

Jack Links has donated a total of $55,000 to Mankato Area Public Schools over the past four years. 

 
 
Images of Hoover students and activities Hoover Elementary School, 1524 Hoover Drive, North Mankato, Minn.
U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes Hoover Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School

Mankato Area Public Schools' Hoover Elementary School is one of eight Minnesota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 based on their overall academic excellence.  Schools recognized as "exemplary high performing schools" are among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or national standardized tests.
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Karen Verberg named September Literacy Leader by Minnesota Literacy Council

Karen Verburg, a volunteer with Mankato Area Public Schools’ Adult Basic Education Program, has been recognized by the Minnesota Literacy Council as the September Literacy Leader. A former elementary school teacher and principal in the district, Verburg works with English as a Second Language students. Learn more about her recognition.

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PrideFest 2016 dedicated to Elora Greiner for leadership and fair treatment

South Central MN Pride is pleased to dedicate PrideFest 2016 to Elora Greiner, a senior at East High School.  She has brought awareness and change to high school students throughout Mankato.  In her 10th grade year, Elora began the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at East high School and continues to be its leader.

In 11th grade, Elora Greiner earned the Greater Mankato Growth Young Pathfinder Award, which recognizes people committed to fair and equal treatment for all, healthy communities and peaceful conflict resolution. 
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Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Hanna Shank and Logan Swanson and West High School students Joseph Park and Jisoo Kim.

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Triple “A” award winners



Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Hanna Shank and Logan Swanson; and West High School students Joseph Park and Jisoo Kim received the Triple “A” (academics, athletics, arts) award. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. To be eligible, students must be a high school senior, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sponsored athletics and fine art activities and comply with the MSHSL student code of conduct.

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Alyssa Pham and Javeriah Chughtai Alyssa Pham and Javeriah Chughtai
Students place first in Minnesota History Day competition

Alyssa Pham and Javeriah Chughtai, West High School, placed first in the Minnesota History Day competition their senior group website on Jonas Salk. The History Day contest encouraged students to conduct original research on a topic of their choice related to the theme of "Taking a stand in history." Because they received first place, Pham and Chughtai advanced to the national competition held at the University of Maryland.

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