Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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This past spring, East Ridge High School brought William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the stage. For many students, that was their first introduction to Shakespeare. Well, earlier this month students were able to get a little bit more up-close and personal with the renowned playwright during a school trip to London. "London is so important to the history of theater and currently with what is happening with theater," East RIdge theater director Amanda Hestwood said. "It's the inspiration of walking Shakespeare's footsteps."
The District 833 School Board has set the stage for next year. The board approved the 2013-14 general fund budget, with no changes, during its June 20 meeting. The district...
District 833 students were able to connect with their inner Adam Savages and Jamie Hynemans last week. Students attended a District 833 Community Education camp June 17-20, called "Myth Busting 101," inspired by the popular Discovery Channel television show hosted by Savage and Hyneman. The camp functions similar to the television show in that participants performed various experiments to prove or disprove, or "bust," various science myths, legends and "old wives' tales."
License fee lowered for chickens Anyone who wishes to own chickens on less than five acres can now save a little a money. Afton City Council approved the lowering of the lifetime license fee from $50 to $20. The ordinance also increase the threshold from "more than three chickens" to "more than five chickens" for the requirement of a 25 foot setback for a chicken coop and run. "If you have them for 10 years $50 is not that much," Council Member Randy Nelson said, "but, if you have them for six months it's a lot."
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School board filing opens July 30 There could be new faces on the District 833 School Board next year. Four four-year seats, and one two-year seat, will be on the November ballot. The board approved filing dates for candidates during its June 20 meeting. Filing for candidacy will start July 30 and will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 13. The four-year seats held by incumbents Marsha Adou, Tracy Brunnette, David Kemper and Laurie Johnson will be on the November ballot.
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional summer series chronicling Woodbury teachers' summer activities. If you are a teacher in Woodbury and would like to share your story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . For some teachers, summer is the time to sit back and relax.
Summer is a great time for students to refresh their bodies and their spirits, but what about their minds? "The summer is a fun time to relax -- and relax your brain a little bit, but just refreshing it a little bit even for three minutes is important," Middleton Elementary second grade teacher Megan Zachman said.
When East Ridge High School student Erin Kenney joined Girl Scouts in first grade, she didn't have the slightest idea where it would take her. "It was just really nice to meet a lot of different people from different schools," said Kenney, who just wrapped up her junior year of high school.
Two Woodbury High School students wrapped up the school year with distinction. Junior Samyuktha Melachuri and sophomore Amrita Mohanty were named 2013 Scholars of Distinction by the Department of Education. Melachuri and Mohanty were two of only 42 students from across Minnesota to receive the honor, which recognizes students in the areas of science, mathematics, social studies, leadership, theater arts and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Melachuri was honored in the fiel