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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Woodbury resident Trina Dawkins Patterson truly believes all children need a little inspiration. "We all need some inspiration now and then," Patterson said. "We all need that boost of confidence through encouraging words." However, children don't always get the message when it comes from adults, which is why Patterson's newest book, "Great Inspirations by a Few Great Kids," is entirely made up of motivational quotes, poems and stories - all written by children.
It was a fierce ending to the school year for Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School last week. Crosswinds celebrated the end of the school year July 31 with its annual Olympics event. The year-round school will have a break from now through the first traditional day of school this fall. During the Olympics, each of Crosswinds' grade levels, six through 10, competed in a variety of fun competitions including: a water balloon toss, a Hippity Hop race, "King of the Log," building the tallest marshmallow tower, building a house of cards and water relay games.
Kate Soucheray Columnist As if life couldn't get any busier or more interesting for us, our daughter and her husband added a new baby to the fold last week! I realized that I worried about the workload our daughter carried, as well as managing her pregnancy, an almost 2-year-old son, and of course, her own health. And this is not to mention the health of the baby she was carrying. Let me tell you, the birth relieved more stress and worry than I knew I had.
For any high school student, studying chemistry and math can be difficult enough. But what about learning those subjects in a foreign language? That's exactly what East Ridge High School junior Kunal Thakur will be doing this fall when he spends a year in Lanzhou, China, where he will attend a Chinese high school. "I feel like it's a good cultural experience," Thakur said. Thakur will be traveling abroad thanks to the AFS-USA organization, a nonprofit international exchange program. Thakur leaves Aug. 20 and returns in June 2014. Experiencing China
Starting next year, District 833 middle schools will be trading in their social studies textbooks for computers. All resources used by teachers to deliver social studies content will be 100 percent digital next year, said Randi Anderson, District 833 director of Teaching and Learning Services. "We're transitioning from a paper environment to a digital environment," Anderson said. "It is our job to produce a 21st century student." The switch to digital social studies curriculum is part of District 833's new "Transforming Thinking through Technology," or T3, initiative.
For Woodbury resident Jeff Krenner, there aren't many things better than getting together with some friends over a glass of beer. There's one caveat though - it has to be good beer. "I'd be the guy who would bring his own beer to parties that had a keg because I didn't want to drink Busch Light," Krenner said. "I didn't drink to get drunk, I drank for flavor."
What started out as a beautiful day in Afton's Old Village celebrating the city's new event, Strawberry Festival, turned into one with devastating consequences for the Afton Historical Museum. The museum, run by the Afton Historical Society, fell prey to severe weather on June 22 when a tree fell into the building. "It punched a bunch of big old holes into the museum and punched out two windows," said Stan Ross, president of the museum. "Luckily there was no damage to artifacts." "We're restoring the windows though because they are 1850s windows."
What started out as a day like any other forTeri Oliver soon became the beginning of something big. The Woodbury resident was sitting around one day listening to Matt Nathanson's song "Illusions." "It kind of tells a story and I immediately had two characters pop into my head," she said. Those characters eventually became the basis for her first book, "The Leading Man," which was released last month in e-book format. "It was kind of cool," she said. "That is how it kind of started and it went from there.
Safety. It's a lesson that children hear time and time again. But do they really take the lessons to heart? Woodbury Public Safety officers hammered home the importance of safety last week in a fun, interactive way during the annual Youth Safety Camp held July 23-24 at Carver Lake Park. During the Woodbury Parks and Recreation-sponsored camp, counselors - made up of police officers, firefighters and recreation specialists - taught campers a variety of different safety tips through various activities.
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 by email at email@example.com . Earlier this year East Ridge High School science teacher Nancy Berg, her husband Ryan and their daughter Hallie were brainstorming possible places to vacation this summer. After some research, the Bergs -- avid travelers -- ultimately decided on the island nation of Fiji, which is just north of Australia.