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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Afton City Council appointed Roger Bowman to Afton Planning Commission during its May 17 meeting. Bowman is being appointed to fill the vacant seat left by Kitty Kilmer earlier this year.
When I started at the Woodbury Bulletin in November 2008, if you would have told me I'd be sitting at my same desk nearly eight years later I wouldn't have believed it. But here I am, seven years, six months and one week later sitting at my same desk, although this time it's not to write up an article, it's to say goodbye. By the time this column gets to your eyes I will be gone, my last day was May 27, but I wanted to take a chance to reflect on the many wonderful memories I've had over the years.
Liberty Ridge Elementary went back in time to 2003 last week. On Thursday, May 26 students, parents and staff at Liberty Ridge opened a time capsule, that was buried when the school opened in 2003. Liberty Ridge's first kindergarten students, now graduating seniors, were in attendance at the ceremony. Liberty Ridge's first principal Terry Lizakowski also participated in the ceremony.
Woodbury families who live within the District 834 boundaries will be moving for the 2017-18 school year. District 834 School Board approved new boundaries during its May 12 meeting. District 834 is tasked with redrawing its attendance boundaries in order to fill its new school in Woodbury, Brookview Elementary. Additionally, Valley Crossing Community School, which previously served districts 834, 833 and 622, is being purchased by District 833, which in turn means that District 834 is tasked with finding a new home school for those students.
Woodbury High School's choir program will be celebrating the passage of time next week. The 2016 Cabaret, "It's a Matter of Time," will run May 24-26. The cabaret is a song-and-dance concert performed by all WHS choirs. "Taking a look at what we've done and not done," WHS choir director Daryl Timmer said, "a time theme just seemed to work. It's a new theme that we haven't tried it before." A total of 14 songs, performed by 180 students, will include such songs a "Timewarp," "End of Time," "Rock Around the Clock," and "For the Longest Time," among others.
Woodbury High School's cafeteria was a sight to behold last week. The annual All School Art Show as held May 19, which filled the cafeteria with student artwork. The art show featured painting, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, drawing and everything in between. Several students also had portfolio tables set up, displaying collections of their artwork. Additionally, ceramics pieces were available for purchase as a way to raise money for the school's ceramics program. Artwork was awarded prizes by three judges during an awards banquet following the show.
Music bridges the gap between all ages recently at Valley Crossing Community School. Valley Crossing band students performed in concert on May 12, which was then followed by a joint performance with the school's Family Band, which is made up of parents, teachers, siblings and former students. The Family Band came together once again on May 19 when it performed with the band from Math and Science Academy. Visit woodburybulletin.com for a video of the Family Band performance. (Staff photos by Amber Kispert-Smith)
District 833 has announced the new principal for Woodbury Elementary, and it's a familiar face. Connha Classon, who has served at the interim principal at Woodbury Elementary since October, has...
Afton resident Robin McDowell has spent her career traveling around the world as a reporter for the Associated Press. McDowell's career has taken her to such countries at Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and most recently Indonesia. "There's no shortage of stories that's for sure," McDowell said. "There are so many stories that are important to tell." One such story took McDowell 18 months to tell. The "Seafood from Slaves" series, written by McDowell and three other AP reporters, exposed the use of slave labor by the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.
Every young artist dreams of having their artwork on display in some form. "Having your parents see it is one thing," Woodbury High School sophomore Elise Salas said, "but having others see it is something completely different." Salas and WHS junior Jenna Penticoff will definitely have the opportunity for others to see their artwork since both girls have been named winners in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Three pieces of artwork were chosen to represent the 4th Congressional District.