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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There definitely is a competitive element to the annual Minnesota State High School League one act play competition, but there’s support, also. “Yes, it’s competitive, but this what I love about theater, theater people support each other,” said Marcie Berglund, Woodbury High School’s one act play director. “Even if its competitive they will be encouraging and supportive.” All three of District 833 high schools will take the competitive element completely out of the one act play for one night only on Friday, Jan. 22, for the annual One Act Play Festival.
Mother-son duos took some “Xtreme” challenges last weekend. District 833 held an Xtreme Play camp on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Woodbury High School for mothers and sons to compete against each other. Xtreme Play included brain and body challenges alike, including an inflatable obstacle course, a crisscross zorb ball race, Angry Birds, a hippity hop horse race, giant Yahtzee and many other games. This is the first year for Xtreme Play.
A lot times people might take for granted the amount of work it is to be an early childhood education teacher. “It’s more than just play, they’re learning so many of the necessary tasks,” said Christy Moen, a preschool teacher at Peace of Mind Early Education Center. “It’s all the little things that adults don’t think about.” The Woodbury Area Chamber Commerce recently recognized the importance of early childhood education by naming Moen, of Inver Grove Heights, its 2015 Educator of the Year.
There will be plenty of celebration and mingling during this weekend’s Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Community Awards Celebration. But there will also be danger. The entertainment for this year’s Community Awards Celebration will be the nationally recognized comedic juggling and knife-throwing trio, the Danger Committee. The Danger Committee will perform Friday, Jan. 22, at the Prom Center following the presentation of awards and raffle winners.
Bailey Elementary is hoping to take a bite out of the cost for technology. In December the Bailey Elementary parent-teacher association (PTA) kicked off a new fundraising campaign, called Bailey...
District 834 students will be heading back to school a full week earlier than most other districts for the 2016-17 school year. District 834 approved the calendar for next school...
Math and Science Academy’s theater will be bringing the laughs next week. MSA’s production of “A Lighter Shade of Noir” will open Jan. 22 at the school. The play is being directed by MSA music director Jerry Shelton and Eric Elefson. “This play is filled with fun and colorful characters so there are opportunities for a lot of students to be involved,” Elefson said. “A Lighter Shade of Noir,” written by Patrick Derksen, opens with Trent Trowel, a typical gumshoe. Trowel decides to join some of the world’s most famous detectives at the International Private Detective Gala.
District 834’s new elementary school in Woodbury is one step closer to being completed. District 834 School Board awarded construction bids for the new elementary school during its Jan. 7 meeting. School Board awarded two separate bid packages last week. The first bid package, totalling $11.4 million, included 32 separate items related to the new elementary school’s construction. The second bid package, totaling $5.2 million, featured five items including: structural steel; plumbing; heating, ventilation, air conditioning; HVAC integrated automation; and electrical.
A group of District 834 sixth graders will officially be starting their middle school experience early. District 834 School Board approved the transition of sixth graders from Valley Crossing Community...
St. Croix SavATree, a tree, shrub and lawn company, has its sights set on Afton’s industrial zone for its Minneapolis-St. Paul headquarters, but it may be more difficult than anticipated. Afton Planning Commission denied a variance application, for landscape buffers, from SavATree during its Jan. 4 meeting. “We have no problem with the company, but we do have ordinances,” Planning Commission Chairwoman Barbara Ronningen said.