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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All attention is on Woodbury High School cheerleading coach Alison Hoffman as she walks her cheerleaders through their newest routine for the upcoming pep fest. However, one cheerleader, senior Emily Nielsen, focuses her attention elsewhere -- on her interpreter. Because you see, Nielsen is deaf. "It's a little different having a cheerleader who's deaf," Hoffman said.
Lake Middle School eighth grader Chloe Williams has talent. Williams won Lake Middle School's first-ever "Lake's Got Talent," talent competition today in the school's cafetorium. Williams, who performed Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy," walked away with a $100 shopping spree to any store in Woodbury. "I'm not sure if I want to spend it on shoes or on electronics," she said.
On Monday the sound of music could be heard drifting through the halls of Woodbury High School. WHS was home to the 11th-annual Suburban East Conference Music Festival on Feb. 7. "The students are all excited to be able to welcome people," WHS band director Brent Comeau said. "They have a sense of pride that it's in our house." The music festival was such a large event that WHS students were given the day off.
Millions of people watch dancing shows every week from their couch. The Primrose School of Woodbury is hoping local families will get up and give dancing a try themselves. The Primrose Schools Family Dance Off, which kicked off Feb. 1 and runs through March 19, asks families from all Primrose facilities to videotape themselves dancing together. The videos will then be uploaded to the Family Dance-Off website and voted on. The dance-off, which is in its second year, received about 150 submissions last year.
Susan Paul has been a familiar face within the halls of Hill Murray High School for the past 20 years as the school's principal. "I love working with kids and helping them figure out who they are in a safe environment -- I like helping them figure things out," she said. "It's all about helping them grow in their faith but not in a way that preaches to kids." Even though Paul said she loves her position as principal and working with students, she said she is ready to take a different path. On Jan.
It was five years ago when Woodbury resident Steve Salazar first picked up a guitar. Now, Salazar, 20, is playing shows around the Twin Cities and is in the process of recording his debut album. "I never dreamed I would be here five years ago," he said. Salazar describes his style as acoustic pop in the vein of John Mayer, Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson. A natural fit Salazar, currently studying marketing and music at the University of St.
Lego Land, at the Mall of America, is a popular destination for many elementary and middle school students, but a spot to pick up supplies? One of Math and Science Academy's FIRST Lego League teams, the Surfing Elements, took a field trip to the play zone to pick out everything they needed to build their robot. "All you need to build something is a good idea and a box of scraps," seventh grader Zack Hagstrom-Skalnek said.
Very few times are high school students given their say, but one instance is the tri-annual Minnesota Student Survey. "The survey lets kids have a voice," said senior community health specialist Cathy Mackiewicz, with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment. "This attempts to capture what these kids are experiencing, what's going on in their lives, what's going on in their world.
Even though the annual one-act plays typically go under attended, East Ridge High School one act director Katie Carlson said it is the educational value of the shows that makes them worth it. "There is such a learning curve with one acts," she said.
Students at two Woodbury elementary schools will be able to start their summer vacation a day early this school year. The District 833 School Board had granted approval for an early dismissal request for both Royal Oaks and Woodbury elementary schools. The last day of school will be June 7 rather than June 8. The reason for the early release date is because of the district's intentions to update the heating, ventilating and air circulation systems at both schools. Royal Oaks and Woodbury elementary schools will be the fifth and sixth district schools to receive HVAC upgrades.