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 took the first step in updating its comprehensive plan for 2018. City Council began discussing the process for updating its comprehensive plan during a workshop on Dec. 8. The Metropolitan Council requires cities to update their comprehensive plans, which is a guiding document for cities’ future planning, every 10 years. Afton’s 2008 comprehensive plan update took an additional two years to complete due to a very involved process, a complete overhaul of language, and failure of Afton City Council and Planning Commission to reach a consensus.
When middle school students pull up a game on their phones or on the computer, whether it’s Candy Crush or Angry Birds, they’re typically only concerned with beating the game.
You might say that East Ridge High School Kevin Bi is satisfied with his score on a recent SAT. But in reality, Bi’s score is much more than just SATisfactory...
Woodbury has its own lord of the dance. East Ridge High School junior Sean Boyles took first place at the Mid-American Orchestras regional Irish dance competition, which was held Nov. 27-29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Nov 27 -29, 2015. “I was so shocked,” he said. “I was like ‘Is he serious?’” In addition to placing first as a solo male dancer in his age group, Boyles also placed third as part of a team. “I’m so proud of him,” said Denise Boyles, Sean’s mother.
Afton residents will see a hefty increase on their tax statements next year.
College students all across the state will be making their way home to see their families this holiday season.
Becoming a teacher wasn’t the initial plan for Math and Science Academy science teacher Cheri Howe, but it eventually became the ideal plan. “I had a degree in natural resources and environmental studies and I was going to go into soil and water conservation,” she said. “However I had children and I stayed at home. “As I started volunteering in the school, I saw really great teachers and it got me excited to be a teacher.”
Anyone who has walked into Afton City Hall during the past nine years is typically greeted the same way: “Top of the morning to you,” which is office assistant Pat Joyce’s signature catchphrase.
Woodbury residents Taylor Huber and her daughter Peyton, 4, are preparing for Ballet Minnesota’s 28th production of “The Classical Nutcracker,” Dec. 18-20, at the O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.
East Ridge High School junior Lauren Go has one less thing to worry about this school year. Go scored a perfect 36 on a recent American College Testing (ACT) test, which was held back in June. “I’m really happy,” Go said. “I don’t have to take it again.” One-tenth of 1 percent of test takers achieve a perfect score on average, according to the official ACT website.