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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A Woodbury teacher is still in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Woodbury High School science teacher Kaarin Schumacher is one of 34 semi-finalists for Education Minnesota's annual Teacher of the Year contest. District 833 previously had four candidates for the award — Schumacher, Wes Bolin, social studies teacher at Woodbury High School; and Andrea Kleoppel, social studies teacher at Oltman Middle School; Linda Pieper, third grade teacher at Middleton Elementary. The 34 semi-finalists, announced March 1, were selected from 115 candidates.
The Stillwater Area School District has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. Stillwater resident Melissa Douglas filed a petition March 1 with Washington County District Court as a response to the district's Building Opportunities to Learn and Discover (BOLD) proposal, which would consolidate three elementary schools with neighboring schools, to create seven same-sized schools. "I didn't want to (file) to be completely frank," Douglas said, "but I felt it was necessary."
What's in a name? Well for a school district that's building a new elementary school, a whole lot. District 834 School Board received an update on naming the future elementary school in Woodbury during its Feb. 25 learning session. District 834 has narrowed down the possible names for its new elementary school to three — Brookview Elementary School, Saddleview Elementary School and Summit Point Elementary School. "It's starting to become more real," Community Engagement Manager Carissa Keister said. "Having a name helps set a culture and create an identity."
Nationally, about 6 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. For Woodbury's Troop 60 that number is more than 20 percent. In the last year Troop 60, which is based out of Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood, has had seven, of its roughly 30, scouts achieve the rank of Eagle, and another four are well on their way. "They have stayed in, stayed active through their high school years and they have a willingness to put in that extra work," said Woodbury resident Mike Bradley, scoutmaster for Troop 60. "These kids have the fortitude to carry on."
Woodbury Middle School took a step back in time last week. On Feb. 25 the school held its first-ever National History Day Showcase. "All too often history becomes a staid, dry recitation of facts from a textbook," social studies teacher Allissa Bagley said. "History Day motivates students to immerse themselves in history and realize that history isn't just something found in a textbook lying on a shelf."
Amery, Wis., resident Travis Mizejewski put his money where his mouth is. Mizejewski walked away with a $150 cash prize during a pancake-eating contest at Keys Cafe & Bakery, located...
The Stillwater Area School District has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. Stillwater resident Melissa Douglas filed a petition March 1 with Washington County District Court as...
A Woodbury teacher is still in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Woodbury High School science teacher Kaarin Schumacher is one of 34 semi-finalists for Education Minnesota’s annual...
The case being tried by the Woodbury High School and other Minnesota Bar Association Mock Trial teams across the state, State of Minnesota vs. Jack/Jackie Peifer, is based on a...
Woodbury will become the place where dreams come true later this month. Woodbury Community Theatre will bring the magic of Walt Disney to the stage with “Stars on Broadway -...