A School District 833 review team met this week to study changing start and end times for the school day. At its first meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., team members will hear opinions and research findings about how the structure of the school day affects student learning in the lecture hall at Woodbury High School. During a school board workshop held Oct.
The District 833 School Board is getting an early start in the search for a new superintendent to replace Tom Nelson after he retires at the end of June next year. It will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
Four students who are high school seniors asked the School District 833 School Board to reverse the decision for this school year only to stop giving 'A-plus' grades. Typically, the board listens to people during the "public comment" slot in the regular school board agenda, but won't take action until a later meeting. At the Sept.
Parents and students filled the District 833 boardroom Sept.
The District 833 School Board will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, to hear comments from the public about a proposal to change high schools next year from four-period days with semesters to six-period days with trimesters. Members of the High School Redesign Task Force, including Randy Zipf, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction, and Rick Spicuzza, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will present the proposal to the public. Board members listened to the plan at a workshop meeting held Sept. 11.
A Woodbury man and Eden Prairie woman sustained serious injuries after a hit-and-run motorcycle accident on northbound Highway 61 near Highway 95, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Scott R. Schmalz, 57, who was driving the motorcycle, changed lanes from right to left, and a white pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane rear-ended the motorcycle, according to the incident report. The driver of the pickup truck never stopped, the report says. Schmalz, and his passenger, 47-year-old Sheila B. Lukonen, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
Sophomores and juniors at Woodbury and Park high schools, beginning this school year, can receive an additional 1.2 grade points for each Advanced Placement class they take. The District 833 School Board excluded seniors from the recommendation by a steering committee of secondary educators, including Randy Zipf, assistant superintendent for secondary education, Linda Plante, Woodbury High School principal, and Rick Spicuzza, district director of curriculum and instruction. The committee recommended adding "weighted grades" as an incentive for students to take more rigorous classes. With no
School District 833 is on the list of schools "not making adequate progress," according to the federal No Child Left Behind standards. Six elementary schools, three junior high schools, Park High School and two alternative programs are on the list. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, those schools made the list largely because students from families with low incomes and students not proficient in English language did not pass Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II tests in reading and math given in grades three to eight. At the high school level, 11th-graders took a math test
School District 833 is changing procedures in how it hires administrators that will "streamline the process without losing integrity," said Superintendent Tom Nelson during a school board retreat July 10. Nelson said past procedures were the most detailed he had encountered, and the process took longer than he had experienced in other districts. To speed things up, the district will cut the size of administrative search and screening committees.
While most school districts in the state and across the country are raising lunch prices in reaction to the increasing cost of food, School District 833 regular lunches remain at $1.70 for elementary schools and $2 at junior and senior high schools. The main reason is that Barb Osthus, district nutrition services director for 30 years, is using unallocated funds from the department's budget to make up for price increases. The district also pioneered as a founding member of the Minnesota Food Buying Group.