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The proposal to change high schools next year from four-period days over semesters to six-period days over trimesters won't go into effect next year as recommended by the High School Re-Design Task Force. Facing a full house of Woodbury High School students who oppose the change, the vote was 4-3 with board members Jim Gelbmann, Ellen Ayers, Tracy Brunnette and Denise Kapler in favor of putting off the changeover for one year and board members Marsha Adou, Leslee Boyd and board chair Ron Kath opposed. However, board members voting in favor of the delay said they would not oppose the change g
Parents and students filled the District 833 boardroom Sept.
When Connie Lennartson, parent of a student who's new to Cottage Grove Elementary School this year, was given information at the school's open house that discouraged her from sending peanut products in her child's school lunch, she was "shocked." Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are an elementary-school staple, she thought. She was also given a two-page list of peanut-free food that can be sent to school for birthdays or other special occasions. "I understand the treats," Lennartson said.
When the Park and Woodbury high school football teams meet East Ridge High School's team during the football season in the fall of 2009, they will be seeing red. The Wolfpack and Royals will meet the East Ridge Raptors (birds of prey) in future athletic events.
School District 833 students might soon be using their fingers to pay for lunch instead of tapping in personal identification numbers. Nutrition Services got the go-ahead from the school board Feb.
Residents from four eastern Woodbury neighborhoods showed up in force Tuesday night at the attendance boundary oversight committee meeting at Cottage Grove Junior High School Tuesday to protest plans for changes to middle school attendance boundaries in the fall of 2009. The resdients -- from Powers Lake, Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates and Lakeview Knolls north of Valley Creek Road -- don't want students from their neighborhoods to attend Woodbury Middle School. They want their children to go to Lake Middle School instead, as they would under current attendance boundaries. Woodbury middl
The District 833 School Board wants to reduce walking distances to school when East Ridge High School opens in the fall of 2009 and junior highs become middle schools. Now, students in grades kindergarten to sixth grade walk if they live less than 1 mile from school and no change is being proposed for kindergarten to fifth-grade when the changeover occurs. Junior high students walk if they live within 1.5 miles and high school students are not bused if they live within two miles of school. At Thursday night's District 833 School Board meeting, the board told the administration to come up wi
Some Woodbury students could attend Cottage Grove Middle school and Newport Elementary School students could head to Oltman Middle School under plans created by a task force working on a new feeder system for fall of 2009. No matter how the middle-school attendance boundary task force worked the numbers, it could not come up with plans for School District 833 to continue using a feeder system developed in 1995.
School District 833 and Woodbury officials discussed the possibility of using the wind to supply power for East Ridge High School at a meeting Jan.
Don't tell the teachers at Newport Elementary School that kids hate math, because their students are learning to like it. Tests show that the school is bucking the trends -- 80 percent of the students that receive free and reduced-price lunches passed the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II math tests they took last spring.