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Summer is officially here, at least for all the children who ran from their buildings and embraced their delicious break last week. So how dare I suggest that you make a trip to a local retailer to purchase summer enrichment materials, or go to your local library's website and check hours and schedules for presentations that would be interesting for your family? Summer can be a time to sit back, turn on the TV, play as many video games as possible, run around outside and become bored within two weeks.
As I reflect on my first year as superintendent and the school year that has concluded, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our accomplishments and what I've learned about District 833 and its community. It is an old cliché to comment on the pace of the year, but as is so often the case, the school year has slipped past with such speed that I am reminded of how important it is to reflect and cherish families, colleagues, and the opportunities our system gives all of us. We work at a fast pace because of our relentless commitment to improve.
A recent 833 school district change will implement a removal of class rankings at East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools. The purpose for this change is to prevent the ranking system from negatively affecting any senior high school student during the college admission process.
Thanks to Amber Kispert-Smith for highlighting the importance of protecting animals from trapping ("An end to trapping in Afton?"; June 12). Animals caught in barbaric leghold traps and snares suffer immensely from their injuries, long periods of distress, and ultimately a sad death. Archaic killing methods such as suffocation, drowning and chest crushing are widely used today -- methods that, in fact, would be considered a felony offense in some states if inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs.
Woodbury's Mike Myers capped an impressive high school golf career at the 2013 Class AAA state tournament last week. Myers, a senior at Woodbury High School, finished in a six-way tie for 54th place out of 88 golfers at the state tourney, shooting a two-day 163 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Myers' first state tournament appearance included a 79 on the first day and an 84 on the second day on the par-72 course. Chanhassen senior Cody Seal won the state title with a 143. Seal shot a 73 on the first day and a 70 on day two.
East Ridge center J.C. Hassenauer has committed to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman chose the defending national champion's scholarship offer over the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Following a stellar junior season for the Raptors, Hassenauer was the offensive line MVP at three combines this spring: the Adidas combine in Detroit, the Nike combine in Memphis, and the Rivals.com combine in Chicago. He worked out in Tuscolusca this past weekend for Alabama coaches before committing on Monday.
Four years ago, Brady Hanson and his golf coach Bret Brookins talked about trying to win a state championship someday. Last week, he nearly made it happen. Hanson, a senior at East Ridge, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. "We made it our goal to win state," Hanson said. "Even though I didn't do that, it feels good to come really close. I knew if I worked hard and put in the effort I could possibly do it.
The Woodbury Blue American Legion baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses Sunday against Forest Lake in a big way Monday with a 15-hit outburst in a 12-2, six-inning rout of East Ridge in Woodbury. Quinten Strub and Ryan Scanlon each drove in three runs for Woodbury Blue (3-4) while David Stickels went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs. Woodbury Blue starter Nick Bentley made his first American Legion start and turned in a solid start by giving up just two runs on six hits in six innings. "We haven't been taking very good at-bats, swinging at pitches out of the zone," Woodbury Blue
The Woodbury Area American Legion baseball team fended off a late rally from East Ridge Thursday to hang on for a 4-3 victory at East Ridge High School. Built mainly of players from New Life Academy and playing Legion baseball for the first time this summer, Woodbury Area built a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but East Ridge scored two runs and had runners on second and third with two outs before Woodbury got a fly ball to end the game. East Ridge got three consecutive hits with one out in the seventh with catcher Luke Ringhofer driving in a run.
School is now out for summer vacation and we seem to have detours in several parts of our city. There will be kids walking, biking, skateboarding, playing on or near already crowded roadways that are now under construction and this could have a poor outcome if drivers are distracted or in a hurry. We have to get to work on time, but do we have to answer that last email so that we're rushing? We have to drop the kids at daycare or a summer program, but do we allow the morning to become harried and hurried so that we're running late?