Strong schools increase local property values. It is common for renters and buyers alike to place a premium on living in neighborhoods within the boundaries of school districts they believe in. Understanding that good schools protect home prices, District 622 is excited to host its annual City Leader and Realtor Open House next week. The event provides an opportunity for realtors and city leaders to learn about the competitive academic and extra-curricular programs in District 622.
Research shows that students achieve greater academic success when parents feel connected with their child's school. In 1996, National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) was started as a call for school communities to strengthen connections with African American families. During the week of Feb. 12, over a dozen elementary and secondary sites across District 622 hosted NAAPID events for all parents. Some schools held activities during the school day while others offered evening events. This was the third year our district has participated in NAAPID events.
Fall brings a wave of excitement to the stages at our our high schools. This year, our award-winning theater programs will feature musical versions of "Shrek" and "Sister Act." "Each year we look at our talent and find shows that best showcase it," said Ryan DeLaCroix, longtime director at Tartan Theatre. "There are 52 students in our production and they all bring a unique level of talent to the show."
Last month brought unprecedented excitement to District 622. Carver Elementary was awarded Minnesota's Future Award by the Minnesota Business Partnership. This award recognizes a high-performing, diverse public elementary school that is beating the odds in closing the achievement gap. The award itself has never been given to the same school twice — until now. As the only two-time winner of Minnesota's Future Award, Carver was chosen as a result of their continued outstanding performance. The school also won the award in 2016.
In District 622, students with special needs have unique opportunities for hands-on learning at its best.
On May 31, 390 senior citizens from across the area kicked up their heels at the 21st annual Golden Prom. This exciting event featured live music from the Big Band era by the Golden Tones. Originally started as a collaboration between 622's Community Education's Senior Programming and Tartan High School, this event used to be held in Tartan's cafeteria. Since then, the event has grown into a formal event held at the Envision Center (formerly the Prom Center) in Oakdale.
Parents, teachers, and youth workers all agree on the importance of quality afterschool programs. However, with school districts and nonprofits having limited resources to provide these programs, partnerships are often the answer to implementing quality out-of-school time programming throughout the school year and during summer months. Luckily for the students living at Maple Pond Homes in Maplewood, the YMCA, District 622, and MBG Property Management have teamed up to ensure that they have great opportunities year-round.