Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Newcomers Austin Tollerson and Eric Fort joined the staff at two Oakdale schools this year.
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District welcomed two new assistant principals to Oakdale schools this week. Austin Tollerson joins Skyview Middle School and Eric Fort joins Tartan High School this year. Also returning to Tartan as another assistant principal is Karen Wollak. Oakdale Patch caught up with Tollerson and Fort about their past experience and what brings them to Oakdale schools. Oakdale Patch: What did you do before your new position? Tollerson: I was a counselor in the Osseo Area Schools at Park Center Senior High and I taught English in Costa Rica and Spanish in San Mateo, California. Fort: I worked in the Eden Prairie School District and the title of my position was Student Integration Support Specialist. I …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Wondering what your child will need for the 2012-13 school year? Here's a list of supplies students will need at Skyview Middle School.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Five hundred volunteers are still needed for the Feed My Starving Children event May 22-24 at Skyview Community School.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Patty Busse
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Recruiting 500 volunteers within a week might seem like a daunting task, but the father/son team organizing the three-day Feed My Starving Children event at Skyview Community School next week isn't easily fazed. Case in point: during the last two months, they decided to increase the size of their already huge meal-packing operation by 40 percent, said co-organizer Todd Christianson. “We had some strong interest from organizations in the community, and that led us to increase the size of the event,” he said. So, instead of 200 volunteers per shift, they’ll now have room for 280, and instead of feeding 1,400 people for a year, the meals packed in Oakdale will feed more than 1,900 for a year, he said. That also means Todd Christianson and his…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A massive three-day Feed My Starving Children event is scheduled May 22-24 at Skyview Community School.
Monday, March 12, 2012
An Oakdale teacher said giving some employees a 'free ride' on the backs of union members goes against Republican principles. (Scroll ahead to 25:20 in the video to see Lundgren's speech.)
An Oakdale teacher was at the Minnesota State Capitol Monday making the case for why Republicans ought to oppose so-called “right to work” legislation. Skyview Middle School special education teacher Jennifer Lundgren spoke before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on the legislation, which would ask voters whether to amend the state's constitution to make it illegal to collect union dues or fees from employees who choose not to be members. Lundgren said she is one of about a quarter of Education Minnesota members who are Republican. “It is this misguided legislation like ‘right to work’ that makes it so hard for many of us educators to openly embrace our Republican values,” Lundgren said. “The ‘right to work’ legislation …
About 2,700 volunteers including 1,100 local students will pack meals for Feed My Starving Children during an event May 22-24 called SCOOP Global Hunger Response.
Father and son Todd and David Christianson are recruiting about 1,200 volunteers to pack meals for hungry children in a three-day event at Skyview Community School May 22-24. They’re also raising about $120,000 to pay for ingredients to make the meals, which will feed more than 1,400 people for a year. “There will be people alive next year because of this event, so it’s a very fun thing to think about that,” Todd Christianson said. “We hope people kind of catch the vision and interest.” Their project has grown considerably since they first talked last October about getting a group of 60 family members and friends to do a two-hour packing shift at a Feed My Starving Children site. But the men said they’re confident they’ll reach their new …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Skyview Middle School is performing the musical in the Tartan High School auditorium.
More than 60 Skyview Middle School students have been working since last fall on their production of Disney's Mulan Jr. Audiences will get the chance to see the show this weekend, while it's onstage in the Tartan High School auditorium. The musical tells the story of Mulan, who helps save China's emporer from the Huns. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. See the event listing for more information.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Minnesota schools will no longer be labeled "failing" under new plan.
President Barack Obama’s announcement Thursday that Minnesota would get a waiver from the controversial No Child Left Behind law is positive news for School District 622, said the district’s Assessment and Program Quality Coordinator Paul Brashear. Brashear said he’s still learning the specifics of what the waiver will mean for the school district, however, it’s not likely you’ll see any schools labeled “failing” anymore. “This is a far more blended accountability model; this emphasizes growth much more,” Brashear said of Minnesota’s alternative plan to No Child Left Behind. In 2011, Oakdale Elementary, Castle Elementary, Skyview Middle, North High and Tartan High schools were all labeled as, “failing to make adequate yearly progress.” …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Popcorn Project teaches math and social skills, and brings in revenue for the special education program.
Popcorn is providing students at Skyview Middle School with a whole host of practical skills. Students operate the school’s popcorn stand—new this year—during lunchtime on Wednesdays and Fridays, and teachers can request special classroom deliveries. Special Education teacher Gary Downing was awarded a grant from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to start the project for his CID (Communication and Interactional Disorders) students. Downing said by running the stand—which involves bagging and buttering the popcorn, cashiering and mopping up stray kernels—the students are learning math and social skills in a way that’s fun, and benefits the school. He isn’t sure how much revenue they’ve brought in so …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Want to know the latest news on Skyview Middle School? Ask Ryan Lenard and his team.
Oakdale Patch Whiz Kid of the Week: Ryan Lenard School: Skyview Middle School Grade: Seventh Key to Awesomeness: Seventh-grader Ryan Lenard likes writing, but he likes leading and teaching even more. Early in the school year, the Skyview Middle School student was recruiting others to join the school newspaper, even before an adviser had signed on to coach the group. Now he dutifully prepares a PowerPoint presentation and how-to lesson for the newspaper staff before each weekly meeting on topics like proofreading and news story structure. “I’ve got homework and newspaper to get done, so it’s very complicated,” he said, “but it’s kind of that challenge that I like about it.” He said he likes that a school newspaper is a vehicle for …