Senator Klobuchar Visits Wilshire Park
Senator Klobuchar visited Wilshire Park to congratulate students and staff on becoming a 2017 Blue Ribbon School. Students and staff were excited to welcome Senator Klobuchar this afternoon. The Senator toured the building with Principal Kari Page, visited classrooms, talked with students and teachers and congratulated all for their hard work on becoming a Blue Ribbon School.
Construction Begins at Wilshire Park
St. Anthony-New Brighton School District held a special election on September 7, 2017, and voters approved a ballot question to expand Wilshire Park Elementary School. A groundbreaking was held on Monday, October 30 on the west side of Wilshire Park Elementary School and construction began the week of November 20, 2017. The addition includes classrooms, gymnasium, expanded cafeteria, bathrooms, larger media center, and a secured entrance at Wilshire Park Elementary School. Construction updates will be posted here.
Superintendent Search Process
Superintendent Robert Laney announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018, and the School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the meeting on November 15, 2017. The School Board contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent.
Superintendent Laney Announces Retirement
After 39 years in education, Superintendent Robert Laney has announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018. The School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the Board meeting on November 15, 2017. Mr. Laney has served as Superintendent of St. Anthony-New Brighton School District since 2012. In retirement, Mr. Laney plans to spend more time with his wife Susan, their two children Molly and Drew, and granddaughter Peyton Marie.
Roger Bjorklund Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger Bjorklund, who served as Band Director at St. Anthony Village High School from 1961 to 1991, was recognized with the 2017 Butch Dufault Memorial award--a Youth In Music Hall of Fame award for Lifetime Achievement in Music and the Marching Arts. Chris Ravndal, St. Anthony Middle School Band Director, presented the award to Roger Bjorklund and is pictured with Bjorklund's daughter Lori Gullickson.
Wendy Webster Receives the Community Educator of Excellence Award
The purpose of the award is to honor a Community Educator annually from each of the nine Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) regions. The person selected is representative of the excellence in leadership found in MCEA members, exhibits a willingness to take risks, possesses strong communications skills, is a progressive change agent, and has high expectations for self and others.
Wilshire Park Elementary School is a 2017 Blue Ribbon School
Wilshire Park Elementary School was one of eight Minnesota schools selected as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Wilshire Park was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Principal Kari Page explained in a staff meeting on September 29, 2017, "Schools that receive the award for exemplary performance achieve at higher rates than other schools."
Soccer Returns to St. Anthony Village High School
St. Anthony Village High School hosted its inaugural girls and boys soccer season. After a 25-year partnership with Spring Lake Park, the School Board of St. Anthony-New Brighton School District approved a resolution in November 2016 to dissolve the coop program and host a girls and boys high school soccer program beginning in the 2017 season. Student interest in the inaugural season outpaced expectations. In September 2017, 122 students in grades 7-12 were participating in soccer compared to 69 students in September 2016.
Activities and Athletics Recognized for its Character Development
The Athletics and Activities Department of St. Anthony Village High School was recently recognized by Athletic Management magazine. The article highlights the InSideOut Initiative in which coaches and advisors focus on character development with student participants as well as skill development for a particular sport or activity.
Mr. Springman Recognized by KS95
Scott Springman, a 4th grade teacher at Wilshire Park, was recognized as Teacher of the Week by KS95. A fourth grader and her mom recommended Mr. Springman for the honor as a way to thank him for tutoring her twice a week during lunch. Mr. Springman was presented with a plaque by representatives from KS95 at a school assembly. Mr. Springman's family made a surprise appearance--his wife Julie and children Leo, Elise, and Charlie--at the assembly.
Certificate of Excellence for Sixth Consecutive Year
For the sixth consecutive year, St. Anthony-New Brighton School District received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability. St. Anthony-New Brighton School District was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.