Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The event in Minneapolis on Feb. 9 includes dinner, auctions and raffles.
Truly a party with a purpose, the Dream Makers Dinner raises funds to support innovative programs, materials and technology that benefit all Minnetonka students. The 10th annual Dream Makers Dinner will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Depot Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation. The event begins at 6 p.m. Organizers expect 600 supporters of Minnetonka Schools in attendance. Tickets are $65 until Jan. 31 and $75 thereafter and at the door. Dress code is "downtown casual" (suit and tie not required). The 2013 Live Auction is packed with unique experiences and items, including a Napa Valley vacation home, tickets to the "Book of Mormon", the Ellen! Show and the One Direction concert, a summer …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Patch explores the kindergarten programs at Minnetonka Schools.
Like all new stages in life, kindergarten is both exciting and overwhelming– for both children and their parents. Luckily, staff at Minnetonka Schools know the drill and provide seven different kindergarten options to choose from, depending on child development and family preference. "I believe the biggest factor for making your kindergarten decision needs to be what the parent thinks is absolutely the best," said Cindy Andress, principal at Minnewashta Elementary. "Parents know their children better than anyone else and should choose the program that is the 'just right fit.'" The district's kindergarten options include half day, extended day, English program, Chinese immersion and Spanish immersion, as well as Ready Start K program (…
Monday, January 14, 2013
Traffic was backed up going both directions Monday afternoon on Highway 7.
The driver of a First Student bus had a medical emergency on the frontage road near Highway 7 and Vine Hill Road on the Minnetonka/Shorewood border just after 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. As officials assisted, traffic was backed up going both directions on Highway 7. The frontage road west of Vine Hill Road near the park and ride was closed. No students were on the bus at the time of the incident. The bus driver had just finished a route from Excelsior Elementary and was on his way to Groveland Elementary when the incident happened, according to First Student. First Student, Minnetonka School District's contracted transportation, dispatched another bus to transport the Groveland students home. At the time of the incident, an adult working as a…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Principal Dave Adney sent an email to parents this morning explaining that "Some of our girls have chosen to wear t-shirts with the leggings, thus exposing more leg and backside area" and asked parents to encourage modesty.
Facebook and Twitter were alive with pushback Monday afternoon after a supposed "yoga pants ban." Tweets such as these were sent out by Minnetonka High School students: "They banned yoga pants at Minnetonka high school. Hahaha that's so ridculous," and "Can hear the cries of Minnetonka girls everywhere after adney banned yoga pants at the high school." However, the school district explained there was no "ban" on tight-fitting pants, instead a call for modesty. This email was sent to parents by Minnetonka High School Prinicipal Dave Adney on Monday at 9 a.m.: Hello Parents of Minnetonka High School students, This is Dave Adney with an update on high school fashion trends and a request. As the weather gets colder we have noticed a fashion …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Have a photo of your student to add to our gallery? It's simple! Click on "Upload Photos and Videos."
New clothes, a new teacher and making new friends are just a few of the reasons your kids may have had trouble sleeping last night. But today, Minnetonka students are back in action. Minnetonka Schools' representatives said it was a great start to the 2012-13 school year this morning. Students were excited as they arrived at school and ready to start a great new year. Have a photo of your student to add to our gallery? It's simple! Click on "Upload Photos and Videos." All photos are courtesy of Minnetonka Schools.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Minnesota Department of Education released state test scores on Aug. 1. Minnetonka is #1 in Math and #2 in Reading in the Metro Area.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Minnetonka students continue to excel academically by scoring among the top districts in the state on the MCA-II (Minnesota Comprehension Assessment) reading test and the MCA-III math test. Overall, 92 percent of Minnetonka students are proficient in reading and 85 percent are proficient in math. In Metro area rankings, Minnetonka students are #1 in math and a close second to Edina in reading. Scores exceeded the state totals of 76 percent proficiency in reading and 62 percent proficiency in math. “In Minnetonka, we are really focused on student growth—meeting each child at his/her learning level and inspiring higher levels of achievement,” said Minnetonka Superintendent Dennis Peterson. “Under the direction of our highly qualified …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Over 2,700 bike riders began in Minnetonka and rode through 23 cities on Saturday.
The rain stopped just in time for Tour de Tonka. Over 2,700 bike riders took five different routes through 23 Minnesota cities on Saturday. Aug. 4. The five routes for riders of all abilities (16, 26, 43, 77 and 100 miles) began and ended at Minnetonka High School. Tour de Tonka, the annual Minnetonka Community Education multi-distanced bicycle ride promotes and celebrates healthy lifestyles, friendship, teamwork and recreation through the collaboration of cities, sponsors, local charities and hundreds of volunteers. Check out Tour de Tonka photos here.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Bike riders began in Minnetonka and rode through 23 cities.
The rain stopped just in time for Tour de Tonka riders on Saturday. Over 2,700 bike riders took five different routes through 23 Minnesota cities. The five routes for riders of all abilities (16, 26, 43, 77 and 100 miles) began and ended at Minnetonka High School. Tour de Tonka, the annual Minnetonka Community Education multi-distanced bicycle ride promotes and celebrates healthy lifestyles, friendship, teamwork and recreation through the collaboration of cities, sponsors, local charities and hundreds of volunteers.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A look at how Minnetonka schools fared under the new Multiple Measurements Rating system.
Deephaven Elementary, Excelsior Elementary, Groveland Elementary and Scenic Heights Elementary scored in the top 15 percent of Title I schools statewide, earning a coveted “Reward School” designation under a new school accountability system that’s an alternative to the old No Child Left Behind measurements. All schools but one in the Minnetonka School District that were eliigible for the "Reward School" title received it. Clear Springs Elementary is a Title I school but was not given the designation. The other schools in the district are not Title I schools, which are schools that have higher concentrations of students receiving free and reduced lunch. "Even though Minnetonka Middle School East and Minnetonka Middle School West were the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Minnetonka School Board approved another expansion of the iPad Pilot to include all tenth graders.
In addition to all ninth graders, every 10th grade student and teacher at Minnetonka High School will be issued an iPad for educational use next school year. Earlier this month, the Minnetonka School Board unanimously approved another expansion of the MHS 1:1 iPad Pilot. With a full-year pilot nearing completion in June, the data from the year show positive academic achievement gains, with fewer D's and F's and more A's and B's, especially in mathematics. Student collaboration, engagement and homework completion are also markedly higher, according to the Minnetonka School District. The district is saving on textbook costs, said Eric Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “If you think about the amount we spend on instructional…