Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A study by the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now graded all public schools in the categories of student performance, subgroup performance, performance gains and achievement gap.
Lake Minnetonka-area schools are doing well in terms of student performance, but students of color are in most cases doing worse than white students, according to a new study. While Minnesota's public schools excel in test scores, the achievement gaps between white kids and students of color, and between low-income and high-income students, are still significantly larger than national averages. Statewide, black and Latino eighth-graders lag 37 percentage points behind their white peers in math. Low-income eight-graders trail their richer classmates by 32 percentage points. In a March report, the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) sliced and diced public school data and published "report cards" for every school and district…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sam Fredrickson will be recommended for the Birchview Elementary School principal job at next month's school board meeting.
Tuesday, March 26
Superintendent Chace Anderson said Tuesday he will recommend the appointment of Sam Fredrickson as the next Birchview Elementary School Principal at the April 8 Wayzata Board of Education meeting. Fredrickson is currently the assistant principal at Kaposia Education Center with the South St. Paul School District. He received his M.A. degree from Saint Thomas University and his Education Specialist degree from the University of Minnesota. "We are pleased Sam will be joining the Birchview Elementary School community to continue their strong tradition of excellence," Superintendent Anderson said. Information provided by the Wayzata School District
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The first 18 registered will be accepted and then registration will close. Parents will receive a confirmation letter once your payment and registration forms have been received.
Thursday, March 21
Wayzata Public Schools is looking for potty-trained 3, 4, or 5-year-olds to participate in the Trojan Tots program taught by child development and parenting II students at Wayzata High School. Dates and times are September 16 through October 31 from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be no school on Thursday, October 17. The cost is $40 and there are only 18 spaces available. For registration materials or more information, contact Miriam Lejonvarn at 763-745-6884 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new-child registration form is also available for parents to complete online www.wayzataschoolspayonline.com.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
During its March 11 regular meeting, the school board of Wayzata Public Schools conducted the following business.
Thursday, March 14
From the Wayzata School District: The board received student curriculum presentations fifth grade students at Oakwood Elementary School and fourth and fifth grade students at Greenwood Elementary School. The board recognized East Middle School teachers Rachel Marcouiller and Nicole Johnson as the March 2013 Wayzata Public Schools Employees of the Month. The board recognized WHS teacher Mike Doyle for being named a Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year. The board recognized WHS teacher Sheila Peterson for being named a 2012-13 Debate Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association. The board recognized winners of the 2013 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards. WHS senior and …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Wayzata School District School Board will meet 7 p.m. March 11, 2013.
The Wayzata School District School Board has a full agenda scheduled for the March 11 meeting at Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice Street, Wayzata. Items listed below are not final until approved by the school board. Here are a few items scheduled to be reviewed by the school board, according to the agenda. Visit the Wayzata Public Schools website for the full agenda
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Students and community members took to Twitter Tuesday, March 5, 2013 after the announcement school in the Wayzata School District was canceled due to weather and road conditions.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Team of Wayzata High School students take first in their challenge at regionals and are favorites heading into the State Tournament in April.
Tuesday, February 26
Four of Wayzata's 17 Destination Imagination teams that competed at the Feb. 23 regional tournament at Maple Grove High School will advance to the State Tournament on April 20 at Champlin Park High School. The four teams advancing to start are as follows: The Psychedelic Hippie Kaleidoscopes (freshman and sophomore team from Wayzata High School), took 1st place in Challenge D – Change in Realitee with a raw score of 245. In this improvisational challenge the team must create a five-minute improvisational skit about life after a dramatic change and how the characters adapt to this change. They must also research different communication techniques and integrate them into their skit. Using only white T-shirts and washable markers, team …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A Wayzata Public Schools study found that fifty percent of Wayzata parents say their teen “lacks energy” possibly due to early school start times. Teachers say kids learn better in the afternoon.
At a Jan. 28 meeting, Wayzata Public School board members reviewed a study that said more than half of Wayzata High School students have difficulties “waking up and getting moving” in the morning. This lack of energy could be due to the school’s early start time. According to school board documents, Wayzata High School’s 7:30 a.m. start is the earliest start time in the Lake Conference. Edina High School has a “0 hour” period from 7:30-8:25, which students can optionally attend. Minnetonka High School has the latest school start time in the conference with classes beginning at 8 a.m. “One challenge that exists in modification to school start times is in accommodating for the busy lives of students and their families,” Superintendent Chace …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
All changes will take effect during the 2013-14 school year.
In December and January, Wayzata School Board members made changes to enrollment boundaries to both elementary schools and middle schools. School board presentations show that boundary decisions were made to better match students to facilities that can handle various capacities. During their Dec. 10 meeting, school board members approved elementary attendance area modifications—a decision that culminated after months of review and discussion. Related posts: According to the Wayzata Public Schools website, all changes will take effect during the 2013-14 school year. Main reassignments include: After reviewing middle school capacities, on Jan. 14, the school board decided to hold off on making boundary adjustments but did decide to make …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A larger student population has board members thinking about ways to accommodate 3,700 kids.
A projected increase in enrollment at Wazyata High School has board members and the City of Plymouth talking about an expansion. Today, roughly 3,200 students attend Wayzata High School. But within the next seven years, school board members say that the school will see an enrollment increase of about 500 students—making for cramped quarters at the high school. A larger student population has board members thinking about ways to accommodate 3,700 kids. Throughout the fall, school board members entered into conversations with the owner of the nearby Elm Creek Golf Course—the only available land near the school that could accommodate a potential expansion. Executive Director of Finance and Business Jim Westrum said that the district is only…