Washburn begins fresh start interviews
TANGLETOWN — Current Washburn High School teachers and staff at will have first crack at the jobs that opened up when Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) announced a fresh start for the school this spring.
Under a fresh start, all school positions are open and staff must reapply for their positions. Only Principal Carol Markham-Cousins and her counterpart at Edison High School — the other district school to get a fresh start next year — were guaranteed their jobs.
Current faculty and staff who want to return next year will be interviewed before the positions are opened to the rest of the district, said Pat Pratt-Cook, MPS senior executive director of human resources.
Interviews with administrative staff were already begun at Washburn when Pratt-Cook presented the plan to the Minneapolis Board of Education April 8. Teachers were to begin interviews the week of April 21.
Pratt-Cook described a two-tiered interview process at Washburn. An interview team made up of Markham-Cousins or an assistant principal and district staff will interview current teachers in the first round. In the second round, rehired teachers will join the interview teams.
Pratt-Cook said the second round of interviews would begin sometime in mid-May. Before then, both Washburn and Edison will hold informational open houses for all district staff interested in joining the fresh start schools.
Windom partners with VocalEssence
WINDOM — Windom Spanish Dual Immersion and Open School announced a partnership with Minneapolis nonprofit vocal music group VocalEssence for the 2008–2009 school year.
Tami VanOverbeke said the partnership would bring back some musical education programming, which wasn’t available at Windom this school year. Windom also planned to start a band program next fall, VanOverbeke added.
She said composer Sabina Covarrubias from VocalEssence’s ¡Cantaré! Program will work with several classes and teach them about Mexican musical traditions and instruments. The program will culminate in a performance next spring.
For more information on ¡Cantaré! visit the VocalEssence website (www.vocalessence.org/cantare).
Blake senior honored
LOWRY HILL — Angelina Momanyi, a senior at The Blake School, was one of 15 high school seniors from across the country honored for activism by the American Civil Liberties Union in April.
Momanyi is an advocate for reproductive rights and has lobbied the state Legislature for comprehensive sexual education in public schools, the ACLU of Minnesota reported. In her junior year she volunteered more than 200 hours educating her peers on reproductive health issues.
Momanyi and the other recipients of the 2008 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship were each awarded a $5,000 college
Emerson student wins state geography bee
LORING PARK — Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center 7th-grader Cody DuBois correctly placed Da Nang to win the state geography bee April 4, Macalester College reported.
The bee, held at Macalester, was the qualifying event from the 2008 National Geographic Bee held May 20–21 in Washington, D.C. Over 100 students from across the state participated.
DuBois’ geographic knowledge earned him a shot at a $25,000 scholarship and lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society at the national championship.
In case you were wondering, Da Nang is located in Vietnam.