Principal recognized for community engagement
BRYN MAWR — Principal Beth Russell of Anwatin Middle School was recognized for her community engagement work in April with a national award from the MetLife Foundation.
The MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award is given annually to a public school teacher or principal who excels at building community partnerships in each of 25 cities, including Minneapolis. Anwatin received a $5,000 grant in honor of Russell’s achievement.
The Ambassadors in Education Award is a program of the National Civic League. Awards are given to teachers and principals on alternate years.
Past Southwest-area winners include Southwest High School Principal Bill Smith, Lake Harriet Community School music teacher Sue Cullen-Pehrson and South High School career and technology teacher Gregory Hendricks.
Windom students install duck houses
KENNY — Middle grades students Windom Spanish Dual Immersion and Open School installed 12 wood duck houses around Kenny neighborhood’s Grass Lake May 6.
The 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students assembled more than 30 nesting boxes for wood ducks in March. The project aims to increase the number of nesting wood duck pairs in Minneapolis.
A crew from the public television program Venture North was set to film the installation of another 12 nesting boxes May 7 in Fort Snelling State Park.
There is more information about the wood duck project on the school’s web site (www.windom.mpls.k12.mn.us), as well as a link to a web cam installed in a nesting box.
MPS academic chief honored
Minneapolis Public Schools’ chief academic officer was among the educators honored April 29 by the University of St. Thomas College of Applied Professional Studies.
Bernadeia Johnson joined the “Wall of Fame” recognizing St. Thomas alumni who have excelled in their fields. Johnson was recognized specifically for her contributions to the field of education and the community, the school reported.
Johnson earned her licensure through the St. Thomas Collaborative Urban Educator program before starting a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the school. She earned a master of arts degree in 1992.
Southwest students named National Merit Scholars
LINDEN HILLS — Two Southwest High School seniors were named National Merit Scholars in April.
Katherine Indvik and Angus Vaughan each earned $2,500 scholarships. They were among just 2,500 students to win scholarships from among about 15,000 finalists, the school district reported.
A committee of high school counselors and college admissions officers select National Merit Scholars based on standardized test scores, high school performance and other factors, including an essay.
Ramsey fourth graders perform opera
TANGLETOWN — Fourth-grade students at Ramsey International Fine Arts Center perform an opera on the life of Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum 2:30 p.m. May 29 in the school’s auditorium.
All 105 fourth graders participated in researching and writing Tum’s story, as well as the music, lyrics and choreography of the opera, the school reported. The yearlong project combines social studies and music lessons.
Tum, a member of one of Guatemala’s indigenous groups, was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her social just work on behalf of indigenous peoples.
Volunteers refurbish Bryn Mawr Community School
BRYN MAWR — About 200 volunteers from Target and Hands On Twin Cities, a volunteer coordinating group, made improvements to the Byrn Mawr Community School April 30 during National Volunteer Week, the Hands On Network reported.
Target volunteers refurbished the school’s library, adding new reading spaces, furniture and about 1,000 new books. They also painted murals in the school and built an outdoor reading space.
Community volunteers did landscaping work in the school’s courtyard.