Schools notebook // Emerson move delayed

Emerson move to Bryn Mawr delayed 

BRYN MAWR — The Minneapolis School Board approved one more modification to its Changing School Options plan Nov. 10, pushing back the date some Emerson Spanish Dual Immersion School students move from that building to another site.

The plan, which outlines a major district restructuring in the fall of 2010, called for the Emerson program to move intact into the building shared by Bryn Mawr Community School and Anwatin Middle School. That original proposal met with strong resistance from Emerson parents, some of whom said they would leave the district if the Downtown Emerson campus closed after this school year.

Under the modification approved by the School Board, Emerson’s kindergarten through fifth grade students will remain at the Downtown campus through next school year. The middle grades classrooms, though, will move next fall as originally planned, creating a new middle years program at the Anwatin–Bryn Mawr site.

Chief Academic Officer Bernadeia Johnson said the kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms would make the move in 2011, but only after a year of planning. District staff members were meeting with parents from both Emerson and Bryn Mawr, Johnson said.

“Over the next month, this collaboration will result in a final plan for integrating the Emerson Program at the Anwatin–Bryn Mawr site,” she said.

The new middle school program to start next fall at the Anwatin campus will combine Spanish immersion with a new International Baccalaureate middle years program.

While the district is closing some school sites and ending programs under Changing School Options, the coming years will see an expansion of the number of schools using the International Baccalaureate curriculum. It is widely regarded as one of the most rigorous curriculums offered by the district, and existing programs are in high demand.

At the same Nov. 10 meeting, the School Board approved a resolution designating several new International Baccalaureate schools, including Anthony Middle School in Southwest.


Barton Community Education presents ‘Seussical Jr.’

EAST HARRIET — An all-ages production of the musical “Seussical Jr.” runs Dec. 4–6 at Barton Open School, 4237 Colfax Ave. S.

The 45-person production stars Jay Luebbers as the Cat in the Hat and is sponsored by Barton Community Education. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family at the door.

Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6.


MPS Superintendent wins lifetime achievement award

Superintendent Bill Green was given a lifetime achievement award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in a ceremony Nov. 18.

A statement issued by the county attorney’s office said the Lifetime Public Leadership Award recognized those “whose work and contributions represent community leadership and help further our mission of pursuing justice.”

The county attorney’s office also recognized South High School Truancy Coordinator Marilyn Hawkins with its Community Leadership Award. Both Green and Hawkins were selected based on recommendations from county attorney staff, community members and school district partners, the office reported.

This was the ninth year of the awards, said Rondah Kinchlow, a spokesperson for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Green, a tenured professor on leave from Augsburg College, announced in July he would step down June 30, 2010, the final day of his current contract. He said he planns to return to teaching and writing.


Bakken Museum honored for MPS collaboration

WEST CALHOUN — An international association of science centers and museums honored The Bakken Museum for its collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers presented its 2009 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience to the Bakken at an Oct. 31 ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. The award recognizes the Bakken for its Science Assets-based School Partnership, developed in partnership with MPS.

The program brings Bakken educators into MPS classrooms, where they engage students in creative thinking and problem solving. Students are introduced to professionals who use science and creativity in the workplace.

Success of the program led to plans to expand its presence in Minneapolis schools. About 2,700 students and their teachers were expected to participate by 2011, the Bakken reported.

Exhibits at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., focus on electricity and magnetism.


Armatage does Broadway

ARMATAGE — Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Armatage Community and Montessori School will perform scenes and songs from popular musicals for the annual Kids on Broadway show Dec. 3–4.

Students enrolled in a Minneapolis Community Education after-school program will perform selections from “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and the musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling,” “Honk!”

Other material was drawn from the Disney movie “Mulan” and the songs of Hannah Montana. The performance also includes original lyrics set to the tune of “With a Little Bit of Luck” from the musical “My Fair Lady.”

Show times are 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.