Schools notebook // Former Southwest teacher wins award

Former Southwest French teacher wins award

The Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures awarded one of its highest honors to Gaelle Berg, who previously taught French at two Southwest-area schools, the district reported.

The organization presented Berg with the Emma Birkmaier Outstanding Language Educator Award at its fall conference Oct. 16. Two colleagues nominated Berg for the award, which recognizes her dedication to teaching world languages and cultures.

Earlier in her 30-year career with the district, Berg taught French at Anwatin Middle School and Southwest High School. She also taught at Folwell Middle School.

For the past 15 years she served as the district’s world languages curriculum specialist, helping to develop curriculum and assessments for students and training teachers in best practices and instructional strategies for all 11 world languages taught in the district.

Berg set standards for teaching world languages in the state through her work on the Minnesota World Languages Proficiency Certificate, the district reported.

District Parent Advisory Council representatives elected

New representatives to the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) will be introduced at the Nov. 19 Area C Parent Advisory Council meeting at San Miguel Middle School, 3800 Pleasant Ave. S.

The Area C Parent Advisory Council meets monthly to discuss school issues and is open to all Southwest-area parents. The body elects representatives to DPAC, a group of parents from across the district who meet regularly with the superintendent and district staff.

The DPAC representatives from Area C
who were elected in October were Nan Carlson, Andrea Breen, Sara Kleckner, Robert Goldman and Yassim Qanyare. Jean Rokke will serve as an alternate.

The Area C Steering Committee includes Chair Seth Kirk, Rebecca Gagnon, Julie Millikan and community liaison Gael Ellis.

 The meeting runs 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.


High school open houses

Eighth-grade students and their families can learn more about Minneapolis Public Schools high school options for next fall at a series of open houses this month.

The open houses are one of several opportunities for students and their families to visit high schools this fall before making their selection for next year. Principals, teachers and counselors will be at high school open houses to answer questions.

Tightened high school attendance rules for next fall mean most Southwest-area students will chose between the two high schools in transportation Zone 3: Washburn and Southwest.

Students can get transportation to out-of-zone schools to attend certain open-enrollment programs, like the All Nations and Open programs at South High School and North Specialty School. Students in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood have the additional choices of Edison and Patrick Henry high schools, both located in Zone 1.

The following high school open houses all start at 6:30 p.m.:

— Nov. 16: Washburn High School, 201 W. 49th St., 668-3400,

— Nov. 17: Southwest High School, 3414 W. 47th St., 668-3030,

— Nov. 18: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S., 668-4300,

— Nov. 19: Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Ave. S., 668-4800,

— Dec. 1: Thomas Edison High School, 700 22nd Ave. NE, 668-1300,

— Dec. 2: Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave. N., 668-2000,

— Dec. 3: North Specialty School, 1500 James Ave. N., 668-1700,