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Soliday selected elementary education director
Echo Park Elementary School Principal Sally Soliday has been selected to be the next director of Elementary Education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Superintendent Jane K. Berenz announced March 20. Soliday started in District 196 as an elementary teacher in 1980 and has been principal at Echo Park since 1997. She will replace Julie Olson, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 38 years in the district, the last 11 as director of the Elementary Education Department.
Task force recommendations address safety, space and technology needs; survey is next
Safety and security, space for learning, and learning technology are the focal points of facilities and equipment recommendations developed by a District 196 task force over the past seven months and presented at the March 9 School Board meeting. "The final recommendations are intended to support continued safe and successful schools in District 196," said presenter Julie Olson, director of Elementary Education and one of three task force chairs. To review the recommendations presentation, click here.
Citizens sought for Budget Advisory Council
District 196 residents are invited to apply for membership on the Budget Advisory Council (BAC). The district is accepting applications through April 30 for four parent/guardian or other community resident positions. The terms of all four positions are for three years beginning July 1, 2015.
Parent leaders see 1-to-1 access in action
Students in Shellie Wilson's fourth-grade classroom at Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies showed parent leaders how they are using technology in their learning this year. Wilson's is one of 46 beta classrooms where each student has a district-owned iPad mini to use for their learning during school and at home. Parents Amy Sutton (left in photo) and Laurie Volpano were among a group of parent leaders and school site council members who talked with teachers and students in several beta classrooms during a technology learning journey sponsored by the Superintendent and Teaching and Learning departments March 17. The recommendations of the district's Strategic Planning Facilities and Equipment Task Force call for 1-to-1 student-to-device access for grades 4-12, phased in over three years beginning in 2016-17.
Apple Valley boys win state basketball title
The Apple Valley High School boys' basketball team won the Class 4A state championship over previously unbeaten Champlin Park 64-61 on March 14 at Target Center in Minneapolis. It is Apple Valley's second state basketball title in the last three years. The Eagles reached the championship game with victories over St. Michael-Albertville in the quarterfinal round and defending state champion Lakeville North in the semifinal round. The win over Champlin Park in the championship game avenged one of Apple Valley's two losses on the season, finishing at 30-2.
Hawks win state adapted floor hockey trophies
The Dakota United Hawks adapted floor hockey teams brought home the state championship in the cognitively impaired (CI) tournament and consolation championship in the physically impaired (PI) tournament March 13-14 in Bloomington.
Board considering attendance-area adjustment
The District 196 School Board is considering an attendance-area adjustment to a parcel of mostly undeveloped land in Apple Valley's southeast corner in order to maximize use of space at Highland and Parkview elementary schools. The board is expected to take action on the recommendation under old business at its next regular meeting on Monday, April 13.
Students witness naturalization ceremony
Students at Pinewood Community School in Eagan sat quietly and respectfully Tuesday afternoon as they watched and participated in a naturalization ceremony held in their school gymnasium. Twelve area residents who immigrated to the United States from 12 different countries became naturalized U.S. citizens during the ceremony on March 10. The students also participated in the ceremony by reciting the naturalization oath along with the 12 new citizens and third-graders were practiced to sing "You're a Grand Old Flag" as part of the ceremony.
Elementary magnets earn excellence awards
For the second year in a row, Cedar Park Elementary STEM School, Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies and Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science were all selected to receive School of Excellence awards from the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) organization.
Thirty qualify for national speech and debate
Thirty high school students in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools have qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Association tournament that will be held June 15-19 in Dallas. Students earned spots for the national tournament based on their performance at separate qualifying events that were held this winter.

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