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Enrollment increases slightly again this year
For the second year in a row, total enrollment in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools increased slightly over the previous year, according to the official October enrollment report presented to the School Board Oct. 13. The 2014 report shows there were 27,412 students enrolled in District 196 schools on Oct. 1 this year. That is 210 students (0.77 percent) more than last October and it represents the second straight increase after nearly a decade of small annual declines in enrollment.
Fifty-five seniors earn National Merit recognition
Fourteen District 196 high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program and another 41 are being recognized as National Merit commended students based on tests they took last year. The names of semifinalists and commended students in this 60th annual scholarship program were released Sept. 10 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Three district teams qualify for state cross-county
The Eagan High School girls' cross-country team took first place in the Section 3AA championship October 23 to qualify for the state tournament run November 1 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The Eastview High School girls' and Rosemount High School boys' teams finished second in the section finals to also qualify for their respective state tournaments.
Students named to state middle-level honor choirs
Nineteen District 196 middle school students were selected by recorded audition to participate in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) 2014 honor choirs. The students have been working with their respective choirs this fall in preparation for an all-day festival and concert November 22 in Mahtomedi. To see the names of the honor choir students in District 196, click here.
Engstrom is new special education coordinator
District 196 Superintendent Jane K. Berenz today announced the hiring of Dakota Ridge School Teacher Andrea Engstrom to be a coordinator for the Special Education Department, starting Nov. 1. Engstrom will replace Jessica Hoida, who will continue with the district as a school psychologist for Echo Park Elementary and Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science.
Eagan girls advance to state soccer semifinals
The top-seeded Eagan High School girls' soccer team defeated Hopkins 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class AA state tournament October 21 and will play Centennial in the second semifinal game on Tuesday, October 28, 5 p.m. at St. Cloud State University Stadium. In the boys' tournament, Rosemount High School was eliminated by Maple Grove 2-0 in the quarterfinal round October 21.
Budget Advisory Council to meet October 29
The District 196 Budget Advisory Council (BAC) will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the District Office in Rosemount. Topics for the Oct. 29 meeting include the audit review for fiscal year 2014; the official October 1 enrollment report; financial plan assumptions; an update on the 2014-15 levy certification process, and plans for community focus groups as part of the district's Strategic Planning Facilities and Equipment Task Force process.
Be an educated voter and vote on November 4
There is not a referendum question or School Board election on the ballot in District 196 this year, but many important city, state and federal leadership positions will be filled. As an organization dedicated to learning, District 196 encourages all eligible voters to learn about the candidates and questions, and participate in the process by voting on Tuesday, November 4. To quickly find out where you vote and see what will be on your ballot, click here.
Rosemount band finishes fifth at super regional
The Rosemount High School marching band finished fifth out of 64 top bands that participated at the Bands of America Super Regional Championships Oct. 17-18 in St. Louis. Rosemount finished second in the preliminary competition for Class AAA and won special awards for outstanding visual performance and outstanding general effect. Fourteen bands from four different classes advanced to the finals, where Rosemount finished fifth overall. The Eastview High School marching band also participated, finishing eighth in the preliminary competition and 22 overall.
AP scholar honors bestowed upon 744 students
The College Board recognized 744 District 196 high school students for their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) course exams taken during the 2013-14 school year. There are four different categories of AP scholar recognition that are defined by the scores received and the number of AP exams taken during a student's high school career. To see the names of District 196 students recognized in each category, click here.
Free Parent Education Conference November 1
District 196 Community Education will hold its ninth annual parenting conference on November 1 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eastview High School. Click here to learn more about keynote speaker Ada Alden and the more than 20 breakout workshops. Childcare will be available.
State MMR score increased for majority of schools
More than half of the schools in District 196 improved their Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) score this year and two elementary schools were selected for recognition as "reward schools," according to results released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Oct. 1.

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