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The logo of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School says it all - "Aim Higher." They do, and will continue to do so, said principal Dr. Jill Moes. "We are aiming higher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School," she said. "Catholic schools develop the minds, hearts and spirits of our children in a faith-centered community. Catholic education prepares students for the day when they will bring their gifts of faith and reason to the challenges of our world." The school's position within the church community and the larger Hastings community has been established for years.
About 5,000 students return to classes next week in Hastings area schools. For some, the first day of classes is Tuesday, Sept. 4. The rest begin class on Wednesday, Sept. 5. High school The first day for ninth grade students and students new in grades 10, 11 and 12 will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Hastings High School. This will be a full day of school, running from 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., with the purpose of easing the transition into Hastings High School.
Most of the retailers, including those here in Hastings, have had their "Back to School" items in stock and on the shelves for a month. Now, the "think" portion of returning to school is turning to the reality. Hastings High School has sent out letters about the first day of school and upcoming meetings to both students and parents. Only ninth grade students and students new to Hastings will report to the school Tuesday, Sept. 4. This will be a full day of school -- 7:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. -- with the purpose of easing the transition to the high school.
Hastings residents can cast their first ballots of the 2012 election season Tuesday, Aug. 14. The Minnesota state primary election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. The City of Hastings has one primary race - the 1st Ward City Council seat. Incumbent Anthony (Tony) Alongi is being challenged by Michael (Mike) Grady and Justin Westman. The number of candidates for this position must be reduced to two for the November general election. Profiles of Alongi and Westman appear below.
For hours last week, sometimes in almost unbearably hot and humid air, 80 Hastings High School students moved quickly throughout the school's student parking lot. The school's marching band was holding its summer camp, and its members were learning the music and steps for the team's upcoming shows and competition this fall season. The preview show is Wednesday, Sept. 5, at third year in the marching band. He is having a great time. "I joined the band through my sister, who said it was super cool and awesome and I've loved it," he said.
Many people, their families and friends have had their lives touched and changed by cancer. Some of those same people will participate in this year's Hastings Bridge to a Cure event scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Hastings High School parking lot, 200 General Sieben Drive. A total of 17 teams have registered for this year's event. "We're adding something special to the luminary lighting ceremony--everyone is invited to be a part of it," said co-chair Karen Moore. The evening also includes Stillwater poet Bill McCarthy, who will read two of his poems.
A community band was formed two years ago in the Hastings and it continues to perform at concerts. The group - River Valley Band - kicks off the 2012 summer outdoor concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. The River Valley Band was founded in November 2010 by Karen Banaszewski, Deb Saunders and Dee Larson. The band was initially conducted by Bob Casperson (retired Hastings High School band director).
When Hastings resident and active Hastings High School Alumni Association member Bob Dodge was very sick, he told his daughters Denise Atkinson and Val Youngren not to let the alumni association he cared so much about disband. Dodge died several years ago, but that message stayed with his daughters. Atkinson is now the president and Youngren a board member of the organization, which is planning its annual banquet for Sept. 29 at the Hastings Country Club. "What is important to me is this concept that our school, the high school, is the center of culture for the community," said Atkinson.
It's show time! After weeks of rehearsals, learning lines, lyrics and movements, Black Dirt Theater Company's production of "The Sound of Music" opens this week at Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive. More than 100 performers from this area have been cast in this production, many of whom are students, teachers and staff in the Hastings School District. The project also involves a full community orchestra/band, giving another avenue for the talent of the community to be shown.
Newly-completed totem poles are now displayed at the Pleasant Hill Library . The brightly-colored artwork is the project of 15 students in this summer's Hastings Middle School Art Camp, under the direction of Elizabeth Carroll. The totem poles were the culmination of the four weeks of hand-on experience for the students, which included other projects and a field trip to the Borner Farms in Prescott, Wis.