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Hastings High School students are doing well, according to Hastings High School Principal Mike Johnson. The students have shown improvement over last year's scores in the standardized tests and they are ahead of the state average scores. "We are very proud of the academic achievement and improvement from the last school year," he said. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests also have components that students must pass to graduate, known as Graduation Requirement Assessment for Diploma (GRAD).
More than 400 students, staff and parents went for a walk Friday afternoon on General Sieben Drive. They raised more than $42,000 to benefit St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The annual walk was the marathon for non-public schools and the school reached its goal again this year. The funds are designated for school projects not funded through the general budget. Reaching the goal also has an impact for Principal Jill Moes.
About 10 years ago, Penny Hamilton was featured in the Hastings Star Gazette for her very large collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia. Several years ago, she died due to heart-related problems and her husband donated many of the items. That said, there is still quite a collection in the Hamilton's Elvis room at the family home in Hastings. That collection will now help Hamilton's daughter, Kim Harvey, in her battle against ovarian cancer. More to the point, the Elvis collection will help her pay her bills during her ongoing treatment.
Many times, teachers throughout Hastings and the country supplement their school supply budgets with their own funds. Last week, Kennedy Elementary School fourth grade teacher Patty Novak got an unexpected boost to help keep her students supplied with necessary items for the year. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers nationwide with nearly $1.9 million in school supplies. At Kennedy, two OfficeMax representatives surprised Novak with flowers and a cart filled with $1,000 worth of school supplies.
One minute of exercise can help people stay focused. That's way the JAM (Just a Minute) School Program began last year in Hastings School District 200. The highlight came last Thursday, Sept. 27, at exactly 10 a.m. when about 600 students and staff at Pinecrest Elementary School exercised for one minute. They were part of the more than 1.2 million students and other school people across the country competing together to break the world record.
A "Spring Fling" at the end of April offered a catered dinner, fellowship, drawings, and the opportunity to raise additional funds for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and staff. This year, the Spring Fling committee allocated $6,500 in grant monies. Those grants were presented last week to school staff. The recipients are as follows: Emily Chandler - Digital audio recorder (helps with classroom music and band). Students can instantly play back and evaluate their performance to improve their music.
It will be back to school -- or, at least, a visit to one -- when the Denmark Township Historical Society holds a School Daze celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., and the 1852 Valley School, 13728 St. Croix Trail S. Members of the Denmark Township Historical Society have been holding a raffle to help in the restoration of the building they acquired earlier this year. The drawing for the prizes is at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the pavilion at the nature center. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., guests can visit the Valley School.
A 16-year-old Hastings High School student, Madeline Rose Sake, was killed Thursday evening in a two-vehicle crash just south of Hastings. The three people in the second vehicle were transported to Regions Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Lewiston Boulevard south of 190th Street. Lewiston Boulevard is a gravel road located in Marshan Township. Sake was driving a 2003 Kia and was the lone occupant of the vehicle. She was transferred by air ambulance to Regions Hospital in St.
From the entertaining and show-stopping names to the fine cuisine, to the desserts after the show, the Hastings Public School Foundation (HPSF) presents "An Uncommon Gathering ... A Star Filled Evening," at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Hastings High School Commons Area. Hastings Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) was founded by our community to provide funds for innovative learning opportunities not available through current public school funding.
Hastings School District is one of the many school districts throughout the state participating in Farm to School Month in Minnesota this September. Schools from all regions of the state will be taking part in the activities that connect K-12 students with healthy, fresh food grown locally. Participating schools will serve a wide range of foods from nearby farms ranging from sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers to cantaloupe and watermelon, among others. Many schools will also provide hands-on educational opportunities for students and community activities.