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In full uniform, with gold badges clinging to their belts, 11 special agents with the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation unit stood ready as accounting students from Bemidji State University filled the room on Friday. "Welcome to the Adrian Project," Special Agent Janet Oakes told the more than 80 students, after welcomes from BSU president Jon Quistgaard and College of Business, Technology and Communication Dean James Maxwell. BSU is the first college-level institution in Minnesota to host the Adrian Project operated by the St.
Doing his best to impersonate the "loveable furry old Grover" from Sesame Street, Kevin Cease amused youth-work professionals as he read from a children's book in his opening talk, highlighting the importance of overcoming fears. The fifth annual Evergreen House two-day conference started Thursday and continues from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.
Even with gains in reading scores for most student groups in Minnesota, achievement gaps in gender and race have narrowed very little in 17 years, according to national test scores released Wednesday. The 2009 "Nation's Report Card," which reports the findings of the National Assessment of the Educational Progress, showcases reading scores from fourth-graders and eighth-graders across the country. On the national front, only six states significantly outperform Minnesota's fourth-graders in reading and just three states significantly outperform the state's eighth-graders in the same subject.
Spring officially sprung Saturday and it's looking to be a warmer one. Bemidji State University's baseball team had its earliest home opener ever on record Sunday, March 21, ending its four-game series Monday against Wayne State. Previously, the earliest BSU baseball home opener was on March 27, 2007. The Bemidji Town & Country Club's driving range opened Wednesday.
A school-based workgroup led by three Bemidji School District leaders are working together to rethink school food. This spring, a school garden will be built at Solway Elementary School, with the intention of providing the students, families, staff and the community of Solway a practical approach to nutrition. The garden is one of several efforts by the workgroup, led by Bemidji School District nurse Sue Nokleby, Community Education coordinator of Kids & Company Susan Shelquist and Bemidji Schools' food service coordinator Marleen Webb, to promote positive, healthy foods in schools. Approxi
School lunches are an important part of students' academic experience, says Marleen Webb, Bemidji Area Schools' food service coordinator. On March 10, head cooks from Bemidji High School, Bemidji Middle School and Bemidji elementary schools received specialized training from chef Howard Smith, a culinary consultant from Appert's Foodservice. Bemidji Schools is in its second year of a two-year contract with Appert's Foodservice. "Our purpose is to promote nutritious eating," Webb said.
The days of practicing a handful of fire drills and a tornado drill in school are things of the past. Significant school tragedies within the past decade have school officials and leaders focused more on threat prevention and readiness. Students who feel safe in school tend to achieve greater academic success, say the Minnesota Department of Education.
Bemidji Schools is one step closer to having a week-long spring break next year. The school board voted 5-1 to approve the second reading of the revised 2010-11 school calendar option that would start on Sept. 7 and end on June 9 for students. It would include 172 student days, 182 teacher days and a week-long spring break in March. Steven H.
"Vigorous interventions" by the Obama Administration to turn around under-performing schools has state school leaders making plans for a visit from the Minnesota Department of Education. While receiving a poor performance review isn't good news, some area school leaders hope for the best from the federal funding, instead of preparing for the worst. In the North-Central region, Ponemah Elementary and Red Lake Senior High School in the Red Lake School District, Cass Lake-Bena Secondary and Waubun Secondary qualify for receiving federal funding through the School Turnaround Grants, as they are
Bemidji High School choir selected to perform in Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall on Friday Bemidji High School's A Cappella Choir was selected as one of 15 choirs in six states to give a special performance Friday, March 5, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The choir was selected to perform as part of the North-Central American Choral Directors' Association conference from March 3-6. Every two years, the North-Central Division of the ACDA hosts a conference in which it features 15 top choirs.