Education

The Forest Lake Area School District announced that it is seeking members for a new facilities task force as a new facilities bond referendum approaches. The task force will be tasked with reevaluating school needs and recommending what elements of this year’s failed $188 million bond referendum should be brought forward into the new referendum, [...]

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“Being a scientist, to me, is more important than memorizing words.” That philosophy is one that Forest Lake Area High School biology teacher Bruce Leventhal has emphasized in his 23 years with the district. Whenever possible, he and his fellow biology teachers dig into the process behind their science rather than just focusing on the [...]

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After a decision last month to not bring a bond referendum to voters this fall, the Forest Lake Area School Board voted Sept. 4 to bring another facilities vote to the public on May 19, 2015, almost exactly a year after this year’s failed referendum on May 20. The decision came after a School Board [...]

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Olivia Koester ABC Newspapers This fall, when students arrive at Karner Blue, a new school in Blaine that serves the Forest Lake Area School District, they experience an educational environment like no other. Swings hang from the ceiling. Sensory rooms allow students to change the color of the walls and listen to music. Hallways curve [...]

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The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are statewide tests that measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Last week the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of reading, math and science tests taken in March, April and May. Students took the science test if they were [...]

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“When you look at traditional classrooms, it’s almost like they’re invented to make parents think they’re cute,” said Cheryl Smoczyk, early childhood support manager at Forest Lake Area Schools. Bright colors are everywhere, and stereotypical “kid stuff” lines the walls. However, she said, the Forest Lake district preschools don’t follow convention. When kids are inside, [...]

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