School Notes, May 11, 2022

Ellie Casement of Merriam Park, a 2018 graduate of Central High School, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study reef ecology in Roatan, Honduras. Casement will graduate this spring from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her year-long project will…

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School Notes April 27, 2022

William Gannon, 16, a pianist from Mendota Heights, won the Mariellen Jacobson Award as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Symphony Concert Association’s (YPSCA) 65th annual Concerto Competition for advanced student musicians in grades 7-12. In addition to cash…

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UST hopes to acquire Summit Avenue house

The University of Saint Thomas’ bid to own another house on Summit Avenue and include it within the campus boundary is meeting a mixed reaction from neighbors. The current owner of the home at 2037 Summit Ave. approached university officials…

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Walker West Music Academy outgrows Selby Ave. site

Braxton Haulcy likes to tell the story of how music changed his life. “I was a ‘D’ and ‘F’ student in second grade,” he said. When his mother got him started in piano lessons, his grades improved to A’s. Music,…

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Jie Ming Academy in line for $31M expansion this summer

The southwest aerial view of the addition planned for Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy. The popular Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy, 1845 Sheridan Ave., will be remodeled and expanded beginning this summer and continuing through summer 2023. The Highland District…

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Saint Paul teachers ratify new two-year contract

Wage and salary increases, an increase in mental health staff, maintaining the cap on class sizes and a one-time payment of $3,000 for teachers who continued to work throughout the pandemic are included in the new two-year contract between the…

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Town & Country Club declines UST’s offer to purchase golf course

Town & Country Club’s storied 18-hole golf course will not be sold to  the University of Saint Thomas to expand its campus and accommodate upgraded athletic facilities. The club’s board of directors on February 22 rejected UST’s unsolicited $61.4 million…

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School property transfer better late than never

The old Edgcumbe School is home to the Talmud Torah of Saint Paul and Cyber Village Academy. Fifty-seven years after the Saint Paul Public Schools became legally separated from Saint Paul city government, the process of transferring property ownership to…

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School Notes February 21, 2022

The Wizard of Oz will be presented by middle school students at Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 25-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 27, in Visitation’s DeSales Auditorium, 2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights.…

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UST can serve liquor at more spots on campus, with conditions

The University of Saint Thomas will be able to serve alcohol at several additional locations on its Saint Paul campus with the City Council’s approval of an amended liquor license on January 26. The new locations include the north athletic…

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A camp for every kid

Great River program gives children freedom to explore their interests. There is something for almost every child in the camps that will be conducted this summer by Great River School. The four-day sessions will focus on hiking, sailing, mountain biking…

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UST tests the waters for new arena, ballfields in Highland Park

Representatives of the University of Saint Thomas and Highland Bridge master developer Ryan Companies met on January 18 with the Highland District Council (HDC) Community Development Committee to discuss the possible construction of a new hockey arena and baseball and…

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