DECA Students Advance to State
RAHS DECA members recently competed in the DECA District 2 competition and the following team members have advanced to the state competition in March: Emily Anderson, Baldemar Balderrama, Andrew Cepress, Hans Knutson, Joe Kraemer, Reilly Keenan, Sungmoon Lim, Ellie Martin, Nicki McElroy, Savannah Minnick, Jim Mooney, Maggie Ryan, and Van Oleson.
RAHS Debate Members Head to State
The RAHS Debate Team competed at the Section Five Tournament in early January. The teams comprised of Nathan Meyer and Dean Doneen, and Matt Lauer and Sophia Rossini advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row. They competed at the State Debate Tournament in late January.
Student Art Installed at Roseville Library
Roseville Area Schools students have a unique opportunity to showcase their talent while also sparking community discussions about cultural expectations at one of the busiest public libraries in the state. Join us on Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ramsey County Roseville Library as we unveil Artful Journeys, a collaborative art project created by Roseville Area Schools students and two visiting teaching artists. Students and teaching artists Wing Young Huie and Peyton Russell will be available to share about their experiences working on the art projects.
The Artful Journeys project brought culturally relevant teaching artists into schools to expose students to unique learning experiences that allowed them to embrace their own cultural heritage and helped guide dialogue around difference, both within the school community and in the community at large. The works of art that came from Artful Journeys are designed to spark conversation about social and cultural expectations and individual experiences.
THE TEACHING ARTISTS
Roseville Area High School and Fairview Alternative High School students worked with artist Peyton Russell to create large-scale graffiti art. Using typography as the basis of learning, Russell helped students explore the history and culture of graffiti while creating and experimenting with graffiti styles, lettering, and painting techniques. The final graffiti artwork will be hung in the teen room at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville.
Roseville Area Schools 6th graders and Fairview Alternative High School students worked with renowned photographer Wing Young Huie on his chalkboard project. Through the project, students learned photography and composition skills while exploring how visual imagery and media shapes who we are and how we think of ourselves. Selected student pieces will be hung in the Community Program Room.
The two art projects that will be installed at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville were made possible through a Minnesota State Arts Board Learning Grant.
Roseville Teacher Wins Elite National
Roseville Area Schools teacher Jenny Eckman was recently chosen as one of only 32 teachers from across the nation to receive a highly selective scholarship that will allow her to attend an Engineering is Elementary conference at the Museum of Science in Boston.
“When I return, I’ll be able to start using more engineering in my environmental science classes, in addition to being able to support engineering projects in other classrooms,” said Eckman, the Environmental Science Specialist at Harambee Elementary School.
The $2,500 scholarship Eckman received from Raytheon Corporation will help bring the nation’s leading elementary engineering curriculum to Harambee Elementary students.
Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a curriculum developed at the Museum of Science in Boston and is designed to easily integrate with a school’s current science curriculum. Each module is introduced through a fictional story about a young person solving a problem through engineering or science.
Eckman says she was drawn to the EiE program because of its emphasis on collaborative learning and creative problem solving.
“This seemed like a perfect match for Harambee and will fit with both our environmental science and community cultures foci,” said Eckman. “The scholarship allows me to not only bring the materials to our school, but also equips me with the knowledge of how to use them effectively.”
Eckman will attend the EiE training at the Museum of Science in Boston in the beginning of March, and plans to start integrating more engineering into her classroom upon her return.
“This is another tool for us as we make learning meaningful, engaging, and relevant for our students,” said Eckman.