Please click here for more information about our “Día Celebration” on Thursday, May 12. You may still RSVP, even though the flier lists a May 9 deadline. Thank you and we hope to see you Thursday!
From now until April 15, please visit the Collaboration Nation Facebook page and vote for our video contest submission (shown above). We are competing against 12 other schools/districts for a monthly prize of $15,000, based on number of votes. Additionally, one grand prize of $50,000 will be awarded at the end of the contest, judged by a panel of three industry experts. Voters must be legal U.S. residents and 18 years or older, and each is allowed one (1) vote per Facebook user per day. We would very much appreciate your votes!
February 24 marked our first-ever Black History & Innovation Night, and it was a smashing success! Dozens of MELA families congregated for an evening of activities, beginning with a tour of our classrooms that included interaction with our students’ many technological devices. Parents also learned of our scholars’ recent studies of particularly influential African-Americans throughout America’s history:
• Ms. Ashwood’s class learned about Bill Robinson, a famous African-American tap dancer more commonly known as “Bojangles.” Our pupils proudly displayed their own replica tap shoes, each decorated in his memory.
• Ms. Weyhrauch’s class learned all about Ruby Bridges and shared the mobiles they made to celebrate her various accomplishments.
• Ms. Whitney’s class learned about Rosa Parks and made buses with “thank you” notes to Rosa for her bravery.
• Ms. Eaddy’s class learned about historical aspects of African-American culture and put together project boards that showcased their newfound knowledge.
• Ms. R’s class learned about African-American inventors and scientists and shared their research, conducted on Chromebooks, via a PowerPoint presentation.
Our families then dined together before taking in several performances by students, staff, and others. Our kindergartners kicked off the show with a performance of “Freedom, Freedom,” a song about peace. First and second grade followed with a beautiful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Next, the drumline from Minnesota Internship Center High School shared a rousing routine, and Ms. Caroline, her two daughters, Ms. Eaddy, and Dr. Ruth-Jarmon performed an inspirational interpretive dance. The night culminated with a performance of “Glory” by student Diante Clark alongside his parents, Tameya and Ty Robinson. Thanks to everybody who contributed, and enjoyed, a night to surely remember!