Education

Alec McFarlane one of several Edina students to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout before graduation.

Exploration. Achievement. The great outdoors. Many young fifth-graders, fresh out of Cub Scouts, find appeal in joining the Boy Scouts. Full of adventure and new friendships, scouting promises a world of self-discovery. Yet only 4 percent reach the Eagle Scout ranking—the highest honor. 

Edina Public Schools expect a modest enrollment increase of about 200 students over the next five years. The high school and Countryside and Highlands elementary schools are projected to see the largest spikes.

Sochi, Russia, will host the XXII Winter Olympic Games this month. Sochi is a large resort city on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. You may be surprised to learn that temperatures in this Russian city are typically warmer than in Minnesota this time of year.
   

Thanks to a locally devised and produced Android and iPhone application, sightseeing with your kids will never be the same. On a trip to Europe last summer, Mitch Zamoff asked his three kids to share their favorite part about Rome.

Creek Valley Elementary hosted a Parents' Night Out Casino Evening on November 8. All photos by Andreasen Photography.

Amelia Hauser, Liana Hazucha and Ellie Teien practice their French at Normandale Elementary French Immersion School.

Being bilingual is especially useful in today’s global economy. The process of learning a second language also provides students with neurological and cultural enrichment. Studies have shown that children in foreign language programs demonstrate greater cognitive development and creativity.

As high school students look forward to college, many will take the American College Test, or ACT. The ACT is a three-hour multiple-choice exam designed to measure academic achievement in five curriculum areas: English, mathematics, reading and science, Writing and reasoning.

Last winter, Edina government officials created the Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Fund (PACS) to increase the convenience, safety and route options for the city’s pedestrians and cyclists, especially for children who bike or walk to school.Now, with PACS as a supporting body, the City of Edina

A September harvest dinner for participants in the Lewis Park playground program, including their families and volunteers, will conclude growing-season activities for Edina’s first edible playground.

Edina High School (EHS) is starting off the school year by welcoming back, Troy Stein, this time as the new assistant principal and activities director.Stein began his high school teaching career at EHS in 1998, but left to teach at Chaska High School in 2004, and served as the assistant princip

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