Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The students demonstrated leadership, smart decision-making, and conducted themselves with sincere courtesy.
Excellence in academics, good decision-making, involvement in extracurricular activities, and treating others with respect led 12 students to win a Courtesy and Respect award. "This is quite an honor — we take a lot of pride in choosing these students," said St. Michael-Albertville High School Principal Bob Driver. "It's an honor to have these students step up in the classroom and be leaders." The 12 STMA High School students and their parents were honored at the Dec. 17 school board meeting, when Driver said they were chosen from approximately 350 students in the school. Superintendent Jim Behle said the award not only recognizes students, but also their parents. "You are your child’s first and foremost teacher," Behle said. He continued …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A few important items that might serve as a handy-dandy reference as you settle into your back-to-school routine.
Five things every parent (and student) should know before heading out the door for the first day of school today. 1. Start times: Remember, each level of education (there are four in the St Michael-Albertville School District) start and wrap up at a different times. Morning kindergarten students at Albertville Primary start their day at 7;45 a.m. and are released at 10:15 a.m. Afternoon session starts at 11:30 a.m., with dismissal at 2 p.m. Full-day kindergarteners (Kindergarten Express) are in class from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elementary students (St. Michael, Big Woods, Fieldstone) are in session from 7:45 a. m. to 2:15 p.m. Middle School Students (STMA East and West) run from 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. After-school activities for middle-schoolers…
Friday, June 22, 2012
A special night for eighth-grade WEB leaders included a top secret mission in their future home.
Imagine being an eighth-grader and getting to sneak in to your future high school, making your way to the principal’s desk, trying on his sport coat and leaving a special, colorful message on the wall. A few eighth-graders from St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East got to do just that a couple of weeks ago, as they bid farewell to the WEB (Where Everyone Bleongs) program via a year-end bash organized by team leaders and principal Jennifer Kelly. “It was a chance for them to celebrate what they’d done, and we reached out to some organizations that were just a big help. It turned out to be a very memorable night,” Kelly said. First, the event–designed as a “lock out, lock in,” was given a bus from Don’s Bus Service in Albertville, the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Watch them walk! The Class of 2012 made its way into the gym at St. Michael-Albertville High School Friday night.
It's that moment you never forget. The smiles coming from the seniors representing the Class of 2012 at St. Michael-Albertville High were almost as bright as the evening sun that shines in this video. STMA graduated nearly 300 seniors Friday night in its annual ceremonies. Principal Bob Driver presented his first class to the STMA School Board. Congratulations to all seniors, parents and STMA teachers and staff.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
A class that will be forever remembered as the first under principal Bob Driver, and for the emotional roller-coaster it had to endure, held its commencement ceremonies Friday night.
St. Michael-Albertville High School valedictorian Kevin Caron addressed his 294 other classmates with a bit of what his Principal Bob Driver like to call "pinache." "What people think of you matters. Of course it does. And if being seen as a class the emerged from this year, going through what we did, as compassionate and a group of leaders, than I want it to matter. It should matter," Caron said. Fellow honor student Elyssa Eull served as the class' president and master of ceremonies of the event, which lasted about 90 minutes Friday night in front of a full house at the St. Michael-Albertville High gym. Michael Bruner served at salutatorian. Prior to the ceremony, Driver gathered his first-ever graduating group into the high school's…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Nearly 300 students join the ranks of alumni after Friday’s ceremonies.
Some senior classes–on the days they’re dismissed from school by the administration and staff for an official “senior skip,” or, more politically, correct, “senior appreciation” day–decide to head on a class outing. For the Class of 2012, perhaps a trip to Valleyfair would be in order, since it’s been one roller coaster of a year. That ride comes to an emotional end tonight, as nearly 300 seniors will join the ranks of alumni at the annual commencement ceremonies, set for 7:30 p.m. The event is, as usual, closed to the public at large. Seniors are given a handful of tickets to share with family and friends, filling the St. Michael-Albertville High School gym for the event. This year’s class has featured nearly 60 honor students, had nearly…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Central Minnesota Resource and Training Solutions center honored more than 170 seniors for their excellence in academics and performance outside of the classroom. Four from St. Michael-Albertville were recognized in the group.
An evening filled with accolades, best wishes, and congratulations marked the 25th annual Resource Training and Solutions Students of Excellence awards banquet. Over 650 people attended the event honoring the area’s top high school seniors. For the past 25 years, Resource Training has nearly 4,000 students from the 40+ high schools across a 10-county service region. This year, the organization gave a salute to 171 seniors from 40 high schools of Central Minnesota. Honored from St. Michael-Albertville High School were Michael Bruner, Kevin Caron, Cory Rothstein and Marshall Smith, who were accompanied by high school principal Bob Driver.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Paraprofessional Recognition Week salutes an essential cog in the St. Michael-Albertville School District wheel.
Not many would argue with the fact that teachers have a tough job. With so many different learning abilities to cater to, so many different mandates to follow and so much prep work involved in educating our children, one wonders how they manage to give each child that personalized learning experience they need. One of their biggest "secret weapons" is the schools’ paraprofessional staff, the school employees whose job descriptions run deep and wide. Paras step in to give excelling students extra challenges and struggling students or special needs students the extra time and assistance they need to get that “aha!” moment. They step into the classroom to read with the class and give teachers important individual or small-group time with …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Never has one person had a community of 22,000 people rally behind him the way Luke Letellier has in 2011. Why “Team Luke” means so much to so many boils down to one thing: You wish you had a son/friend/brother like him.
As his friends and classmates lined the bleachers of the St. Michael-Albertville High School gymnasium Tuesday, Dec. 21, Luke Letellier decided to provide a bit of entertainment. He propped his wheelchair up on its back wheels, and began to roll around the basketball court. “I’m gonna take a lap,” he said with a smile. He made it about half way. Luke’s story, and the story of the Letellier family, is well known. The now 16-year-old young man found out he had a rare form of childhood cancer about two and a half years ago. Doctors examined pain in Luke’s leg and found a tumor. Almost immediately, they determined it was ARMS (alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma), and that Luke was in for the fight of his life. For more than a year, he endured …