Biology Students Restore Forest

High School Students at Mankato East learned the importance of conservation and restoration projects by learning hands-on in their School Forest. Led by the School Forest coordinator and science teacher, Julia Battern 120 students took part throughout the day, each spending about 2 hours removing buckthorn, a terrestrial invasive species. Randy Schindle, a DNR Private Lands Specialist taught students how to properly remove and treat buckthorn and gave a presentation on famous conservationists. The district's grounds managers supplied equipment and helped remove large branches and trunks from the forest. The project was completed after planting native woodland plants to help reestablish the forest and create a wildlife friendly habitat.
Health Occupations Class Prepares Students for Careers

The Introduction to Healthcare Occupations class took a recent field trip to Rasmussen College to preview the medical career programs offered.  Students were able to participate in hands-on activities to practice skills used by Medical Lab Technicians, Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Health Information Managers.  The Introduction course discusses many aspects of the healthcare industry and was fortunate to have the interactive opportunities at an area college.  One point of discussion was the opportunity for the Early Honors Program that allows Junior and Seniors in High School the option of taking college courses for credit, which often transfers to other colleges or universities.  Students also learned about the variety of Certificates, Associate, and Bachelor Degree programs that are offered in multiple fields of study.

Author Visits English Class

Mankato author Becky Fjelland Davis visited Cindy Olson's English 11 class on Nov. 6 to talk about her young adult novels, life as a writer, and the profound influence her recent visits to South Africa have had on her.  Davis, who is an instructor at South Central College, has taken several SCC student groups to South Africa in the past several years.  She showed pictures and talked about the aftermath of apartheid.  Olson's students have been discussing apartheid as part of their study of Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

Senior Photos Needed for Yearbook!!

We need your photos for the 2014-15 Spirit Yearbook!! It is simple to create an account and upload your photos!  Please label them!!! (For example, summer pictures, baby pics, etc.)
SENIORS!! Your graduation pictures and baby pictures are due Dec. 1st!!!! Don't miss out on being included in the yearbook!  
Go to or the Mobile App to create an account.   If you need to scan your photos, there are scanners available in the media center.
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