Education

  School board discusses 2020-21 school year plans

The school year is planned to begin later than usual on Sept. 8 and the district is forming workgroups to discuss how operations will proceed in regards to social distancing guidelines.

  Surprise parade held for principal retiring after 31 years

  Mankato Area Public Schools led their 3D printing capabilities in community partnership to gift 800 masks to frontline workers

  Book distribution intended to spark poetic creativity for students

  SpaceX launch delayed because of bad weather

  Two Mavericks earn NSIC’s top student-athlete honors

  Local 4-H’ers say cancelled Minnesota State Fair was about much more than cookies and corn dogs

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  Senior Spotlight - Rahma Janac

  Loyola Catholic School holds drive-in graduation

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota announces tentative reopen date

  Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School graduates seniors

John Lustig joins Mankato Area Public Schools as director of administrative services

  Mankato Area Public Schools finalizing hybrid summer school plans

  Minnesota FFA State Convention goes virtual

Originally planned for April, the Minnesota State FFA Convention has had to switch to a virtual convention this week.

  Mankato Area Public Schools holding individual graduation ceremonies

Individual students and families are scheduled for a visit to their high school where they're recorded walking across the stage in their cap and gown to receive their diploma.

  New Ulm Club’s longest standing banquet of its kind forced to take a different route with current climate

The New Ulm Club is responsible for the long standing banquet that honors senior athletes from New Ulm Cathedral, Minnesota Valley Lutheran and New Ulm High School.

  Lafayette Charter School celebrates 20 years of education

Lafayette Charter School reflects and celebrates 20 years of education.

  South Central College still accepting enrollment for summer courses

  Sleepy Eye Public School says farewell to its seniors

  Latest executive order gives school districts option to implement summer hybrid learning

  Collaboration designed to spread the family nursing philosophy

  Mankato students participate in national NASA competition

  One of New Ulm’s own awarded Golden Apple

  Springfield senior’s graduation petition gaining support

He started an online petition that now has more than 11,000 signatures, pushing for his class of 42 to have a chance at a traditional, yet socially distanced graduation.

  Despite online learning and COVID-19, MSU enrollment up

Looking ahead to the fall, enrollment is up about 3%

  Department of Education advises against graduation ceremonies

The Minnesota Department of Education has officially advised schools against holding any in-person graduation and commencement ceremonies this year, causing frustration for students and their parents.

  SCC VP of student and academic affairs chosen for national presidential fellowship

The Aspen Rising President's Fellowship aims to advance student success.

  How 2020 college grads can still start a career during COVID-19

College seniors are finishing their degrees online. Now, they're wondering how to get ahead in a less than healthy job market.

  Sleepy Eye Public honors graduates

Bummed that the seniors may miss out on events like graduation commencement, prom and their class trip, school officials wanted to show a little appreciation for the group.

  University sends personalized commencement-in-a-box packages to each graduate, will launch special website

Minnesota State University, Mankato is rolling out a special website among other plans to celebrate its 2020 spring semester student graduations.

  Teachers keep bonds by reading bedtime stories to students

With distance learning, it’s a challenge for teachers to build a strong connection with their students but one group of local teachers has found the perfect way to strengthen that bond.

Mankato Area Public Schools surpasses 100,000 meals given out during pandemic

On day one, just 496 meals were given out. Since then, it has grown over 1,000%.

  New Ulm teachers show appreciation for students

It may be Teacher Appreciation Week, but faculty and staff at Jefferson Elementary in New Ulm came together Monday to show students just how much they appreciate them.

  Mankato teachers honored as Teacher Appreciation Week begins

Throughout this week, the community honors those teachers whose role is perhaps even more essential during these trying times.

  International students stuck in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

Remember Me Too is a group that has been formed at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who says international students have been forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Enrollment now open for FOCP Weekend Summer Feeding Program

Feeding Our Communities Partners summer program delivers packs of food for students in need of weekend food assistance in the summer months

  Blue Earth County Library launches no contact pick-up

The Blue Earth County Library’s Mankato location announced that it is providing contactless pick-up for library materials beginning Monday, May 4.

  GiveMN launches #GiveAtHomeMN to help nonprofits, schools across state

GiveMN has raised millions of dollars for Minnesota-based causes with its annual Give to the Max Day, but the nonprofit organization is seeking to help Minnesotans who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Waseca students get to see educators in-person for final time of school year

Hundreds of vehicles lined Highway 13 in Waseca as families and students waited to see their teachers quite possibly for the first time since schools were closed in March.

  Story time moves outdoors for a socially distant drive-in experience

The North Mankato Taylor Library finds a new way to bring story time to children in the area.

2020 Spirit of Youth Award honorees announced

William Hanson, Alexander Leasman and Owen Phelps

  Seven MNSU educators and faculty honored; out of 50 statewide

Those seven faculty members from MNSU were honored out of a group of 50 professors and personnel across 37 colleges and universities statewide.

  Minnesota schools serve 6.6 million meals to students

The Minnesota Department of Education reports more than 6.6 million meals have been served at around 330 school districts during the first three weeks of distance learning.

  Pandemic forces many to change spending habits

During these unprecedented times, Siebold says it would be wise to learn more about money, a budget and how to make money.

  MNHS furloughs half of staff, encourage pandemic documentation

This comes as a result of having to stay closed through some of the busiest times for historical sites as field trips will be canceled and on-site visits will not be allowed.

  Living through history: a historical perspective

With the pandemic gripping the globe, we are living through history.

  Proposed measure could expand protections for hourly school workers’ pay

State lawmakers revisit talks of a possible measure aimed at protecting hourly school workers’ pay.

  School districts weigh options for distance learning, graduation

When Walz announced he was temporarily closing schools in March, many questioned if they would reopen before the end of the school year. That question was answered Thursday, and despite previous hopes of schools reopening, districts prepared for the inevitable suspension anyway.

  New Ulm Eagles Unified Booster Club honors senior class of 2020

The New Ulm Eagles Unified Booster Club taking action to honor the high school senior class of 2020.

  Research duo at Minnesota State Mankato raising the bar

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s undergraduate research program is one of the top programs not only on campus, but nationwide.

  Distance learning extended through end of current school year; plan to return up to 100,000 workers to jobs

This action will allow 80,000-100,000 Minnesotans to return to work in industrial, manufacturing, and office settings on Monday, April 27

Iowa Lakes Community College moves forward with new farm lab facility after board approval

Iowa Lakes Community College announced Wednesday that it is moving forward with plans to construct a new farm lab facility.

BREAKING: Gov. Walz expected to announce MN public schools to remain closed for rest of current academic year

The official announcement is expected at 2:00 this afternoon. KEYC News Now will carry it live on KEYC CBS.

Mankato Area Public Schools opens registration for preschool program

The 2020 to 2021 afternoon programs will be offered at the Early Childhood Center, Family Learning Center, Franklin Elementary School and Rosa Parks Elementary School.

  Earth Day turns 50

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 when a Senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues.

  Colleges adjust admission standards as COVID-19 cancels SAT, ACT exams across the nation

Many SAT and ACT exams across the country have been canceled, creating a rather large issue for admission offices that require a test to be taken.

  The impact of depicting a moment in history through dioramas

Max’s Dioramas have given people a new, fresh way of remembering history.

  U of Minn. to freeze tuition next school year

The University of Minnesota will freeze tuition for most students next school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Minnesota schools take part in the 'Be the Light’ initiative

Many schools in the state are turning on the lights at athletic fields on weeknights as a way to honor those impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  Graduating students face job search challenges amid COVID-19

Education experts offer job searching advice for graduating students amid COVID-19.

  Registration open for Camp Maverick Rec N’ Read

The nursing department at Minnesota State University Mankato is back with its literacy intervention and recreation camp this summer but this time it’s going virtual.

  Many SCC students taking advantage of pandemic situation

The program is a good example of local business and education coming together for a mutually beneficial cause.

  Blue Earth Area School District holds social distancing parade to lift students’ spirits

Staff cheered from their cars while families waved from their homes.

  SCC gets creative during unprecedented times

Now, with all the students at home, the robot is now being used as a greeter, allowing students to come in and get questions answered by an employee.

  Iowa governor: K-12 schools won’t resume classes this year

Reynolds says the state has not reached its peak of positive coronavirus cases yet, and data doesn’t indicate it’s safe to reopen schools.

Mankato Area Public Schools announces trio of elementary principal changes

Brian Grensteiner has emerged as the top candidate to become the principal at Franklin Elementary School, while Mollie Meyer is the top candidate to lead Hoover Elementary School into the future.

  Mankato high schools team up to recognize 2020 senior class with lawn signs

Personalized signage for seniors at Mankato West, Mankato East, Loyola and Central schools are making their way around the city.

  Update on Fairmont Area Schools distance learning

Teacher, parent communication support help educate Fairmont's larger elementary population from home

  Colleges and universities offering virtual visits for students

Colleges like Bethany Lutheran College are now offering virtual visits and more interactive or one-on-one video sessions.

  Families and distant learning: Why communication is key

Minnesota’s Education Commissioner discusses the important of communication between educators and parents amid distant learning in the wake of COVID-19.

  Minnesota Department of Education cancels MCA tests amid COVID-19 outbreak, distance learning

With students taking part in distance learning until at least May, the Minnesota Department of Education has canceled the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) for this school year.

  Minnesota State’s Athletic Band lifts spirits with creative video

Members of the band produced and submitted a video of them playing the rouser, which is often heard at sporting events.

  Week two of distance learning is in the books

Teachers and students beginning to settle into their new norm relying on technology to communicate, as week two of distance learning is officially in the books.

  Tri-City United, St. James school districts name next superintendents

Tri-City United School District selects Lonnie Seifert to be its next superintendent; St. James School District selects Steve Heil

  LCWM Elementary 5th graders react to online learning

Distance learning has a new dynamic, but students are making the adjustment.

  Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial staff take home the Golden Apple

The next recipient of the Golden Apple award isn't one teacher this time around, but rather all the staff at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Elementary.

Mankato Area Public Schools to close playgrounds to combat COVID-19

The district still encourages students and families to enjoy the outdoors while following social distancing guidelines

Iowa Lakes joins community in making 3-D printed PPE for front line workers

On Monday, April 6, Iowa Lakes Community College delivered 58 face bands to Lakes Printing to help fill an order for AVERA Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.

Iowa Lakes Community College postpones spring commencement ceremony

“We highly encourage students that had planned to attend the spring ceremony in May to take part in the July ceremony. It is so important to celebrate the hard work put into earning that degree,” Williams added.

  International students face financial adversity, unemployment as campus remains closed

Many of them seek employment through the university which is one of their only means to earn money due to their student visa status.

Iowa Lakes Community College announces opening of summer, fall registration

Iowa Lakes Community College announced Monday that summer and fall class registration is now open to current and incoming students.