School Matters

Published 5:43 pm Friday, March 29, 2013

A.L. Destination ImagiNation teams do well at regional competition

Six Destination ImagiNation teams from the Albert Lea elementary and middle schools competed in Rochester on March 16. Destination ImagiNation is an organization that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving to students internationally. Volunteer managers meet with their team of three to seven students for several months prior to the competition. During this time, the team works on critical thinking, creative solutions and collaborative problem solving. At the tournament, teams showcase their skills as they compete in their chosen challenge of technical, science, fine arts, improvisational, structural or service learning. In addition, teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions as they compete in an instant challenge. The Albert Lea teams who participated on March 16 are:

• The Disco Chickens, coached by Jason Kraft

• The DI Dominators, coached by Anna Nordlocken

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• Kool Kid Kalculators, coached by Carol Johnson

• No. 1 Mega Minds, coached by Susie Neist

• Southwest Diva Team, coach by Marlyn Risius

• The Box Office, coached by Heather Sadauskis

Two teams, The Disco Chickens and The Box Office will progress to the state competition on April 20 at Champlin Park. The district wants to congratulate all participants.


Church Women United to offer scholarships

Church Women United is offering two $600 scholarships to any 2013 high school graduate of Freeborn County. Applications can be found at any of these churches: First Lutheran, Salem Lutheran, First Presbyterian, United Methodist, Trinity Lutheran, Ascension Lutheran, Central Freeborn Lutheran or St. Theodore Catholic Church.

Applications are also available at the guidance offices of Albert Lea High School, Alden-Conger School or Glenville-Emmons High School. Applications must be mailed by May 15 to Pat Goldman, 610 E. Park Ave., Albert Lea, MN 56007.


Students must sign up for AP exam

All AP students at Albert Lea High School who need to take an AP exam in that course must sign up and pay the $39 fee in advance. The deadline to do so is April 10.

All AP students and their parents received a bulletin and informational letter on March 26. Students can sign up and pay the fee at the guidance office.

Minnesota offers fee reductions for AP exam fees for students who meet the federal low-income guidelines. The AP exam schedule is as follows:
• 8 a.m. May 8: AP calculus
• 8 a.m. May 13: AP biology
• 8 a.m. May 15: AP government