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Students attending Bloomington Career and College Academy (BCCA) earned more than 1,400 college credits and dozens of professional certificates. These figures cap off a successful eighth year for the program.

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Liz Lodermeier will become the new Principal of Indian Mounds Elementary School, effective July 1. Lodermeier has been the dean of students at Valley View Elementary School for the past four years.

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Olson Middle School eighth grader, Sylvan Redish, is the winner of a national competition showcasing students’ knowledge and skills of using digital mapping technology to teach viewers about a researched topic.

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Oak Grove Middle School Principal Brian Ingemann has accepted a one-year interim appointment to lead Ridgeview Elementary School for the 2023-24 school year. He will replace Carey Seeley Dzierzak who has accepted a principal position at Webster Elementary

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Jefferson High School juniors Kehan Chen and Kailey Tan, and seniors Will Moen and Darian Whittet qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) National Tournament. The event will take place in Phoenix, Ariz., from June 11-16.

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FIRST Lego League Robotics Team #41748 won the Championship Award for the second year in a row at the Minnesota State Championship in February, sending the team to the international FIRST Championship last month.

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Jefferson Theatre Company’s production of “Les Misérables” received numerous honors from Spotlight Education, a program of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. The cast will perform a musical selection from the show at the Spotlight Showcase.

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Jefferson High School juniors Matthew Ouellet, Shane Ross and Paul Wakeham earned perfect scores on the American College Test (ACT).

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Bloomington Community Education is excited to announce the return of Camp Invention, an engaging STEM summer camp for students in grades K-6. The camp will run June 12-19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Middle School.

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Bloomington Educational Cable Television (BEC-TV) recently won two Student Production Awards from the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation for Best Live Sports Production.

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Cristin Caruso will become the new principal of Normandale Hills Elementary School, effective July 1. Caruso is replacing Dr. Andrew Vollmuth, who is leaving after 16 years to become the new superintendent of New Prague Area Schools.

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Oak Grove and Olson middle schools had nine students advance to the State History Day contest held at the University of Minnesota in April.

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Bloomington Public Schools and its business and civic partners collected over 11,300 pounds of non-perishable food and $14,495 in monetary donations during its week-long District-wide Food Drive earlier this month.

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Valley View Middle School presents its spring musical ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’ May 4-6. Tickets are $7 and are available at kennedychoirs.org/mermaid or at the door thirty minutes prior to showtime.

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Bloomington Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate increased from 76.4 percent in 2021 to 80.9 percent in 2022. The state’s four-year graduation rate rose slightly to 83.6 percent, a 0.2 percent increase.

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Kennedy Theatre Company presents its spring play ‘James and the Giant Peach’ May 5-7 in the Kennedy High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

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The Jefferson chess team placed third in the State High School Chess Championship, including three students finishing in the top 20.

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Jefferson Theatre Company presents its spring musical “Les Misérables” April 20-23 and April 27-30 in the Jefferson High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

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CSisElementary and CSforAll inaugural award program, CS100 Awards, recognized Indian Mounds, New Code Academy and Poplar Bridge elementary schools for committing to teach computer science (CS) to K-5 students for a minimum of 10 hours. 

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Jefferson and Kennedy high school students competing in simulated business scenarios earned recognition at the Minnesota DECA conference in March.

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