High School Students
Minnesota could join other states in requiring high school students to pass a civics test before getting a diploma. A new bill at the Capitol would add the U.S. citizenship exam on civics to graduation requirements starting with the 2016-2017 school year. North Dakota and Arizona have already enacted similar laws.
While a new survey shows tobacco use by Minnesota high school students has declined in recent years, state health officials are concerned about the rising number of young people using electronic cigarettes. The state’s latest survey on youth tobacco use released Monday found one in in eight high school students used e-cigarettes recently.
Senior year in high school is a time of choices, changes, and transitions. It’s also a time of hard work, where students aren’t just focusing on the schoolwork at hand, but also getting ready for college.
Kimball Area High School is like most schools: kids getting ready for finals, and checking out their cell phones – except for one class. Katie Pettit teaches math, but this week, she’s also the keeper of the cell phones. She’s holding on to them 24/7 to teach her students a different kind of lesson.
Many say a summer job is a jumpstart to success. That’s why the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is coming to St. Paul Friday. He’s getting a look at a program that the city launched to help high school students get work experience. It’s called Right Track, a partnership between the city, the school district and businesses.
College board officials announced this week that an update to the SAT test is needed to make the exam more representative of what high school students study in class. The changes don’t go into effect until 2016, which means this year’s ninth graders will be the first to take it in their junior year. It’s a tough test that creates anxiety, and one that requires practice and sometimes even a tutor.
When most teens are taking a break from reading and writing, dozens of high schools students choose to spend their Saturday in a classroom. They are part of Minds Matter, an organization that helps low-income students prepare for college success over a three-year program. The Twin Cities chapter of Minds Matter was founded by Kelly Miller. “We’re trying to show them that there’s a lot that the world has to offer, and there’s a lot they can achieve,” Miller said.
Eric Zajkowski’s social studies class had a unique assignment on Thursday. The students spent their day outside on a cold parking lot in Arden Hills, which more closely resembled a Hollywood movie set. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in Zajkowski’s class at Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul are making public service announcement videos, and a powerful statement that can save lives.
A student in California decided to finish college before he’d even wrapped up his high school diploma.
A film festival celebrating the work of Minnesota high school students will be held Friday in Minneapolis.
As difficult as the recent recession has been, it’s taught many people some valuable financial lessons. Unfortunately, for many, the lessons learned came by way of a painful foreclosure, bankruptcy or a declining credit rating.
A bill under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature would try to keep teenagers in high school by blocking driver’s licenses for dropouts.
It’s an experiment in itself just to see how anyone can handle this cold. Howver, a group of eight graders from Hope Academy in Minneapolis proved that it is possible to have fun in sub-zero temperatures. In fact, this weather is down-right cool.
A new survey finds high school seniors in Minnesota are making better choices when it comes to seatbelt use, smoking and drunken driving.