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Commissioner Cassellius to Celebrate Schools in Northern Minnesota

Schools serving American Indian students take center stage as state’s top education official visits local schools

ROSEVILLE – Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will visit schools in Northern Minnesota this week, recognizing them for their hard work and successes in educating students. With the release of this year’s Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), Cass Lake-Bena High School and Red Lake High School are no longer designated as Priority schools because of their substantial progress in raising achievement for all students and reducing achievement gaps.

Cassellius will also visit schools in Bemidji, including Jack & Jill Preschool, a four-star Parent Aware rated preschool operated in partnership by Bemidji Area Schools and Bemidji State University, and TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School, which has been designated as a Reward school three years in a row. Finally, the commissioner will speak at the 2013 Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference in Mahnomen, and tour White Earth Tribal & Community College.

WHAT: Northern Minnesota school visits and conversations with educators

WHO: Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and local school leaders

WHERE: Red Lake High School, 23990 Highway 1, Red Lake, MN 56671

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jack & Jill Preschool at Bemidji State Univ., 1500 Birchmont Dr NE, Bemidji, MN 56601

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

WHERE: TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School, 2400 Pine Ridge Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Cass Lake-Bena High School, 15308 State 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633

WHEN: 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23

WHAT: Keynote address, 2013 Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference

WHERE: Shooting Star Hotel, Casino Event Center, 777 S Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557

WHEN: 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23

WHAT: Tour with students and president

WHERE: White Earth Tribal & Community College, 124 S 1st St, Mahnomen, MN 56557

WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23