Friday, April 5, 2013
The team will soon head to St. Louis for the world championships.
Student engineers from Woodbury’s Math and Science Academy won the late-March robotics competition at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The win over 60 other squads in the Northstar Regional tournament moves the team to the world championships in St. Louis in about three weeks. There, the Fighting Calculators will take on 240 other robotics teams from across the world. The Math and Science Academy team also won two other awards at the Northstar event: one for team spirit and another for team safety. A team from East Ridge High School won the Excellence in Engineering award at the event. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Math and Science Academy expects the new building to be complete by next August.
The Math and Science Academy on Friday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $5 million gym/classroom facility. “We’ve got way too many students in that building,” Director Bob Kreischer said, pointing to the main complex for the charter school, which was founded about 13 years ago. The Woodbury school has a waiting list, Kreischer said, and the new structure will allow for smaller classrooms, performance space and physical education classes. Currently, students head over to the YMCA for 90 minutes each week. “To, me, that’s not having phy ed,” he said, adding that a gym teacher will likely be hired. The 30,400-square-foot facility, which will house 10 classrooms, is expected to be complete by next August, Kreischer said. Once built, …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Math and Science Academy is looking to build a new structure with a gymnasium and classrooms.
Plans for a new gymnasium/classroom facility at Woodbury’s Math and Science Academy took another step forward on Wednesday. The Woodbury City Council approved several measures for the 31,000-square-foot building set to be built north of school, which opened in 1999. The architecture will be identical to the existing school building, Community Development Director Dwight Picha said. The school's enrollment is expected to swell to about 500 by the 2016-17 school year, Picha said. MSA, a 6-12 school, has about 425 students now. “It’s been a very successful school,” he said. There were some concerns about parking brought up at Planning Commission meetings, but those have since been resolved. The council also approved issuing $11.5 million in …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Woodbury teenager completes major landscaping project; neighbor says it “looks like it was professionally done.”
It used to be a mini golf course. It’s a lot greener now. As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Robert Nelson on Sunday completed a wholesale landscaping renovation in a yard at Woodbury’s Math and Science Academy. While brainstorming ideas for the project, Robert noticed the old mini golf course—initially installed to teach students about the cell—had been neglected. “I’ve seen it slowly deteriorate,” said Robert, part of Troop 513 based out of Woodbury Baptist Church. “I’m like, There’s a big pile of dirt, I need to do this.” The work began in July, and with the school on board, he began making plans for new sod, plants and landscaping features. Asked how he gained the knowhow to create the project, Robert answered simply. “…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
They are among 16,000 high school students from across the country to be named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Several students from Woodbury schools have been named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: The local high school students are among 16,000 from across the country to receive this honor. Students qualify for the National Merit program by earning top scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The highest scoring entrants from each state are named semifinalists and go on to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by completing the application process, obtaining letters of recommendation, and demonstrating high academic performance. …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Previewing Wednesday night’s Woodbury City Council meeting.
The City Council on Wednesday is set to move forward on the Woodbury Drive expansion project and potentially approve issuing bonds for a new gym and classroom space at the Math and Science Academy. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Check out the full agenda. A public hearing on the Woodbury Drive expansion project is set for Wednesday night. Washington County is planning to expand the roadway from two lanes to four from Park Crossing to a quarter mile south of Bailey Road. Roundabouts are planned at the Lake and Bailey roads intersections. The work also includes concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, and turn lanes where appropriate. The council has two actions before it: ordering the project and entering a cooperative agreement…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Robert Kreischer will assume his new role on Aug. 1.
The Math and Science Academy announced Tuesday that the school has a new executive director, Robert Kreischer. The Math and Science Academy Board of Directors and a seven-member search committee—comprised of representatives from MSA staff and parent groups—engaged in a three-month search for a new executive director. In March, former director Paul Simone told the school he would not seek to extend his contract after the school year. “Assisting in the start-up process, teaching, and subsequently being the director of the Math and Science Academy was the absolute fulfillment of a long time professional goal for me,” Simone wrote on the Woodbury school’s website. “However, part of this goal requires that I recognize when I am no longer …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The school held the ceremony Thursday at Central Park.
Woodbury's Math and Science Academy held its 2012 graduation ceremony Thursday at Central Park. Twenty-five seniors received diplomas. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Teams from Woodbury, East Ridge and the Math and Science Academy will pit their robots against each other as part of a statewide competition this weekend.
The Final Four is this weekend. But there will be a hoops competition of another sort at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena. Teams of young engineers from Woodbury, East Ridge and the Math and Science Academy have been working for the past six weeks on robots whose job is to score buckets as part of the FIRST Robotics competition. (Extra points are awarded if teams can get their robot to balance on a ramp.) The competition runs March 29-31 at Mariucci, with 60 teams from across the metro bringing in their robots. The three winners will go on to a statewide competition. It is free to attend. Today marks a “build and practice day,” followed by tournament-style competition Friday, with advancing teams continuing Saturday, said Mark …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Paul Simone, in a note on the school's website, says he is “no longer personally in the best position to continue serving the Math and Science Academy.”
Paul Simone, director of the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, will not seek to extend his contract beyond this school year, according to a note on the school’s website. “Assisting in the start-up process, teaching, and subsequently being the director of the Math and Science Academy was the absolute fulfillment of a long time professional goal for me,” he wrote. “However, part of this goal requires that I recognize when I am no longer personally in the best position to continue serving the Math and Science Academy.” Simone said he plans to “pursue a change and renew my place in the professional world,” and added that he enjoyed being part of the Math and Science Academy, noting its status as a nationally recognized NCLB Blue Ribbon …