Monday, February 4, 2013
Bands and choirs from 11 schools will flock to Armstrong High School Monday for the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival.
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School students don’t have class on Monday, but that doesn’t mean that the school won’t be full of activity. Band and choir members from 11 different schools will be at the school participating in the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival--a day-long event where students perform and critique various pieces of music. According to the festival website, student-musicians write their own concert critiques and share them with their director, which gives kids the opportunity to “listen to music with understanding, and celebrate the artistic achievements of other student-musicians.” A number of accomplished guest conductors will work with the students during the festival. The day will come to an end at 7 p.m. …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Andrew Urevig, a junior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, became the seventh student in the 112-year history of the state debate tournament to reach the final round in two consecutive years.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Robbinsdale and Hopkins school districts have some of the best high schools in the nation when it comes to encouraging students to work hard and providing children with the right amount of challenge.
In a listing published by The Washington Post, schools in both Hopkins and Robbinsdale school districts were ranked as some of the nation’s most challenging schools. According to the listing, Robbinsdale Cooper High School was ranked 1,983; Hopkins High School was ranked 1,721; and Robbinsdale Armstrong High School 625. In total, 2,007 school made the listing. In order to determine what schools are most challenging, writer Jay Mathews used a number of statistics to rank schools, including: The ranking shows that about 33 percent of Hopkins High School graduates, 41 percent of Armstrong High School graduates and 25 percent of Cooper high School graduates passed at least one college-level test during their high school career. For the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Gift cards, candy canes, letters from students and a Robbinsdale Armstrong High School T-shirt were among the goodies that staff packed in boxes and shipped to five National Guard soldiers in Afghanistan.
When Kellie Theisen's son first enlisted in the Navy, and when he was deployed to Iraq in 2008, she was floored by the generosity that strangers offered him. "The first year he came home for Christmas in 2005 after enlisting, he said people voluntarily paid for all his food and drinks in the airport," Theisen, a Plymouth resident, remembered. "Someone at [the airport] even came up to him and handed him a Minnesota Vikings t-shirt." It was the generosity of strangers that drove Theisen, a clerical educational assistant at Armstrong High School, to give back to soldiers this year. Theisen organized a school-wide effort to send care packages to toops overseas. Staff donated money to help purchase items, gift cards, and pay for shipping. Last…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fifteen Robbinsdale Armstrong students were part of an educational event this week in Minneapolis.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fifteen students from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School were among the 100 youth from Twin Cities high schools who joined educators, education policy experts, and concerned community members on Tuesday, Nov. 13 to share ideas for closing the education gap in their schools. The event, “Missing Voices: Equity in Education,” was held on the Minneapolis campus of Saint Mary’s University. “Today we had an opportunity to come together, both educators and youth, to genuinely engage in dialogue about making our schools more equitable,” said Alissa Case, director of the culturally responsive teaching program at Saint Mary’s. “It was a powerful day; my hope is that we are able to sustain the energy and hope generated in order to do the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Four Armstrong and four Hopkins High School athletes will compete with the best high school swimmers in the state at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center this weekend.
This weekend, countless hard practices, unwavering dedication and the perfect taper will pay off when girls compete in the Minnesota State High School League Girls Swimming and Diving State Tournament. Beginning Friday, swimmers from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School and Hopkins High School will take to the water with the best high school swimmers in the state. Last year, Armstrong High School finished 8th at the girls state meet and Hopkins High School came in 20th. "I’m hoping we can be in the top 10 again," Armstrong Head Coach Julie Kent said. "Our hope is for us to come back and qualify in finals in all of our individual events." This year, both teams will compete in relay events. Hopkins will compete in the 200 freestyle relay with …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Armstrong's Social Studies Department Chair said that a mock election helps students see how easy voting is, and encourages them to vote when they're old enough.
The morning of Nov. 6 was busy for Golden Valley's eight polling locations. But Plymouth's Robbinsdale Armstrong High School was also bustling with activity. Beginning at 7:30 the mock polls opened up in the high school's resource center and students streamed in to cast their vote. In total, social studies staff hopes to see 90 percent of Armstrong's student population vote in the pretend election today. While students are not required to vote, all high schoolers spent part of their social studies class period voting. "A mock election really fosters civic engagement at a young age," Social Studies Department Chair Erica Gullickson said. "It simulates the actual voting experience and shows the students that voting is easy and not cumbersome…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Chris Hansen of Maplewood sustained severe brain injuries while rollerblading with his two dogs earlier this year. The Oct. 19 fundraiser is also awareness event for helmet use.
On April 10, life changed in an instant for Maplewood resident Chris Hansen. While rollerblading with his two dogs at a park near his home, he had an accident resulting in severe brain injuries. Hansen, who grew up in New Hope and is an Armstrong High School graduate, says he doesn’t remember what actually happened the afternoon of April 10. However, others have helped him piece together the details of what led to his severe injury. An avid member of the dog rescue community, Hansen left his work at Lakes Area Realty the afternoon of April 10 and went rollerblading with his two dogs. One dog, Jeffrey, was an abused rescue dog Hansen was fostering. “We think he [Jeffrey] got upset seeing another dog, got twisted up and tripped me up,” …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The Falcons lost to the Elk River Elks in their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 5.
The Robbinsdale Armstrong High School football team played in front of a packed crowd Friday night, but it wasn't enough to win their homecoming game. The Falcons fell to the Elk River Elks with a final score of 51-13. The Elks came in with a punishing ground game and ran the football all night. The Falcons struggled to find a way to slow them down. Armstrong players were able to score twice in the first half, but failed to get in the end zone in the second half. Elk River's defense was just too much Friday, stopping nearly everything the Falcons could throw at them, and adding a few touchdowns of there own.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School's homecoming parade involves students, homecoming royalty and community members.
According to Robbinsdale Area Schools, the Robbinsdale Armstrong High School homecoming parade provides a way for the entire community to get involved in homecoming activities. “We’re excited to bring back this great tradition,” said Armstrong Parent Association President Alice Hodgson on ISD 281's website. “It’s a fun way for the whole community to get involved with homecoming, increase Armstrong school spirit and promote pride in our district.” For more information about the parade, which beings at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, visit Robbinsdale Area School's website. Are you going to the parade? Upload your photos to this article by clicking the Upload button!