I Am Edina Public Schools Blog

The theme for the 2015-16 school year is "I Am Edina Public Schools." We all play an integral part in what makes Edina Public Schools great. Students and parents, teachers and volunteers, staff and community members - everyone has their own story. Everyone has their own skills. And we are all Edina Public Schools.
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  • Thanks for a great year, EPS!

    Posted by EPS Communications at 6/17/2016



    Thank you, Edina Public Schools family, for an incredible first year of the I Am Edina Public Schools blog!


    Over the past 10 months, we have had the privilege of featuring more than 60 students, teachers, staff and community members from every site, including a rock ‘n’ roll-loving dishwasher, a classroom-hopping sixth grade language arts teacher, and a fearless fourth grader with a passion for autism awareness and Abraham Lincoln.


    The blog was read more than 14,000 times and received more than 2,500 likes, comments and shares on Facebook. As we look forward to next year, we want to hear from you. Email us at communications@edinaschools.org with ideas of people to feature, and thanks again for a great year.

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  • EPS recognizes its 2016 retirees

    Posted by EPS Communications at 6/1/2016 4:00:00 PM
    Twenty-eight district employees retired this month after serving Edina students and families a combined 583 years. They represent every school building and many roles throughout the district. Each in their own way has contributed to the All for All mission of Edina Public Schools and leaves behind a legacy of dedication to students. The School Board hosted a recognition lunch for this year's retirees on June 1.
    Paul Andress
    Debra Baron
    Barry Becklin
    Maureen Cater
    Robert Cook
    Clifford Dalbec
    John Devine
    Sharon Gregoire
    Mark Harelstad
    Cynthia Heim
    Peter Hodne
    John Hoffman
    Cheryl Hogle
    Craig Jensen
    Elizabeth Kincaid
    Lori Koch
    Mark Laven
    Anne Legeros
    Debra Linnihan
    Walter Lyndsley
    Robert Plombon
    Nirmalie Rodrigo
    Beth Russell
    Carol Sturm
    Susan Summers
    Bruce Swanson
    Lynn Timmer
    Cathryn Weller
    Click below to see more photos


    2016 Retirement Recognition


    See the advice kids gave to our retirees



    Meet the Retirees


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  • Meet Jack Rice, community member and volunteer

    Posted by EPS Communications at 5/25/2016

    JackRice At its May 16 meeting, the Edina School Board recognized Jack Rice, an “amazing” community member for his role in helping the district acquire land for a new transportation facility.


    A longtime advocate for the City of Edina and Edina Public Schools, Jack became involved in the transportation facility project more than a year and a half ago when Superintendent Ric Dressen asked him for a meeting. “If Ric Dressen ever calls you and says ‘I just want to have a little conversation in my office’ to ask you a favor, that was 19 months and 10 days ago,” he joked at the board meeting.


    After graduating college in 1963, Jack began working in real estate and started his consulting firm, Rice Company, in 1975. His dedication to the community never ceased. From 1973 to 1978, he served as chairman and a member of the Edina Park Board, and was co-chairman of the Edina Schools Referendum Committee in 1978. In 1988, Jack became an Edina City Council member, serving until 1994.


    During the board meeting, Jack recited one of his father’s favorite quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, which says, “Every person should give some of his or her time to the up-building of the profession and the community to which they belong.”


    Steadfast in that commitment, Jack agreed to volunteer his time and talents to help Edina Public Schools and the Edina School Board find a location for the new transportation facility. After visiting the existing facility for the first time, “I was shocked,” Jack said. “It wasn’t intentional. It’s just the way it is, but our drivers and mechanics shouldn’t work in conditions like that.”


    “This is a team effort,” Jack said at the meeting. “The school board and the staff should be commended. Working with Wold Architects was a great pleasure. The board was firm and it was courageous. It was my pleasure to do this.”

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