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WHAT: Equal Justice Community Dialogue

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Fridley Community Center

HOSTED BY: Minnesota 10th Judicial District

This is a free community event and all are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

10th Judicial District Equal Justice Community Dialogue

Candidates for the 2017 IB Diploma at Fridley High School, along with their supervisors, are: (Front row, l to r) supervisor Elizabeth Jensen, Maija Salo, Emma Helmer, Jennie Harris, Abigail Ladwig, Sumaya Alfath and Maureen Zeleny.  (Back row, l to r) supervisor Jeren Anderson, Alexis Klanderud, supervisor Tim Leistikow, Sasha Herder, Niles Salter and supervisor Steve Holt.


Nine extremely hard-working Fridley High School students submitted their International Baccalaureate (IB) Extended Essays at the seventh annual Silver Platter Celebration held December 20, 2016.

The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic, chosen within a subject group, intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery, and creativity.  This 4,000-word essay encourages students to develop the independent research skills that are expected at colleges and universities.

The celebration is an opportunity for students enrolled in the full IB Diploma Programme to be recognized by their parents, teachers and peers for the high degree of academic rigor they have embarked on. 


Candidates for the 2017 IB Diploma and their essay subjects are:


Sumaya Alfath: To what extent has bilingual education been integrated into the Mayan school system in Guatemala?

Jennie Harris: How have articles on Fox News used persuasive techniques to portray the Black Lives Matter movement?

Emma Helmer: To what extent is the 19th Amendment the main cause of the development of the early feminist movement?

Sasha Herder: How has Disney reflected the evolution of women’s role in society through their portrayal of princesses?

Alexis Klanderud: An Analysis of the role Elizabeth Cady Stanton played in leading the Women’s Rights movement.

Abigail Ladwig: How do comments on YouTube differ based on gender and power?

Maija Salo: How have gender roles in drama evolved?  A comparison of Romeo and Juliet and the Last Five Years.

Niles Salter: To what extent does the narrative style in To Kill A Mockingbird influence Scout’s worldview?

Maureen Zeleny: To what extent did Mao Zedong achieve his stated goals when he visited Moscow in 1949-1950?

In addition to the presentation of the extended essays, eight Fridley High School 2016 graduates returned to receive their International Baccalaureate Diplomas.  One current Fridley High School student, Margaret Bergman, received the 2016 IB Diploma as an accelerated student.  She is currently participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program and will graduate from Fridley High School in June 2017.


Fridley Public Schools December 2016 Employee of the Month is Laura Hengen, recipient at Stevenson Elementary. Laura puts her whole heart and soul into her role as the school’s receptionist. Parents, students and staff love talking with her. Laura has a vibrant and caring personality that lights up every room she enters.

She is willing to do whatever is necessary and is flexible in getting the job done. Laura is caring and very genuine. She is always going beyond the call of duty, whether it is volunteering for Family Bingo Night, the annual school carnival or helping dig in the dirt to make sure Stevenson looks its best at all times.

Laura is a dedicated, hard-working team player who displays integrity. Stevenson is proud to have her representing the district!



Fridley Public Schools January 2017 Employee of the Month is Kim Kaneakua, paraprofessional at Fridley Middle School. Kim is a positive, dedicated and consistent influence in the lives of the students she supports. She is truly an invaluable extension of the 8th grade team, integral to the work they do in supporting the development of each and every student.

Kim helps lead the Tiger GRIT (Give respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Think first) Student group, creates binders for lessons in every class she supports students in, strives to build a relationship with all students, teaches students yoga and is the epitome of what it means to give all of yourself to your school.

Kim Kaneakua truly extends the impact Fridley Middle School is able to have as a school on the development of future generations. “We are honored to serve alongside her in support of the students and families of FMS,” said Matthew Boucher, Principal of Fridley Middle School.



A world of change often starts right within our school buildings, most often through the voices of the students. A group of 76 Fridley Public Schools students have found their voices in the very effective Youth In Government (YIG) program.

The Hilton Minneapolis played host to the 53 high school and 23 middle school students from January 5 through 8, 2017 for the YIG Model Assembly. YIG is a youth development program through the YMCA, emphasizing the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. It allows students to take part in the fundamentals of government via two formats: Model Assembly, which covers state government, and Model United Nations, a world government approach.

The January event was a Model Assembly of all branches of state government, including media. Juniors and seniors worked on the actual floor of the State Capitol in Saint Paul. There are lobbyists, a cabinet for the governor, courts and the legislative branches. Students in court write a brief, those in media write articles and those in legislative write a bill. Committees move bills on to House and Senate. Leadership roles are voted on by participants. Elected officials then train throughout the year with YMCA leaders and choose their teams from applications.

Steve Holt, one of the advisors of YIG at Fridley High School, emphasized the educational component for participants. “They get a great civics education about state government, how to be involved and how to make change. And because it’s student run, they learn a lot about leadership, self-confidence and public speaking.”

Fridley’s YIG group is unique, in that the district sends the students, whereas other participants are sent by the YMCA directly.

“Many kids go, especially the 7th and 8th graders, to get away from their family,” Holt said. “Have fun, stay at a Hilton. That’s what they’re thinking. But they learn a ton about how government operates.”

Asked if the recent presidential election has had an effect on the

experience, Holt confirmed much of the debate was about the presidential election. “The governor’s speech kicked off the event and spoke of how it’s more important than ever to be dedicated to being involved and to make change through government.”

“YIG isn’t political parties; it’s student ideas,” Holt said. “It’s not a polarizing experience; the goal is engaged debate.”

High school junior Nic Fite was named MVP for YIG Media at the conference. In addition, Holt, Jeren Anderson and Kirk Myhra, co-YIG advisors, were given the 2015 Robert “Skip” Wilke Award, which recognizes advisors for their service to the program. The three were chosen by fellow advisors who are past recipients of the award.

A considerable amount of funding for the Fridley Public Schools participants comes from the Fridley Lions. Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is also a sponsor. The Ann Bancroft Foundation contributed grants of $410 each to 14 students, covering their attendance at the conference.


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