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Washington Technology Magnet Middle School
Washington Tech. students with Senator Mee Moua

ESL students at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School hosted a "local heroes series" in their classroom.  These local heroes were community leaders and activists, such as Hmong activist and storyteller Tou Ger Xiong and Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua.  Many of the guest speakers could relate to the students (and vice versa) because they had similar backgrounds, having come to the U.S. as immigrants and learning English as a second or third language.  The students prepared interview questions in advance, and the local heroes answered students' questions and shared stories about their personal and professional lives.


Washington Technology Magnet Middle School
1041 Marion St.
St. Paul, MN 55117


The School:
Washington Technology Magnet Middle School uses "technology as a tool for learning" throughout its entire curriculum.  The school uses a common computer network that allows students access to school-wide and teacher presentations, as well as to Internet research tools. For special education students, Washington offers

Students interview Minnesota Senator Moua.
a program that includes students in general classes while providing direct services classes for them as well.


Washington has several unique features and programs. The School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM) program gives students the opportunity for independent research projects and other challenging activities. Challenging classes help prepare students for high school coursework in International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs. A four-week summer program called Project Goodstart is offered for new students planning to enter Washington the following fall. The WINGS program offers after-school academic enrichment and recreation, as well as homework assistance and preparation courses for Basic Standards Tests.  Numerous unique and challenging co-curricular activities are also offered, such as Destination ImagiNation, Stock Market Club, Chess Club, Rocket Club, History Club, Math Team, Band, and various boys' and girls' athletic teams.


* Shelly Bertrand - ESL (reading, social studies) - grades 6, 7, 8
* Annie Strupeck - ESL - grades 6, 7, 8
* Ann Bachmann - family and consumer sciences - grades 7, 8



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