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Kurt Hildebrandt
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Each month, teachers will be nominating two students from their house who show Saints PRIDE to become our school’s All Stars.

These are students who show Preparedness, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy in their learning, attitude, and behavior. The following students have been nominated for the month of September. Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!


Rahaf Salim - Rahaf is a hard worker, goes above expectations, and helps others. She shows determination in everything she does.

Carter Dale - Carter is a standout student. He is always showing Saints Pride in everything he does. He a great role model for all students


Isaih Hesse - Isaih is a hardworking and conscientious student. During Saints Time he uses his time well, staying focused until his work is complete. He will volunteer to help teachers and students with anything they may need. He also has a great sense of humor and smile.

Kaylee Dimmel - Kaylee is a very responsible student. She is always prepared and works hard in class. Kaylee is also very respectful of her peers and is willing to help them when needed.


CJ King - CJ is an awesome student who works hard to accomplish expectations in the classroom. He is polite and helpful to teachers and classmates, always showing positivity and leadership.

Annika Southworth - Annika has shown much maturity as a 7th grader, staying on top of her assignments when it comes to participating in sporting events. She is always asking questions to clarify her learning and showing her best effort in everything she does. Annika is a student who is willing to help her classmates.


Belle Putz - Belle is always prepared for class. She works well with everyone, and she is always inquisitive. She is passionate, respectful, and remains positive. All students respect Belle and her opinion. She gets along with everyone and is fun to have in class.

Lauren Jacobson - Lauren is always working hard. She gives her best effort and is always prepared for class. She works well with others and is always respectful to everyone in the class and in the hallways. She gets along with all students and is a great person as well.

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  Staff from Youth Frontiers, along with help fron SPHS
  student leaders, worked with SPMS seventh graders
  during the annual Courage Retreat at Johnson Hall. 

Saint Peter Middle School seventh graders took part in the annual Courage Retreat on October 29 at Johnson Hall at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds, with more than 30 student leaders from Saint Peter High School also on hand to help out.

The high-energy, interactive retreat, which is facilitated each year by Youth Frontiers, focused on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that build students’ empathy skills and teach safe ways to help prevent bullying.

“Our school believes that to do well, students need to be comfortable with who they are and feel physically and emotionally safe,” Michelle Doose, Saint Peter Middle School counselor, said. “In this effort to create a safe and caring culture, we bring in Youth Frontiers to inspire students to follow their hearts rather than follow the crowd.”

Since 1987 Youth Frontiers, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, has been delivering programs to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance of respecting themselves and others. Their vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America so that today’s young people make tomorrow’s world better.  Last year, Youth Frontiers worked with nearly 100,000 students and educators throughout the country.

“These retreats affect so many kids because these conversations really make them stop and think about their belief system, their attitudes, their behavior, their interactions,” Doose said. “It's always interesting to see the impact of this event on our students.”  

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Fifth & sixth graders travel to Lac du Bois near Bemidji to take part in variety of activities

  A group of SPMS fifth and sixth graders
  attended French Camp at Lac du Bois 
  in Bemidji area recently.

Thirty-seven Saint Peter Middle School fifth and sixth grade French students spent time at Lac du Bois, located on the Turtle River near Bemidji, taking part in a variety of activities at the annual French camp the weekend of October 25-27.

“The students’ weekend was full of activities, inside and out, with great food and a lot of laughs,” Mary Behrends, group chaperone and recently retired SPMS/SPHS French teacher, said. “The theme for the weekend was based on Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, so it focused on the international presence of French.  

“Important financial support came from the legacy grant we recently received from the estate of Jeff Rosoff, former Gustavus Mathematics professor, a lifelong fan of all things French, and (I am glad to add) my friend,” Behrends added.

According to the Lac du Bois’ website, “We built the Lac du Bois site on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn., to make you feel as though you’ve magically happened upon a French village. The comfortable cabins and facilities are nestled in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota. As unexpected as it is beautiful, every detail of this Village — from the mailboxes to the street signs to the menus — are authentic to Francophone countries.

“While we learn about France and its culture, we also focus on the many diverse French-speaking cultures around the world, and have staff from many Francophone countries who share with us their traditions. You will find a welcoming, supportive environment at Lac du Bois Bemidji where you will be encouraged to explore and try new things!”


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  Tyler Bruggeman, a mortgage loan officer with
  SouthPoint Financial Credit Union in Mankato
  and St. Peter, talks to Saint Peter seventh
  graders about developing their own personal

‘It’s My Future’ program offered through
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest is proud to partner with SouthPoint Federal Credit Union on bringing in JA’s “It’s My Future” curriculum to the seventh graders at Saint Peter Middle School. 

Business professionals from SouthPoint were in the Middle School recently teaching students about how to prepare for the working world by introducing them to career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning and creating a personal brand.

“Saint Peter Public Schools is extremely grateful for JA, the volunteers and the community connection while providing career and college readiness skills for our students as it relates to the graduate portrait,” Mandy Quist, Saint Peter Public Schools PreK-12 Career and College Readiness Counselor and AP Coordinator, said. “JA provides another resource to enhance the foundational skills being taught in everyday classroom lessons through hands-on learning activities with local businesses and community leaders at all grade levels.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non-profit organization focused on financial literacy, career and college readiness, and entrepreneurship.  JA brings age-appropriate programs to all Saint Peter Public Schools this year for free, and relies on volunteers from the community to help implement programs with hands-on activities. 

To learn more on how to volunteer in the schools or financially support JA, please contact or call 507-387-9609.

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Each month, teachers will be nominating two students from their house who show Saints PRIDE to become our school’s All Stars.  These are students who show Preparedness, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy in their learning, attitude, and behavior.  The following students have been nominated for the month of September. Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!


 Keira Friedrich &
 Quinn DeBlieck

Keira Friedrich - Keira is a leader and sets an example of excellence in behavior and cooperation. She also works very hard, is always on time, and is willing to help with other classmates and their teachers

Quinn DeBlieck - Quinn is continuously on task, works hard in class, is always on time for class, and is willing to help other classmates. He truly is an All Star Saint. Quinn uses his brain thoughtfully and creatively, and this academic leadership challenges his classmates to do the same.



 Halle Maczkowicz &
 Henry Peters

Halle Maczkowicz - Halle demonstrates Saint’s PRIDE in all she does. She routinely goes out of her way to help other students and teachers to ensure that everyone is able to be successful. Her positive demeanor and willing cheerfulness makes her a pleasure to have in class.

Henry Peters - Henry exhibits PRIDE of being a SPMS students through his continual effort to go beyond what’s been asked of him. He’s kind, helpful, and guides others in my class. He shows ownership for the SPMS building by respecting the spaces we use and is always willing to be helpful with our PE equipment. Henry has a great attitude and his energy is always welcomed!



 Abby Maloney &
Tate Olson

Abby Maloney - Abby is a student that anyone can be partnered up with as she is willing to help others.  She is constantly working above and beyond expectations in her classes and motivated to learn.  Her positive attitude is infectious to everyone around her, creating a fun atmosphere in the classroom.

Tate Olson - Tate is a student who works with positivity and motivation in everything that he does.  He is always sure to be involved with in class discussions and comes up with thought provoking and creative questions.  While working with others, Tate is a leader by encouraging his group members and keeping everyone on task.


 Rylee Stadick &
Cole Filand

Rylee Stadick - Rylee has done nothing but show Saints Pride.  She has become a leader in class. She is constantly working with others to help all students to be their best and to be successful.

Cole Filand - Cole has everything that has been asked of him.  Cole demonstrates Saints Pride by pushing others to do their best.  Whether in the classroom, the hallways, or even on the athletic field.  Cole is a kid that students look up to and respect.