Westonka Public Schools’ Early Learning programs have been providing developmentally appropriate classes and enrichment for young kids (from infants to preschoolers) for many years. Now, the programs are set to be conveniently housed under the same roof.

Studying abroad is an exciting rite of passage for many college students, a chance to travel beyond the classroom to explore different cultures, foreign languages and new experiences.

Back-to-school time finds parents and children organizing clothes and uniforms, picking out school supplies and decking out lockers and dorm rooms.

For many families with kids in preschool, kindergarten and early elementary, back-to-school time is exciting: New friends and new learning experiences abound. But it can also be overwhelming and exhausting, especially for parents.

“Safe-space” can be a daunting term especially when placed within the framework of academia, particularly higher education. This begs the question: How can we even begin to address what seems to be such an ambiguous necessity when we can barely get past the definition?

The room buzzes with excitement as students and parents take their seats in Wayzata Central Middle School’s auditorium. This evening’s lecture is led by Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Early European settlers had big dreams for Lake Minnetonka. William F. Russell, a Civil War sharpshooter, proposed making the territorial capital of Minnesota in a community called Tazaska, on the northwest shores of Crystal Bay, where the Lafayette Club now sits.

Amid the chorus of feet drumming through hallways and lunchroom conversations at full volume, there is a peaceful oasis within Minnetonka High School (MHS): For many students, the choir room offers respite. “One of the boys said, ‘This is a sanctuary,’ ” choir director Paula Holmberg says.

Each August, lake-area youngsters entering third, fourth or fifth grades learn important safety information from local police officers, paramedics, firefighters and water patrol—all while having a great time—at South Lake Safety Camp.