Juunah Kang, Matthew Cornick and Celia RamseyThree students from Fernbrook Elementary were recognized this month for their essay submissions to InvestWrite, an optional writing competition for students participating in The Stock Market Game™ (SMG).

Fifth-grader Matthew Cornick placed ninth in the nation for his essay about protecting the investments of the Boy Scouts of America. Cornick’s essay was also the top submission among elementary students in Minnesota. Cornick’s fifth-grade peers Juunah Kang and Celia Ramsey also received accolades for their InvestWrite essays.

The Stock Market Game is an interactive, experiential learning program for students in grades 4-12. Students work in teams of two and are given a virtual $100,000 to invest over a three month period, competing against other teams for the highest-valued portfolio. Kim LeClaire—the talent development, academic challenge and gifted support specialist at Fernbrook Elementary—said she teaches students about the stock market each fall.

“It [The Stock Market Game] is important because students are learning real-life concepts,” LeClaire added. “What is really cool for them is that when they see or hear something in the news about the stock market, they understand the real-world application and can follow along. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used to teach higher level concepts like this.”

The Stock Market Game is a national program created by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and coordinated in Minnesota by nonprofit BestPrep.

PHOTO: Fernbrook Elementary students (left to right) Juunah Kang, Matthew Cornick and Celia Ramsey were recognized this month for their InvestWrite essay submissions after participating in The Stock Market Game this school year. Cornick's essay was tops among elementary students in Minnesota and ranked ninth nationally.

magnet schools of america award logoBirch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School have been named 2018 National Magnet Schools of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

Schools receiving these awards are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Principals Jeff Zastrow (Birch Grove) and Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) will be recognized and receive National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Awards on behalf of their schools at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago next month.

About our elementary magnet schools

Birch Grove Elementary is an arts magnet for grades K-5 that integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance into the classroom curriculum while providing value-added opportunities in the arts. Students receive daily standards-based instruction with arts specialists and have the opportunity to participate in arts elective classes, performing troupes, early-entrance band and orchestra, and a school musical.

Weaver Lake Elementary provides a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment for students in grades K-5. Weaver Lake’s STEM program incorporates value-added, hands-on activities that focus on problem solving and analytical thinking skills. The school is dedicated to creating lifelong learners who are actively involved in inquiry, exploration and discovery.