Minnesota's commissioner of education, Brenda Cassellius, will visit Kingsland schools on Monday, Sept. 9, to tour the district's school buildings, speak with administration and staff members and address students.

Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald is pleased to welcome Cassellius, as he noted that "she typically tours a couple schools at the beginning of the school year, and she chooses them based on what's been happening there, on progress they've made. Given that in the last year, we've had some great things happening, she chose to come to Kingsland."

Kingsland's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum has been advancing in the past year, with the district being the first to be certified in three disciplines of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and one of the first in the area at which a student may graduate with an AA degree, drawing Cassellius's attention.

McDonald and the members of the administration and school board will welcome the commissioner, who is scheduled to arrive at the district office at the high school in Spring Valley at 9:30 a.m., tour the middle school in Wykoff and visit with students in the sixth grade PLTW energy and the environment class, tour the elementary and high school in Spring Valley and visit the PLTW principles of engineering class, then speak to the seventh through 12th graders in the Kingsland High School gymnasium at 10:45 a.m.

"The commissioner will speak to the students and tell them all the things they've been doing right here at Kingsland, how they're learning things in STEM education that are going to prepare them for life beyond school," said McDonald.

The superintendent invited any interested members of the public to join the students during the assembly, as it is a notable occasion that has not come about in the district in recent years, an honor to be marked.