Lions roaring again in Golden Valley with Sandburg Middle School reopening

Lions roaring again in Golden Valley with Sandburg Middle School reopening
Posted on 09/11/2017
The lions are roaring again in Golden Valley.

More than 75 community members and area leaders joined students and staff members from Robbinsdale Area Schools to celebrate to a new chapter for Sandburg Middle School during a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The ribbon cutting featured remarks from Amy O’Hern, the new principal at Sandburg; Tom Henderlite and Mary Weingartner, the principal and assistant principal who were at Sandburg when it closed in 2009; School Board Chair Patsy Green; and former Miss Minnesota Anne Marie Moore, who attended the school.

Sandburg reopened this year to serve as a third attendance-area middle school in Robbinsdale Area Schools. Some of the attendees at Thursday’s event, like Golden Valley City Councilmember Joanie Clausen, were there when Carl Sandburg, the noted author for whom the school was named, delivered remarks during the school’s original opening ceremony in 1960. Clausen was a seventh-grader at the school when the Pulitzer Prize winner came to visit.

“I remember shaking his hand right in this entryway,” Clausen recalled. “(Going to Sandburg was) the greatest years of my life. … It’s really important to have the neighborhood schools, and I’m glad to see it coming back and being part of the community.”

Before the yellow ribbon was cut and the lion-themed sheet cake was eaten, Moore spoke about how her time at Sandburg brought out her confidence. The school’s staff helped “build (her) wings” to “fly into high school and beyond,” she said.

“I was lucky enough to have my dreams come true, and a lot of it has to do with my time here at Sandburg,” Moore said. “Thank you to the teachers and staff that make (that) happen, and know that, even if the students might not say it every day, or even come back and say it 30 years later, you guys touch our lives, and we wouldn’t be who we are in adult life without sixth, seventh and eighth grade.”

After Moore finished, a group of staff members, School Board members, area legislators and mayors, and several children gathered behind the long yellow ribbon and lifted a pair of over-sized scissors into position. After counting down from five, the ribbon was halved, fluttering in the breeze on its way to the sidewalk as a new chapter in Sandburg Middle School officially started.

“This is the new beginning, right here!” said Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools.