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Lanesboro School Board looking at improving technology


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from High School Principal Brett Clarke at their meeting on April 19. Clarke was excited to share with them something the school had been talking about for years. With him he had two different netbook computers that he and Superintendent Jeff Boggs had been trying out. His goal is to have one for every student in grades 9-12.

“We would like to increase access to technology, and put these in the hands of every, or almost every, high school student,” said Clarke.

Clarke explained the netbooks he tried are very durable, and are built for educational purposes. He believes having access to one will benefit the students, as they will be able to take it with them everywhere.

The cost of one of them is around $500-600, which is comparable to an iPad. Clarke said they thought about iPads, but felt these would be better for high school students.

Ideally each student would keep the same netbook throughout their high school years. Teachers would have to be trained as well, and would have to incorporate them into their curriculum. They would also have to adopt a policy for them, and discuss consequences of students misusing them.

The board approved Clarke and Boggs moving forward and getting more information for the next meeting.

Local Literacy Plan

Elementary Principal James Semmen explained to the board that there is a Minnesota State Statute that requires each district to adopt a Local Literacy Plan. The goal is to have every child reading at or above their grade level. They need to report their plan of intervention, how they will be informing parents, and how they identify staff needs. The report must be adopted annually by June 1, and posted on the school web site. They also need to send it to the Commissioner of Education each year by June 30. Semmen said he has already prepared the plan, and the board approved it.

Elementary Staffing

Semmen told the board they have made some adjustments to the teaching staff at the elementary school. The original plan was to have the third grade teacher stay for one year, but the school has acquired a few more students. Next year there will be a first grade, first and second combined, third grade, third and fourth combined, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. This will help keep the classes a smaller size.

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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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Local student selected for scholarship

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Education

(ST. PAUL, MN)—Fillmore County Commissioner Duane Bakke, Past President of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), selected Samantha Kiehne, a Fillmore Central High School Senior, to receive the $1500 AMC Student Scholarship during AMC’s Le ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bo ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bo ..... 
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Five Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Chatfield, Dover-Eyota, Houston, Northfield, and Rochester Mayo move on! The 2012 Senior High Knowledge Bowl Regionals were held on March 16 and 20, 2012, at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester. The following area teams competed after a ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves staff development program

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on March 26, Superintendent Richard Keith explained a staff professional development company called Editure. He had spoken to the teachers about it at a recent faculty meeting, and felt it would be benefi ..... 
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College News

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List •Western Technical College: Melissa Hirsch and Lacey Spalla of Mabel Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Viterbo Unversity: Tony Becker, Jaclyn Holger, Steven Koenen, Marie Luhmann, Morgan McManimon-Myers, and Emily Zuccarelli, all o ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strategic objectives for the district

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board approved strategic objectives and district goals at their meeting Monday, March 19. The vision, mission, strategic objectives and district goals were developed through a series of strategic planning meetings. “The visi ..... 
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