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R-P recipient of two grants


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education. The district’s Lille By Preschool program was recently awarded a 4-Star rating for the Parent Aware program.

Began as a privately funded pilot program to address underprepared student needs, Parent Aware was adopted by the Department of Education and will make ratings available statewide by 2015. It is led by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Office of Early Learning. In local communities, Parent Aware is working to share ratings with parents and prepare education programs.

According to the MDE, “All Star-Rated Programs go above and beyond licensing requirements to support school readiness. By voluntarily becoming rated, a program shows it cares enough about early learning to use the best practices and proven approaches. With non-rated programs, even though they may be licensed, parents do not have the same assurances about early education quality.” Quality is measured by physical health, well-being, teaching, and relationships.

4-Star rated programs criteria includes volunteer in-depth training, devotion to strong relationships with each child, adoption of the latest approaches to learning, commitment to daily activities and routines, and a placed focus on health and safety. Once a school has earned a 4-star rating, it is eligible for scholarships to put further practices into motion. The district received word on September 13 that it had garnered approval of a $25,000 scholarship through the Pathways to Success program.

“We’re excited to be able to continue,” noted an enthused community education director Lisa Lawston. “It’s a nice addition for our students, as well as those families who might need child care.”

The district has also received notification of a $6,000 grant from Rushford Community Foundation and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). This grant seeks to expand elementary playground equipment to include more ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible options for students with disabilities. Superintendent Chuck Ehler and elementary physical education teacher Teresa Brown will be finalizing the details of ordering and installing the equipment.

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Mabel-Canton Board of Education discusses technology fees

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on September 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board wished to welcome the students and staff back to school for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations were given to volle ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education discusses technology fees

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on September 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board wished to welcome the students and staff back to school for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations were given to volle ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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Houston Interim Superintendent resigns

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg Houston Public Schools held a school board meeting on Tuesday, September 17. At the meeting, Krin Abraham presented the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement for the 2012-2013 school year. The Annual R ..... 
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Goal nearly reached on $2 million Wally Nelson endowment fund

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The ongoing mission of the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton has expanded significantly since its embryonic years in the early 1960s. To facilitate this greatly enhanced program and as a tribute to the herc ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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