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Program praised by R-P school board


Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Teachers Shari Michel and Cheri Vix gave an enthusiastic presentation regarding a new program in the district at the Monday, November 16th, board meeting. While the goal is to have the program eventually reach more grade levels, the program currently has a limited number of students.

Entitled Reading and Study Skills, the class aims to increase comprehension of both fiction and non-fiction texts, strengthen fluency, and enhance the vocabulary of participants. In addition, there is a minimum goal of 60 pages per week. Accuracy in the number of words read per minute is also stressed. The class is based on a largely successful Iowa program.

At the beginning of the first quarter, when the program was first implemented, English teacher Michel reported that the students were initially "heavy, non-readers" who gave a slight bit of resistance to the program. Now, the teaching duo can't keep up with the students' progress. "It's amazing to see their excitement," she added.

When questioned as to why the program is so successful, Vix noted multiple strategies such as extensive independent reading, assigned reading with coordinating exercises, games, simple rewards, and the modeling of proper reading skills.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler made mention to the board that there is an indication that participants in the program typically show a 15-20 percent increase on MCA tests over their scores from previous years. Both he and the board commended the teachers for their work.

Enrollment

A recent media publication has given pause to Superintendent Ehler's viewpoint on technology in the school environment. Noting that he's seen a massive technology-driven change in education, and it's continuing to expand, he's "kicked-around" some ideas.

In this digital age, Ehler said he is sensing that the district needs to find an attraction that would allow it to be marketed more efficiently alongside other districts. He called the changes he's seen within the district in the last two years, "mind-boggling," yet he believes there needs to be more done to draw in students and families.

Councilor Roger Metz echoed the sentiment adding, "There are so many positives in the community. To live here and have what we have, it [the word] has to be gotten out." He went on to point out that the district has the potential to become a poster child for flourishing communities.

District Communication

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Fillmore Central holiday concert

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Schools band and choir department would like to invite you to their annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 7:00 PM in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performance groups will include the FCMS 5-6th g ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School honor roll

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll 2009-2010

Quarter 1

Grade 9

Brianna Benson, Jordyn Goree, Shane Jacobson, Abby Jameson, Cody Manfull, Rebecca Munson, Katherine Prinsen, Megan Schossow, Amy Todd,

and Kyli Torkelson

Grade 10

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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a "C" or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only 10-1 ..... 
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Honoring our Veterans

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Veteran's Day Program at the Fillmore Central Middle School on November 11 was a huge success. A few students from the middle school spoke about honoring veterans and why they liked America. Nicholas Mensink was chosen for 1st place and Sara Sch ..... 
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Passport to Reading at Fillmore Central Elementary

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

Family Fun Night is approaching quickly here at Fillmore Central Elementary School. This year's theme is Passport to Reading. Students and their families will have the opportunity to travel to three countries on Tuesday evening, November 17th, 2009. ..... 
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Karl Randall speaking at Rushford-Peterson school

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Education

Karl Randall, motivational speaker from Baxter, Minnesota, will be a guest speaker on November 16th at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Randall's presentation will focus on self-worth concepts, coping with the stress and pressures of school life and the difficult choi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson School District is very proud to have the support of the communities demonstrated in such a distinguished manner as a passed levy referendum vote. Says Superintendent Chuck Ehler, "The passing of this referendum vote is a treme ..... 
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Rushford parent-teacher conferences

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 of the Rushford-Peterson Schools will be held on Tuesday, November 17th, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 19th, from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Conferences for all grades, elementary, middle, and ..... 
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