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Help make a foreign exchange student's year a little brighter...


Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Give by opening your hearts and homes to an international exchange student from abroad. The students are becoming more and more anxious to learn about the family they will be living with for the semester or school year. Students are between the ages of 15-18 and are looking forward to the opportunity to spend a semester or school year in the United States. Students will learn about America firsthand while residing with host families, participating in their daily activities and attending local high schools. OCEAN is currently seeking volunteer host families that are willing to welcome these students into their homes. Students come from a variety of countries, that include: Brazil, Colombia, Germany and the Ukraine.

Students are fully insured, proficient in English and come with their own spending money to cover personal expenses. Host families are responsible for providing the student with room and board, as well as a loving family environment. The rewards a family receives for hosting an exchange student last a lifetime. In addition, the family makes friends from abroad while helping to bring the world closer together.

OCEAN (Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations) is a non-profit organization located in Tempe, Arizona, which was incorporated in 1994. OCEAN has been designated by the U.S. Department of State, and based on materials submitted and reviewed, OCEAN has been granted full listing with CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel).

For more information on welcoming a foreign exchange student into your home, contact Janet Sinning today by phone: 507-251-1657 or e-mail jsinning@charter.net. Website: www.oceanint.org.

Chatfield school board agrees on list of candidates for superintendent

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Chatfield School Board's March 15 meeting, the list of fourteen candidates for superintendent was whittled down to six. The six will be interviewed soon. Chairman Jerry Chase said board members may have different parameters on what they are l ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson poised for growth with new developments

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Several items headed the Monday, March 15th, meeting yet new developments and more positive growth for the district were likely the front runners.

The board unanimously approved the application of the district as a Charter School Authorizer ..... 
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Kingsland torn over budget

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

It was very clear that the Kingsland School Board wished there were other solutions to the problems associated with budget cuts and the hiring of administrative staff because of recent resignations. First, the principal and then the superintendent.< ..... 
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SMIF preparing another round of BookStart grants

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Last fall, the Elysian Area Learning Center received a grant for 75 books.

Amber Athey, a supervisor at the organization that houses various early childhood and Head Start programs, said the grant was a small - but significant - investment i ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board prepares for next year

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2010. All members but one were present. Topics discussed included the school calendar for the 2010-2011 school year, a recent special education conference attend ..... 
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Kingsland explores options for principal and superintendent

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board workshop session was held Monday night and progress was made on three very important issues.

The first item under consideration was the board's agreement on advertising for a superintendent, replacing Darrin Strosa ..... 
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Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne will teach students at Rushford-Peterson

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford, MN - National touring performer and teaching artist Elisa Korenne will teach the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Rushford-Peterson Middle School. From April 12-16, Korenne will offer students her "History in Song" workshop. Students will lear ..... 
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Kingsland Board of Education workshop focuses on next year's budget

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

"Your homework assignment was to bring in proposals to balance the budget," said Board Chairman Mitch Lentz addressing the Kingsland Board of Education.

The workshop session of the Kingsland Board of Education Monday night was consumed with ..... 
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