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Fillmore Central music does it again!


Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Monday, March 23, marked another success story for the Fillmore Central Music Program. Large Group Contest is an event that the band and choir have been preparing for since before Christmas break. It's like a State Competition for Music, except it's just southeastern Minnesota. I do believe though that our groups would have no trouble going to State.

Let's start with the choir. Our choir has always had a good reputation, and every year we have to work hard to top ourselves to receive that Superior rating. This year was no different. Out of a possible 40 points, Fillmore Central received scores of 37, 37 and 36. Way to go guys!

We performed two pieces. One was titled, "This Marriage," which was an a capella piece by Eric Whitacre, who recently participated in an honor choir in the Twin Cities (our own Becca Lokker was selected to participate). Our second song was a piece called Salmo 150. It is all in Latin and is very difficult, language-wise. There is a great set of chords and it ends with a bang.

A big thanks goes out to Mrs. Blessing for all the hard work she does to keep us together and in tune. Without her help we would just be a mess!

Now let's move on to the band. As good as our reputation is in choir, it is even better for the band. We have received at least one perfect score from the three judges every year since Mr. Lane Powell came to the high school. We finally got two perfect ballots last year and we were hoping for a repeat.

We performed three songs. Our first was a fun tune called, "Song and Dance." There are some great moments where you just want to bop your head along with the music. Our second song was a gorgeous ballad called, "Prospect." It has a gorgeous melody that darn near makes you shaky all over. Our big finish could not have been any bigger. "Havendance" is a crazy, upbeat thrill ride that gives you a taste of everything. It comes at you from all angles and you wonder where it's going to next.

After all our hard work, we waited to hear our scores. Mr. Powell loaded the bus with a big envelope in his hands. He stared solemnly and simply said, "One judge...perfect score. Second judge...perfect score." And finally, "Last judge.....perfect score." I've never heard a louder cheer in my life. The group erupted in a tizzy of cheers and hoots. I don't think we could've been more proud of ourselves. Not a single point taken from our ballot. We couldn't have been more thrilled! All the .....
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R-P places five teachers on unrequested leave due to budget cuts

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

Five probationary status teachers from the Rushford-Peterson elementary and middle school were put on unrequested leaves of absence/non-renewal of contracts for the next school year by the Rushford-Peterson School Board at their March 16 meeting.
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Rushford / Peterson Town Meeting

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On Friday evening, March 27, 2009, citizens from Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson and the surrounding area are invited to come together in a Town Meeting over a free soup and sandwich supper hosted by the Town Meeting Initiative (TMI) and Southe ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

What will the Federal Stimulus Money mean to the Kingsland School District? This was the question posed to the School Board on Monday night. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl said that there are some big questions to be answered. There are three main q ..... 
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Lanesboro sets 2009-10 school calendar

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school year will begin on September 8 next fall, the latest start in recent memory. The Minnesota legislature requires that school districts begin their school year after Labor Day, supposedly to allow northern resorts to benefit from ..... 
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R-P School Board hopeful, yet realistic on budget

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



At the district's school board meeting on Monday, February 23, the board discussed their recent meeting with Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes and Representative Greg Davids, where the district was essentially asked to prepare the school budget, ..... 
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Kingsland discusses use of facilities by outside groups

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education



A major item of discussion at the meeting of the Kingsland Board of Education on Wednesday, February 18, was the question of use of school facilities by civic groups and other organizations.

John Fenske approached the Board asking f ..... 
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Fillmore Central anticipates budget cuts

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Preston - There was a lot of discussion among the Fillmore Central School Board members at their Feburary 18 meeting about the budget for the upcoming year, possible cuts and how to work with the legislative decisions that are coming up this spring. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about successful Spanish trip

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Spanish teacher Chris Knutson briefed the Lanesboro School Board at their February 19 meeting on the recent Spanish trip to Southwest Texas. Knutson and teacher Dave Rogers chaperoned the trip.

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