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School board hears about Fillmore Central's Ag in Motion trip


Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

During the regular meeting on October 25, the Fillmore Central School Board was treated to a presentation by two students who attended the Ag in Motion trip this past summer. Dan and Theresa Doerr spoke about the trip and gave a power point presentation about the experience.

This was the second Ag in Motion trip, and it involved students from eight area schools. Three teachers accompanied the 26 students. This year, they traveled to Wisconsin for some hands-on learning. Each student received ½ credit for this trip.

Theresa said they did assignments every day, and they also had to blog about the trip every day on the website.

Dan said the first day they went to the Wetherby Cranberry and Discovery Center, ABS Genetics, Miller Park, and a tour of the Milwaukee Brewers' field. They also attended a Milwaukee Brewers game that night.

The second day the students visited the Jelly Belly Visitor's Center, a highlight of the trip for many of them. Theresa said they learned about the history of the company, saw how the jellybeans are made, and were able to enjoy some samples.

Other places the students visited were Confections for any Occasion by Joel, Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Lambeau Field, Lautenbach's Orchard, Country Fresh Meats, Wausau Paper Factory, Holland Family Dairy, and Beottcher's Brookview Acres.

The students thanked the board for supporting this trip. Dan said it was a one-of-a-kind learning adventure, and they learned a lot.

Sports Updates

Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about the possibility of Cotter High School in Winona joining the Three Rivers Conference. He said the Athletic Directors of schools in the conference have mixed feelings about letting them join. One reason is that it would be a long way to travel for schools in the western part of the conference. Also, the addition of one team to the conference would make a huge difference in scheduling. He added Pine Island and Hayfield have expressed interest in joining the conference as well.

Athletic Director Jane Montgomery said it would make things easier for football if they had one more team. For basketball, it would cut down two non-conference games. There would also be some minor changes in baseball and softball. Montgomery said she doesn't feel very strongly either way about letting them in.

When the Athletic Directors met about it, they agreed they would like to let them join for f .....
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R-P selects architectural finalists for New School Initiative

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The New School Initiative is gaining momentum with the district seeking architectural proposals from eight regional firms. The action comes following direction from both the community and recommendations from an in-depth study by the Joint Facilitie ..... 
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Kingsland School Board discusses changes in property tax law

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board discussed the impact that the changes in the homestead residential market value may have on taxpayers in the school district at their meeting Monday, October 17.

The 2011 Minnesota Legislature repealed the homestea ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary receives grant from Preston Area community Foundation

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Dwight Luhmann, President of the Preston Area Community Foundation, presents a $600 check to Taryn Raaen, a fifth grader at Fillmore Central. The funds were used to purchase junior size tennis rackets and low-bounce balls for the Fillmore Central El ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about reading curriculum

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Special Education teacher Hollie Clarke spoke to the Lanesboro School Board about a curriculum that she has been using with great success called Read Well. She explained that there are three reading levels; kindergarten, first and second grade, but ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
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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Financial Aid Night

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A representative from Southeast Technical College in Winona will be here with a financial aid presentation and wil ..... 
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Fillmore County schools, top to bottom

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

What if we compared all public schools at numerous grade levels in Fillmore County in the areas of math, reading and science? Which schools would stand out amongst their peers?

The 2011 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment was released on Sept ..... 
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Kingsland School Board approves maximum proposed levy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board certified the maximum property tax levy for 2012 in their meeting Monday, September 19.

"We certified the maximum instead of a specific dollar amount in the event that the state has made and error or a correction n ..... 
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