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Doing things differently at Houston Schools?


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston school board held a meeting on March 3. Nearly half of the meeting was given to Houston high school principal Todd Lundberg as he discussed several ideas that resonated with him for doing things differently as far as education is concerned.

Lundberg has been researching methods that seem to work for other schools. One thing that Lundberg has begun this year is called “The Breakfast of Champions”. “This is a program that honors students that may not be “A” students, but are overall great students, that are doing the right thing and are going to be great citizens when they (graduate).” said Lundberg.

Lundberg then began to discuss the relationship between grades and behavior. He gave the example of a student that turns in a piece of homework late. In many schools, the student would receive no credit, even if all of the answers are correct. In this case, says Lundberg, the teacher is grading the student’s behavior, rather than grading the student on the basis of understanding the information or not.

Lundberg added that, while Houston is not at this point yet, some schools have given students two separate grades; one for comprehending the material and one for “citizenship behavior,” as Lundberg called it.

Lundberg also went on to discuss a Credit Recovery Program that the school is planning to implement. Currently, if a student fails a class, they must repeat the class or take summer

school. Lundberg plans to implement a program that will allow a student to log extra hours with a teacher, going over the missed material, and if they spend the proper amount of time, they can get those credits back. “A lot of times it’s not much that they failed,” emphasized Lundberg. So, rather than spending their summer going over the whole class, they would be able to focus on the parts that they struggled with. Though they have the possibility to earn their credits back, the failure will still stay on the transcript for GPA purposes.

After asking for some clarification on certain issues, the board showed appreciation for

Lundberg’s passion and willingness to think outside of the box. “I have (seen) districts that have done this, and that can be very good, but very disruptive,” commented board member Michaeleen Bonner.

“Change is that way sometimes,” added board member Kevin Kelleher.

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Math test scores increase for Houston MNVA students

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on Feb. 17. The meeting began with the acceptance of the resignation from HHS driver class training instructor Susan Ferries. Ferries expressed in her letter of resignation the desire to serve in “some cap ..... 
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Fillmore Central discusses Special Education services

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Education

Fillmore Central’s Special Ed. committee met twice this month to discuss the possibility of some changes in services. Right now, Fillmore Central shares special ed. services with Kingsland Schools. Recently, Kingsland announced they were thinkin ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears details for service trip opportunity

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met Tuesday, February 17 in the Chatfield High School media center for their monthly regular meeting. All board members were present for the duration of the meeting. Board members include Jerry Chase (chair), F. Mike T ..... 
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Enrollment numbers up for Mabel-Canton School District

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 17th, 2014 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the January 12th and 28th, 2015 meetings were reviewed and approved. Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Februa ..... 
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Enrollment numbers up for Mabel-Canton School District

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 17th, 2014 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the January 12th and 28th, 2015 meetings were reviewed and approved. Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Februa ..... 
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Local students advance to Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Education

Two Regional Spelling Bees were held on Tuesday, February 10 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester. Seventy-six students participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees. Students from 38 districts throughout southeast Minnesota advanced ..... 
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Fillmore Central Tri-State MS Honor Band

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central 7th and 8th grade band students were selected for the 2015 Tri-State MS Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Left to right: Garrett Aggen (alto), Makenna Gatzke (percussion), Kelsey Biel (tenor), Madison Scheevel (clar ..... 
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Fillmore Central Tri-State MS Honor Band

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central 7th and 8th grade band students were selected for the 2015 Tri-State MS Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Left to right: Garrett Aggen (alto), Makenna Gatzke (percussion), Kelsey Biel (tenor), Madison Scheevel (clar ..... 
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