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Lanesboro School Board learns about Plato educational software


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro special education teacher Jim Gladis was at the school board meeting on April 17 to discuss the Plato online software the district currently uses. The online curriculum Plato offers is used for a variety of things. Gladis said the number one reason he uses it is for credit recovery.

Gladis explained if a student is struggling and not making the percentage needed to get credit for a class, they can use Plato to help. They take a look at where the deficit is and what the student needs, and he can make up a “prescription,” or a personalized curriculum to help them get the grade they need.

According to Gladis, if they get 80 percent on the Plato course, the grade can be changed.

“It gives them another option,” said Gladis. “It had worked well, and not just in special ed.”

Another way Gladis uses Plato is a replaced physical science class for grades 9-10. The students can work at their own pace for the class, and must get 80 percent to pass.

Gladis said a benefit of Plato is it can be adjusted to ability levels, and the students will still meet the educational requirements. This helps them see more success.

Another way Plato is used is for online school. There are currently two students enrolled full time in online school, and Plato works well for them.

The question came up about sending kids to the alternative school in Dover to make up for lost credits. Principal Brett Clarke said the numbers are getting smaller since they have started using Plato.

The Plato program can be used by anyone to help boost MCA scores or to improve grades.

Technology

Clarke updated the board on technology issues at the school, including the 1:1 laptops kids in grades 9-12 are using. Clarke said the warranty runs through next year. He would like to purchase new laptops for one grade level next year so they are not buying new ones for all grades at one time.

There was some discussion about getting laptops for students in grades 7/8. Boggs spoke about the trend of moving toward digital textbooks, and how expensive it is. He explained with many of the textbooks, they do not get a hard copy or a pdf file, but a subscription for access to the book, which they must renew every year. There are benefits to the digital textbooks, such as links and some interactive features. He said he and Clarke have been going back and .....
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Science projects presented to Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board members had an opportunity to enjoy the work of two of the district’s students firsthand at their most recent meeting on April 21, 2014. Matthew Dietz and Justin Friedrich were present at the meeting to present two of the ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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