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Kingsland School Board receives National Certification


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Thor Misko, Vice President of Engagement of Project Lead the Way, presented Kingsland with one of three banners. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Kingsland School Board held its regular school board meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Kingsland school cafeteria, as a larger crowd than normal was expected to attend. Following the regular meeting, a presentation was held on Project Lead The Way. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. There were several special guests at the school board meeting including Representative Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the board approved the consent agenda items including November 2012 bills, policy review, and policy adoption. A public thank you was given to IBM for a donation of three thousand dollars for the Robotics team competition. A second thank you was given to the VFW for a donation of two hundred dollars to be used for educational purposes as the district sees fit.

Two representatives from the FFA gave the report for the group. The school board committees reported on their recent meetings. The second reading of job descriptions was approved. A request for maternity leave by a staff member was approved. The hiring of seven individuals was approved.

Many individuals were on hand to celebrate the fact that Kingsland school district has received national certification in three different areas of Science and Engineering. The three areas are Gateway to Technology, Pathway to Engineering, and Biomedical Science. Kingsland is the first school in the state to be certified in three areas and the only school in the state to be certified in biomedical science.

Superintendent McDonald stated that “all teachers have stepped up” and worked hard and added that they have “done a great job” with Project Lead The Way. Principal Hecimovich spoke next saying that he is extremely proud of everyone involved with Project Lead The Way. Hecimovich went on to say that he is “proud of the direction we have taken as a district.”

Sue Kolling, of the Spring Valley Area Foundation, who was a driving force behind Project Lead The Way in Kingsland explained how students “receive national college credits right here at Kingsland,” she said. Kingsland is also bringing Mayo Clinic into the classroom by working with April Horne, Section Head of Mayo Clinic Engineering. Ms. Horne stated that Kingsland and Project Lead The Way are “transforming education.” Min .....
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Kingsland Schools to receive Project Lead the Way national certification

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Public School will receive national certification for their Project Lead The Way Engineering and Biomedical Programs. Kingsland Middle School/Junior High will receive national recognition for the Gateway To Technology (GTT) Program it has ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears audit report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro City Council the 2011-2012 audit report at their regular meeting on November 15, and the board approved it as presented. Ristau said the district had a decrease in their general fund balanc ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Re-Elects President Obama

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton 7-12th grade students voted in a mock presidential election on Tuesday November 6th. A few students from the 8th grade class helped register voters, pass out ballots, and hand out “I voted at M-C” stickers to students. After the ..... 
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AgStar announces Ag in the Classroom grant recipients

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Mankato, Minn., (November 6, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $750 to Fillmore Central High School for advancement of equipment in their agriculture and industri ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony 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 ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston 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 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Elementary

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Jim Johnson of Rushford has a passion for building marble mazes. Johnson knows how much these mazes are enjoyed by students and has graciously donated one of his mazes to Rushford-Peterson Elementary. The students are excited and thrilled to have thi ..... 
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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district. According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult ..... 
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