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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, they have been discussing ways to offer math and English classes all year instead of for one semester. Right now, the seventh and eighth graders have math and English on alternate days throughout the entire school year. The issue is to see if it can be done while keeping the same teacher FTE hours.

Olsted mentioned one possibility of having alternate days on all classes, so the classes one would have first semester would be on even days, and second semester on odd days, or vice versa. There is always the possibility of going back to a seven- or eight-period day.

Board member Emily Ellis said the scheduling committee is looking at keeping the longer period of class time that comes with a four-period day, as that is what the students and teachers prefer. Classes last 75 minutes, and this can be a plus for science labs, and other classes as well.

Deb Ristau asked if it was absolutely necessary to keep the four-period day. She said she has nothing against it, but she knows it’s not perfect, and she would like to see math and English be all year.

Ellis said they have gone over every possibility.

The board approved having the committee pursue the options.

Technology committee

Superintendent Richard Keith spoke on behalf of the technology committee and their recent meeting. The committee discussed policies and what purchases to make in the near future. They also discussed many options when it comes to providing electronic notebooks for high school students, including the possibility of allowing the student to pay a damage deposit to keep it with them at all times, having students use it at school only, or having a lease program which will allow to the student to keep the notebook at the end of a certain period of time.

Keith also mentioned that e-textbooks are becoming more and more commonplace in schools. “There are current textbook companies that are producing books, but also electronic versions of those books, for the same price generally,” he said.

The electronic versions of textbooks are more like software than actual books, he explained, with more interactive activit .....
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Seeking volunteer host families to host exchange students for 2013/2014 school year

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

“Hosting an international exchange student is a wonderful way for American families to learn about another country and culture without ever leaving their homes,” says Laura Stahl, Special Services Director for Organization for Cultural Exchange A ..... 
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Educational summer camps offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Camps for are planned this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers will get hands-on experience building computers or other high-tech devices, learn which col ..... 
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Southeast Service Cooperative Offers Sessions for Parents of Gifted/Talented Children

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

In an effort to meet the needs of area parents, Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC) will offer presentations, geared to parents, from some of the nation’s foremost experts on gifted and talented learners through its Gifted and Talented Learners’ ..... 
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Root River program to get new Occupational Therapy services

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

Michelle Breitsprecher, Director of the Root River Program, spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular meeting on Feb. 26. She stated they had been receiving Occupational Therapy services from Southland for five days a month, but th ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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Root River program to get new Occupational Therapy services

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Michelle Breitsprecher, Director of the Root River Program, spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular meeting on Feb. 26. She stated they had been receiving Occupational Therapy services from Southland for five days a month, but th ..... 
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