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Chatfield ready for new school year


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for the last meeting before the start of a new school year on August 20, 2012. A wide variety of information was passed on from school administrators to the board about the academic year that will begin in September.

Both principals agreed that standardized test scores had marginal improvement and the school will continue to implement learning programs to keep scores elevated. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke noted the student handbooks that will be available to students and their parents. This year’s handbook will be segmented into user-friendly sections. The handbooks will be posted electronically and hard copies are preferred to be limited to those who do not have internet access at home. Ihrke also shared comments by Alyssa Johnsrud, an instructor who is on special assignment for the district. Johnsrud is a coordinator for the school’s Action 100 plan. There will be a parent workshop on September 25 for parents to learn more about their children’s involvement in the Action 100 program. At least one parent from each family is encouraged to attend this event.

Food Service Director Gwen McCaulley was at the meeting to brief the board on federally mandated changes to the public school lunch program. McCaulley explained that mandated changes include a minimum/maximum calorie count, the protein and bread servings per week are now less, sodium and saturated fat limits have been decreased, a required, wider variety of colorful vegetables, ½ of grains served must be whole grains, and milk must be low fat or fat free. The concept behind these changes is to educate students on eating more healthily.

The Superintendent was the last administrator to speak to the board. He reported that there was a preliminary enrollment number that resulted in a net gain in a variety amount of grades. He also finished a review of bus safety policies and procedures. Finally, the district is looking further into bully programming to utilize within the schools. Harris also told the board that staff members would be returning next week for in-service days before the new academic year begins.

In consent items, the board approved positions for five elementary paraprofessionals and some high school positions. Rachel Erz will be a physical education and Kindergarten instructor. Hannah Iacarella will be the new Spanish instructor. Finally, Barbara Ahl is the new choir director for Chatfield Hig .....
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K-12 STUDENTS RECEIVE EXTRA BOOST FROM MINNESOTA GRANTMAKERS

Thu, Aug 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Education

MINNEAPOLIS (August 23, 2012) - As students head back to school this year, new research by the Minnesota Council on foundations (MCF) indicates that Minnesota grantmakers have increased giving to education, specifically funneling more dollars toward ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves handbooks

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from high school Principal Brett Clarke and approved three handbooks at their regular meeting on August 16. The first handbook was the Student Handbook. Clarke said the only change made was the semester test polic ..... 
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Peterson Kid's Club finishes annual Community Service Project

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

Kids’ Club, a school-age child care program through Rushford-Peterson Community Education, just finished their annual Community Service project. They advertised for and sold lemonade, then took the proceeds and purchased food for the Semcac Foodsh ..... 
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Back to School Tips

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t the only things that children need to help them prepare for back to school in the fall. There several are several health and safety tips that will get their year off to a great start. Playground Safety, Im ..... 
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Fillmore Central ready for new school year

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board met on July 24, 2012. Dean of Students Chris Mensink said the asbestos removal is done at the elementary school and they are ready to start the new year. They have moved a few classrooms around, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools - Mini Grant Program

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the sixteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each ..... 
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R-P looking at phased new facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead ..... 
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R-P looking at phased new facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead ..... 
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