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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for students who attend Chatfield Public Schools in future years. As reported in previous months, initiatives such as the 100 Book Challenge and the Action 100 program will help the staff develop a teaching frame to better instruct students.

In the elementary school Principal Craig Ihrke stated that Action 100 is not a curriculum, but a staff development model that will be used next year. Action 100, which is a system from the American Reading Company, helps enhance teacher collaboration, and Chatfield hopes to utilize the system to give students an additional “powerful, individualized half-hour of instruction.” Reading specialist Judith Brockway also submitted some insight onto the issue, saying that over the summer the school’s library will be undergoing preparations to reinforce the 100 Book Challenge program. Also, the school encourages parent participation. The goal of the district is to have 95 percent of parents attending events like the parent information night, which will be held in late September. The teaching staff will undergo 32 days of job embedded professional development to improve instructional skills.

Secondary Principal Randy Paulson mentioned that the high school is also undergoing developments for the next school year already. The district is adding two more CIS classes through the University of Minnesota: a literature and composition class and physics. Paulson also had many highlights of high school activities to recognize. Both the high school band and choir received superior ratings at the large group contest. Speech team participants had a successful season, and one Chatfield competitor will be advancing onto the state competition. Finally, for the first time in Chatfield history, the Knowledge Bowl team attended the state competition and placed 12th out of 24 teams.

After each of the individual reports, the board members approved the FFA fundraiser “Rough Fish Tournament” for June 16, 2012 to remove undesirable fish from our local rivers. Also, the board approved the food service capital expenditures. Harris mentioned that at the June meeting, the board will have to vote to add a $0.10 increase to student lunch prices for the 2012-2013 .....
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Local student selected for scholarship

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Education

(ST. PAUL, MN)—Fillmore County Commissioner Duane Bakke, Past President of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), selected Samantha Kiehne, a Fillmore Central High School Senior, to receive the $1500 AMC Student Scholarship during AMC’s Le ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bo ..... 
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R-P may catch a break with flood mitigation bill

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The district continues to take strides to see its New School Initiative become a reality. It was announced in March that the district’s need had been recognized by the the House Finance Committee who recommended funding of the initiative to the bo ..... 
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Five Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Chatfield, Dover-Eyota, Houston, Northfield, and Rochester Mayo move on! The 2012 Senior High Knowledge Bowl Regionals were held on March 16 and 20, 2012, at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester. The following area teams competed after a ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves staff development program

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on March 26, Superintendent Richard Keith explained a staff professional development company called Editure. He had spoken to the teachers about it at a recent faculty meeting, and felt it would be benefi ..... 
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College News

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List •Western Technical College: Melissa Hirsch and Lacey Spalla of Mabel Dean’s List/Honor Rolls •Viterbo Unversity: Tony Becker, Jaclyn Holger, Steven Koenen, Marie Luhmann, Morgan McManimon-Myers, and Emily Zuccarelli, all o ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strategic objectives for the district

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board approved strategic objectives and district goals at their meeting Monday, March 19. The vision, mission, strategic objectives and district goals were developed through a series of strategic planning meetings. “The visi ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves programs for 2012-2013

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

At the Chatfield School Board’s March 19 meeting several items pertaining to the 2012-2013 school year were approved. Greg LaPlante was absent. The administrative plan for Action 100 Book Challenge was approved. Superintendent Ed Harris said ..... 
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