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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Minnesota State Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius and Kingsland High School Principal James Hecimovich tour a classroom in the High School. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school.

Ms. Cassellius first toured the middle school in Wykoff, Minn. visiting the sixth grade Project Lead The Way classroom among others. From the middle school she went on to the high school in Spring Valley, Minn. where she toured the school and several classrooms including a classroom where a crime scene had been portrayed with students performing an investigation and searching for clues to solve the crime complete with an outline of a body, “vomit,” and other bodily fluids used as pieces of the puzzle.

Cassellius was very impressed with the classrooms and the technology available to the students at Kingsland. High School Principal James Hecimovich stated, “Kingsland is on the road map for doing good things for kids,” which Cassellius is aware of and wanted to come to Kingsland in person to recognize the school.

Following the classroom tour Cassellius entered the high school gymnasium to a loud and energetic welcome by students, parents, staff, and visitors of Kingsland. The assembly began with Superintendent McDonald expressing his pride in Cassellius coming “to celebrate Kingsland School’s accomplishments” stating that Kingsland is “a great place to be and a great environment” for students.

Superintendent McDonald said that Kingsland is on the way to a world class education made stronger by the fact that Kingsland offers over 80 college credits to students. When speaking of Cassellius to the audience, McDonald described her as someone who works hard to reduce the achievement gap for students which is important.

Cassellius was introduced to the audience who reacted with a heartfelt deafening round of applause, cheers, and whistles welcoming the Commissioner of Education to their school.

Cassellius stated to the assembly that she wanted to visit Kingsland Schools “to look at the wonderful stuff you are doing here” and said that she is “proud of the community, the teachers, and the students” for everything they have accomplished. She pointed out Kingsland’s incredible band and asked for a drum roll which then played.

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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school. Ms. Cassellius first toured the mid ..... 
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Houston School Board looking at speech therapy service

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg Houston Public Schools held a school board meeting on Tuesday, September 3. The board discussed changing their meetings from twice a month to once a month. Some school board members wanted to make sure they would have adequate ti ..... 
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Fillmore Central prepared for new school year

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board approved a couple of purchases at their regular meeting on August 27. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the five-year lease on the copy machine at the high school will expire in October. They h ..... 
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Fillmore Central prepared for new school year

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board approved a couple of purchases at their regular meeting on August 27. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the five-year lease on the copy machine at the high school will expire in October. They h ..... 
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Fillmore Central prepared for new school year

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board approved a couple of purchases at their regular meeting on August 27. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the five-year lease on the copy machine at the high school will expire in October. They h ..... 
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Powell awarded SEMAC grant for composition

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Education

This past Thursday, August 22, the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), on the recommendation of their Board of Directors, awarded a series of individual artistic grants to applicants from all over the region. One of the recipients included M ..... 
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AgStar announces winners of Purple Ribbon Video Contest

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Mankato, Minn. – AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders, announced the winners of the second annual Purple Ribbon Video Contest, a contest held to encourage youth to showcase their role ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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