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Early Childhood Initiative


Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is a county wide coalition of community members who are concerned and involved in the early childhood experience for our children. The mission for our ECI is to "support families while building a connected community of H.O.P.E: Health, Optimism, Possibilities, Education." The ECI has three priority areas revolving around volunteerism, mental and emotional health, and high-quality, affordable child care.

Mental health is a key aspect to the later development of a child. It also provides a way for a child, especially infants, to form relationships, regulate emotions, and to feel comfortable and safe in their environment to explore and learn. It is a common belief that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are too young to have mental health problems. However, it is infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are most vulnerable to mental health problems. Research has shown that a child's brain is about 90 percent developed by the age of 5. According to Initiative Quarterly, when children feel pain and sense trauma, their bodies respond by releasing chemicals that can affect brain development and prevent pathways in the brain from forming. It was once believed that mental health issues come from genetics, but new research is showing that it can also come from environmental factors as well.

On February 5th the Fillmore County Early Childhood Initiative will be co-sponsoring a one day seminar on children's mental health at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center from 9:00 A.M-4:00 P.M. The seminar is being presented by the MN Department of Human Services. Participants at the seminar will learn about optimal growth through nurturing relationships, screening and assessment procedures for social-emotional health in children, and identify strategies that promote well-being in children. There is a $25 registration fee which covers lunch and a book. For more information, please contact Holly Kanengeiter at holly.kanengeiter@isd2198.k12.mn.us or at (507) 765-3809 ext. 401.

Fillmore Central's District Science Fair

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central District Science Fair was held on Tuesday, January 12th. The students presented their final projects to an array of local judges. This process started back in September where the students wrote down three topics they were interes ..... 
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Fillmore Central Knowledge Bowl Team

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

In case you hadn't heard, the knowledge bowl teams did a fabulous job last Wednesday. We should all be extremely proud of how well our students represented Fillmore Central.

First of all, congratulations to the 9 th grade knowledge bowl team ..... 
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Kingsland School Board faced with some challenging decisions

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Education

The agenda for the meeting of the Kingsland School Board was short to begin with, and as it ended up, the board didn't get through item 1.

The first item on the agenda was the Election of Board Officers. The current Board Chair, Mitch Lenz, ..... 
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Chatfield School Board endorses transfer of Potter Auditorium over to EDA

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board held its regular monthly meeting on December 21st, 2009. All of the board members and approximately fifteen community members were present. Holiday refreshments were served to those present to accompany the "Truth in Taxat ..... 
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R-P races to the top

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

Both the board and the administration were in a light-hearted, jolly mood at the Monday, December 21 meeting. No doubt it had just as much to do with the rapid forward paces the district has been making as it does the holiday season. The short meeti ..... 
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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Superintenden ..... 
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Fillmore Central holds special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on December 21 with the intent of getting input from the public on a few issues. On the agenda were major topics of discussion, including making large cuts in the budget and possibly restructu ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board takes action on items discussed at special meeting

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

The night after their special meeting was held to discuss restructuring their administration, the Fillmore Central School Board made some decisions that will mean changes at the school. They are also looking to the future at other possible changes t ..... 
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