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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were present along with Elissa Johnsrud, a teacher on special assignment for the district.

Chatfield Elementary School’s 100 Book Challenge was significantly discussed in the meeting with Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke, instructor Elissa Johnsrud, and Superintendent Ed Harris weighing in on the topic. Ihrke reported that parental comments have been mostly positive on the reading program, but one of the more difficult concepts of the program to understand is deciphering the reading level for the student. He explained that the reading level deciphered allows reading to be fast, fun, and easy for the student while at the same time they are working on their reading skills. Ihrke encourages parents to contact him, their child’s instructor, or Elissa Johnsrud if they have any questions or concerns about the program.

Johnsrud contributed by saying that a large majority of the students are on target and that she and other staff members have been doing status checks in every classroom. She also stated that 81 percent of parents have been on board with signing contracts for program participation. Superintendent Harris commended the teaching staff, Johnsrud, and Principal Ihrke for their “transformational effort and remarkable leadership.” More information on the 100 Book Challenge can be found on the district’s website or by contacting the school.

In addition Principal Randy Paulson had a few announcements from the high school for the board. Twenty-three seniors had taken the first retake of the MCA test with thirteen of them passing. This brings the total senior class passage rate up to 81 percent. The high school’s noontime tutoring sessions have now been expanded for seventh through tenth graders. Paulson announced he had also finished a discipline matrix, a record for courses of action in certain disciplinary situations, which he had been working on over the summer for the high school.

A few students came before the board at the meeting to bring up certain issues. Middle School Council President Kadin Hill and Kathryn Martin brought forth the issue of study hall computer access for middle school students and the possibility of a middle schoo .....
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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Red Ribbon Week promoted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield students MaKayla and Mariah Pederson promoted this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol at the council’s October 8 meeting. Red Ribbon Week is to be October 23-31 in Chatfield. The na ..... 
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The Fillmore Central High School Band

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central High School Band Department will have 8 students proudly represent its school at the 2012 Three Rivers Honor Music Festival. The event will be held at St. Charles High School on Monday, November 5th, 2012. Students are selected ..... 
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Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars changes its name

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

As of October 1, 2012, Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars has a new name - Fillmore Central Scholarship Foundation. The local scholarship committee was recently informed that the annual fee to be affiliated with Scholarship America would be ra ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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College News

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Education

President’s List Western Technical College: Ralph Schneekloth and Lacey Spalla of Mabel; Michael Kenitz of Rushford; and Anastassia Novikova of Spring Grove Graduations Western Technical College: Hannah Hall of Canton in the Emergency Medical T ..... 
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