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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed


Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college.

Fillmore Central’s two instructors Michael Elliot and Darrin Ellsworth outlined their goals, curriculum, challenges, successes, and future plans for the Fillmore Central School Board on Tuesday, January 27.

Elliott and Ellsworth next outlined the curriculum. All 9th graders must have Physical Science, which covers the process of science and what scientists think. This is a state-mandated class.

Students must take and pass three science classes before they graduate. There are several choices, including Biology, Chemistry, Human Health, and Physics. This is also the first year an Advanced Chemistry class has been offered. Its instructor, Elliott, is very impressed with how the class is going.

New state mandates will require earth science and ecology stated Elliott. This will be a challenge for the department, as it will crowd out a biology class that was designed for those students who are academically challenged.

“I feel like we’re doing a good job,” Elliott told the board, as he and Ellsworth highlighted positive strides within the program, that included:

1) Marked improvement in higher levels of thinking.

2) Integrating writing and other communication skills such as in debates, presentations, papers, etc.

3) More students seeking out science-based career options

4) More students taking multiple science courses in a semester.

5) Increased inquiry on labs and on-hands experience.

6) Ongoing science field trips that include completing a lengthy package that ties what students have learned with what the trip offers.

The two instructors see distinct challenges ahead of them that includes meeting new state requirements as well as utilizing and applying technology in learning while dealing with aging and outdated equipment. Superintendent Myrna Lueh-mann wrapped up the presentation by crediting Ellsworth for starting a science club, and noting that both teachers worked on the Board of Teaching which is a part of the federal government’s “No Child Left Behin .....
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Twins talk baseball and more

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twin’s coach Al Ne ..... 
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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The repercussions of meth

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health ( ..... 
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County Commissioners: Electronic courtroom will save time and money

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We’re trying to do everything as responsible as possible”, noted Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson as he and Court Administrator James Attwood presented information on the bidding for electronic court equipment. Four potential bidders were mailed ..... 
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Knoepke wins special election in Preston

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Steve Knoepke received 400 (56%) out of 711 votes cast in Thursday’s special election to fill the vacant Preston Council seat created by the death of Mike Gartner. Robert Sauer, who was appointed to fill Gartner’s seat on an interim basis, came in se ..... 
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Heartland mandamus suit moved to federal court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Friday, January 9, Attorney John Baker, who is representing the city of Preston in a second mandamus suit brought by Bob and Elaine Maust, filed papers moving the suit from state to federal court.

The Mausts are asking the co ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Lee Allan Comstock, 20, of Wykoff, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 12, on charges of felony burglary in the second degree.

According to the criminal complaint, ..... 
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