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Four-day kindergarten new at Fillmore Central


Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

Through the innovation of two elementary school teachers, kindergartners attending school at Fillmore Central today are treated somewhat differently than students in the past.

When my son attended kindergarten nine years ago, he attended a full day of school every other day. One week he would go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; the next week Tuesday and Thursday.

Now all kindergartners at Fillmore Central go Monday, Wednesday and Friday to regular class. But in addition to the traditional three day model, each student also attends classes a full day on either Tuesday or Thursday as well.

The new kindergarten program takes advantage of slightly smaller class sizes to work with students four full days per week, with Tuesday and Thursday classes focusing on small group learning.

The brainchild of veteran teachers Cheryl Schumacher and Joanie Johnson, the program allows them to teach a regular Kindergarten curriculum three days a week, with the benefit of focusing on individual learning the fourth day. And in some special instances, where a student would benefit from additional instruction, the kindergartner attends school five days a week, with two days being spent in small groups.

“Every child benefits from small group,” Schumacher points out, noting that the student to teacher ratio on Tuesdays and Thursdays is 5:1. Schumacher’s program is called K+ (K-Plus) and is funded through Title 1.

“Not every child learns the same way,” explains Johnson. “One child might have an auditory style of learning while another might favor a more hands-on approach. They both benefit from individualized instruction in small group.”

“K+ allows us to work on concepts in regular group Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and use a variety of mediums to teach in small groups on the fourth day,’ Schumacher chimed in.

“And the extra day allows us to go back and spend extra time on key concepts,” Johnson said. While Schumacher works on small groups through K+, Johnson focuses on enrichment activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The enthusiasm the two teachers have for the program is evident in how they finish each other’s sentences. Both Schumacher, of Preston, and Johnson, of Harmony, have more than 20 years teaching experience. Johnson has been teaching kindergarten at Fillmore Central the p .....
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Heartland faces local opposition

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

While Heartland Energy & Recycling recently received a favorable response from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - the regulatory agency accepted its Environmental Assessment Worksheet and did not require a costly and time consuming Envir ..... 
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A conversation about war, taxes and the state of Minnesota

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Live life as it comes," Elmer L. Andersen said as we sat and talked in his St. Paul home.

Elmer L. Andersen was governor of Minnesota from 1961 through 1963 and State Senator from 1949 through 1958. In addition, he was CEO of ..... 
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An officer and a gentleman

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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"There had been a lot of talk in the wind, but we kind of knew in March that we’d be called up," Brett Corson said as he talked about his Army Reserve Unit being deployed.

Corson, who was elected to Fillmore County Attorney in N ..... 
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Paulson remembered as independent, self-sufficient

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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“Clarence was planning on putting in a crop this year,” Howard Brekke said admiringly, referring to his uncle, 95 year old Clarence Paulson. “He had no intention of giving up farming and even bought a new corn planter at a sale in Preston a few years ..... 
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County Board Report: Blasting notice creates plenty of heat

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

A newly imposed 10 day blasting notice stirred up local gravel pit owners and contractors causing them to come before the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday to express their displeasure. In the past, it has been left to the neighboring landowners to as ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Harstad sentenced to jail time for 2000 ATV death

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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Andy Harstad of Harmony was sentenced to 90 days in jail, placed on five years probation and fined $800 after pleading guilty to felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two other charges stemming from an incident which resulted in the death of Justin ..... 
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Rushford City and Village cooperate on police and sewer

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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At the March 24th Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved a contract for police service to the city of Rushford Village pending approval by the Village. The contract states that the city police will respond to "911 calls related to an eme ..... 
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A march for peace in the shadow of war

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: At the time that this article was written, America was not yet at war with Iraq. Nonetheless, the author clearly points out the many emotions that people in America feel about going to war.

The fact that differen ..... 
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