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Chatfield School Board discusses technology integration


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met Monday, May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. Many items were discussed before school adjourns for the summer.

The board heard from the district’s new activity director Dan Schindler who is currently from the North Branch Area Public School System. Schindler has an abundance of coaching experience and is expected to fit in well in Chatfield’s athletic and activity programs. After an interview process Schindler was appointed to the position. He introduced himself to the rest of the board during the meeting saying that he’s excited for the opportunity to work with the coaches.

Schindler will continue to work at North Branch for two years as their district runs on a four day school week. He will return on Friday evenings and spend the weekends and Mondays in Chatfield for the next two years. He plans to move to Chatfield with his family in the coming years.

Another important item on the agenda was discussion about Chatfield’s 1:1 Mobile Devices technology program. Teachers and fourth to eighth grade students will be utilizing new technology in the next school year. Fourth through sixth graders will receive an Ipad Mini while seventh and eighth grade students will be working with Android devices.

Younger students will also be provided with devices. Each kindergarten classroom will have 4 Ipads and each first through third grade class will receive a set of 30 Ipads. The school will be implementing training for teachers to get maximum results with the use of the new technology.

The SAMR Model will be used to have teachers evaluate their lessons. The SAMR Model follows four steps: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. There will be training in the summer. Fourth through sixth grade teachers will have three days of training while seventh and eighth grade instructors will do 1.5 days.

The board passed several consent items including the resignations of art club advisor and speech coach Kelly Pruent, gifted and talented instructors Jayna Harstad and Tim Hebrink, English instructor Stacy Hogberg, and business instructor Art Gust.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 7:00pm.

Harriet Louise Mordal

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Harriet Louise Mordal, 91, of Chatfield, Minn. died Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Harriet Louise Peterson was born August 21, 1921, to Edward and Olga (Olerud) Peterson. She attended Lanesboro High School, ..... 
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Margaret Jane Luedtke

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Margaret Jane “Marjane” Luedtke, 83, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at her home in Chatfield, Minn. Marjane was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Rochester, Minn. She was the daughter of Louis and Mary (Stokes) Bradt. She graduated from Chatfield High S ..... 
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Raymond Henry Kirtz

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Raymond H. Kirtz, 71, of Chatfield, Minn. died Tuesday at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, after a brave battle with cancer. He leaves a legacy of selfless care, bright humor and deep compassion. Ray will be grieved and missed by many. Ra ..... 
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Lucille Bronstad

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lucille Ann (Hanson) Bronstad, 82, beloved wife of Melvin Bronstad for 62 years, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Chosen Valley Health Care in Chatfield, Minn. Lucille was born October 30, 1930, to Mary Katherine (Kral) Hanson and Christopher C. ..... 
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Vivian Muriel Thompson

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Vivian Muriel Thompson, 93, of Chatfield Minn., died Saturday, May 11, 2013. Vivian was born May 3, 1920, in Chatfield to Ernest and Nellie (Schroeder) Engle. She graduated from Chatfield High School with the class of 1937. On Sept. 3, 1953 she ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward to create Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner City engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, discussed the process to create a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at the Chatfield City Council’s May 13 meeting. Councilors Paul Novotny and Robert Pederson were absent. The city ..... 
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Vivian Muriel Thompson

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Vivian Muriel Thompson, 93, of Chatfield, died Saturday, May 11, 2013. Vivian was born May 3, 1920, in Chatfield to Ernest and Nellie (Schroeder) Engle. She graduated from Chatfield High School with the class of 1937. On Sept. 3, 1953 she married ..... 
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Matthew J. Opat appointed to fill Third Judicial District vacancy

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

MN Judicial Branch Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew J. Opat as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. Mr. Opat will be replacing the Honorable Robert R. Benson, who retired earlier this year. Th ..... 
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