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Chatfield ready for new school year


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for the last meeting before the start of a new school year on August 20, 2012. A wide variety of information was passed on from school administrators to the board about the academic year that will begin in September.

Both principals agreed that standardized test scores had marginal improvement and the school will continue to implement learning programs to keep scores elevated. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke noted the student handbooks that will be available to students and their parents. This year’s handbook will be segmented into user-friendly sections. The handbooks will be posted electronically and hard copies are preferred to be limited to those who do not have internet access at home. Ihrke also shared comments by Alyssa Johnsrud, an instructor who is on special assignment for the district. Johnsrud is a coordinator for the school’s Action 100 plan. There will be a parent workshop on September 25 for parents to learn more about their children’s involvement in the Action 100 program. At least one parent from each family is encouraged to attend this event.

Food Service Director Gwen McCaulley was at the meeting to brief the board on federally mandated changes to the public school lunch program. McCaulley explained that mandated changes include a minimum/maximum calorie count, the protein and bread servings per week are now less, sodium and saturated fat limits have been decreased, a required, wider variety of colorful vegetables, ½ of grains served must be whole grains, and milk must be low fat or fat free. The concept behind these changes is to educate students on eating more healthily.

The Superintendent was the last administrator to speak to the board. He reported that there was a preliminary enrollment number that resulted in a net gain in a variety amount of grades. He also finished a review of bus safety policies and procedures. Finally, the district is looking further into bully programming to utilize within the schools. Harris also told the board that staff members would be returning next week for in-service days before the new academic year begins.

In consent items, the board approved positions for five elementary paraprofessionals and some high school positions. Rachel Erz will be a physical education and Kindergarten instructor. Hannah Iacarella will be the new Spanish instructor. Finally, Barbara Ahl is the new choir director for Chatfield Hig .....
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ava Briella Grover

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ava Briella Grover Lindsay Lea and Troy Grover of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Ava Briella. Ava was born on July 13, 2012, at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. She weighed 9 lb. and was 21 inches long. ..... 
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Country moves to town

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

Farm families of Fillmore County put a large amount of effort into making the Fillmore County Fair a success each year. The Hopp family of Chatfield, Minn. is one of these families. Doug and Heather Hopp of rural Chatfield and their children put t ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ava Briella Grover Lindsay Lea and Troy Grover of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Ava Briella. Ava was born on July 13, 2012. She weighed 9 lb. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Star and Al Polzin of Cha ..... 
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2012 Public Works projects and purchases

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a ..... 
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Chatfield last concert in the park of the season

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, The Swing Street Big Band will perform for Chatfield’s “Music in the Park” concert series on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Bandshell. The 17-piece big band is made up of some of the top m ..... 
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August H. Drewes

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

August Herman Drewes, 88, of Chatfield, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Chosen Vally Care Center in Chatfield, of congestive heart failure. August was born Feb. 8, 1924, to George and Elizabeth (Kaulbaush) Drewes in Spring Valley. He graduated ..... 
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Registration is now open for Chatfield Western Days Stampede

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

Registration is now open for the 2012 Chatfield Western Days Stampede road races. The 18th annual Stampede is scheduled for Saturday morning, Aug. 11, during Western Days. The starting gun for the 10K race will go off at 8 a.m., with the two-mile ..... 
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