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Chatfield School Board discusses literacy plan


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, May 22 for the final meeting before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. Items on the meeting agenda included several alterations in the district’s staffing and the approval of the newly initiated literacy plan that the elementary school will implement in the next academic year.

The meeting began with district patron time where community volunteer Sandra Sullivan briefed the board on the landscaping projects occurring at the elementary school. Sandra reported that there are now a variety of trees that border sides of the school. Grant money awarded to the district have allowed for the landscaping to occur. Next, community volunteers plan on buying more plants to add to the trees.

In other business elementary principal Craig Ihrke focused his monthly report on two main items, MCA III math results and the passage of the district’s literacy plan. Ihrke said that overall results showed improvements in math scores in students from grades third through fifth. Third grade results ultimately rose from 59 percent meeting or exceeding the standards last year to 82 percent this year. Ihrke did remind board members that this was a different test, but is still a continuation of the MCA series.

Chatfield’s updated literacy plan will help students learn to read better by third grade. New criteria for this plan include having students read at or above their reading levels by third grade, having professional learning communities among staff members, having a strong volunteer base to allow for individual assistance, and encouraging parent involvement. Chatfield teachers and administrators believe that this new plan will further educational success in the district’s students. The public will also be able to review the plan soon as it will be available on the school’s website.

Secondary principal Randy Paulson had similar news to report in improvements in MCA math scores for middle school students. Both seventh and eighth grade test takers saw marginal increases in scores. Paulson then put spotlight on all of the end-of-the-year events such as the 13th annual FFA banquet, the middle school achievement program, and the senior scholarship banquet. A sincere appreciation for support went out to sponsors such as the Rick Bell State Farm Insurance Agency, Root River State Bank, the Lion’s Club, teachers and advisors, the Commercial Club, and the Chatfield .....
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Klimek~ Arndt

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Alicia Klimek and Dustin Arndt, both of Chatfield, Minn. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Connie Klimek of Glenwood, Minn. The groom is the son of Curt and Jennifer Arndt ..... 
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Chatfield to waive hookup fees for new homes

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the council’s May 14 meeting the recommendation of the Chatfield EDA to establish a trial period for a new incentive program to encourage construction of new single family homes. Councilors Dave Frank and Josh Th ..... 
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Luella Penne

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Luella Penne, age 94, of Chatfield, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center where she had resided since 2001. Luella Catherine Weber was born on March 29, 1918, in Cresco, Iowa to Frank and Carrie (Volkering) Weber. She marri ..... 
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Steve’s Auto open in Chatfield

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

Steve Huper of Chatfield worked as a mechanic at several different places before he decided to open up his own shop. The building has housed many things, including a flower shop, but it looks like it will be Steve’s Auto Care and Performance Cente ..... 
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Chatfield’s AA rating affirmed

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

City Clerk Joel Young reviewed the latest long term rating from Standard and Poors at the city council’s April 23 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. At the council’s February 27 meeting, the city council approved a resolution to trig ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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Mary Katherine Ward

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Katherine “Kay” Ward, 83, of Chatfield, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Katherine was born May 15, 1928 in Red Wing, Minnesota, one of 13 children of David and Alfreda (Matter) Gadient. S ..... 
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Chatfield siren agreement with Olmsted County

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield City Council at their April 9 meeting approved an agreement with Olmsted County for the operation and maintenance of the city’s warning sirens. The purchase of the updated sirens was approved in February. The total cost including i ..... 
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