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Lanesboro School Board learns about Plato educational software


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro special education teacher Jim Gladis was at the school board meeting on April 17 to discuss the Plato online software the district currently uses. The online curriculum Plato offers is used for a variety of things. Gladis said the number one reason he uses it is for credit recovery.

Gladis explained if a student is struggling and not making the percentage needed to get credit for a class, they can use Plato to help. They take a look at where the deficit is and what the student needs, and he can make up a “prescription,” or a personalized curriculum to help them get the grade they need.

According to Gladis, if they get 80 percent on the Plato course, the grade can be changed.

“It gives them another option,” said Gladis. “It had worked well, and not just in special ed.”

Another way Gladis uses Plato is a replaced physical science class for grades 9-10. The students can work at their own pace for the class, and must get 80 percent to pass.

Gladis said a benefit of Plato is it can be adjusted to ability levels, and the students will still meet the educational requirements. This helps them see more success.

Another way Plato is used is for online school. There are currently two students enrolled full time in online school, and Plato works well for them.

The question came up about sending kids to the alternative school in Dover to make up for lost credits. Principal Brett Clarke said the numbers are getting smaller since they have started using Plato.

The Plato program can be used by anyone to help boost MCA scores or to improve grades.

Technology

Clarke updated the board on technology issues at the school, including the 1:1 laptops kids in grades 9-12 are using. Clarke said the warranty runs through next year. He would like to purchase new laptops for one grade level next year so they are not buying new ones for all grades at one time.

There was some discussion about getting laptops for students in grades 7/8. Boggs spoke about the trend of moving toward digital textbooks, and how expensive it is. He explained with many of the textbooks, they do not get a hard copy or a pdf file, but a subscription for access to the book, which they must renew every year. There are benefits to the digital textbooks, such as links and some interactive features. He said he and Clarke have been going back and .....
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“I Love to Read” program a Big Success for Kids in Fillmore Central and Lanesboro Schools

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Fillmore Central Community Education, Fillmore Central Schools, Lanesboro Schools, and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in our area. The “I Love to Read” program was introduced this past February during “I L ..... 
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Lanesboro 6th grade class visits Minnesota State Capitol

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) and State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) are pictured with 6th grade students from Lanesboro Elementary School. The group visited with the lawmakers recently while touring the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Lanesboro Child Care Center

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

In 1988 the Lanesboro School District was the first in the state of Minnesota to offer daycare within the school system. This program is offered for all resident of the district. We are licensed to care for up to 60 children in our facility. Hig ..... 
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Lanesboro School helping with playground equipment costs

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The playground equipment at Sylvan Park will be updated in a special project taking place this summer. City Administrator David Todd attended the school board meeting on March 20 to discuss a cost-sharing agreement with the school district. Todd ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53. Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for t ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21. Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances. The food service fund increased this year, and ..... 
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Friends of the Lanesboro Public Library to host scholastic book fair event

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

What: The Friends of the Lanesboro Public Lanesboro will host a Scholastic Book Fair Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Thursday and Friday the hours of the sale will be 3-6 p.m., Saturday the hou ..... 
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Lanesboro Elementary named Reward School

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Principal James Semmen informed the school board that Lanesboro Elementary was recently named one of the Minnesota Department of Education’s 2013 Reward Schools. He explained the Reward Schools include the top 50 percent of all schools, not school ..... 
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