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R-P recipient of two grants


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education. The district’s Lille By Preschool program was recently awarded a 4-Star rating for the Parent Aware program.

Began as a privately funded pilot program to address underprepared student needs, Parent Aware was adopted by the Department of Education and will make ratings available statewide by 2015. It is led by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Office of Early Learning. In local communities, Parent Aware is working to share ratings with parents and prepare education programs.

According to the MDE, “All Star-Rated Programs go above and beyond licensing requirements to support school readiness. By voluntarily becoming rated, a program shows it cares enough about early learning to use the best practices and proven approaches. With non-rated programs, even though they may be licensed, parents do not have the same assurances about early education quality.” Quality is measured by physical health, well-being, teaching, and relationships.

4-Star rated programs criteria includes volunteer in-depth training, devotion to strong relationships with each child, adoption of the latest approaches to learning, commitment to daily activities and routines, and a placed focus on health and safety. Once a school has earned a 4-star rating, it is eligible for scholarships to put further practices into motion. The district received word on September 13 that it had garnered approval of a $25,000 scholarship through the Pathways to Success program.

“We’re excited to be able to continue,” noted an enthused community education director Lisa Lawston. “It’s a nice addition for our students, as well as those families who might need child care.”

The district has also received notification of a $6,000 grant from Rushford Community Foundation and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). This grant seeks to expand elementary playground equipment to include more ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible options for students with disabilities. Superintendent Chuck Ehler and elementary physical education teacher Teresa Brown will be finalizing the details of ordering and installing the equipment.

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Arnie Truman Severtson

Wed, Sep 18th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Arnie Truman Severtson, 85, of Peterson, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Rushford Good Shepherd Lutheran Home where he had been a resident since April. Arnie was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Fillmore County, to Ole and Martha (Slinde) Severtson on t ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Peterson set for a big trail town celebration

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Taste of the Trail, now in its third season, is a Root River Trail premier event. Showcasing nine towns along the trail, during various weekends, the event is the culmination of unique events, the beauty of the natural surro ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Peterson continues progress on County 25, zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The County 25 project, a massive undertaking for the city, is still underway and a feasibility study is ongoing. The city, which will share a portion of the cost with the county, is still relatively in the dark about their share ..... 
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Shelby Harris Westby

Tue, Aug 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Shelby Harris Westby, 83, of rural Peterson, Minn. died on Monday, August 19, 2013, at his home. Shelby was born on October 28, 1929, in Spring Grove, Minn. to Gynther and Clara (Erickson) Westby. He was raised on the family farm in rural Peterson ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Whalan, Peterson & Lanesboro on September 14

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 14, the towns of Peterson, Minn., Whalan, Minn., an ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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