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New schedule next year for Fillmore Central High School


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

As of the 2013-2014 school year, students at Fillmore Central High School will be following an eight-period day instead of the four-period block schedule that has been in place for several years. This decision by the school board comes after much discussion, planning, and the desire to offer math and English courses to students year-round.

Principal Heath Olstad stated they had looked at many different options, one of which was to keep the four-period schedule but have classes be every other day all year long instead of a semester at a time. Currently, the seventh and eighth graders do that with English and math so they can get the instruction all year.

With an eight-period day, there will be six courses a day. Olstad explained they are still going to offer both band and choir daily for students, and make sure they have the option to be involved in both. He also mentioned the options of having some double-period classes, such as two sciences or two social studies classes. He referred to it as a “blended approach.”

For an eight-period day they will need to purchase about $8,000 in textbooks. The FTE for teachers will be almost the same, but they will need a half-time or less science teacher.

Community Ed. Report

Community Education Director Holly Kanengieter gave her annual report to the school board. She discussed ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) and the events they have had over the year, including the Father-Daughter Dance, the Mother-Son Sports Camp, and the Jack Pearson concert. There are currently 12 families in Preston and 10 families in Harmony that are involved in ECFE, and according to Kanengieter, the program continues to grow.

The SAC program (School Age Childcare) has grown also. Seven years ago when Kanengieter began working at Fillmore Central, there were 20 kids, and there are now 73 registered. Registration for the School Readiness Program, was sent out in February, and the 3/4 class is already full. The only openings left are in the afternoon 4/5 class.

The daycare is full as of right now.

The Summer Recreation program has also been very popular, and this is the second year with Preston and Harmony combined. Registrations are coming in for this summer.

Kanengieter also spoke about adult and youth enrichment programs, upcoming summer classes, and grants received for book .....
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Root River program to get new Occupational Therapy services

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Michelle Breitsprecher, Director of the Root River Program, spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular meeting on Feb. 26. She stated they had been receiving Occupational Therapy services from Southland for five days a month, but th ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students from Fillmore Central announced

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The FCHS Band Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subje ..... 
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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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