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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, they have been discussing ways to offer math and English classes all year instead of for one semester. Right now, the seventh and eighth graders have math and English on alternate days throughout the entire school year. The issue is to see if it can be done while keeping the same teacher FTE hours.

Olsted mentioned one possibility of having alternate days on all classes, so the classes one would have first semester would be on even days, and second semester on odd days, or vice versa. There is always the possibility of going back to a seven- or eight-period day.

Board member Emily Ellis said the scheduling committee is looking at keeping the longer period of class time that comes with a four-period day, as that is what the students and teachers prefer. Classes last 75 minutes, and this can be a plus for science labs, and other classes as well.

Deb Ristau asked if it was absolutely necessary to keep the four-period day. She said she has nothing against it, but she knows it’s not perfect, and she would like to see math and English be all year.

Ellis said they have gone over every possibility.

The board approved having the committee pursue the options.

Technology committee

Superintendent Richard Keith spoke on behalf of the technology committee and their recent meeting. The committee discussed policies and what purchases to make in the near future. They also discussed many options when it comes to providing electronic notebooks for high school students, including the possibility of allowing the student to pay a damage deposit to keep it with them at all times, having students use it at school only, or having a lease program which will allow to the student to keep the notebook at the end of a certain period of time.

Keith also mentioned that e-textbooks are becoming more and more commonplace in schools. “There are current textbook companies that are producing books, but also electronic versions of those books, for the same price generally,” he said.

The electronic versions of textbooks are more like software than actual books, he explained, with more interactive activit .....
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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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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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