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Fillmore Central Community Education - One Block At A Time


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Fillmore Central’s Community Education offers a variety of programs for families with children age birth to 5. The mission of our early childhood programs is providing children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing, learning environments.

School Readiness

School Readiness offers a preschool experience to students that are 3-5 years of age. The 3/4 year olds have two options: Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session. These sessions both meet 8:30am – 10:30am. Transportation is provided for the Monday/Wednesday session only.

Our 4/5 year old classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a morning class from 8:30am - 11:30am and an afternoon class from 12:10 - 3:10. Transportation is offered for our morning class only.

Our primary goal is to welcome students to the school setting and help them feel comfortable in a classroom when they enter Kindergarten. Play time is an essential part of our program. Play time provides many opportunities for students to grow in conversational skills, imagination, social skills (such as getting along with others), as well as fine and gross motor skills.

We also have structured activities that focus on a standard from our curriculum, Core Knowledge Curriculum. Activities are usually hands-on and cover a wide range of abilities including cutting, writing, coloring, role playing, retelling stories, and learning colors, shapes and letters, to early math and science concepts.

Pre-literacy skills are also an important component of our 4/5 school readiness program. Much of the year revolves around early literacy and helping students move on to the next step. At the beginning of the school year, we really focus on letter identification and we have now moved on to beginning letter sounds. Throughout the school year, we have worked on writing our letters in both uppercase and lowercase, as they are encouraged to know both going into Kindergarten. Letter knowledge is not the only piece to the early literacy puzzle. Rhyming is a big part of being able to increase awareness in different sounds in language. Throughout the school year, we have been working on identifying rhyming words and what makes a word a rhyming word. We begin each day with literacy.

Special Education students are fully integrated into our classrooms allowing friendships to form and differences to be accepted.

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PACF looks to the future

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Jason Sethre On the eve of Monday, March 25, 2013, the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., hosted the seventh annual Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) fundraising dinner and celebration. With more than 160 in attendance, following an invoc ..... 
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National Trout Center celebrates 4th season

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The doors of the National Trout Center (NTC) open at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd as the organization celebrates its fourth season of operation in Preston. This year the center offers expanded hours and additional programming for trout enthusiasts. ..... 
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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store. Planning and Zo ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer wins $5,000 for Fillmore Central FFA and Fillmore County 4-H

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Darrel and Lois Ray of Preston have been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofi ..... 
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Campground expansion planned at Old Barn Resort

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The conversion of this 206 acre farm with a multi-story old barn began a quarter century ago. The Old Barn Resort is promoted as “200 Acres of Fun.” The resort now features a 172 site campground, 38-bed bunkhouse/hostel, an 18 hole Rivers’ B ..... 
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Appellate Court reverses lower court on State Trail - Remands to District Court for further findings

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

This decision may be a signal the case is nearing the end of the road or may just be another sharp curve in the long time effort to build a state trail from Preston to Forestville State Park. The decision of the court of appeals remands the case to ..... 
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National Trout Center has new director

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

When Heath Sershen of Winona was in graduate school, he set a goal that when he graduated, he would like to work at a non-profit organization as a director. He wanted to teach people about brown trout and the driftless area. It seems Sershen has fou ..... 
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Amos hits the century mark

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Amos Anderson of Preston, Minn. has hit a milestone. On February 16, 2013, Amos will celebrate his 100th birthday. Amos Sidney Anderson was born on February 16, 1913, to Hovel and Josephine (Larson) Anderson on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Ru ..... 
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