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R-P recipient of two grants


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford 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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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford 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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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford 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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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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R-P board reviews fiscal impacts for facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The high school biology room was full Monday, June 24. Mayors from the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson, Rushford City Administrator Steve Sarvi, Senator Jeremy Miller, and several area residents were on hand to hear the results of ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Principal Hired

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of a high school principal. The position has been offered to and accepted by Jacob Timm. Mr. Timm is replacing Shane McBroom who has served as the 4th and 5th Grade and high school p ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Awards $18,200 in Scholarships

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $18,200 in scholarships to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $229,387 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is fun ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Student Representative

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools would like to recognize the time and efforts that Senior Rebecca Munson has contributed to the board of education over the last 2 years. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the R-P Board of Education and Administrator ..... 
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