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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Minnesota State Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius and Kingsland High School Principal James Hecimovich tour a classroom in the High School. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school.

Ms. Cassellius first toured the middle school in Wykoff, Minn. visiting the sixth grade Project Lead The Way classroom among others. From the middle school she went on to the high school in Spring Valley, Minn. where she toured the school and several classrooms including a classroom where a crime scene had been portrayed with students performing an investigation and searching for clues to solve the crime complete with an outline of a body, “vomit,” and other bodily fluids used as pieces of the puzzle.

Cassellius was very impressed with the classrooms and the technology available to the students at Kingsland. High School Principal James Hecimovich stated, “Kingsland is on the road map for doing good things for kids,” which Cassellius is aware of and wanted to come to Kingsland in person to recognize the school.

Following the classroom tour Cassellius entered the high school gymnasium to a loud and energetic welcome by students, parents, staff, and visitors of Kingsland. The assembly began with Superintendent McDonald expressing his pride in Cassellius coming “to celebrate Kingsland School’s accomplishments” stating that Kingsland is “a great place to be and a great environment” for students.

Superintendent McDonald said that Kingsland is on the way to a world class education made stronger by the fact that Kingsland offers over 80 college credits to students. When speaking of Cassellius to the audience, McDonald described her as someone who works hard to reduce the achievement gap for students which is important.

Cassellius was introduced to the audience who reacted with a heartfelt deafening round of applause, cheers, and whistles welcoming the Commissioner of Education to their school.

Cassellius stated to the assembly that she wanted to visit Kingsland Schools “to look at the wonderful stuff you are doing here” and said that she is “proud of the community, the teachers, and the students” for everything they have accomplished. She pointed out Kingsland’s incredible band and asked for a drum roll which then played.

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Lillian Arett

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Lillian Arett will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 9, 2013 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN with Pastor Laura Fladten and Pastor Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitat ..... 
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Glen E. VanGrevenhof

Thu, Sep 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Glen Edward VanGrevenhof, age 70, of Spring Valley, Minnesota died peacefully at his home early Wednesday, September 4, 2013. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday September 6, 2013, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, ..... 
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Darlene Esther Meyer

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Darlene Esther Meyer, age 86, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, September 3, 2013, of Alzheimer’s at her home with her family at her side while under Mayo Hospice. Darlene was born May 22, 1927, in Fillmore Co., Minn., the daughter ..... 
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Spring Valley briefed about SE Minnesota Initiative Fund

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson Jennifer Nelson representing the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Fund appeared before the council and explained the objectives of the organization in the coming year. She said that the priorities would be Economic Development and Ea ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald. Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review ..... 
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Spring Valley celebrates Ag Days 2013

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Barb Jeffers Good old fashioned fun and some mud filled fun took place in Spring Valley, Minn. during the city’s annual Ag Days celebration. Ag Days took place from Tuesday, August 13 to Sunday, August 18, 2013 with a full schedule of events ..... 
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Lilly Ann Welch & Matthew Kyle Welch

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Kyle and Heather Welch of Spring Valley, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their twins, Lilly Ann and Matthew Kyle. They were born June 17, 2013. Lilly weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 inches long. Matthew weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 1/ ..... 
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Lenora Anne Bly Schmidt

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Lenora Anne Bly Schmidt, 90, died August 9, 2013 at Spring Valley Senior Living Care Center in Spring Valley, MN. On September 16, 1922, Lenora was born to Bert T. and Etta Rose (Krieger) Bly at the family home on Washington Street in Spring Vall ..... 
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