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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff 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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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff 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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There will be Drama at Kingsland

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. Minutes of t ..... 
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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6th grader receives letter from President Obama

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Twelve year old Zachary Queensland has been interested in history, especially World War II, and learning about the US presidents since he was in 2nd grade. He is currently a 6th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff and his interest has grown ..... 
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Austin of Wykoff receives SMSU Scholarship

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Marshall, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., is proud to announce that Kelsey Austin, daughter of Tim and Cindy Austin of Wykoff, Minn., has been selected to receive an Alliss Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic yea ..... 
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