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Lanesboro School Board hears about senior class trip

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton

Lanesboro High School seniors Michael Holst and Kirsten Ruen attended the school board meeting on May 13 and talked about the recent senior class trip to Washington, D.C.

The seniors were gone from April 3-11. “It was amazing,” began Ruen.

Holst spoke of the educational experiences, which were many. “On the bus we heard a lot of stories from history,” he said. “There was a lot about wars, battles, and many events.”

The students learned a lot about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and were able to visit the Pentagon, as well as the farm in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed.

“I can see why the school supports this trip,” said Ruen. “It’s very educational.”

Holst also spoke of how well they were able to get to know their fellow classmates, as well as the teachers, calling it a very “eye-opening” experience.

Ruen believes every class should have the opportunity to take this trip. “It’s surprising how much you learn about yourself, and others,” she said. She added that they learned a lot more than can be taught in a textbook.

The students shared some of their favorite parts of the trip, including Arlington National Cemetery, where Ruen and Holst were able to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They also spoke of the night walk on the battlefields in Gettysburg, Washington, D.C. and the monuments there, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and Monticello.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the students always love the trip, and always speak of it as a bonding experience with their classmates. “It’s very worthwhile for them.”

Early Childhood Family


Kristi Ruen, ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) parent educator, gave a presentation about the ECFE program at Lanesboro Schools.

The mission of ECFE is to promote healthy development of children. Ruen said they emphasize that the primary and most important teacher is the parent. They encourage interaction and educational play between parents and their children, and provide education and support for parents.

“One of the benefits is the positive parental interactions,” shared Ruen. “When the parent and child work together, it works better.”

Ruen added that the families develop networks with other families, and develop friendships and have play dates with other children.

Ruen told the board about the new classroom that is shared with Title I, and the many special classes that are held several times a year. The special events include open gym once a month, Kids in the Kitchen, a music class, Mad Scientists Class, V-Day Blast, Earth Day Class, holiday events, a Halloween party, Santa’s workshop, and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Many people in the community help sponsor these events, including the Lions Club, American Legion, Fire Department, Booster Club, Lanesboro Schools, student helpers, the City of Lanesboro, and community members that volunteer.

The ECFE program has three classes on Wednesdays, with 25 families enrolled, and 41 children.

One to One Computer


Principal Brett Clarke spoke to the board members about the first year of the One to One computer program. This was the first school year that students in grades 9-12 were given a personal notebook to use for school purposes.

“We learned several things this year,” said Clarke. He mentioned many of the benefits they saw with the program, including saving time for busy students, and the ability for them to type papers and email assignments quickly. The district will continue to move toward having textbooks online.

Clarke said they are reviewing more software capabilities for the future. They surveyed staff and students, and it has been a generally positive experience.

Board member Dave Lawstuen asked if he would change anything if he could do it over again, and Clarke replied that he is pretty happy with the results.

Special Recognition

The school board formally recognized the play cast and crew for an outstanding play this year. They also made a formal recognition of the FFA Dairy Team that went to the FFA State Convention. Board member Chris Troendle reported that the four team members placed within the top 21 individuals out of 250. They will be attending a national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in October.

Other Business

Due to the large number of snow days this winter, two teacher workshop days will be added to the calendar, June 5 and possibly June 6.

The board approved the non-renewal of contract for non-tenured teacher Gina Klennert.

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