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Lanesboro Elementary named Reward School

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Principal James Semmen informed the school board that Lanesboro Elementary was recently named one of the Minnesota Department of Education’s 2013 Reward Schools. He explained the Reward Schools include the top 50 percent of all schools, not school districts, in Minnesota. There are 100 schools on the list.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” said Semmen.

The schools are chosen based on their Multiple Measurement Rating, which looks at MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) test scores, proficiency, growth, and achievement of a gap reduction.

“Over the years we have done really well on the MCAs in the elementary,” said Semmen. “I think this year we were chosen based on our growth from one year to the next.”

The school board congratulated the staff, superintendent, teachers, and paraprofessionals for their fantastic work at the elementary.

Dean of students John Smith updated the board about the great start to a new school year, and a very successful homecoming week. He mentioned the school-wide cupcake decorating that took place the Friday of homecoming week, in which 600 cupcakes were decorated by the students, a tradition that started a few years ago and has been very popular.

Smith said the seniors have started fundraising in preparation for the senior trip to Washington, D.C. next spring. He also mentioned the ACT preparation sessions for juniors and seniors. He said they have had a good number of students attending, and they will be having another session in February.

Twenty students attended college and career night, which is a great turnout according to Smith. He said he will be taking students to a Mayo Clinic Career Day in Rochester, Minn. this month as well as a college fair in Rochester.

The board approved the sports sharing agreement with Fillmore Central for wrestling, track, softball, and baseball. They also discussed getting together for a discussion with Fillmore Central, since it has been several years.

Maternity leave requests for Lena Bergo and Hollie Clarke were approved.

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