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Kingsland School Board: Curriculum changes planned for mathematics

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Kingsland School Board met at the Middle School in Wykoff on Monday night, Oct. 15. It was a full agenda with the board taking action on a number of issues.

Principal Jim Heckimovich addressed the board and explained the outcome of the MCA Test from last spring where grades three through eleven were tested on their skills in math and reading. He said that the District needs to make a 3-5 year plan to bring some of these skills back in line with the rest of the state.

Of the 40 students that took part in the study, the 3rd graders' math was above state average, but dropped in the 4th grade. The 5th grade bounced back up above the state in math and reading but the 6th graders saw a significant drop in math and a small decrease in reading. The 7th grade saw both reading and math an issue then staying consistent with the state through the 10th grade. 11th grade math was below the state average.

Heckimovich said that all the districts in the state have a lot of work to do to bring these averages back up and they will be starting curriculum changes in mathematics.

Teacher Program

A new program that was received with much enthusiasm from the Board was the "Feature Teacher Program". This will be a regular segment at the school board meetings. It recognizes one teacher each month that has made significant impact on the students he/she teaches.

This month the spotlight was on Scott Mulholland who teaches Social Studies to the 6, 7 and 8th grades. He appeared before the board and proudly spoke of his students and the excitement they have in some of the projects that they are working on.

Recently the class studied Minnesota history and focused on an Archaeology unit. Indian artifacts were used in two simulated excavations near the school. Students had an opportunity to dig up buried items and to research the item's history. In a joint venture with American History, the class is role-playing the Boston Massacre and the civil war. Students were able to see how history affected their roles and how the reenactment of the civil war dealt with medical issues of the day.

Building Project

The architect for the building project to the High School gave a report to the board. Pat Simpkins of the DLR Group said that budget-wise everything is on schedule and the project is on schedule. He said that within the last few days with the arrival of the precast concrete panels in Area C, the brick veneer will be started next week, along with the roof and the structural steel in the cafeteria. He said in the next couple months there should be significant progress in the project.


Business Manager Kathy Beevers reported to the Board that the enrollment projections for September continue to be above the projected levels and they are 14-15 students higher than they planned for in the budget. She also said that the audit for the school district will be presented at the November board meeting on the 19th.

Thank You

In the public Thank You and Recognition column the Board acknowledged the donation of $100.00 from the Old Tyme Saloon to the football team for their work in Rushford. The fundraisers by students during the year resulted in several donations; $600 went to the Accelerated Reading Program at the Middle School, along with $585 from other fundraisers. Aaron Jansen was recognized for his donation of a used car to the Industrial Tech class for their auto mechanics course.

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