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Our efforts to make the school safe, comfortable and inviting have resulted in some functional changes. First, each of the three school offices will have their own secure entrance. Guests soon will need to get buzzed into the building and check in at the office. To support this security, we have updated and enhanced our camera system including adding cameras to all of our buses. We have joined a rebate program with Minnesota Power to upgrade lighting to LED. We anticipate doing this in phases. It should not only improve the atmosphere, but also our efficiency. We have also updated the main bathrooms in the elementary, both the boys and girls will be current and accessible. Our custodians have put tremendous effort into preparing the buildings for another great year. Under the circumstances their work has been nothing short of spectacular.
One way you as a family can help the financial state of the district immediately is by making certain you have reviewed the guidelines for the free and reduced hot lunch applications. If you believe you could possibly qualify, please send your complete application to the District Office. Some of the revenues schools receive from the State of Minnesota are based on the number of these applications. Please do not hesitate to call if you have questions.
It is the time of year to embrace the change from summer vacation to a successful school year. Here are some suggestions that many parents find helpful in getting their children mentally ready for the school year:
** Parents with young children... alter sleep patterns at the end of August so children are on a school-like time schedule.
** Parents with middle school/Junior high children... hold a family meeting to set down the expectations for studying, household responsibilities and behaviors.
** Parents with high school students... begin discussing post-secondary options and plans.
** As always, please take time to read to you children and grandchildren early in their lives and often. Set a side a special place for reading and homework that is free of distractions like television, telephone and video games. A child’s ability to read is an amazing predictor of their success in school and in their adult lives. Don’t forget about keeping their bodies healthy too. It is recommended that you schedule time every day for at least sixty minutes of active play or exercise for your children.
We are looking forward to a Great year!
Kevin Wellen, Superintendent
|Contact: Contact Superintendent Kevin Wellen|