Legal Notices November 7, 2013

 

SECTION 00010 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS October 2013

 

Project: Stearns County Ditch 26 (CD 26) Repairs- Phase I 

Owner: Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD)

Class of Work: Excavation, clearing & grubbing, tree removal, and stabilization 

Project Location: Stearns County, Minnesota

Pre-Bid Meeting: November 6, 2013, 11:00 AM

Bids Close At: November 18, 2013, 11:00 AM

1.1 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

Sealed Bid Proposals for the furnishing of all labor, materials and all other items necessary to complete the work described herewith, will be received by Sauk River Watershed District at its office located at 524 4th St. S, Sauk Centre, MN, until 11:00 AM, November 18, 2013, at which time such bids will be opened and read aloud.  The work, in accordance with drawings and specifications prepared by Wenck Associates, Inc. consists of approximately the following major items of work:

Tree clearing 

24,270 LF of ditch cleaning including excavation, grubbing, vegetation removal, and disposal of materials

11,720 LF of ditch cleaning including vegetation and brush removal only

450 CY of Class II Riprap at existing drain tile outlets as directed by Engineer (including geotextile underlayment)

128 LF of culvert remove and replace (diameter varies; RCP w/ flared end sections)

Remove and replace 25 LF 60 inch RCP

Approximately 80 CY of Class III riprap (including geotextile underlayment)

Installation of up to 8 low flow crossings

Buffer establishment, site restoration and erosion control

Approximately 2,750 LF ditch side slope reshaping

Contractors desiring a copy of the bid package, plans, specifications and proposal forms may obtain them from the offices of Wenck Associates, Inc., 1800 Pioneer Creek Center, Maple Plain, MN. There is a required payment of an $85.00 non-refundable fee for each bid package.  Digital copies of the plans, specifications, and proposal forms are available at http://www.questcdn.com for a fee of $25.  These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the BIDDING DOCUMENTS link and by entering bid document No. #2973923 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page.  For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com

The bid package is available for examination at the Wenck office, 1800 Pioneer Creek Center, MN and at the Sauk River Watershed District office at 524 4th St. S, Sauk Centre, MN 56378.  All communications made prior to bid opening, relative to this project, should be addressed to the ENGINEER Attn: Rebecca Kluckhohn, rkluckhohn@wenck.com or 763-479-4224.

Bid Proposals shall be submitted on forms furnished for that purpose.

Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a “Bid Security” in the form of a certified or cashier’s check made payable to Sauk River Watershed District (“OWNER”) in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid, or a surety bond in the same amount, running to the OWNER, with a surety company duly authorized to do business in the state of Minnesota, such Bid Security to be a guarantee that the bidder, if awarded a contract, will enter into a contract with Sauk River Watershed District; and the amount of the certified check will be retained or the bond enforced by the OWNER in case the bidder fails to do so.  The OWNER will retain the deposits for the three lowest bidders until the contract has been awarded and executed but not longer than sixty (60) days.  No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days following the bid opening.

A PRE-BID meeting will be held November 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Sauk River Watershed District office located at 524 4th St. S, Sauk Centre, MN.  The project is located on privately owned land with an access easement.  ACCESS TO THE SITE SHALL BE ARRANGED SOLELY THROUGH THE SAUK RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT BETWEEN NOVEMBER 6, 2013 and NOVEMBER 18, 2013. 

The bid of the lowest responsible bidder is intended to be accepted on or before the expiration of sixty (60) days after the date of the opening of bids.  The OWNER, however, reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to wave any minor irregularities, informalities or discrepancies, and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interest of Sauk River Watershed District. 

42-3B

 

CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333

(1) The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted is: Dirty Dog Spa.

(2) The address of the principal place of business is: 304 Fourth Street South, Sauk Centre, MN 56378.

(3) The name and registered street address of the entity conducting business under the above Assumed Name is: Odin Holdings, LLC, 304 Fourth Street South, Sauk Centre, MN 56378

(4) By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as the agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all the requires fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. 

Dated: 10-23-2013

Ann R. Mitchell

43-2B

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC TESTING OF THE 

AUTOMARK 

TO BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS 

AT CITY HALL 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public accuracy test of the Automark to be used at the November 19, 2013 Special Primary Election will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The testing will be conducted in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 320 Oak Street South, Sauk Centre, MN 56378.

/s/ Vicki Willer

City Administrator

44-1B

 

CITY OF SAUK CENTRE

NOTICE OF BOARD & COMMISSION OPENINGS

 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Sauk Centre will consider the appointment of nominees for the following Boards & Commissions whose terms are expiring at 2013 year-end. It is the intent of the City Council to fill these vacant seats at the last Regular City Council Meeting of the year.  

 

The following Boards & Commissions will expire December 31, 2013.

 

BOARD/COMMISSION POSITIONS TERM

Park Board 1 2 Years

Planning Commission 3 Years

Public Utilities Commission 2 3 Years

EDA 1 6 Years

Airport Commission 2 3 Years

Senior Center Board 4 3 Years

CVB Board 2 3 Years

 

Interested persons may either submit a nomination letter or pick up a nomination form seeking appointment and return it to the City Administration Office, 320 Oak Street South, Sauk Centre, MN 56378. The deadline for submitting your nomination letter or form is Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

s/Vicki Willer

City Administrator

44-2B

 

 

 GETTY TOWNSHIP PUBLIC ACCURACY TESTING 

 

Getty Township will be testing the Automark machine for the upcoming Stearns County Commissioner Special Election. This public accuracy test will take place at the Elrosa Fire Hall on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tara Meyer,

Getty Township Clerk

44-1B

 

 PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Ashley Township will perform the public accuracy test of the Automark machine to be used in the Nov. 19 county commissioner election. The test will be held at Tim’s Repair at 42762 County Road 183, Sauk Centre, MN 56378, on Thursday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Kevin Knoblach

Ashley Town Clerk

44-1B

 

OFFICIAL NOTICE 

PUBLIC TESTING OF THE AUTOMARK VOTING MACHINE FOR

RAYMOND TOWNSHIP 

 

A Public Accuracy Test of the AutoMark Voting Machine to be used at the Special Commissioner District 5 Primary Election will be held on: Wednesday, November 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Padua Reception Hall Padua, Minnesota

Julie Ball

Raymond Township Clerk

11/2/13

44-1B

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 5 PRIMARY ELECTION FOR RAYMOND TOWNSHIP 

 

The Special Commissioner District 5 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday November 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Padua Reception Hall for the purpose of electing candidates for District 5 Commissioner.

Julie Ball

Raymond Township Clerk

11/2/2013

44-1B

 

 

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:

DATE OF MORTGAGE: January 15, 2010

ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $104,000.00

MORTGAGOR(S): Ann M Copeland and Todd A Copeland, Wife and Husband, as Joint Tenants

MORTGAGEE: Heritage Bank N.A.

DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: 

Recorded: January 26, 2010 Stearns County Recorder

Document Number: 1308205

Transaction Agent: Not Applicable

Transaction Agent Mortgage Identification Number: Not Applicable

Lender or Broker: Heritage Bank N.A.

Residential Mortgage Servicer: Heritage Bank, N.A.

Mortgage Originator: Not Applicable

COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Stearns

Property Address: 41265 Greencrest Rd, Belgrade, MN 56312-9544

Tax Parcel ID Number: 07.03975.0055

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: That part of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 16, Township 123, Range 34, described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest Corner of said NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 16, Township 123, Range 34; then 300 feet due East; then 435 due South; thence 300 feet due West; thence 435 feet due North to the point of beginning and there terminating

AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE: $102,072.52

THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; 

PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above-described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows:

DATE AND TIME OF SALE: December 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

PLACE OF SALE: Civil Division Office, Stearns County Law Enforcement Center, Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, Minnesota

to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorney fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within six (6) months  from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns.

If the Mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the Mortgagor must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2014, or the next business day if June 10, 2014 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.

Mortgagor(s) released from financial obligation:  NONE

THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT.  ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.

DATED: October 24, 2013

MORTGAGEE: Heritage Bank N.A.

Wilford, Geske & Cook P.A.

Attorneys for Mortgagee

8425 Seasons Parkway, Suite 105

Woodbury, MN 55125-4393

(651) 209-3300

File Number: 028774F01

42-6B

 

 

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF MELROSE TOWNSHIP

The Special Primary Election will be held in all election precincts of Stearns County Commissioner District Five.  The special primary election is being held for the purpose of reducing the number of candidates to two, to be voted on at an upcoming Special Election to fill a vacancy in that office. 

The Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, the nineteenth day of November, 2013. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Special County Commissioner District Five election will be held January 28, 2014.

The public accuracy test on the AutoMark machine will be conducted November 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Heidi Salzmann, 

Melrose Township Clerk

44-1B

 

 

NOTICE OF AND ORDER ON HEARING ON PETITION FOR 

PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL 

REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

STATE  OF MINNESOTA

DISTRICT COURT

SEVENTH JUDICIAL 

DISTRICT

Court File No. 73-PR-13-9060

In Re: Estate of Alice Marie Bromen; AKA, Alice M. Bromen; AKA, Alice Bromen

It is Ordered and Notice is given that on November 22, 2013 at 8:45 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 725 Courthouse Sq., St. Cloud 56303, Minnesota, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the Decedent dated August 23, 2013, and codicil(s) to the Will dated (N/A), and separate writing(s) under Minn. Stat. 524.2-513 (“Will”), and for the appointment of Thomas P. Polipnick, whose address is 128 East 6th Street, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decendent in an UNSUPERVISED administration.

Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.

Notice is further given that (subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. 

A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat. 501B.41, subd. 5.

BY THE COURT

Dated: 10-15-13

      Kris H. Davick Halfen Judge of District Court

Dated: 10-15-13                         Timothy Roberts Court Administrator

Attorney for Petitioner 

Robert H. Pappenfus, Esq.

Pappenfus Law Firm

2304 South Broadway, Suite 1

Alexandria, MN 56308

Attorney License No. 83835

Telephone: 320-763-6688

Fax: 320-763-7771

Email: law@pappenfus.com

43-2B

2012-2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON INSTRUCTION, TECHNOLOGY, CURRICULUM, AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Independent School District #743 903 State Road, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 • 320-352-2284

The Board of Education recognizes that the central focus of all educational resources, programs and commitments is to provide for the educational needs of each student.  While teaching the basic skills of communication and computation is a primary function of the school, we are also concerned with each student’s safety, personal and social development.  We believe that as a fundamental outcome of education, each student should possess the skills and understanding to be a purposeful and productive citizen.

This report is submitted to you, the citizens of our district, in response to and in compliance with various Minnesota statutes.  

The Minnesota legislature has required every school district to report information to the public on:

- Student performance goals for standards

- Local assessment data

- District improvement plan/process

- Testing program

- Demographic information

- Basic Skills Reporting

- Basic Testing Administration

Our report provides supplementary information as well.  This added information is provided to help create an awareness of our efforts to create quality education for all our learners.

Sauk Centre Public Schools Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare all students to be responsible, self-directed learners, who respect others, achieve excellence, and contribute to society.

Belief Statements

• Curriculum

Provide a variety of classroom settings and curricular offerings that give every student the opportunity to learn and be successful.

• School Environment

Establish a safe and nurturing school environment which provides guidance and support for students and staff.

• Respect

Teach each student to respect the beliefs, rights, and differences of others by accepting diversity, displaying courtesy, and showing appreciation.

• Responsibility

Teach each student personal responsibility and an understanding of the impact of his or her actions and decisions.

• Standards

Establish high expectations in order to attain quality achievement from students and staff.

• Community

Provide a partnership in education, emphasizing the shared responsibility between school and community.

• Technology

Integrate technology as a resource and tool for teaching and learning to prepare each student for participation in an ever changing society.

Information related to the Belief Statements.  

- The 2010-11 school year saw a detailed study of our grade level configuration and programming conducted.  This study encompassed a review of grade levels 5-12.  Based upon the many factors researched the Board of Education voted on April 19, 2011 to change our grade level structure to K-6, 7-12 and implement a five period day effective for the 2011-2012 school year;

- The continuing transition and full implementation of the 7-12 structure change was much smoother as we entered the second year (2012-13).  The transition continued into the 2013-14 school year with various “wrinkles” having been worked out which improved student access to programs/courses;

- We continue to strive to meet all the elements of the federal NCLB (No Child Left Behind) legislation and the elements of the “waiver” Minnesota has obtained to ensure continued improvement in instruction and student opportunity;

- Given the minority student populations of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Melrose, our District has been identified as an “integration” district.  District staff worked with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) throughout the 2010-11 school year to develop an integration plan as required by current statute.  Staff work with MDE resulted in final department approval of a plan and implementation funding on August 12, 2011.  Our program development continued throughout the 2012-13 school year;

- Ways to collaborate with Holy Family School continue to be sought, HFS has E-mail and INTERNET connectivity through our Network system;

- The district works with Holy Family School to provide Title I (Reading and Math), Special Education, and other services to the students attending HFS as well as public school students;

- The district continues to strive for employee wellness, working with 150 employees, in such areas as flu shot clinics, nutrition information, and workshops.  (A healthy staff not only conserves resources but sets an example for our students and promotes program continuity by reducing absenteeism);

- Students continue to perform very well on the various standardized assessments, including the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.

Facility/Staffing

Our consolidated one-campus facility is attractive and well organized.  We have completed projects dealing with safety, handicapped accessibility (ADA), and energy efficiency.

In order to provide our students with a safe and effective place to learn, the District completed the following major capital facility upgrades during the past 3 summers:

Technology Center:  The District recently completed renovation of the former junior high small theatre area into a state of the art technology center with 112 computer stations, a presentation station, and high quality projection capability.  

Distance Learning:  As part of the Central Minnesota Educational Television (CMETS) consortium the District applied for and received a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Grant.  Three state of the art distance learning systems are currently being set up for utilization in K-12 programming.  Our District continues to work with the 8 area school district CMETS consortium to:

- enhance distance learning;

- foster efficiencies of collaboration; and

- promote effective use of school based technologies.

Wireless Facility:  To continue to foster and facilitate student opportunity and learning the entire PK-12 campus is now fully wireless capable.  

Internet:  New fiber optic cable was installed to upgrade some of the internal network copper cable runs.  Additionally, servers, switches, and numerous other components were upgraded to facilitate other/additional technology.

Junior High Floor Project:  In order to be able to replace worn out carpet and floor tile in the junior high safely, a major removal of the underlying asbestos containing floor tile was undertaken in the summer of 2010.

The summer of 2010 saw the District completing a project of removing the majority of asbestos materials from our secondary schools.  The elementary and auditorium areas are certified asbestos free.

Outdoor Facility Project:  After approximately 9 months of intensive study our Board awarded bids of about $1.8 million on May 15, 2012 for outdoor physical education and extracurricular facility improvements.  

As of the writing of these remarks the major components of this project have essentially been completed with only “punch list” items remaining with the major contracts.

The toilet/concession building, which since the project inception has been slated to be developed in cooperation with our local Sportsboosters, has been approved through the various agencies and has had the foundation poured.  Available donated funding will determine project completion.

We continue to see some changes in the “faces” of our teaching staff due to retirements and family moves.  Our hiring process has brought us a wealth of new talent that compliments the professional abilities of the existing staff.  Enrollment decline continues to be a concern in terms of programming.

Our District shared an art teacher with BBE and a business education teacher with Melrose for the 2012-13 school year and will continue to share the art teacher for the 2013-14 school year.

In cooperation with the teaching staff, the principals continue to work with a formal and informal mentoring program.  The program continues to evolve and improve, and has shown positive impact for new and existing staff alike.

In addition to a lot of individual professional work at colleges and universities this past year, many of our staff participated in district sponsored staff development activities in the following areas:

Content Area Teaching and Best Practices

Differentiated Instruction

Special Education

504 Plans

Technology Utilization

Math Recovery

Student/Staff Safety

College in the Schools

District Intervention Plans

A complete copy of the staff development report is available for review by contacting Mrs. Selfors.

Academic Standards

The district continues to implement aspects of the Federal legislation NCLB (No Child Left Behind) AND State required standards.

The district continues to work on implementing the new state standards.

Basic Skills Required Reporting:

1. Number of students enrolled according to MARSS:

Grade: 9 10 11 12  

91 91 95 73

2. Number of students passing GRAD tests at state level:

Grade: 9 10 11 12  

Math N/A N/A 53/67 N/A

Writing 85/87 N/A N/A N/A

Basic Testing Administration required notice:

3. District 743 graduation requirements include

Please see the District website – Secondary School for links to specific transition information for the Class of 2016 AND Class of 2017.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS CLASS of 2014

Subject Area Grades 10 - 12

Language Arts 8 credits

4 SH Language Arts 

1 Composition Course

1 Literature Course

2 Language Arts Electives

Math 7 credits

3 Geometry

4 Algebra II

Science 6 credits

2 Biology

2 Chemistry or Physics

2 Science Electives

Social Studies 8 credits 

2 Government

3 American History

1 Economics

2 Geography

Other Required 4 credits

1 Health 

1 Physical Education

2 From Art, Music, Theater

Total Credits Required 33

Total Credits Elective 27

Total Credits 60

4. Number of testing or retake opportunities available for basic tests:

October – Reading grades 11, 12

November – Math grade 12, Writing grades 10 - 12

December – Reading grades 11, 12

February – Reading grades 11, 12

March – Math grade 12

April – Reading grades 11, 12

5. The opportunities for remediation for students who do not pass include:

After school help sessions;

Various courses in grades 10-12;

Specific remediation sessions.

6. Seniors may request additional testing and/or specific accommodations by contacting counseling or administrative staff.

7. Decisions related to item 4 above may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools.

8. The District Assessment Coordinator is responsible for reporting breaches of security to the Minnesota Department of Education.  Students, staff, parents, with any test security concerns should contact the building level principal or  the District Assessment Coordinator.

Curriculum

To provide our students with a curriculum offering that will serve to meet their future learning needs is our primary goal.  

With past budget reductions, work in curriculum development has been significantly curtailed.  We continue to:  look at the overall development of a comprehensive and current scope and sequence within the various instructional areas; ensure that the state standards are fully implemented.

The adoption of a multiple year curriculum review cycle has and will continue to help our efforts to be focused and directed at the improvement of instruction.  Minimum resource allocation by the State of Minnesota for too many of our recent years has left our curriculum cycle needing review to help ensure the highest relevancy.  A goal will be to complete this cycle review prior to the 2014-15 school year.

Staff have been extensively involved in a Curriculum Mapping process over the past few years to help supplement our curriculum review cycle and to provide more continuity across grade levels.  This process continues to be reviewed and refined, especially as relates to the Common Core Curriculum.  

In addition to the above efforts, district-wide committees in the areas of curriculum and staff development are currently undergoing a review and revision process.  To help minimize the expense of administration, our CMETS consortium of 8 area school districts is also exploring common curriculum work.

The district is also making extensive use of Study Island, an online technology, for supplementary instruction in reading and mathematics.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

The district is currently in compliance with all aspects of this federal legislation.

Multiple Measurement Rating

The MMR (Multiple Measurement Rating) is a new process for reporting school data that Minnesota created in order to receive a “waiver” from the Federal government on NCLB requirements.

While all public schools will receive MMR data, this process has specific relevancy for Title I schools.  Sauk Centre Elementary is a “school-wide” Title I school.  Sauk Centre Secondary is NOT a Title I school.

For more information on the MMR process please see the Minnesota Department of Education website or contact a building principal.

Assurance of Mastery/Title I

The district provides numerous strategies and interventions on a criterion basis through a coordinated effort.  Within these program areas:  interventions are offered to students inside and outside the regular classroom on specific skills or outcomes not mastered with the mainstream teacher who regulates the lesson.  Various teaching strategies and adaptations are used.  Strategies provided in and out of the classroom include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Cooperative learning

- Peer tutoring

- Adult/volunteer tutoring

- Cross-age peer tutoring

- Teacher-directed paraprofessional assistance

Assessment is measured through standardized testing, and staff judgment, and from 2005/06 to present, the AIM’s web.  Assessment of students meeting grade level outcomes indicate when students would not receive extra services.

District Testing Program

In addition to state required Basic Requirements Tests, we facilitate or participate in a number of testing programs, which include:

Test Objective Use of Results

PSAT/SAT To serve needs Counsel students

of pre-college bound students for entrance/

scholarships

ASVAB To determine potential areas Career and College

of strengths in academics/ Readiness

occupations Military

ACT To serve needs of post- Scholarships/post-

secondary bound students secondary entrance

Career inventories To determine student interests Career planning

Accu-placer To measure college placement College credit

in Reading/Math and placement

MCA To monitor student Improve student achievement - related achievement

to core curriculum

MCA - III To monitor student Improve student

achievement - related to achievement

core curriculum

OLPA To monitor student Improve student achievement - related achievement

to core curriculum

AIMsweb To measure student Instructional needs,

achievement curriculum planning

STAR Reader To measure student Instructional needs,

achievement curriculum planning

EXPLORE/ To assess college readiness Career, college, and 

PLAN Testing tech college planning

In addition to providing students and parents with individualized assessment data, the District’s assessment program is used to direct curriculum improvement.

The administration and counseling staff annually complete a review of all elements of the K-12 standardized testing program.

Sauk Centre Public Schools 2013-2014

Tentative Assessment Calendar

Date Assessment Grade Levels

October 16 PSAT Grade 10 and 11

November 6 GRAD Writing Retest Grade 10-12

November 26 EXPLORE Grade 8

November 26 PLAN Grade 10

December 10 ASVAB Grade 11 and 12

February 3-March 21 ACCESS for ELL Grade K-12

March 17- May 9 MTAS Grade 3-11

March 19-20 MCA Math Grade 11

April 14-15 MCA Reading Grade 7 and 8

April 15 GRAD Writing Retest Grade 10-12

April 16-17 MCA Reading Grade 10

May 1-2 MCA Math Grade 7 and 8

May 8 MCA Science Grade 8 and 10

*Elementary local assessment dates vary.

Demographics

Grade EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY*

Comparison 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13

EC 47 45 44 40 40 41

HK 15 12 12 10 18 20

KG 70 59 59 68 76 61

01 57 78 62 55 65 81

02 57 52 70 58 61 66

03 99 77 48 69 101 82

04 96 93 52 44 96 101

05 100 93 62 58 80 99

06 93 92 66 60 81 82

07 104 90 93 94 94 81

08 109 104 83 95 94 91

09 105 103 102 78 96 92

10 112 110 93 98 77 96

11 130 114 99 96 99 75

12 102 117 104 97 99 93

Selected items compared between years.

EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY* EOY*

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13

Total number of students served

1295 1237 1150 1176 1174 1155

Seniors

102 117 99 104 99 93

Graduates

96 108 94 96 91 89

Students of Color

79 67 69 70 88 82

Home Primary Language not English

39 34 34 31 42 36

Limited English Proficient

17 25 25 26 39 33

LEP and served in LEP program

17 25 25 26 39 3

Special Education

221 211 188 187 186 193

Shared Time (Holy Family School)

139 131 139 133 135 129

Post Secondary Enrollment Options

3 2 5 4 1 2

Students coded at any time during the year as a dropout

4 1 5 7 2 1

Nonresident students

60 67 82 83 93 100

* End of the year

Basic Requirements

The MN Basic requirements tests in Reading and Mathematics were given to all 8th graders beginning in late winter of 1996.  

One of the purposes of giving these tests is to determine which students have the basic competencies for graduation.  Initially students needed a 70% on the math and a 70% on the reading to pass the Minnesota Basic Requirements Tests.  Students and parents are notified of the results.

The passing score for state tests in math and reading is 75% for students entering 9th grade in 1997 and thereafter.  Students who do not pass the reading and/or the math tests will be given additional opportunities in grade 12.  Once the student has passed a test, that portion of the graduation requirement is fulfilled regardless of the grade in which it was passed.

Students of special needs are given opportunities to meet this requirement; however, the district also has an established process to address this issue in their IEP (Individual Education Plan).

To date the district has not had a single senior fail to graduate because of the requirements of the Basic Standards Testing.

Effective with student testing for the 2010-11 school year the State of Minnesota changed the mathematics testing to use the MCA III tests.  These tests are significantly different from previous tests. 

Benchmark Assessments – Grades 3 - 6

GRADE 3

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

MATHEMATICS

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 15.9% 15.9% 40.7% 27.5%

Number of Students 11 11 28 19

Cumulative Percent 15.9% 31.8% 72.5% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 11.9% 8.5% 61.0% 18.6%

Number of Students 7 5 36 11

Cumulative Percent 11.9% 20.4% 81.4% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 9.4% 20.8% 47.2% 22.6%

Number of Students 5 11 25 12

Cumulative Percent 9.4% 30.2% 77.4% 100%

READING

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 11.6% 7.2% 24.7% 56.5% Number of Students 8 5 17 39

Cumulative Percent 11.6% 18.8% 43.5% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 10.5% 5.3% 22.8% 61.4%

Number of Students 6 3 13 35

Cumulative Percent 10.5% 15.8% 38.6% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 24.5% 15.1% 49.1% 11.3%

Number of Students 13 8 26 6

Cumulative Percent 24.5% 39.6% 88.7% 100%

GRADE 4 

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

MATHEMATICS

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 7.0% 16.3% 51.1% 25.6%

Number of Students 3 7 22 11

Cumulative Percent 7.0% 23.3% 74.4% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 9.2% 12.3% 33.8% 44.6%

Number of Students 6 8 22 29

Cumulative Percent 9.2% 21.5% 55.3% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 8.5% 30.5% 39.0% 22.0%

Number of Students 5 18 23 13

Cumulative Percent 8.5% 39.0% 78.0% 100%

READING

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 14.0% 2.3% 51.1% 32.6%

Number of Students 6 1 22 14

Cumulative Percent 14.0% 16.3% 67.4% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 6.2% 12.3% 32.3% 49.2%

Number of Students 4 8 21 32

Cumulative Percent 6.2% 18.5% 50.8% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 21.1% 35.1% 35.0% 8.8%

Number of Students 12 20 20 5

Cumulative Percent 21.1% 56.2% 91.2% 100%

GRADE 5 

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

MATHEMATICS

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 13.2% 37.7% 39.7% 9.4%

Number of Students 7 20 21 5

Cumulative Percent 13.2% 50.9% 90.6% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 4.4% 20.0% 60.0% 15.6%

Number of Students 2 9 27 7

Cumulative Percent 4.4% 24.4% 84.4% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 16.4% 29.9% 41.8% 11.9%

Number of Students 11 20 28 8

Cumulative Percent 16.4% 46.3% 88.1% 100%

READING

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 3.8% 25.0% 53.9% 17.3%

Number of Students 2 13 28 9

Cumulative Percent 3.8% 28.8% 82.7% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 9.3% 11.6% 34.9% 44.2%

Number of Students 4 5 15 19

Cumulative Percent 9.3% 20.9% 55.8% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 17.9% 19.4% 41.8% 20.9%

Number of Students 12 13 28 14

Cumulative Percent 17.9% 37.3% 79.1% 100%

GRADE 6 

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

MATHEMATICS

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 32.1% 17.9% 41.1% 8.9%

Number of Students 18 10 23 5

Cumulative Percent 32.1% 50.0% 91.1% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 7.5% 26.4% 54.7% 11.3%

Number of Students 4 14 29 6

Cumulative Percent 7.5% 33.9% 88.6% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 14.6% 41.7% 37.4% 6.3%

Number of Students 7 20 18 3

Cumulative Percent 14.6% 56.3% 93.7% 100%

READING

Achievement Level Level I Level II Level III Level IV

2011

Percent of Students 13.0% 25.9% 35.2% 25.9%

Number of Students 7 14 19 14

Cumulative Percent 13.0% 38.9% 74.1% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 3.8% 25.0% 51.9% 19.2%

Number of Students 2 13 27 10

Cumulative Percent 3.8% 28.8% 80.7% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 25.0% 20.8% 39.6% 14.6%

Number of Students 12 10 19 7

Cumulative Percent 25.0% 45.8% 85.4% 100%

GRADE 7

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

READING MCA II

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 10% 22% 33% 35%

Number of Students 9 20 30 31

Cumulative Percent 10% 32% 65% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 8% 17% 37% 37%

Number of Students 7 15 32 32

Cumulative Percent 8% 25% 62% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 23% 30% 43% 4%

Number of Students 17 22 31 3

Cumulative Percent 23% 53% 96% 100%

MATH MCA III

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 21% 31% 36% 12%

Number of Students 19 28 32 11

Cumulative Percent 21% 52% 88% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 16% 27% 43% 14%

Number of Students 14 23 37 12

Cumulative Percent 16% 43% 86% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 13% 35% 41% 11%

Number of Students 10 26 30 8

Cumulative Percent 13% 48% 89% 100%

GRADE 8

READING MCA II

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 5% 17% 32% 46%

Number of Students 5 16 30 42

Cumulative Percent 5% 22% 54% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 7% 17% 26% 50%

Number of Students 6 15 23 44

Cumulative Percent 7% 24% 50% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 25% 21% 40% 14%

Number of Students 20 17 32 11

Cumulative Percent 25% 46% 86% 100%

MATH MCA III

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 16% 26% 37% 21%

Number of Students 15 24 34 20

Cumulative Percent 16% 42% 79% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 8% 9% 55% 28%

Number of Students 7 8 48 24

Cumulative Percent 8% 17% 72% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 20% 22% 40% 18%

Number of Students 16 18 32 14

Cumulative Percent 20% 42% 82% 100%

GRADE 10

READING MCA II

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 5.5% 15.4% 34.1% 45%

Number of Students 5 14 31 41

Cumulative Percent 5.5% 20.9% 55% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 1% 20% 41% 38%

Number of Students 1 14 29 28

Cumulative Percent 1% 21% 62% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 4% 19% 47% 30%

Number of Students 4 17 43 28

Cumulative Percent 4% 23% 70% 100%

GRADE 11

MATH MCA II

Achievement Level Does not Partially Meets Exceeds

meet meets

2011

Percent of Students 16.7% 24.4% 35.9% 23%

Number of Students 13 19 28 18

Cumulative Percent 16.7% 41.1% 77% 100%

2012

Percent of Students 26% 15% 26% 33%

Number of Students 23 13 23 29

Cumulative Percent 26% 41% 67% 100%

2013

Percent of Students 10% 24% 39% 27%

Number of Students 7 16 26 18

Cumulative Percent 10% 34% 73% 100%

GRAD Writing Grade 9

Achievement Level 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0

2011

Percent of Students 5 35 14 35 6 5 0 0

Number of Students 4 28 11 28 5 4 0 0

Cumulative Percent    5 40 54 89 95 100 100 100

2012

Number of Students 91

Students Passed 91 - 100%

Students Not Passed 0 - 0%

2013

Number of Students 87

Students Passed 85 – 98%

Students Not Passed 2 – 2%

Grad Test Results 2011

Grade 10 Reading

District # of students # tested Level I Level II Level III Level IV Mean Percent

Scale Score Proficient

Sauk Centre 91 91 5.5% 15.4% 34.1% 45% 1058.73 79.10%

State 61,315 8.1% 16.5% 39.2% 36.1% 1056.68 75.30%

Grade 11 Math

District # of students # tested Level I Level II Level III Level IV Mean Percent

Scale Score Proficient

Sauk Centre 78 78 16.7% 24.4% 35.9% 23% 1152.69 58.90%

State 60,485 32.9% 18.5% 27.4% 21.2% 1146.71 48.60%

Grad Test Results 2012

Grade 10 Reading

District # of students Passed Not Passed

Sauk Centre 70 60 10

Percentage 100% 85.7% 14.3% Grade 11 Math

District # of students Passed Not Passed

Sauk Centre 88 59 29

Percentage 100% 67% 33%

Grad Test Results 2013

Grade 11 Math

District # of students Passed Not Passed

Sauk Centre 67 53 14

Percentage 100% 79% 21%

If you should desire additional information on these state sponsored benchmark tests, please contact the building principal.

Additional Assessment Data

Many of our students looking to pursue post-high school learning take the American College Test (ACT).  As the following table demonstrates, our students have consistently performed at the level of the state average (which traditionally leads the nation) and significantly exceeds the national norm.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - AVERAGE ACT SCORES FOR TOTAL GROUP

N ENGLISH MATH READING SCI REAS COMPOSITE 

LOCAL - SAUK CENTRE

1991-92 69 21.5 21.6 22.8 22.4 22.2

1992-93 55 21.0 20.8 21.9 22.4 21.6

1993-94 54 20.7 21.5 21.9 22.1 21.6

1994-95 67 21.0 21.5 22.0 22.9 22.0

1995-96 75 20.9 22.0 21.7 22.7 22.0

1996-97 57 20.5 21.8 22.1 22.4 21.8

1997-98 70 21.6 22.4 22.4 22.8 22.4

1998-99 68 19.8 21.4 19.9 21.4 20.8

1999-00 104 21.2 22.7 22.0 22.1 22.2

2000-01 87 21.9 22.0 22.0 22.1 22.1

2001-02 76 22.1 21.9 21.6 22.0 22.1

2002-03 98 21.1 22.5 22.7 23.1 22.4

2003-04 77 20.6 22.4 21.4 21.4 21.6

2004-05 85 21.4 23.1 21.6 21.6 22.1

2005-06 66 20.8 21.7 20.7 21.2 21.2

2006-07 74 21.2 22.5 21.2 21.9 21.8

2007-08 71 21.8 23.8 22.5 22.9 22.9

2008-09 67 22.8 24.5 23.6 22.7 23.6

2009-10 70 23.0 24.0 23.6 23.5 23.7

2010-11 64 24.0 23.6 23.5 23.5 23.8

2011-12 61 21.4 22.2 21.6 21.9 22.0

2012-13 64 21.8 22.3 22.6 22.0 22.3

STATE

1991-92 30,291 20.7 21.0 22.0 21.8 21.5

1992-93 31,462 20.8 21.1 22.2 21.9 21.6

1993-94 31,160 20.9 21.3 22.2 22.2 21.8

1994-95 32,136 21.0 21.4 22.3 22.3 21.9

1995-96 33,196 21.2 21.6 22.5 22.6 22.1

1996-97 35,625 21.2 21.8 22.5 22.5 22.1

1997-98 37,100 21.2 22.2 22.3 22.5 22.2

1998-99 38,992 21.4 22.0 22.4 22.3 22.1

1999-00 40,710 21.2 21.9 22.3 22.2 22.0

2000-01 41,026 21.3 21.9 22.4 22.3 22.1

2001-02 40,873 21.2 22.0 22.5 22.3 22.1

2002-03 42,892 21.2 21.8 22.4 22.2 22.0

2003-04 42,163 21.4 22.0 22.6 22.3 22.2

2004-05 41,640 21.6 22.1 22.7 22.4 22.3

2005-06 41,650 21.6 22.1 22.6 22.3 22.3

2006-07 43,534 21.8 22.5 22.8 22.5 22.5

2007-08 44,863 21.9 22.6 23.0 22.5 22.6

2008-09 43,642 22.0 22.7 23.1 22.6 22.7

2009-10 44,323 22.3 22.9 23.2 22.8 22.9

2010-11 44,952 22.3 23.0 22.9 22.8 22.9

2011-12 44,977 22.1 23.0 22.9 22.7 22.8

2012-13 44,676 22.2 23.1 23.1 22.9 23.0

NATIONAL

1991-92 832,217 20.2 20.0 21.1 20.7 20.6

1992-93 875,603 20.3 20.1 21.2 20.8 20.7

1993-94 891,714 20.3 20.2 21.2 20.9 20.8

1994-95 945,369 20.2 20.2 21.3 21.0 20.8

1995-96 924,663 20.3 20.2 21.3 21.1 20.9

1996-97 959,301 20.3 20.6 21.3 21.1 21.0

1997-98 995,039 20.4 20.8 21.4 21.1 21.0

1998-99 1,019,053 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0

1999-00 1,065,138 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0

2000-01 1,069,772 20.5 20.7 21.3 21.0 21.0

2001-02 1,116,082 20.2 20.6 21.1 20.8 20.8

2002-03 1,175,059 20.3 20.6 21.2 20.8 20.8

2003-04 1,171,460 20.4 20.7 21.3 20.9 20.9

2004-05 1,186,251 20.4 20.7 21.3 20.9 20.9

2005-06 1,206,455 20.6 20.8 21.4 20.9 21.1

2006-07 1,300,599 20.7 21.0 21.5 21.0 21.2

2007-08 1,421,941 20.6 21.0 21.4 20.8 21.1

2008-09 1,480,469 20.6 21.0 21.4 20.9 21.1

2009-10 1,568,835 20.5 21.0 21.3 20.9 21.0

2010-11 1,623,112 20.6 21.1 21.3 20.9 21.1

2011-12 1,666,017 20.5 21.1 21.3 20.9 21.1

2012-13 1,799,243 20.2 20.9 21.1 20.7 20.9

N = the number of students taking the test

 

ACT Trend Data

Sauk Centre High School

  Local State        

Year # of Graduates #taking ACT % taking ACT Avg. Comp. Avg. Comp. Score Score

1993 104 55 52.9 21.6 21.6

1994 100 54 54.0 21.6 21.8

1995 99 67 67.7 22.0 21.9

1996 133 75 56.4 22.0 22.1

1997 80 57 71.3 21.8 22.1

1998 116 70 60.3 22.4* 22.2

1999 116 68 59.1 20.8 22.1

2000 131 104 79.4 22.2# 22.0

2001 126 87 69.0 22.1 22.1

2002 119 76 63.8 22.1 22.1

2003 132 96 72.7 22.4 22.1

2004 113 77 68.1 21.6 22.2

2005 116 85 73.3 22.1 22.3

2006 98 66 67.3 21.2 22.3

2007 102 74 72.5 21.8 22.5

2008 96 71 74.0 22.9 22.6

2009 111 67 60.0 23.6 22.7

2010 99 70 70.7 23.7 22.9

2011 93 64 68.8 23.8 22.9

2012 94 61 64.9 22.0 22.8

2013 90 64 71.1 22.3 23.0

 

Notes

*  First year that the block schedule was implemented.

#  First class to graduate having the block schedule their entire high school career.

ACT Results

Quick Overview of Results

1. Sauk Centre seniors scored 22.3 – the state average is 23.0 for the composite score.  Minnesota ranked at the top in the nation, in the various test areas.

2. Sauk Centre seniors are well ahead of the national average in all areas as well as composite score.  

3. Sixty four out of 90 seniors took the ACT test.  At (71 plus%) this is significantly higher than the state percentage and national average percentage. Students are required to attempt the ACT in order to earn Dollars for Scholars scholarships at Sauk Centre High School.

College Credit

For the 2012-13 school year Sauk Centre offered 19 college course offerings through Central Lakes College in Brainerd and University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Course Course Code Instructor #of Students Credits

General Biology I BIOL 1431 Ellens 29 5

General Biology II BIOL 1432 Ellens 6 5

Human Biology BIOL 1404 Ellens 15 3

College Chemistry CHEM 1414 Riley 9 4

College Composition I ENGL 1410 Hartmann 53 4

College Composition II ENGL 1411 Hartmann 11 4

Film Appreciation ENGL 1454 Kitterman 19 3

World Literature ENGL 2450 Kitterman 10 3

American Literature ENGL 2486 Hartmann 41 3

College Calculus MATH 1477 Bergman 12 5

College Algebra MATH 1470 Wehrman 36 3

Pre-Calculus MATH 1472 Wehrman 28 5

Beg. College Algebra MATH 1506 Wehrman 41 4

Concert Choral MUSC 1421 Nelson 27 1

Comm. Band MUSC 1408 Vorderbruggen 21 1

Music in World Culture MUSC 1450 Nelson 5 3

General Psychology PSYC 2421 Schreiner 35 4

Beginning Spanish II SPAN 1402 Buysse 57 4

Intermediate Spanish SPAN 2401 Buysse 22 4

Fund. Of Public Speak SPCH 1431 Kitterman 16 3

College Animal Science ANSC 1101 Lichy 10 3

• All students enrolled in these courses received college credit from (1– 5 credits)

Additional information on specific tests or our testing plan in general may be obtained by contacting a building counselor or principal.

Follow up

Information on our educational program effectiveness is obtained through post high school follow-up surveys conducted through our secondary office.  The district has used the PLAN/ACT Linkage Report as one measure of effectiveness of the secondary curriculum.

The district utilizes follow-up survey information as gathered by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of MN to review post-secondary performance of previous graduates.

The District also surveys existing senior class members.

Technology

Technology continues to be an integral part of the overall curriculum.

This fact can be demonstrated quite simply by a examination of some of the recent technologies placed in our buildings:  classrooms connected by local area networks, labs of new computers for student use, digital cameras and scanners, color printers, CD ROM readers, projection display devices, Internet connectivity, and a wide range of software chosen to support every area of the curriculum.  During the summer of 2005 significant resources were committed to upgrading the elementary computer lab, numerous teacher stations, and other technology components.  During the summer of 2006 significant enhancements were made in the junior high lab area.  The summers of 2007 and 2008 also saw improvements in labs and teacher stations.  In addition to technology infrastructure upgrades described elsewhere, 2009 saw an update of computers in two labs as well as some staff workstations.  2011-12 saw the completion of the new technology center (old JH theater), a state of the art facility with 112 computers, projection and presenter capabilities, and enhanced learning environment.

The District also has upgraded distance learning equipment for all levels with partial funding from a USDA RUS grant.  Two staff members are currently “exporting” a class via distance learning.

2011-12 also saw the entire K-12 campus become “wireless” relative to INTERNET accessibility.

However, the true change does not lie in what our students have, or in what is possible; it lies in what they do.  Technology in our District tends to pass very rapidly from the point of purchase to hands of the students.

A comprehensive student survey of all grade levels was conducted in the Spring of 2013 to assess their access to and utilization of technology devices and sources outside the realm of school.  Information from this survey is being used to develop district policies and direct resource dollars to help maximize student opportunity.

There will continue to be a significant need for additional resources in this area in order to ensure student competence and opportunity.

The district’s affiliation with INFINITY Online learning and CMETS allows our secondary students the opportunity to participate in quality distance learning classes

The opening of parent access through a controlled (password) web-based access portal to the student information system Power-School has created another means of communication and parent involvement to positively impact student achievement.  Parent utilization of access to this student information system continues to increase.

iPads are being increasingly utilized to enhance learning for various levels of students.

We continue to look forward to development in:

- Classroom technologies

- Non-computer technologies

- BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies

Program Enhancements

We continue to monitor, review, and modify recently added programs in the secondary, which include:  agriculture, College in the Schools, computer programming, and other electives.

Class size has generally decreased in many of our secondary offerings.  Even while we continue to experience some decline in student enrollment, reasonable class size is still a priority of the district.

For a brief overview of the impact class size has on the District’s financial position please see a Management’s Discussion and Analysis, an excerpt from the annual fiscal audit, available from the District Office.

District Website

The District Website is located at: www.isd743.k12.mn.us.  We continue to develop the website as a focal point of information for our community.  Recent additions include:  Board agendas, Board minutes, fiscal audits and expanding the policy section.

Closing

We look forward to continued development in our educational program as we strive to best meet the needs of kids.  If you should have any question on this report or other aspects of our program, please feel free to call us at 352-2284. 

Dan Brooks, Superintendent

H-44-1B

 

 

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