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News from Dist. 861 (01/19/2005)
January 19-26, 2005

"¢Workshop Day for Staff

The school year is half over on January 20! Friday, January 21 will be a workshop day for district staff to work on report cards and grades, attend technology training classes and more. There will be no school for students on January 21.

"¢School Board to Hold Public Hearings

The school board is considering redistricting the Stockton area into the Rollingstone Community School attendance area. They have scheduled two public hearings. All school district residents are invited to attend the public hearings to learn more about the redistricting proposal and to express their opinions.

The School Board Public Hearings are scheduled for Monday, January 24, 2005 at 7 p.m. and the Stockton Community Center in Stockton, MN and on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Rollingstone Community School in Rollingstone, MN.

"¢Written Composition Test for Sophomores

All tenth graders in the state of Minnesota will take the Basic Skills Test/Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in Written Composition on Tuesday, January 25.

This is a very important test and we ask that all students be in attendance that day. Please do not schedule appointments away from school. Students should dress comfortably, eat a good breakfast, get a good night's sleep, and come prepared to do their best.

"¢Salute to Educational Assistants

Governor Pawlenty has declared January 17-21, 2005 as Para Recognition Week across the state of Minnesota. What is a para? Para professionals, or educational assistants as they are referred to in the Winona Middle School, are a cadre or caring and skilled employees who share their skills and talents with classroom teachers assisting in special areas, with students with special needs, supporting instruction, and providing supervision.

Across the state of Minnesota there are 27,000 paras or educational assistants. In the Winona Area Public Schools there are 111 men and women working shoulder to shoulder with classroom teachers from our preschool and Early Childhood Family Education programs, through elementary, middle, high school, and at the Winona Area Learning Center.

Their assistance is intergal to our success. Hats off to the educational assistants of the Winona Area Public Schools!

"¢Twelve on Tuesday is Underway

Superintendent Paul Durand will meet each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. with twelve parents from the Winona Area Public Schools. Beginning with kindergarten on January 11 and moving up one grade level each week, Durand will visit with parents about their experiences with the Winona Area Public Schools and want to hear thoughts and ideas on various topics. The superintendent hopes to make this a regular school year activity.

Week at a Glance

Lincoln

1/26: Project COMPASS Advisory Board, 4 p.m., DAC

Madison

1/19-25: Book Fair

1/25: "Lewis & Clark" Lyceum

Rollingstone

1/19: Site-base team meeting

W-K

1/20: Ice cream social

WMS

1/17-21 Book Fair

1/20: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 pm.

WSHS

1/25: MCA Grade 10 in Written Composition

District-wide

1/20: Early Childhood Screening, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lincoln. Must be pre-registered. Call 494-0900 for more information.

1/21: NO SCHOOL K-12, District Workshop 

 

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