Opens: Sept. 5 for all students, except juniors and seniors will start Sept. 6.
Open houses: Elementary open houses are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Baxter; 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Garfield; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Harrison; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Lowell; 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Nisswa; 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Riverside; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Whittier; and Lincoln is scheduling individual set-up times.
In the secondary grades, Mississippi Horizons is scheduling individual pre-school conferences only. Washington Middle School registration is 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21-22; an open house for eighth-graders is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 7:15 p.m. Aug. 30 for ninth-graders. At Brainerd High School, schedules can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 for 10th-graders; from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 for juniors; and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 for seniors.
Enrollment: Estimated to be within 100 students of last year's enrollment of 7,279 students.
New administrators: Steven Augustinack, director of media technology, and Stephen Dickinson, director of business services.
New teachers: Toni Balsley, Baxter elementary first semester and Lowell elementary second semester; David Borash, high school social studies; Brian Bordwell, high school industrial technology; Cherie Cleveland, high school speech/English; Jill Daniels, Franklin geography; Daniel Dissell, high school science; Lorie Duevel, Minnesota Learning Center; Elizabeth Gjerde, Mississippi Horizons special education; Tyanne Guida-Rezac, Whittier media specialist/Reading Recovery;
Wade Haapajoki, MLC and high school special education; Christian Halverson, Franklin geography; Sheree Hansen, Nisswa media specialist/Reading Recovery; Alisha Henricksen, Garfield elementary; Dalen Hodge, Franklin science; Lori Hodge, Franklin guidance counselor; LeAnn Howieson, Lincoln elementary; Janna Johnson, Riverside part-time special education; James Kath, Baxter special education; Gina Larson, Garfield elementary; Rachel Lee, Lincoln special education; Christina Lundgren, high school chemistry; Sam Marohn, Lowell elementary; Jill Marohn, Riverside kindergarten; Troy Nelson, high school mathematics; Amy Nielsen Miller, Franklin mathematics; Holly Olson, Baxter elementary reading/writing; Jennifer Peterson-Cramer, Washington art; Dawn Razidlo, Washington special education; Tana Solarz, MLC special education; Susan Sorensen, MLC and high school work experience/special education; Joan Storlie, high school special education; Deirdre Swaggert, Franklin Spanish; Constance Trusty, Baxter elementary; Jacqueline Vandenbergh, Baxter elementary; Pamela Warren, Whittier elementary; Leslie Zander, Washington, Mississippi Horizons and Franklin orchestra; and Kristin Zemke, Franklin science.
New programs: The district plans to continue developing its long-range facility plan and continue its focus on implementing a standards-based educational system.
Opens: Sept. 5.
Open houses: Elementary students have an open house at 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31. High school parent night is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 for grades seven through 12.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,300 to 1,350.
New teachers: Cory Hendrickson, social studies; Jason May, science; Jason Jaskowiak, English; Joe Rush, social studies; Sherri Burke, speech; Renee Irwin, consumer science/family education; Cindy Adrock, special education; Joan Adkins, Spanish; and Walter Sauerbrei, English (long-term substitution teacher).
New programs: The Aitkin Children's Center is open for up to preschool students and will serve about 100 children.
The district will offer six additional advanced placement courses in chemistry, physics, Western civilization, American Indians, graphics art and computer design and journalism at the high school. At the elementary level, accelerated mathematics and reading courses will be offered.
A media center at Rippleside Elementary is under construction and is expected to be completed by winter. Also under construction at the elementary are new computer and technology labs as well as three classrooms. At the high school, there is a new instrumental area to replace the old band room and more classrooms to provide more space for theater.
Opens: Sept. 5.
Open houses: Back-to-school night for junior high is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30. The elementary school is planning an open house Sept. 21.
Enrollment: About 1,429.
New administrator: Interim Superintendent Shelly Johnson.
New teachers: Patty Jerdes and Judy Latour, special education; Tom Ringhand, industrial arts.
New programs: No new programs, but the district will hold an excess levy referendum in December to provide additional funding for the school district. The district is asking to increase the per pupil unit by $318.26. Currently the per pupil unit is $96.74. If approved, the referendum would allow the excess levy for up to 10 years.
Opens: Sept. 5 for returning students and Sept. 11 for new students.
Open houses: At the high school, students can schedule time with their teachers Aug. 29. The middle school's open house is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 in the commons. In the elementary schools, open houses are noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Lincoln; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 5 (scheduled by last names) at Lindbergh. At S.G. Knight school, students and parents are scheduled for orientation program from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5, attendance is required.
Enrollment: Estimated at 3,500 students.
New administrators: Bob Hasz, business manager; Tim Bjorge, high school assistant principal; and Sheila Bichler, Lindbergh principal.
New teachers: Duane Borgeson, Mid-State Education special education director; Pat Lytwyn, Mid-State special education coordinator; Alicia Jepsen, Mid-State early childhood coordinator; Stephen Litke, high school mathematics; Andy Ward, high school chemistry; Sonny Freyholtz, high school industrial technology; Toni Schultz, high school Spanish; MaryKay Moe, middle school science; Erin Shaughnessy, Lindbergh kindergarten; Jennifer Kimman, Lindbergh elementary; Wanda Holmgren, Lincoln art; Rita Trettel, Lincoln elementary; Krista Czech, Dr. S.G. Knight elementary; and Marc Fritz, Dr. S.G. Knight elementary.
New programs: Mentorship program.
Open: Sept. 5.
Open house: Orientation set for at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at both the elementary school and the high school and at 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the middle school. An all-school open house will be 5 to 6 p.m. and hot dogs and chips will be served.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,300-1,330.
New administrator: Chuck Arns, middle school principal.
New teachers: Tony Mauer, social studies; James Whitcomb, industrial technology; Kate Casper, choir; Chris Bolstad, music; Susan Moehling, eighth-grade mathematics; Sean Bengtson and Janet Belanger, special education.
New programs: Adding the CISCO certification program that allows students to be network engineers after taking a three-year course in computer networking. Pequot will offer new courses in graphic productions, outdoor education, additional offerings in business and family consumer science, such as customer relations, leisure arts, fashion trends and design. Chemistry also will be added to the concurrent classes. The district is also in the process of looking at a long-range plan, due to enrollment increases. A $28.45 million bond levy referendum to construct an elementary school and renovate the current high school is planned this fall.
Opens: Sept. 5.
Open houses: At Pioneer Elementary, an open house will be 6 to 7:30 Aug. 30. Seventh-grade orientation is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the high school.
Enrollment: Estimated at 970 .
New teachers: Jolene Goodrich, elementary speech; Patricia Block, paraprofessional; Justin Smith, high school civics, sociology and psychology; Jonathon Thorson, high school math; John Rossum, junior high mathematics; and Dawn Wester, special education.
New programs: Class periods will be extended in the high school. A referendum in November concerns construction of a $7.5 million community center with four elementary classrooms, a pool, a city library and additional tennis courts and concerns refurbishing the football field and parking lots.
Opens: Sept. 1.
Open house: There will be an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 for all high school and elementary students with an orientation for new students in grades seven through 12 at 6 p.m. in the high school gym.
Enrollment: Estimated at 710 students.
New teachers: Wendy Bonach, secondary English; Lynne Bordwell, special education; Sara Butler, fifth-grade; Amanda Houle, third-grade; Karen Milette, secondary mathematics; Nicole Wills, physical education; and Christopher Berent, secondary social studies.
New programs: Junior Achievement program and courses in the foundations in reading, ancient world history, multi-culture art and design, power conditioning, science fiction, 20th century history and advanced technology. College-level courses in American government and chemistry will be offered.
Opens: Sept. 5.
Open houses: In Backus, an open house will be 3 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30. In Pine River, an open houses will be 3 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,228 students.
New administrators: Mary Miller, community education/curriculum coordinator.
New teachers: Wayne Shilson, art; Bruce Wallen, high school mathematics; Melanie Lundquist, high school French; Isaak Anderson and Ann Marie Lubovich, high school social studies; Georgene Ingwell, Jackie Thomas and Jerry Hinek, special education; Angie Weiss, high school Spanish; Mike Thyen, high school physical education; Patrick Deegan, high school middle level; Michelle Tollefson, Jane Blosberg, Tanya Wincher, Dejah Czech, Rebecca Lohman and Jacki Kline, elementary; Jennifer Matson, special education; Patrick Quancc, music/band; Glenn Heinecke, media; Janice Oakley, high school mathematics (long-term substitution); and Susanne Dock, high school art (long-term substitution).
New programs: Changes include a simulation lab, a science lab added to the high school that will be completed by the second semester, the CISCO certification program and college classes from the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
Opens: Sept. 5 for kindergarten through ninth grade and for all new high school students. The following day the rest of the students will start.
Open houses: Staples elementary students may visit their classrooms and teachers from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 and at 2:30 p.m. new students and parents can meet with Principal Gwynne Gildow in the media center. At Motley elementary and middle school, students may visit their classrooms and teachers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 with a welcome ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Motley gym.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,635.
New administrator: High School Principal Todd Lyscio.
New teachers: Natalie (Kaspari) Johnson, Staples elementary; Paul Mithun, Staples elementary; Laura Paskewitz, Staples special education; Mary Magnuson-Helm, Motley part-time special education; Alicia Johnson, Motley four-year program; Gene Mattila, high school mathematics; Gordon Thompson, high school science; Erik Johnson, high school social studies; Mary Magnuson-Helm, part-time high school special education; and Jill Kneisl-Schneider, part-time high school art.
New programs: At the high school, a program will be offered about banking and finance. Schedules will be changed to an eight-period day. Implementing the graduation standards will continue for all schools. A new attendance policy is in place. At Staples elementary, a portable classroom will be attached to the northwest area and the music classes will be held there. The fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms will be separated, rather than the multi-age intermediate sections that the school has had.
Motley elementary plans to remodel a portable classroom to create efficient space and a industrial technology class will be added, the old room will be used part-time for elementary and middle school needs. Middle school block scheduling is being proposed.
Opens: Sept. 7.
Open houses: Elementary school open houses are 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Seventh-graders and new students have an open house set for 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the high school commons.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,353 students.
New teachers: John Weishalla, elementary physical education; Amanda Starzl and Amy Brands, educational interpreters; Michael Brunsberg, junior high English; Susan Turner, counselor; Lisa Jepson and Rachel Bounds, mathematics; Dale Plask, junior high band; Lori Howe, senior high band.
New programs: A network computer lab was established in the elementary. Elementary classrooms now have phones installed and new roof was constructed over the elementary gym.
Opens: Sept. 5th.
Open houses: Open house is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
Enrollment: Estimated at 445.
New administrators: Dean Krogstad, principal.
New teachers: Diane Nehring, band; and Heidi Plasek, second grade.
New programs: The district is working on increasing student achievement.
Opens: Sept. 5.
Open houses: Open houses in all school buildings will be 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29.
Enrollment: Estimated at 1,071 students.
New teachers: Stanley Bauman, high school industrial technology; and Anna Karsten, high school science.
New programs: A $15 million bond referendum was approved last May for new high school classrooms and remodeling of the old high school to a middle school. The old high school will become the middle school. The middle school in Akeley will be closed and will become an elementary if enrollment increases.
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