Tricounty News

Kimball schools to add third Kindergarten section

The Kimball school board and administration has been watching anxiously the anticipated count for kindergarteners in the 2013-14 school year. The July 17 meeting of the school board was a critical time to make a decision. With the number teetering at 54 (51 for all-day every-day kindergarten and 3 for part-time), a decision would have to be made whether to add a third section. Time would be needed to set everything up, and a decision at the next meeting Aug. 21 would be too late. Although Kimball Elementary principal Jim Houseman was not at the meeting, the board decided July 17 to add a third section. There will now be three classes of kindergarten at Kimball, each with about 18 students (instead of two classes with 27 wriggling 5-year-olds). The new kindergarten teacher will be hired as a long-term substitute, converting to a contract.

This coming year’s third-grade class is anticipated to have 56 students: 28 in each of two classes. Taking into consideration the district’s finances, and the different needs of the two age groups, the board decided to invest in a third kindergarten section at this time. There are other ways to augment third-grade learning that have been successful in the past, such as having separate sections (with smaller numbers of students) for basics like math and reading. These can be added at any time during the school year, as needed.

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High school athletics meetings in August

Monday, Aug. 5, mandatory meeting for parents of any student in grade 7-12 who plans to participate in activities at Kimball Area High School during the 2013-14 school year. There will be a general meeting for all parents, followed by separate meetings for each sport. 

Cubs’ Clothing may be ordered from now through Aug. 9 (for delivery Aug. 26. The next order will be Aug. 12-30 for delivery Sept. 16.

KAHS Activities Director is Bruce Holmseth at (320) 398-7700, ext. 311.

There will be a sports meeting for all parents of athletes in grades 7-12 at Eden Valley-Watkins High School at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the new high school gymnasium.

EV-W Activities Director is Dave Schneider at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1159.

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University of Minnesota, Duluth, spring Dean’s list

From Eden Valley:

Alyssa R. Schultz, Sr, Educ & Human Service Pro, Psychology BA SC

Jeremy D. Schultz, Fr, Educ. & Human Service Pro, Exercise Science

Alexandra Theis, So, UMD-Sci & Eng. Swendon Coll of, Cell and Molecular Biology BS

From Kimball:

Kelsey Vigoren, Sr, Labovitz School of Bus & Econ, Health Care Management B B A

From South Haven:

James Chapman, So, Labovitz School of Bus & Econ, Pre Business

From Watkins:

Travis D. Eisenbacher, So, UMD-Sci. & Eng. Swenson Coll of, Cell and Molecular Biology BS

Jaron Faber, Jr, UMD-Sci & Eng. Swenson Coll of, Biology BS

Bemidji State University announces its spring semester Dean’s list 

Bemidji, Minn. Saturday,
June 27, the Spring Semester Dean’s List was released by Dr. Martin Tadlock, vice president for academic affairs at Bemidji State University, and included students from the area. Bemidji State students carrying 12 or more semester hours during any one term and earning at least 3.25 (B-plus) grade point average are listed on the Dean’s List. 

Deans List recipients are: Melissa Konz and Ryan Wieneke of Kimball, and Grant Warren of Watkins. 

Kimball FFA members attend five day conference in Deep Portage

W-Joelle-Edwards-FFA-camp-pictureLeft to right: Dalton Kampsen, Region V President, Kimball FFA members Joelle Edwards and Sami Reinert and Brandon Roiger Minnesota State FFA Reporter. Submitted photo.Kimball FFA members Sami Reinert and Joelle Edwards spent five days at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack, Minnesota for annual State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) June 24 - 28. 

SGLC is a conference held once a year for first year FFA members. The five day camp consists of team building activities, and individual activities that focus on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Through the week, many obstacles were faced, from losing your name tag and having to sing in front of everyone to get it back, to building each individual’s leadership and confidence, and spending time with other FFA members from all over the state.

These experiences have impacted these students and they brought back great ideas and stories for their own chapter.

“Fuel your Fire” is the theme this year for the Minnesota FFA. The Kimball FFA would like to thank everyone who has supported them throughout the years and encourages individuals to “Fuel your Fire” with the Kimball FFA.

Kimball youth help clean park

W-DSCN1286A special “thank you” to Cathy Grant and her ESY (Extended School Year) class for cleaning up Willow Creek Park last Tuesday, June 18! Pictured are, left to right, Vicki Woods, Laure Doering, Ethan Nilson, Brittany Wittrock, Brady Sanders, Tyler Anderson, Mellissa Hoffman, Christopher Reinert, Louis Wajcik, Joshua Statz, and Cathy Grant.