Army National Guard Pfc. Aaron M. Laabs has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.
Area gymnast Katie Spaulding of Kimball has had a wonderful year competing for Granite City Gymnastics in Waite Park.
Katie is competing level 9 and had a great competition at the Tropical Twist that was hosted by Granite City Gymnastics Sunday, Feb. 17. She placed first on the floor exercise and third place on the balance beam and in the all-around. Katie also qualified for the 2013 USA Gymnastics MN State Meet that will be held March 23-24 in St. Joseph. Katie, daughter of Chad and Kim Spaulding, is coached by Tommy Rodine, Liz Walek, and Danielle DesMarais.
Great news! Kimball Elementary is awarded a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor! We will have one full-time Elementary Literacy Tutor next year, who will work with kids who need a boost to catch up to grade level in reading. Minnesota Reading Corps tutors are AmeriCorps members and do not replace teachers. Every year, the program sees real growth in its students. Here’s what you should know about our tutors:
We will begin recruiting now for our Elementary Literacy Tutor who will serve at our school for 11 months, beginning in August. In exchange for their service, tutors receive a stipend of about $500 biweekly (full-time) and an education award of $5,550 (full-time) to use towards their own schooling.
The Kimball and Fair Haven Lions purchased three iPads to be used by third-graders at Kimball Elementary School. Feb. 28, some Lions members visited the school to see how they are used every day. Pictured is Lion Mary Knaus observing Jamison Tubridy (her grandson) and Jordan Massmann playing a learning game on the iPad. The tools provide individualized learning experiences for students that otherwise might not be available.
Kimball Speechers traveled to Sauk Centre Saturday, March 2, to compete with 16 schools for top honors. At a speech tournament, students are ranked in each of three preliminary rounds, where competition is randomly drawn. Scores are then tallied, and speakers with the eight highest ranks meet in a fourth round. In this final round, the speakers are scored by three judges. Team points are tallied based on both preliminary and final round scores.
Alissa Jones, fourth from left, is a senior who has been part of the Kimball speech team since eighth grade. She has placed second approximately a dozen times over in her career, and she finally earned a champion medal in Extemporaneous Reading. Submitted photo.