Tricounty News

October 12 Update



Mark Messman,

Superintendent,

Eden Valley-Watkins Schools

Building Project:

Progress continues as expected, and we're very pleased with the ongoing craftsmanship and quality materials going into our updated facilities. Kraus-Anderson Construction and Project Superintendent, Brandon Larkin have been a pleasure to work with throughout this exciting process.

Current plans and time-frames have been established for the excavation and site work to complete the South parking lot and final grade. Temporary heat has been installed in the gymnasium for the concrete that will be poured next week. The office, bathrooms, and concession area will be ready for drywall and painting in the near future. While the mechanical contractor continues to complete the duct work in the gymnasium mechanical rooms and lobby.

Please stop in for a visit with your questions and comments, and be sure to exercise caution when you're in the proximity of the construction zone.

Technology Update:

We've recently contracted with All-State Communications to test the drops in our HS Media Center for continuity and integrity. They have determined all drops, with the exception of one, passed inspection or met excellent standards. Eventually, the problem drop was replaced at the patch panel and passed inspection at the same level as the others.

All patch cables from the computer to the outlets were replaced with Category 6 cables. We have also ordered Cat 6 patch cords to replace the cords from the patch panel to the switch in the Media Center closet. All-State will return next week to complete the process.

Teachers Honored:

Congratulations to Carolyn Becher, Art and Special Education instructor, and Peg Plath, retired third-grade teacher, on being selected by their peers as the District's recipients for the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award. This honor, which is annually sponsored by Resource Training and Solutions in St. Cloud, is presented to staff that have gone above and beyond in providing quality instructional experiences for their students. Carolyn and Peg will be recognized along with recipients from other districts throughout central Minnesota at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Congratulations again to Carolyn and Peg, and thanks for the work they have done for the educational benefit of our youth!

Quote of the Week:

"The most effective educators also internalize lofty performance standards for themselves."

-Neil H. Bright

Senior of the Week:

The EVW School District would like to recognize Mickael Lies-Thielen, daughter of David and Mary. Mickael is an upbeat student with an outstanding attitude. She is in her fourth year of German classes, a role-model student during the summer trip to Germany, and a great motivator to the student body. Mickael is our Student Council Secretary and heavily involved in the coordination and organization of school activities and functions. Congratulations!