Tricounty News

Dec. 13 Update


The school district negotiations team met with the Eden Valley – Watkins Federation of Teachers team on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Continuous progress was made and we have reached a tentative agreement on language and finances. We’re in the process of completing the updates to the tentative contract that will eventually be voted on by members of each bargaining group.

I’d like to recognize and thank the following team members for the sacrificed time, patience, and displays of professional character and community pride while collaborating in the best interest of the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. The teachers were represented by Mary Holmberg, Diane Steffes, Donna Orbeck, Dave Dziengel and Jake Anderson. The district was represented by Bob Stenger, Shelley Kern, Julie Meyer, and alternate Rob Flaschenriem.


Parenting quote

“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.” – P.D. James

Early dismissal

This is a reminder that students will be dismissed early from school on Friday, Dec. 20. Watkins Elementary will dismiss at 12:10, Eden Valley Elementary will dismiss at 12:30, and Eden Valley Secondary will dismiss at 12:40.

Teaching staff will be provided in-service and development opportunities in Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR). MMR is an accountability measure implemented by MDE that monitors academic growth and a desired reduction in the achievement gap among varying subgroups. Staff members will be generating lists of potential ideas and options to increase student literacy and math skills. Our goal is to develop MMR Action Plans that can be implemented in each classroom following the Christmas break.

Senior of the Week

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Mike Kern, son of Beth and Mark. Mike shows a great deal of creativity in art. He’s capable of working in many different art mediums like drawing, clay, painting, and computer art. He also shows great detail using abstract or realistic techniques in his art work. Mike has a great work ethic and is committed to his homework and academics. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations.