Tricounty News

March 14 Update

Legislative Update

Despite a significant budget surplus of just over $1.2 billion, the prospects for additional education funding this session are low. As educators, we are hopeful that our elected officials will recognize the need to pay for implementing the Minnesota mandated principal and teacher evaluations, facility improvements, and equalization aid to assure all students receive appropriate funds regardless of zip code.

Governor Dayton announced his supplemental budget plan last week and it included $3.5 million to pay for reduced price lunches. In addition, the House and Senate leaders are working to establish budget targets for the various finance committees. We’ll have a better idea where the spending will take place once the budget targets are established.

In the meantime, please contact Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (651) 296-8881, and House Speaker Paul Thissen (651)
296-5375, and urge them to give the education committees a portion of the surplus to continue the good work they started last session on closing the funding equity gap and paying for unfunded mandates.

Good Health = Good Test Scores: 

As spring quickly approaches, so does our annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). I’m sure you’re aware that our Eden Valley-Watkins students have consistently performed quite well on the MCA’s. With your continued support and encouragement of academic performance, we can continue to prepare our children for the demands of the adult workforce and college preparedness. Following are a few recommendations in preparation for the big exams.

1. Get in the habit of a nutritious breakfast everyday

2. Get into a regular sleep routine, most children need
9-10 hours

3. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, assisting memory and processing

4. Read directions completely, carefully, and ask questions

5. Skim the question and prioritize possible options

6. When completed, go back and review

I really appreciate our dedicated staff as they’ve been working extremely hard and providing after-hours opportunities to prepare our students with the concepts, skills, and strategies necessary to be successful on the assessments. Please let us know what we can do to support our shared vision for student success.

Calendar and make-up dates

Remember, students will be in session on Monday, March 24, and Monday, April 21.

Senior of the Week

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Cain Renner, son of Heather. Cain is having a great year at school and provides our youth with positive role-modeling. Cain recently returned from his third trip to the State wrestling tournament held at the Excel Energy Center. He finished his high school wrestling career with a season record of 32-5. Cain is an All Central Minnesota Conference wrestler, Section 5A Champion, and three-time State entrant with 135 career wins. The EVW administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!