Tricounty News

May 16 Update


End of Year

Friday, May 30, will be the last student day of the school year. Students will be dismissed at the following times: Watkins Elementary at 12:55 p.m.; Eden Valley Elementary at 1:15 p.m.; Eden Valley-
Watkins High School at 1:30 p.m.

We will also be concluding the 2013-2014 school year with a series of awards and events that will culminate and showcase the superb efforts and work of many students. Graduation will occur at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the Auxiliary Gym. Seventy-two seniors will graduate, and as they leave the halls of the building one final time that evening, many good wishes for success go with them.


Congratulations to the class of 2014! It is our hope that they achieve all of their aspirations and dreams in the upcoming years.


Legislative Update: The House and Senate Supplemental Budget conference committee recently reached an agreement on the E-12 funding provisions. The House and Senate agreed to an E-12 budget target of $54 million with the bulk of that being spent on a $25 (.5-percent increase) per pupil formula increase. I’ve listed some of the significant appropriations below: -$25 per pupil formula increase -$10 million in one-time funding to implement mandated teacher evaluations -ELL (English Language Learners) funding from five to six years -Fully funds meals for those currently qualifying for reduced priced meals -MDE will integrate and customize a streamlined reporting system for Special Education -Increases School Readiness appropriations by $1.8 million in FY 15 -Increases ECFE appropriations by $4.6 million in FY 15 -Appropriates $1 million to the MN Reading Corps for FY 15 The Conference Committee is still working to complete other budget articles unrelated to E-12 education but most likely will complete their work by the May 19 deadline.

Children Learn What They Live

By Dorothy Law Nolte, 1972

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Shawnee Hennen, daughter of Eric and Rita. Shawnee is one of our top academic performers and has had an active senior year serving NHS, Big Brother/Big Sister, Aquila, and Drama. Her plans for the fall include attendance at St. Cloud Technical College to pursue her AAS degree to become a Surgical Technician. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!w-EVW-cookout


Students enjoyed burgers grilled up by school administrators at the Administrative cookout Friday, May 16, for lunch. (Superintendent Mark Messman is the smiling guy, second from left, holding the spatula. Also pictured are Activiites Director Dave Schneider, Business Manager Cathy Wuertz, Principal Bruce Kiehn, and Head Building/Grounds Engineer Ralph Lambert.) Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.