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WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools will dismiss students two hours early today, due to the anticipated extreme heat and humidity. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log...
WILLMAR -- The staff and students at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar started the school year with some good news. Results are still preliminary, but test scores indicate that the school improved in a number of areas in last spring's state testing. Final Adequate Yearly Progress results will be released in early October.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The agenda includes discussions of the Safe Routes to School program and the staff's Professional Learning Communities effort. The board will listen to public comments related to the agenda at the beginning of the meeting. Those who want to comment on other issues may do so at the end of the meeting.
WILLMAR — The West Central Integration Collaborative continues to provide services to eight area school districts, thanks to the 2013 Legislature. Less than two years ago, there was talk at the State Capitol about eliminating funding for integration services and using the money elsewhere. Now, the state's funding formula and philosophy are changing, but integration efforts will continue.
BENSON — Northside Elementary School in Benson has won a national competition sponsored by Target. When the school became the first school in the country to reach 10,000 votes in the Give with Target, it won a $10,000 prize and also a celebration including several celebrities. The celebrities include Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, Olympic medal winner Gabrielle Douglas and Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver. Northside reached 10,000 votes Wednesday afternoon, beating its closest competitor by about 350 votes.
BENSON -- Second-grade teacher Roger Ebnet wants to throw a big party for Northside Elementary School and the entire community of Benson, with some help from west central Minnesota and Target. Northside Elementary was leading the nation Thursday afternoon in a race to get the most votes in the Give with Target program. The Minnesota-based company plans to give away $5 million in the promotion.
WILLMAR — For some children, school may be the nicest place they go. And it’s up to school staff to make school a welcoming and affirming place for all kids,...
WILLMAR — When her husband Carlos wanted to start his own business, Delores Valdovinos was beside him all the way to create Diamond Builders. A year later, the company has...
WILLMAR — Minnesota’s students scored better than last year in state standardized tests in math but not quite as well in science. The kids took reading tests, too, but those...
WILLMAR -- James Hill, the new principal at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar, was raised by his grandparents and remembers growing up with little money, "on government cheese and powdered milk." Kennedy Elementary Principal Todd Goggleye recalls being a high school senior called to the front of the classroom with two other boys. The teacher pointed at one of the boys and told him he had a chance of making something of himself. Pointing at Goggleye and the other boy, she said, "You're going to be a loser the rest of your life."