As new forms of technology start to find their way into classrooms, Independent School District 196 is taking a closer look at the approach it wants to take to such advances. A district committee has been meeting since April to discuss the use of technology in classrooms. The group is looking at the skills students need to be successful in school and beyond, and at the ways the district can use technology to help students develop those skills. That technology can take many forms.
When the Minnesota Legislature agreed to provide funding for districts that want to offer all-day kindergarten, it removed one barrier to the program in local schools. But there are still plenty of questions to answer before classes start in the fall of 2104. Maybe most important: Where are all the students going to go? Both the Farmington and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school districts have supported the idea of offering all-day kindergarten as an option for all students.
After all of the delays, the cancelations and, in at least one case, a round played in "driving monsoon rain," the Rosemount High School girls golf team found itself right where it wanted to be. The Irish ended their season last week with a fourth-place finish in the Section 3AAA tournament. They advanced to the tournament's second day by tying eventual champion Eagan with a 343 May 29 at Phalen Golf Course. They followed with a 355 two days later at Bunker Hills.
Almost everyone has been affected by cancer, some more than others. Some people enjoy helping the cause, some people choose not to. I am the kind of person that likes to help the cause, and the past few years I have thoroughly enjoyed it. When I got to high school, I joined the High Schools Against Cancer Club. I didn't have anyone really close to me that was affected by cancer but I still liked to support the cause.
I remember my graduation night from high school as if it happened yesterday. God only knows it didn't, but it was quite the night. At 18, it was one of my most emotional evenings ever. I really didn't want to leave high school. I loved the social aspect of it; unfortunately, I wasn't great academically. I spent my energies in student council and theater. When I think about my experiences as a teacher over the years, I think perhaps I might have frustrated a teacher or two, simply because I was an underachiever in the classroom. When I came to RHS, I remember my early graduations well.
20 years ago From the June 3 1993 edition of the Farmington Independent and the June 4, 1993 edition of the Rosemount Town Pages RHS Top 10 Rosemount High School's graduation is next Friday, June 11. The top 10 students of the class are: Kara Schutt, Trisha Burgess, Victoria Kaping, Sophie Quitschau, Angie Thoreson, Michael Sontag, Grant Nelson, Jeff Bry, Victor Lai and Bryan Dahmes... Salutatorian (is) Grant Nelson, Valedictorian (is) Bryan Dahmes. Top 10 percent of the (FHS) Class of 1993 Salutatorian Leo Gerten, Valedictorian Joe Ellyn Kruger.
Do you ever wonder why you kept something? There must have been a reason you hung on to it, but what was it? That happened to me last week. I had some papers, notebooks and magazines stacked on one side of the nightstand and decided instead of moving everything aside when I wanted to dust, I would go through them and see what could be thrown out. I have a habit of making lists and writing reminders on 5 by 7 note cards, setting them aside and forgetting about them. There were lots of those. And scads of paper napkins with phone numbers but no names. One piece of paper intrigued me.
A 32-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman died and another individual was seriously injured May 30 in a head-on collision on County Road 46 near Blaine Avenue in Empire Township. Angela Nicole Wear has been identified as the driver who was killed. The other individual, who was airlifted to Regions Hospital, has not yet been identified. He remained hospitalized Friday morning. Both drivers were alone in their cars. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are still working to determine exactly what happened in the accident, which occurred at 4:03 p.m.
It's become something of a tradition since I started writing this column. Every year at this time the people in charge of planning graduation ceremonies at Farmington and Rosemount high schools neglect to ask me to speak (Given how many years my invitation has gotten lost in the mail now, I start to understand why the post office is struggling) and every year I choose instead to share my message to the graduates in this space. Because we all know how much today's young people like to read newspapers.
Katy Zeimet and John Peterson have announced their engagement. Katy is the daughter of Steve and Deb Zeimet of Stewartville. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood elementary education from Winona State University, and a master's degree in early childhood education from Concordia College. She is employed as a pre-school teacher in the Bloomington public school system. John is the son of John and Sharon Peterson of Rosemount. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is employed by Target corporate offices in Brooklyn Park.