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  October 2014  
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   HS Masquerade Dance
   Oct 25 2014 at 09:30 PM
   Hilltop Vision/Hearing Screening
   Oct 28 2014
   5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip
   Oct 29 2014
   Park Vision & Hearing Re-screen
   Oct 30 2014
   School Board Candidate Forum
   Oct 30 2014 at 07:00 PM


We will be hosting a School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 30th
at 7:00pm in the Middle/High School Auditorium.
The purpose of the forum is to educate our citizens about the candidates prior to
Election Day.  This forum will last approximately 1 hour and the public is
encouraged to attend.

In late August, the Minnesota Department of Education released its annual comprehensive assessment test results.

Otherwise known as the MCAs, these scores are often used as a measuring stick for how well a school district fares in terms of student achievement. In addition, the results are used as a barometer to compare one district against another.

Yes, the amount of raw data available is staggering. Reams of information are at our fingertips, not only for the current year, but also for the past years. Sorting through this forest of information can be challenging.

Within this data, our teachers and administrators are examining all trends of positive and negative growth over the last five years. We have typically paralleled in movement with the state average. When the state test score average goes up, our scores have gone up. The same is true within our school when state score averages drop, so have our scores.

There is positive news on the home front when you look at the numbers. Based on the interpretation, we were able to increase our 25 percent curriculum coordinator teaching position to a 50 percent time Director of Curriculum administrative position. Comprehensive curriculum reviews and adoption are now taking place in reading and math.

To get a complete picture, in addition to examining the raw data, educators have examined instructional strategies that have been implemented as well as structural changes that have occurred and demographic shifts our district has experienced.


10/20/14 Regular School Board Meeting Highlights:
- Jen Hovick and Ann Porter shared about the Celebrate My Drive campaign which promotes Safe Teen Driving.  Anyone age 14 and up is eligible to pledge and vote for LSH through Friday, October 24th.
New Business:
- Accepted Resolution to support Form A grant application to MSHSL Foundation to offset student activity fees.
- Approved the first read of Policy 425 - Staff Development.
- Approved the 2013-2015 Local 284 Housekeepers, Custodians and Maintenance Staff Contract.
Board Member Communication/Idea Exchange:
- Superintendent Rich Hanson announced he would not see contract renewal for the 2015-2016 school year.

A full copy of the minutes are available in the District Office for viewing.