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Moose Lake School launches website on referendum

Moose Lake Community School launched a new website on March 29 to provide residents with information about the school’s referendum questions on the May 14 ballot. “CompleteOurCampus.org is the best place to learn about the needs of our students a...

 

Snow days forgiven, Barnum discusses leasing a school bus

Students in Minnesota schools won’t have to make up any days when the school was closed for cold and snow, Superintendent Dave Bottem told the Barnum School Board at a working meeting on Tuesday, Ap...

 

Words hold power for Willow River students

Words have the power to unlock doors or destroy lives. That's the message presenter Eric Samuel Timm brought to Willow River Area Schools students Monday, March 25th in a funny, fast paced, sometimes...

 

Readathon at Willow River recognizes readers

A February celebration of reading involved Willow River Elementary students in a Readathon that raised money for the Willow River Parent Teacher Organization to purchase all the school supplies for...

 

Student and Family Resource Fair at Willow River

On Monday, March 25, Willow River Area School will be hosting a Student and Family Resource Fair to showcase area organizations that support the families of the school district. The event will kick off with an energetic presentation by guest...

 

Moose Lake Community School and Moose Lake Public Library Team Up for Fun Kids Event

On Thursday March 28, the kids at Moose Lake Community School will be attending a book reading featuring author Ryan J. Schroeder. Schroeder penned the book Colors of Minnesota. His book explores the state and the colors that envelope the Land of...

 

Barnum begins search for new superintendent

A superintendent search has started, it was announced at the March 5 working meeting of the Barnum School Board. The current superintendent, Dave Bottem, is retiring. The board spoke about adding...

 

Superintendent Report

We have built a great community school, thanks to the support of residents and a financial partnership with the State of Minnesota that reduced the cost to local taxpayers to replace our flood-damaged school. This new school will serve the needs of s...

 

Superintendent's Corner

The Moose Lake School Board has begun planning for a referendum this spring or summer to complete projects at the Moose Lake Community School that were not part of the final workplan funded by the 2014 referendum. Meetings have already been held...

 

Barnum considers multi-district classrooms

The Barnum School Board elected officers at the organizational meeting of the board on Wednesday, January 2. The new school board member, Beth Schatz, was welcomed to the board. Paul Coughlin was...

 

New year, exciting plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already January and the year is 2019. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and had time to re-energize to get through the next few months of winter. Willow River Area School was busy over the holiday...

 

School taxes in Barnum remain low

The school taxes in Barnum have gone down, it was reported at the working meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, Dec. 4, during the Truth in Taxation report. “The taxes have gone down by...

 

Willow River principal rethinks how MCA downtime is spent

The Willow River School Board approved the 2019 levy at its regular meeting Tuesday, December 18. The levy will be a 1.79 percent decrease from last year, Business Manager Laura Carlson reported...

 

2019 Barnum levy approved

The Barnum School Board set the levy at $733,166.04, which is a 1.67 percent drop from last year’s levy of $749,590.59, at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The board also approv...

 

Moose Lake 2019 tax levy sees 2% increase

The Moose Lake City Council discussed the Small Area Land Plan at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The plan for the school district property had been shown to the public at a presentation...

 

ICS recommends referendum

Lynn Dyer and Kevin Warmuth of ICS met with the Moose Lake School Board to once again narrow down the list of facilities that is needed to finish the athletic complex at the Moose Lake school on...

 

Moose Lake media center receives funding for youth coding programs

Moose Lake Community School's library/media center announced recently that they have received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December...

 

Use of e-cigarettes, dress code discussed

The use of e-cigarettes and the dress code were two areas of concern that the Student Council representative, Henry Collier, brought to the Barnum School Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. “T...

 

Despite initial trepidation over MCA scores, ML resident regains confidence

Byron Kuster of Moose Lake was very concerned about the low MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores at the Moose Lake Community School that came out in early October. The tests were given in...

 

Enrollment in Barnum is dropping

The enrollment at the Barnum Schools is dropping. Superintendent Dave Bottem reported at recent school board meeting that the families aren’t moving out of the school district, there are just less...

 

Moose Lake School looking at future needs

Two staff members of ICS, the firm that is assisting with planning the proposal for the athletic complex, Early Childhood playground and completing other needs at the Moose Lake Community School met...

 

Moose Lake ACT scores above state average

Moose Lake High School’s average ACT score increased in 2018 and continues to remain above the Minnesota average score. Moose Lake Community School’s composite score for 2018 was 22.0, an increase from 21.6 in 2017. The Minnesota average was...

 

Willow River approves new playground sets

Students who performed well on their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments last spring received commendation from the Willow River School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, October 16....

 

Emphasizing phonics

As the superintendent I get put in situations where I am constantly learning new things. Last year we were not satisfied with our reading scores and I spent time going over the latest research on teaching reading. We were seeing a trend we did not...

 

Upcoming opportunities to help

Our school board has made the commitment to replace some of our playground sets. Outdoor recess is a necessary part of our students’ day. Kids love the opportunity to run, play, and renew their physical and mental energies. Upgraded playground...

 

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