Public School teachers now in place

Two more teachers were hired at Tuesday’s Minneota School Board meeting, completing the needs of students for this next session of study.  
Melissa Breitback was hired as the third Kinder-garten teacher.
She is just beginning her career as a new teacher. According to Elementary Principal Harlen Ulrich, there will be about 16 students in each Kindergarten class.
Brianna Anderson will return to a half/time position as the Title Teacher for the upcoming year.
And in the sports area, Sarah Clayton has been hired for a junior high volleyball position, and a junior high football coach has been advertised for.
The numbers of participants  in both areas indicate the need for the additional coaches.
Teachers will return for workshops on September 1-3 at the Public School.
Students will begin classes on September 8.
Minnesota schools start after the Labor Day weekend unless exceptions were granted to school boards.—By Editor Gayle VanVooren.


(More on the Minneota Schools in The Mascot 8-26-09)

School enrollment looks good

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor  

Projections on enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year look very good with two weeks to go before the doors open.
“At this point, we have eleven more students than last year coming in, and that’s a very good sign,” said Superintendent Dan Deitte at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Included in that number are four foreign exchange students.
A good deal of time was spent talking on the budget, with the enrollment projections helping that bottom line for next year. The budget is now in the hand of the auditors, with that report to be coming in the next couple of months.
“There’s been no guarantee from the legislators,” added Deitte, concerning the shifted funds. He added, “We will be deficit spending — but it may not be as big as once was thought.” Board members appreciated the positive remarks, as they look ahead to a new school year.


(See more on the Minneota School in The Mascot 8-26-09)

Out of their comfort zone

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor  

“There’s a lot of devastation there yet. There are still 15,000 families without homes. If it wasn’t for all the volunteers who have come in to help, there would be no hope.”
Judy Drown of Minneota knows about Hurricane Katrina. As one of the chaperones for five Hope Lutheran Youth she saw “hope renewed” as ELCA National Youth gathered in New Orleans this summer  for what became life-changing experiences.
With the messages of Jesus, the Justice of working with the people, and the Jazz in church services, the group came home filled with the power of hope.
Nicole Prellwitz, Molly Strandmark, Jason Vick, Michael Heaton, and Brandon Prellwitz were Hope’s visitors to the Gathering, while Rob and Brenda Prellwitz and Drown were the chaperones.

The group was part of 11,000 kids who came to learn about Christ, to help the residents and to learn more about their world.


(See more in The Mascot 8-26-09)

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