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Wild Mountain Winter 2014

home : schools January 24, 2015

Special Education in schools, times have changed
Special Education in the United States has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Special Education students or students with disabilities, used to receive different instruction by different teachers, in different spaces than the general education population received.
Thursday, January 22, 2015


CL School Board okays BYOD for Fall 2015, team trapshooting possible
The Chisago Lakes School Board met January 8 and all members were present so the council quickly approved the minutes from the previous meeting.  In open forum, Jacque Smallman addressed the board.  Smallman was there to speak about the current Bring Your Own Device  program the eighth grade is using.   Smallman asked the council to please be careful with the language used when explaining the voluntary/optional options for the BYOD program.  Smallman asked them to clearly word the policy for students and parents so as to not discriminate against anyone.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

NBAHS Assistant Principal to help build school in Domincan Republic
Glen Stevens, Assistant Principal at North Branch Area High School, and member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), will help build a school in the Dominican Republic Jan. 26 – Feb. 3. The school will be built for the children and families in a small, mountainous farming community, through a program called LifeTouch Memory Mission.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Local NHS volunteers collect toys and food
Local National Honor Society students volunteered to help Rotary and Chisago City firefighters in the annual mobile collection, where Santa rides aboard the flatbed trailer welcoming young visitors while collecting toys and food items.  The Chisago Lakes High School Honor Society participants,  pictured with the collected items at the fire hall, are: Brooke Mueller, Lauryn Delzer, Lauren Peltier, Hannah Nordby and Abbi Morgan.
Friday, December 19, 2014

North Branch School Board adopts levy for next year
North Branch School Board voted 4-2 to adopt the levy that will begin to be collected in May 2015, with members Jay Falk and Randy Westby opposed.  The two did not put their names on the November ballot and won’t be returning to the Board in 2015.
Friday, December 19, 2014

One last BYOD update before the board decides on the program's future
The Chisago Lakes School Board got one final update from Middle School Principal Jodi Otte on the state of the Bring Your Own Device program.

This update included results from a parent survey that was e-mailed to 258 parents of middle school students.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Local educators honored as 2014 TIES 'Exceptional Teachers'
Kellee  Knutson  and Kara  Odegaard  of Chisago Lakes School District, Rachelle  Weinand and Laura  Rothe of North Branch School District and Eric  Telander of Rush City Schools will be recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the 2014 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency, December 9. They are among 91 teachers from 48 districts.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Principal says survey results positive on BYOD program
Based on feedback at a parent meeting for the Bring Your Own Device program, Chisago Lakes Middle School Principal Jodi Otte expressed to the school board this month she is pleased with how things are going in the early stages.

The district used a survey that was given to the middle schoolers who use the devices, and the results were mostly favorable. Students said they were utilizing online text books, completing assignments online, researching, creating and giving presentations, taking notes, collaborating with each other and with teachers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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