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SENTINEL TRIBUNE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING March 15, 2004 The Westbrook Walnut Grove Board of Education held a regular meeting March 15, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westbrook building. Members present were Kronback, Kleven, Knakmuhs, Helmer, Maas, Schmidt and Jorgenson. Also present were Supt. Woelber, Prin. Richards, Prin. Olson, Nikki Jorgenson, Jane Hass, Russell Widman, Lynn Arndt, Leo Theisen, Angie Larson, Linda Carter, Becky Rise, Bill Fredin, Kelsey Paplow, Leah Anderson, Sara Hanson and Tom Merchant. Kronback called the meeting to order. Motion by Schmidt second- ed by Helmer to approve the minutes of the February 17, 2004 board meeting. Motion carried. Motion by Jorgenson sec- onded by Knakmuhs to approve the amended agenda. Motion carried. Motion by Maas seconded by Schmidt to approve the claims and accounts. Motion carried. Supt. Woelber discussed building needs such as: WG doors, fitness center, 2nd floor of old Westbrook building and parking lot improvement. These items will be worked on as funds are available. Supt. Woelber noted a letter from MASA regarding schools and society. Supt. Woelber discussed energy comparisons between this year and the past. Capital outlay changes may be addressed at the April board meeting. Our contract with Axium has been completed. Supt. Woelber discussed ESL funding which currently has a five year window. Declining enrollment will start to enter the elementary grades next year. Several vocational instruc- tors gave a brief description of their classes. Bill Fredin listed his tool purchases regarding the Maylen Peterson donation of $10,000 to the ind. arts pro- gram. Prin. Richards discussed the CPT meeting scheduled for March 12. There will be a teacher workshop April 7, 2004 on NWEA testing. Prin. Richards reported on the spring sports schedule. Sportsmanship during events was discussed. Prin. Richards noted nine new members to the NHS were chosen. Conferences will conclude this week. The high school play, Summer by Kaos, will show March 26 & 27. Preschool screening will take place March 15. Public Notice BOLT will be on Public TV. There will be a "One Nation Dance" in Walnut Grove March 20. Bosses breakfast will take place March 29 in Westbrook. Senior class trip parents meeting is scheduled this week. The March Middle School- Walnut Grove elementary news letter was noted. Prin. Olson discussed early childhood screening March 12 and family days March 26 and April 6. The high school play per- formance for middle school and Walnut Grove elementary students will take place March 25. There will be a fetal alcohol seminar for 7 & 8 graders April 21. Parent teacher conferences will be March 8 and 23, The SADD snow trip to Mankato went very well. Mrs. Kelsey attended an ESL Conference March 3. NWEA staff training will begin April 7. Bosses breakfast will take place March 30 in Walnut Grove. Registration for 2004-2005 will begin March 26. A PER meeting is scheduled for March 18 in Westbrook. The pop concert was well attended. Motion by Jorgenson sec- onded by Knakmuhs to approve the continuing ed. handbook. Motion carried. Supt. lVoelber submitted the WWG proposed calendar for the 2004-2005 school year. Motion by Helmer seconded by Kleven to approve the 2004- 2005 proposed school calendar for Ind. Dist. #2898. this cal- endar includes 175 student con- tact days and 182 staff days. Motion carried. Motion by Schmidt second- ed by Jorgenson to approve the 2004-2005 SWSC contracts for WWG. Motion carried. The board and administra- tion held a reading of Policy #532 which will be passed at the April board meeting. The board and administra- tion tabled a decision on the 2004-2007 tech plan. Supt. Woelber and Marvin Kleven reported on MREA and MSBA meetings attended. The main topic was health care insurance. There are basically two proposals: The present system or the proposed man- dated state health insurance program. The choice made by our legislature will affect our school districts for years to come. Any one concerned about this issue should contact their state legislator. Motion by Helmer seconded by Kleven to adjourn. Motion carried. Respectfully submitted Bruce Jorgenson Clerk Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Pa mum|mmmnmmmmmm|mmmmu I I WWG 2004 Senior Class Trip By Nathan Swanson What do you get when you mix 25 seniors, four chaperones, sunny California, and exciting activities planned for a whole week? The answer: A fun and exciting WWG Senior Class Trip! On April 7th 14th, 2004, 25 seniors and four chaperones. Don and Carolyn Enstad and Leo and Janet Theisen, trav- eled to San Diego and Los Angeles, CA for the Senior Class Trip. Wednesday, 4/7/04 On the morning of April 7th, we left our hotel in Burnsville and were dropped off at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport by bus driver Gordy Eichner. We met Tom Walker, our travel agent, and waited for our flight, which departed at 9:15 a.m. for Los Angeles International Airport. After arriving in Los Angeles, we met up with our charter bus and driver, Reuben and proceeded to our first attraction in Long Beach, the Queen Mar),, the famous oceanliner turned museum and hotel. We toured the Queen Mar), and learned about the history, engineering, architecture, and other facts about the ship. Next, we drove to San Diego and spent several hours at Seaport Village, a collection of restaurants and gift shops next to the San Diego Harbor. Thursday, 4/8/04 -- Our first stop on Thursday was the Cabrillo National Monument, a lush national park with the original 19th Century lighthouse open for tours, tidal pools by the beach, and amazing views of San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Next, our group took an hour-long cruise of the San Diego Harbor. On the cruise, we saw many U.S. Naval Ships, downtown San Diego, Coronado Island, and a seaweed fac- tory. After the cruise, we spent much of the after- noon at the San Diego Zoo. We were impressed with the sheer magnitude of the zoo and enjoyed viewing the many different ani- which now a unique area of restaurants, stores, and historical museums, all with the distinct Hispanic influence that dominates Southern California. Friday, 4/9/04  We left our hotel in San Diego early Friday morning for the trip back to Los Angeles. En route, we stopped at the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission boasts the oldest buildings in California, beautiful churches, courtyards, and living quarters for the priests, soldiers, and Native Americans who made the mission their home. Many students mar- veled at the beauty and the peaceful atmosphere gener- ated by the mission. Next, we boarded a boat in Long Beach for a 15-mile cruise to beautiful Catalina Island. At Catalina, our group took advantage of the perfect, sunny weather and spent the rest of the day swimming, sitting on the beach, snorkeling, kayak- ing, biking, and shopping. After our cruise back to Long Beach, we checked in at our hotel in Anaheim and rested up for Saturday. Saturday, 4/10/04 -- We left our hotel on Saturday morning for Disneyland, visiting from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Students and chaperones had an awesome time going on many of the rides such as Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Our group also spent much of the day shopping, watch- ing musical acts, visiting the Innovention Building, and navigating through the huge crowds of people. At night, we watched the Parade of Stars on Main St. USA and the breathtaking fireworks show. Sunday, 4/11/04 w The sun shone in full force as we departed to attend church services at The C, rystal Cathedral on Easter Sunday. We sat in the front pews of the church and were amazed at the breathtaking flower arrangements that covered the entire front of the church. The cathedral and the service were both beau- tiful and an eye-opening experience for all of us used Angeles and visited Farmers Market, where there are many restaurants and stores, such as the Gap and other unique, local stores. The Hollywood Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theater were our next stops. The students explored these landmarks, locating their favorite entertainers, interacting with "the locals," and snap- ping pictures, while Mrs. Enstad mally got her spot on the Walk of Fame. Next, we visited the La Brea Tar Pits, an interest- ing educational site where thousands of perfectly pre- served fossils were found in tar-filled ponds and dis- played in an indoor muse- um. Upon arrival, toured the museum, viewed the tar pits, explored the park surrounding the museum, and even did some square dancing. The La Brea Tar Pits was an awesome place of science and history in the middle of a major metropo- lis. We arrived back at our hotel at 6:00, leaving plenty of time for students to swim, relax, or spend time together. Monday, 4/12/04 -- We drove into Los Angeles again for a day at Universal Studios. We all spent the day going on fun rides such as Back to the Future and Jurassic Park and watching live shows like WaterWorld and Special Effects Stages. Students also went on the Studio Tour, where we saw many of the movie studios and sets used for movies and television shows like "Jaws" and "McHale's Navy." Tuesday and Wednesday, 4/13-14/04 We departed our hotel at 8 a.m. to begin our drive to the Hoover Dam. We were able to see a lot of California on this drive, observing as the landscape melted away from the ocean and lush Los Angeles to the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. When we arrived at the Hoover Dam in the after- noon, we saw a short PowerPoint presentation on the facts and history of the landmark. On the tour, Nevada/Arizona state and the Old Building. The Hoover was an excellent our trip, and many dents walled greater one of America's engineering succesSe After departing Hoover Dam, we the city of Las spent about four touring the 'lhe took time to shop, marvel at the While we were not to gamble, we inside several look around. Such case at The one of Siegfried famous white tigers display. Our next Vegas was the original, older area. We spent hour shopping ing the casinos Fremont Street is by a large which is projected laser show featuring: music and computer ated images. We departed Street at 10:00 for Vegas Airport. We plane at :00 a.m., plane departing a time later. The Las Vegas lights frol air was breathtaking Our plane in the Twin approximately 6:00 After retrieving gage and finding buS Gordy Kopperud, we the final leg of our back home to and Walnut Grove. In closing, we amazing time on our class trip. We saw new part of the experienced manY things, and had a ft together. Each stOP, tour, each day on was a gem, each its own way, each with the same our memories. CLASSIFIED CALL 274-6 I FREE PRICE QUOTES! I I I i Over 1500 medications I I available to order/ I I call us TOLL-FREE I I I n 1-800-784-2309 J I 11825CErinSt.,WinnipegMB, CANAOA 0 PolarMed$.co,. : L. ................ -- ....... J ILiCRACKED OR BOWED? I Wff BSEMEN00! 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