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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Page 3 have fewer iPads in each class room rather the WWG school district. Audit report continues to than move more of them on the cart for a Stencel reviewed the summary showing He also talked about finding a good used bus bode well for the district limited amount of time. The teachers all comparisons back to 2007. The district has for the district. agreed it would be better to have access to fared very well compared to most districts in Principal Bill Richards told the board it By Tom Merchant them throughout the day. Some students the states. He noted, despite the declining had been a busy couple of weeks with two Sentinel Tribune complete assignments much faster than other enrollment the district has managed to con- plays, a junior high concert, and the start of students and that way they would get better tinue to increase the general fund balance, winter sports. WWG -- Technology is becoming a usage from the iPads. Considering the state delaying a portion A director for the the junior high spring much bigger part of education and the way They explained the aps that they already of funding to all districts, WWG is one of a musical is still needed. kids learn. Elementary teachers Kelly Quade, have and talked about others they would like very few that have managed to not have to Principal Paul Olson reported that the Shelly Merrick, Monica Otto, and aide to get. borrow money to operate. Since this is a pre- handicapped access mini bus has been taken Courtney Locke talked about how they are Kelly Quade said the kids feel like it is a liminary report, the official audit will be off the route as the student needing it has using the iPads to enhance student learning, reward to use them, and they are very quick approved at the next meeting, moved from the district. Other students on During the presentation, the board members to learn how to use them. She also said it is a The board approved the following that route have been put back on regular were given iPads to use. learning experience for the teachers as much motions: . route and shuttles. Quade showed slides and a brief video as the students. Match early retirement incentive to half Elementary teachers are aligning the cur- from a similar size district in Oregon. Studies Brenda Derickson updated the board on time teacher, Valerie Graffpending action by riculum to the Minnesota Standards. show that students that have access to iPads the band and choir trip. She told the board the the Red Rock Central board. Elementary practices are being held on have shown significant increases in test deposit has been made for various tickets for To move forward with Harris Energy Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A team dual scores, the trip. She said the fund raising has gone Services to do a complete study on WWG's is scheduled for Tuesday December 27 at Currently they have 21 iPads for general very well with most of the money being heating and cooling options for $4,000. Walnut Grove. ed classroom use in the elementary. That raised. Between the band and choir $32,000 Staff seniority list as presented. The K through three elementary concert allows each class room 2.5 hours per week to has been raised, and the Music Boosters Hiring of Zach Stich as Jr. High boys is scheduled for Thursday December 1 at use them, 30 minutes per day. The iPads are have $8,000. She said, "the kids have been basketball coach. 7:00 p.m. in the Walnut Grove gym. moved from room to room on a special cart. working very hard and have been getting out Superintendent Loy Woelber updated the The 4th through six concert is scheduled According to Shelley Merrick, it is some- in the community. We are close. So far there board on MREA changes. The organization for Monday December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the thing they will continue to use more and are 88 students committed to the trip." voted to break the state into four zones to Walnut Grove gym. more. Audit Manager from Eide Bailly Joel make it easier for members to get together The board asked if it would be better to Stencel presented the executive Summary of three or four times a year. I Junior High Choir and Band Concert Right: The Junior High girls performed at the concert last week. Far right: Brenda Derickson directed the Junior High Band. Far Left: Constance Knott directed the Junior High boys in the Junior High fall concert. Left: The trumpet section performing in the fall concert. Left: Beth Nelson and Jack Jorgenson per- formed on the xylo- phones in the fall concert. Right: The saxo- phone section per- forming at the Junior High fall con- cert last week. Marty's survival instincts help him recognize victories in his cancer journey. We're proud to offer mastery, innovation and personalized care at every stage. For all the victories you seek, Sanford Cancer. View my victory story at Ned OOU=UN,rV C,~C~ CEW~AS P~OGRA~ SANF{ RD" CANCER ~3~2