Fillmore Central board hears end-of-the-year reports on school activities
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:43 AM
During the final Fillmore Central board meeting for the 2013-2014 school year, the board members heard from several staff members about activities that have been taking place at the school.
Principal Heath Olstad reported on the activities from the month of May.
There were several concerts performed at the high school throughout the month. He thanked and acknowledged the music students for their excellent music.
Last year the local banks contributed a mini-grant program to the school year. They will be continuing the program for the 2014-2015 school year.
On May 9-10, theater students under the direction of Jackie Whitacre presented an amazing spring play to the public. They were also treated to a shorter seventh and eighth grade play for the first time ever. Olstad said all the students did a great job.
On May 18, the school hosted its baccalaureate ceremony. Compliments were given for working with the families and businesses.
Senior Awards Night followed the baccalaureate on May 19.
Graduation took place on May 25 with 41 students going through the ceremony. Of those students 37 were from Fillmore Central and four were foreign exchange students. Principal Olstad thanked board members Jim Love and Deb Ristau for handing out the diplomas.
Dean of students report
Since Dean of Students Chris Mensink was unable to attend the board meeting, Olstad gave his report to the board as well.
Thanks were given to the organizers of the Title I spring event, the Minnesota Zoomobile. The event saw a great turnout with 90 people coming to support it and 275 coming for the program.
The month of May held many field trips for the students, which were very successful, providing great opportunities for them. On May 7, the second grade visited the National Eagle Center. The third grade toured the Decorah planetarium on May 2. Kindergartners traveled to local businesses and farms on May 23. The first grade's field trip switched from going to Quarry Hill to touring Oxbow on May 23. The fourth grade participated in a farm safety camp on May 20. On May 28 the fifth and sixth graders went on a bike trail trip. On May 21, 30 fourth through sixth graders participated in the Young Authors Young Artist conference in Rochester.
The fourth graders presented its special program where they portray historical figures in a "wax museum" setting. They presented this on May 30.
The elementary school hosted two musical presentations for the students as well. The Bluegrass Martins and Daniel Leahy Sextet played for them. The Daniel Leahy Sextet participated in the Big Band Bash as well.
In Mensink's report, he also included information about the Fillmore Central spring sports.
The end of the school year sees many sports tournaments. The softball team played and won the sub-section champion game on Tuesday, May 27. The baseball team was eliminated on May 24. The girls golf team won their sub-section championship meet on May 27 by 24 strokes. They were escorted back into Harmony by the fire trucks. They will go on to state. Boys golf placed third at sub-sections.
After the track meets on May 27 and May 29, Olivia Haug placed first in discus and advanced to state. Kenzie Broadwater placed fifth in the 100-meter dash. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kenzie Broadwater, Kendyl Bennett, Paige Bennett and Bailey Ruen placed fourth and a school record for the third time in three races. Kiera Olson placed fifth at sections in the 3200-meter run. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Kendyl Bennett, Leah Ruen, Bailey Ruen and Alyssa Gathje placed fourth.
For the boys, Bram Van Lent placed third in the 300-meter hurdles. The boys relay team of Damon Zutz, Quentin Case, Bram Van Lent and Monty Holm placed fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay.
Kindergarten graduation took place on June 2. Elementary Track and Field day will be held on June 5. The last day of school for the students and the awards presentation is set for June 6.
Special education director report
Special Education director Micki Breitsprecher reminded the board of the Early Childhood Special Education Program Services to be provided on June 11 and June 25, July 9 and July 23 and Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 in Preston. The time available for the students to utilize the services is from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The extended learning program for kindergarten through 12th graders will be held in Preston for two weeks in July and August. July 28 through Aug. 1 will be the first week. Aug. 4 to Aug. 8 is the second week. The program will be available from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
The Special Education Advisory Council met on May 22 to plan and discuss a summer family picnic in August. This picnic would be available for parents and families to network, offer some breakout sessions and introduce new special education staff.