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August 14, 2013
Back to school time
First day of school will be Monday August 19, early start continues for three more years
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- WWG — Next Monday parents, students, and staff will change their summer routine to school year routine. For the younger set it will mean earlier bed time and earlier rising time.
The school staff has been busy getting everything ready for the anxious students coming in Monday morning.
At the elementary school, principal Paul Olson said, we are trying something different this year. The first parent teacher conference will be held in August shortly after school starts. This will help parents know what each teachers curriculum and daily schedule will be — so parents will know what their kids will be doing on a day to day basis throughout the year.
Informational packets have been sent to each family in the district. The packets include lunch menus, emergency data cards, student handbook, applications for free and reduced lunch, ECFE schedule, bus schedule, school calendar, and other items of general information.
Olson noted, in the last school board story the mention of 4-H sounded like they were cutting their budget. However they are not cutting their budget. The district will be getting the same amount of time for their program, but the schedule will be changed from last years schedule to once a month for nine months.
Several projects at the elementary school are almost finished, and should be ready for the first day of school.
Superintendent Loy Woelber said, “We don’t know exactly where we will be with enrollment this year. We will probably be down somewhere between five to ten students from last year. However we won’t really know until the first week of school.”
Woelber said “we only had to hire one new teacher, so that is good. We still need to hire some PARA’s, we are looking to cut back in some areas, but some areas we can’t do that.”
The bathrooms by the big gym in Walnut Grove have been up-dated, and the bathrooms near the band room in Westbrook received a very nice face lift. “We want visitors to have a good experience when they come to games and other activities,” Woelber said.
The fitness center at Walnut Grove is progressing nicely, and will be a vast improvement from the previous location. It should enhance the number of patrons from the accessibility alone.
Woelber said “it is nice not having to deal with a second district. It is nice to be able to visit with people in the district, and especially with new people moving into the district.”
Woelber also noted the building trades class built new ticket booths for the football field and the gym.
High School Principal Bill Richards said things are pretty much ready to go at the high school and junior high. “We hired one new teacher, Jenna Hafner will be teaching Spanish. Shannon Helgeson will be returning to teach Social Studies, Journalism, and BOLT advisor. Adrianne Kletscher will be in the high school teaching junior high and senior high English.”
School bus training will be held in Westbrook this year for area bus drivers. There will be five speakers coming for the day, Wednesday September 4.
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