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After extensive tours of Perham-Dent schools, and numerous discussions, members of a volunteer task force have crafted a plan to help take the school district through the next 10 years. The 15 local residents who attended task force meetings have fine-tuned a list of guiding statements and a preferred plan of action for the district.
This is the second in a series of stories introducing new teachers who have joined the Perham-Dent Public School District. Jan-Erik Lindberg (Jan is pronounced “Yahn”) is a first grade teacher at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School.
* Note a change in time for both the coronation and parade * Perham High School’s 2014 Homecoming royalty and schedule of events have been announced. Events will take place throughout this week, from Monday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 20. Coronation will be Monday at 1:15 p.m.
This is the first in a series of stories introducing new teachers who have joined the Perham-Dent School District. Eric Lee is a new second grade teacher at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. He grew up in Benson, Minn. and graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. with a major in elementary education. Why did you decide to become a teacher? Because of my former teachers.
It’s taken another round of creative thinking to solve the space-crunch at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, but a fix is in progress. At a special meeting on Sept. 5, the Perham-Dent School Board approved creating a sixth section of kindergarten in order to better accommodate the 113 incoming students who were registered for the first day of class. This level of enrollment put class sizes above and beyond the district’s goal of 20 students per section for primary grades.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a bi-weekly series spotlighting Perham seniors. Helen Smith was born and raised in Troy Mills, Iowa on March 19, 1929. She graduated from high school with a class of 13 students and wasn’t much of one for traveling.
A build-your-own baked potato lunch was held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church on Sept. 7 to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area. Volunteers staffing the kitchen included, back row, left to right: Patrick Peterman, Jason Smith, Liz Swanson and Tim Graff. Front row: Christi and Anna Stoll, Cori Brown and Julie Vomacka. Attendees could choose from a host of toppings including broccoli cheese soup, chili, green onions, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, green peppers and more.
The results of the most recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments were released last week. In Perham, district superintendent Mitch Anderson said student results showed marked improvement when compared to average scores of the past. In the spring of 2014, 17 groups of students were tested on their comprehension and ability to use reading, math and science skills. Students in third to eighth grades were tested in both math and reading, with 10th graders taking an additional reading test and 11th graders taking another math assessment.
Dave Still, center right, manager of Service Foods in Perham, recently presented $900 in General Mills’ “Box Tops for Education” vouchers to Jen Hendrickson, principal of Heart of the Lakes Elementary; Scott Bjerke, principal of Prairie Wind Middle School; and Jason Smith, principal of St. Henry’s Area School. Through a year of orders, Service Foods collected $2,700 for the schools. Still said a Box Top collection box will go up in the store in October. A full list of “Box Tops for Education” products can be found at www.boxtops4education.com .
After three months of summer, students returned to Perham’s schools in droves on Tuesday. For some, it was the last “first day” of their time as a Yellowjacket. For others, it was the first of many to follow. The hives were buzzing with activity, especially at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, where the classes of kindergarten students continue to grow. As of Tuesday, 113 kindergarteners were registered and set to spend their first year of education in Perham.