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Get all your Community information here! There's information on school including a link to Maple Lake Public Schools, area obituaries, and links to various places in the Maple Lake Community. You will also find a link to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library and Maple Chamber of Commerce.  If you have anything happening in the community and would like these programs and/or events to show up in our "Community" Section of our Messenger, e-mail your information to news@maplelakemessenger.com.  Please make sure to check out our Community section of the Messenger which usually shows up in pages 4-6 of the newspaper.

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06
Sep

Irish Homecoming set for Oct. 7-12

Events are being planned for the Maple Lake High School 2012 Homecoming, set for the week of Oct. 7-12. The week begins with the annual Powder Puff football and He-Man volleyball contests between the junior and senior classes. More information will be coming on the times and details for these events. Coronation of the 2012 Irish Homecoming King and Queen will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in the MLHS auditorium. A bonfire and activities will follow on the ballfields near the playground. Dress-up days throughout the week are as follows: Monday, PJ Day; Tuesday, Senior Citizen Day; Wednesday, College/Professional Logo Day; Thursday, Class Themes Day (grades 7 &12– Fake an Injury; grades 8 & 11–Superhero; grades 9 & 10–Favorite Teacher); Friday, Spirit Day. Athletic contests for the week will have the Irish volleyball team hosting Holdingford at 7 p.m. on Thursday and the football team will hosting Holdingford at 7 p.m.

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06
Sep

MLHS Honor Society ceremony is Oct. 1

The Honor Society ceremony for students at Maple Lake High School is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, in the MLHS auditorium. Participating in the induction ceremony will be new members selected in grades 8 through 11. Members who were previously inducted are also part of the ceremony. This year Hannah Haegele and Taylor Trager will be the senior speakers. After the ceremony there will be refreshments in the commons area.  

Fri
06
Sep

St. Tim's students show appreciation for bus drivers

There was a surprise waiting for M&M bus drivers when they dropped their riders off at St. Timothy’s School on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18. Students were waiting to greet the drivers with gifts of water bottles and cookies. “We felt our bus drivers needed to know how much we appreciate the care, concern and special protection they give our children.” said principal Deacon Medley. “Our teachers, too, are appreciative of all that goes into the job of a bus driver; no one knows like classroom teachers the challenges of keeping control and safety first and foremost with many children in a contained area.” Second grade teacher Alison Krutzig spoke for all the St. Timothy staff when she said, “Every time I take my students to the bus safety training provided by M&M Bus Company, I’m reminded what an enormous responsibility they carry. You can’t help but be impressed by the efficiency and serious tone shown during these yearly training sessions.” 

Fri
06
Sep

School to host Volunteer Orientation

A mandatory information meeting for new volunteers and those up for renewal in Maple Lake School District 881 has been set for 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, in the elementary media center. There will also be a volunteer orientation offered in the spring. Those unable to attend the September meeting but would still like to volunteer are asked to call Celeste at 320-963-6600 or by e-mail to dahlstrom@maplelake. k12.mn.us to make alternative arrangements.

Fri
06
Sep

Sheriff announces scholarship program

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012. The MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the State of Minnesota. The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” said Sheriff Hagerty. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

Fri
06
Sep

Schoolseum features Community Guide photos

The Maple Lake Schoolseum at Maple Lake High School is now featuring the Maple Lake Area 2012 Community Guide contest photos. The photographs provide unique views of the Maple Lake area and are included with the previous Community Guide covers of the past nine years. Pictured at right is the new display recently completed at the school. Last year's photos can be picked up at the Maple Lake Messenger, or you can contact Ginger O'Loughlin at 320-963-5302 and give her permission to use the photos in other Schoolseum cases throughout the year.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish Wear consignment sale planned

The first-ever Irish Wear Athletic Gear & College Wear Consignment Sale is being planned for Maple Lake Elementary and High School. Families can drop off their used athletic gear or high school and college spirit wear  on Monday, September 24, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the high school. Clothes must be clean and stain-free, with no holes, rips or tears. Athletic items could include cleats, helmets, knee pads, baseball gloves, head gear and more. All athletic gear will be disinfected prior to re-sale. Monday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. will be the sale dates. A portion of the funds will go to the new high school parent-teacher group, Irish PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students). Funds will also go to the elementary parent-teacher group PIE (Partners In Education). For more information, contact Paula Schmidt at 763-245-0608; schmidtxteriors@aol.com.

Fri
06
Sep

School board approves new District Leadership Team

At the regular school board meeting on September 10, the Maple Lake school district’s board members voted to blend the Q Comp and District Staff Advisory Teams into one “District Leadership Team” program after hearing a request from elementary teacher and Q Comp representative, Tanya Malwitz. This combination will bring together two committees with the same goals in mind, while keeping with state requirements to design and collectively bargain a plan that meets the five components of the law. The five components under Q Comp include Career Ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Pay, and an Alternative Salary Schedule. DSDAT was established as a tool for better communication of staff development and district goals. DSDAT is a spring board to write action plans that better serve Maple Lake Schools.

Fri
06
Sep

Schools to close on October 18-19

Due to the fall holiday, no classes will be conducted on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, at St. Timothy’s School and Maple Lake Public Schools. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 22.

Fri
06
Sep

Elementary hosts Scholastic Book Fair

Maple Lake Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair in the large group room during the next week. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair offers specially-priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. Book Fair customers may help the school building classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the One for Books program, where kids and community members donate loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair for students who can't buy a book.

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