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Fri
17
Jul

School headlines

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Fri
17
Jul

School board makes preparations for new school year

At the regular meeting on Monday, July 13, the Maple Lake School Board heard construction updates and made preparations for the 2009-2010 school year, including reviewing the facilities-use policy and approving fall coaching assignments.

Superintendent Mark Redemske presented information about upcoming construction projects.

Redemske said he received a request from Marty Kiebel several months ago to replace the high school trophy cases with funds from the construction budget.

Redemske said several state tournament trophies earned by recent and past athletic teams are not on display due to limited space in the existing trophy cases. Kiebel suggested that larger display cases be hung and several of the existing cases be moved near the high school office to provide additional space to display the school's awards.

Thu
21
Aug

Volleyball seeks to build on success

Following the first-ever volleyball sub-section champs title in '07, the returning Irish athletes hit the gym ready to practice for another great season in 2008.

Although pre-season started on August 11, Irish players had already put in numerous hours over the summer. Returning varsity players, along with many other players as young as sixth grade, attended the annual Paul Moore camp and a hitting camp held in Maple Lake. Also, this July, nine Irish varsity players attended a team camp in Moorhead for three days. Then in August the same varsity team played in a captain's tournament in Burnsville. In addition to attending camps and tournaments, volleyball players hit the weight room this summer to become stronger athletes.

Thu
14
Aug

School board airs concerns on construction deadline

Discussions on the school construction project dominated the August 11 meeting of the Maple Lake School Board.

Ann Grabau of GenCon Construction listed eight critical areas to finish before the classrooms can be used. They are mechanical and electrical, life safety (which means a safe way in and out of the building as well as fire alarms), the kitchen area, classrooms which need flooring, paint on the walls, ceilings, marker boards put up and the site area (bus area and driveway).

Grabau said they will start in the kitchen, tiles are being laid down now and the equipment will be coming in Thursday. Flooring will be started on Wednesday, Terrazzo will be started Wednesday and the work continued evenings and on the weekends.

The installation of mechanical units will start next Monday and the electrical crew will be finished by next week.

The ceilings are almost ready to go up now that the lighting is done.

Wed
02
Jul

Planning continues on Phase 2 construction project

The final decision for the placement of the shed at the school is not option one, two, three or four, but, as Superintendent Mark Redemske said, "option two-and-a-half."

At the June 30 meeting of the Maple Lake School Board, discussions continued regarding Phase 2 of the school construction project that will get underway next year. One of the questions remaining was the placement of the storage shed that is now at the north end of the high school.

Wed
25
Jun

Garden keeps growing at Maple Lake Elementary

As they have each year since 1999, Pat and Connie Lahr, supported by the Wright Home Gardeners, are sharing their gardening knowledge and belief in square-foot gardening with the newest group of would-be gardeners at Maple Lake Elementary.

"It's so easy to teach with the beds laid out in grids," said Pat Lahr. "We always try to get a different plant in each of the squares."

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Wed
25
Jun

Irish band concludes successful marching season

The Maple Lake High School Marching Band had a busy June and will bring the month of marching to an exciting conclusion.

The Marching Irish had a good start to the summer at the Glencoe Parade on June 8th, taking 2nd place.

The following weekend was very busy with four parades, starting in Princeton on Thursday, the 12th. With 10 bands competing and no class divisions, Maple Lake took 5th after several AAA bands, topping both Annandale and Hutchinson, which are AA Bands.

June 14th found the Irish in two parades. The MLMI took 2nd place at Sartell in the morning and finished 1st in Class A at the Buffalo Days evening parade. The band again took a 2nd-place finish at the Hutchinson Father's Day Parade which is always a favorite to compete in and to watch.

Finishing off the parade season on Saturday, June 21st, at Red Wing was a new experience for the Irish. Red Wing is strictly a band competition parade called a 'Band Classic.'

Wed
18
Jun

Pencil Pride

Rhonda Carlson's third grade students write about their field trip to Fort Snelling.

What did I learn at Fort Snelling? I learned that Fort Snelling never got attacked. I learned that if people broke their arm they would have to put a piece of wood on top of their arm and one at the bottom. Then in one week it will be healed. I learned that when the oven is started you have to wait two hours for the oven to warm up. Then when it's been two hours you put your hand in the oven to see if it is ready.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Wed
18
Jun

St. Timothy's sixth graders end school year in style

As part of a graduation celebration organized by their parents, St. Timothy's sixth grade graduates received the treat of riding in a Hummer Limousine the day after their May 28 graduation.

Despite the morning rain, the class took a tour around town in the limo provided by Cities Limousine.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
12
Jun

Fear Factor has staff trembling at elementary event

Students at Maple Lake Elementary brought the school year to a big finish with a Fear Factor challenge for the elementary teachers.

Students earned the special event by exceeding the Trash to Cash goal for the 2007-2008 school year of $6,500 with a total of $7,574. That money was raised through bringing in a variety of items such as cell phones and printer cartridges for recycling, along with food package labels and product points.

The Fear Factor event featured a hot dog eating contest, a pepper eating contest, bobbing for apples with worms floating in the water, a tri-cycle race, a 'stick your hand in goo' guessing contest, and an 'I'll eat it, will you?' contest.

More information and photos appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

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