School

Wed
21
Sep

Resource rooms give students the tools they need


Trish Ludwig works with elementary students in the Focus Room. Her job is to teach students how to be respectful, safe and responsible. Above, Ludwig is pictured with Anthony Baatz, sitting, and Joey Novotny.

Mary Beth Barder is able to offer one-on-one time with a student in the Maple Lake High School’s Strategies Room. The room is a place where students can get help with homework, organizational skills or just find a quiet place to study. (Photos submitted)

Students who need extra help are getting it at Maple Lake schools where cracks that some students inevitably seem to fall through are getting smaller and smaller.
At the high school help can be found in the Strategies Room where students can find assistance with homework, time management skills, or simply a quiet place to work.
At the elementary level it’s called “Irish Support” where the underlying theme is to teach behavioral expectations in the same way math or reading is taught.
But district wide, the goal is the same, to give students the tools they need to succeed.
Both programs are funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. According to the MDE website, the idea is to assist students who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general education environment with the goal of reducing the number of inappropriate referrals to special education by providing supports early to struggling students.

Wed
14
Sep

Volunteers make a difference at Maple Lake Schools


Amanda Walhowe is a frequent story book reader at Maple Lake Elementary. She volunteers her time to read to kindergarten through third grades, and The Costume Shoppe in Maple Lake donates the costume. Volunteers read to students every Friday morning. Volunteer Coordinator Celeste Dahlstrom said it’s a nice break for students at the end of the week. (Photos submitted)

Maple Lake Firefighters are just some of the volunteers needed to pull off the mock crash. The school district puts on a mock crash every four years to remind high school students just how serious car accidents can be.

Marie Mavencamp has been volunteering at Maple Lake Elementary since 2007.
To the kids she meets in the hallway she’s the “lady who dresses up.” But she is much more than that.
A retired school teacher, one of Mavencamp’s roles is as a story book reader. Once a month she dresses up in a costume donated by The Costume Shoppe in Maple Lake, and reads a book to kindergarten through third grade students in the school media center.
“It’s fun, and I enjoy being silly with the kids,” she said.
Mavencamp is one of 300 or so volunteers that donate their time in some capacity, whether assisting teachers in their day-to-day activities or helping out with special events.

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Wed
07
Sep

Technology takes students to new places


Maple Lake Elementary students communicate with a class in another part of the country using Skype during a Global Read Aloud. (Photos submitted)

Kindergartners learn math skills with iPad apps while brushing up on their iPad skills as well.

It’s not unusual to find a group of teenagers having a discussion about a book at Maple Lake High School.
What may qualify as unusual is when those discussions are taking place with teenagers on the other side of the world.
This is the kind of activity that happens at Maple Lake schools on a fairly regular basis thanks to technology.
“When I started, Maple Lake didn’t have a lot of tech,” technology teacher Nicole Casebolt said. “We infused a lot of technology and we were ahead of the game. Now we’re falling behind. Now teachers know how to infuse technology into the curriculum, but they don’t have access to it. It’s a balance trying to get them the tech they need to do a project.”

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Wed
07
Sep

Library’s Read & Redeem winners

The winners in the drawings for grand prizes for the Read & Redeem Summer Reading Program each received $10 in Chamber Business Bucks and 5 Muller Family Theater passes. Christina Ogram was drawn in the Grades 4-6 graduate group, George Sylvester in the Pre-School - K graduate group, and Danica Hageman in the Grades 1-3 graduate group. Read & Redeem is a free summer reading incentive program offered by the Maple Lake Library. Watch for 2017 information next spring.

Wed
31
Aug

GRIM Run


The 2016 cross country runners participated in the 5th annual GRIM (Graham+swim) RUN on Tuesday, August 23. Runners departed from the Maple Lake High School and ran to the Grahams on Donnelly Dr. They had a breakfast that consisted of donuts, fruit and juice. Special thanks to the Maple Lake Bakery for the 150 delicious donuts and the Pribyls for allowing us to run on their beautiful path. (Photo submitted by Sara Graham)
Wed
17
Aug

Lisa Perovich and Boone say their summer goodbyes to reading group


Front Row: Kalli Hennen, Ben Ogram, Boone and Ellie Ogram, Gavin LaRose, Kenlyn Marsicek and Hans Peterson. Back Row: Larson Melgaard, Dylan Hennen, Christina Ogram, Danica Hageman and Landon Marsicek. (Photo by Terry Mooney)

This week marked the end of our summer “Books with Boone” program. Attendees enjoyed sharing a final book with their favorite greyhound, and some board games with their friends to remind them to enjoy the remainder of the summer - “Don’t be Bored”!
Readers received Maple Lake Business Bucks, a book of choice, and a gold medal with Boone’s reminder to “Read to Succeed!” for participating in the summer program.

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Wed
10
Aug

Boone and friends celebrate the Summer Olympics


Pictured are Dylan Hennen, Hans Peterson, Lisa and Boone, Larson Melgaard and Kalli Hennen. (Photo by Terry Mooney)

Boone and friends celebrated the 2016 Summer Olympics this week, as “Books with Boone” readers completed a pentathlon of library events, including making a felt pennant to showcase their favorite outdoor activities.
Please join us next week for the last meeting of the summer program, when participants will have the opportunity to read one final book to Boone and play small-group games as a reminder to make the most of the remaining summer break – “Don’t be Bored”!

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Wed
10
Aug

A “beary good” Library Storytime with Marie


These children attended story time - Back Row: Gunnar Melgaard, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson, Elijah Dorse, Tyler Reinke and Charlie Peterson. Front Row: Lauren Peterson, Hazel Jacobson, Kate Peterson, Emily Smith, Kenna Hennen and Isabelle Melgaard. Not Pictured: Everett Smith. (Photo by Marie Mavencamp)

The McHugh building looked like a bear forest when 12 children shared their teddy bears with everyone and the eight adults in attendance. They took their bears on a bear hunt and helped them “roll out of bed”. They listened to a story about Corduroy and sang songs about bears climbing over the mountain. Each child made a bear magnet and received teddy grahams for snack. It was a "beary good day” for all.

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Wed
03
Aug

MLHS students shine in NWEA testing

When looking at test scores from the state, parents ask teachers, “What does this mean?” Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) in mathematics and reading are given to children in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. Individual student scores are compared to statewide standards, regardless of students’ starting points.

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Wed
03
Aug

Books with Boone readers tour local businesses


The Books with Boone group toured a handful of businesses including the Maple Lake Messenger. Front Row: Gavin Larose, Ben Ogram, Ellie Ogram, Kalli Hennen, Larson Melgaard and Dylan Hennen. Back Row: Kenlyn Marsicek, Landon Marsicek, Christina Ogram and Hans Peterson. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Boone stayed home and stayed cool this week, as “Books with Boone” readers toured four Maple Lake businesses. The group learned about the operations of Maple Lake Floral, the Messenger, Maple Lake Lumber, and Book Break.

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