School

Wed
04
Oct

Wright County 4-H’ers have stellar year at State Horse Show


JuliAnna Hageman and her horse performed well at the State Horse Show recently. Also competing from Maple Lake was Mason Paumen (not pictured). (Photo submitted)

Wright County 4-H had an excellent showing at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show held September 14-18. A total of 683 4-H youth from across the state gathered at the Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul to compete in Horse Showmanship, Games, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Western Heritage and more. The 4-H’ers wishing to participate without their horses could compete in knowledge-based competitions such as: Hippology, Judging Contests, Horseless Horse, Horse Related, and Speech and Demonstration contests. Wright County participants included: Faren Bebeau, Buffalo; Maddy Bremel, Rockford; Rachel Czanstkowski, Buffalo; Ethan Fagen, Big Lake; Kaylin Gruber, Buffalo; JuliAnna Hageman, Maple Lake; Paige Holm, St. Michael; Karlee Kottke, Monticello; Sydney Larson, Monticello; Amanda Lundgren, Mayer; Haley Maro, Monticello; Mason Paumen, Maple Lake; Fallon Ryan, Delano; Kallie Sylvester, Clearwater, Sarah Sypnieski, Monticello.

Wed
04
Oct

It’s 4-H week


Sam Neutz lines up his shot. He finished 13th in the Archery Senior Class B category with a score of 112 points at the state shooting sports and wildlife invitational in September.

More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week Saturday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 9.
During this annual event, 4-H programs across the country will showcase opportunities that 4-H offers young people, and highlight their work to make a positive impact on the community. In Wright County, 4-H clubs have been busy.
The MN 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held in Alexandria on September 8-10. Over 900 youth from across Minnesota participated in events such as: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skillathon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays throughout the weekend. Youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills that have been learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest.

Wed
04
Oct

School support staff honored at ceremony


Suzee Schaunaman and Heather Haney were honored for their work with Maple Lake schools. Not pictured is Bobbi Klimek. (Photo submitted)

Three members of Maple Lake School District's office and support staff were honored, Wednesday, Sept. 27, for the work they do to keep the schools running smoothly.
Heather Haney, the activities secretary, Suzee Schaunaman an elementary school secretary and Bobbi Klimek were among 121 people from 34 school district's honored at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
“Often times it is our support staff who truly know the pulse of the school and community. You know the students and their families and are the quiet voices in our schools who make it a better place day in and day out for our children and adults.” said Mark Schmitz, Executive Director of Resource Training & Solutions.

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Wed
27
Sep

Family Game Night is a hit


from left, Josh McClanahan, Stephanie McClanahan, Alivia McClanahan, Andy Sawatzke, Audrey Miller and Brianna McClanahan enjoy some time talking and playing games. The McClanahan family planned to buy several games that night. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

P.T.A. secretary Jenny Fritz and her daughter, Grace Fritz, with some of the 50 different games available to purchase.
Thu
21
Sep

St. Timothy's Saints Club raises and releases Monarchs


St. Timothy's Saints Club Before and After Care program taught students about Monarch butterflies last week. Sheri Nichols, the Saints Club coordinator, brought in the Monarchs she has been raising. Once the pupas opened and the Monarchs were ready to fly, the students enjoyed releasing them. At left, students admire their new butterflies in the classroom.

students watch carefully as the butterflies are set free after raising them in the classroom. (Photo submitted)
Thu
21
Sep

Thank You September 20, 2017


Maple Lake Elementary sixth graders extend a "huge" thank you to the community for coming out last winter to support Family Fun Night. Proceeds from that event allowed each grade level to purchase new book sets for the book room. "Getting new books in the hands of children feels so great," sixth grade teacher Jennifer DesMarais-Holland said. (Photo submitted)
Thu
21
Sep

Signage proposed to honor students

At its most recent meeting, Monday, September 11, the Maple Lake School Board heard details regarding a request by the Maple Lake Lions to erect a sign on school grounds listing Irish teams having earned berths in state tournaments.

Wed
13
Sep

Explore 4-H Day – Learn more about 4-H

Wright County 4-H invites you to learn more about the 4-H program at an Explore 4-H Day near you. Events will be held from 2-4 p.m. on, Sunday, September 17, at the Howard Lake Community Room (617 6th Ave., Howard Lake) and St. Max Kolbe Catholic School (217 2nd St. S, Delano) and Sunday, September 24, at Monticello Community Center (505 Walnut St., Monticello) and Holy Cross Lutheran Church (5460 63rd St. NW, Maple Lake). There will be fun, hands-on activities to learn about 4-H project areas as well as information about membership and 4-H clubs in your area. Please attend the event that works best for you.

Wed
13
Sep

Minnesota students earn best ACT test scores in the nation, as all student groups achieve higher scores

Minnesota students once again led the nation on ACT college entrance exam scores, with an average score of 21.5, compared to the national average of 21. As Minnesota students earned the top national ranking among states where all students take the test, all measured student groups increased their ACT scores this year, with African American students, Hispanic students, and Pacific Islander students all increasing average scores by 0.5 points. Among states who give the test to more than half of their students, Minnesota ranked fifth in the nation.
“Congratulations to Minnesota students, teachers, school boards, and administrators on this tremendous achievement,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Ranking No. 1 in the nation confirms the overall quality of our state’s public education system.”

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Wed
13
Sep

Students are welcomed back with a picnic


Ryan Highberg, Food Service director at Maple Lake Schools, seasons burgers at an outdoor cookout, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the high school to celebrate the students’ first day back at school. According to Highberg, the Wellness Team put the event together as a way to make the return to classes a little more fun. Seventh through 12th grade students had the chance to choose between burgers, hotdogs and brats. They were also given carrots, chips and sparkling water donated by Viking Coca-Cola in St. Cloud. The Wellness Team tried to put this event together last year, they even had a student set up to D.J., but it was rained out.

A student chooses from a selection of fruit and vegetables. Students enjoyed a longer than usual lunch period that took place out-of-doors and included activities.

The buffet of picnic-style food included apples from Carlson’s Orchard in Annandale.

lunchroom staff prepared and served up 250 burgers, 200 hotdogs and 120 brats. General Rental in Monticello supplied the grill.

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