School

Wed
02
Nov

Three awarded for Leadership in Educational Excellence


Front and center are award winners Tana Fobbe (MLHS), Kelly Seibert (MLE), and Stacie Schneider (MLE) pictured with MLHS Principal Dave Hansen, Superintendent Mark Redemske, MLE Principal Andy Sawatzke, and Executive Director of Resource Training and Solutions Mark Schmitz. (Photo submitted)

“People who express gratitude and care characterize the honorees tonight,” said keynote speaker V.J. Smith. Smith was the keynote speaker at the Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event held on Wednesday, October 26, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

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Wed
02
Nov

Class sizes remain average to low at Maple Lake schools


Second grade teacher Chad Hammerschmidt uses the smart board to teach a lesson to his class. Officials strive to keep class sizes in the high teens for the lower grades at Maple Lake Elementary. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Smaller is better when it comes to class sizes. That is something both Maple Lake High School Principal David Hanson and Maple Lake Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke agree upon. Fewer students per class allow for a more personalized instruction which leads to better scores on state testing and a better educational experience overall, they said. It’s something they both strive for and feel they have achieved, but not without a price.
“Our goal every day is to provide the best education to the kids that walk through these halls,” Hanson said.

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Wed
02
Nov

Coming together in orange for Unity Day


MLHS staff wear orange for Unity Day. Front Row: Mary Beth Barder, Kim Fynboh, Celeste Dahlstrom, Rachael Dale and Dave Hansen. Middle Row: Eric Meyer, Steve Kosloski, Heather Haney, Stacy Cargill, Casey Pack, Ann Stuefen and Karla Mavencamp. Back Row: Ben Youngs, Dawn Hanson, Tana Fobbe and Debbie Stang.

MLE staff wear orange for Unity Day. Front Row: Lisa Weninger, Sue Hadler, Kim Grunau, Holly Schrupp, Margie Isaacson, Lea Abrahamson, Claire Austin, Carol Tongen, Jenn DesMarais-Holland, Diane Hertwig and Annie Jost. Middle Row: Katie McLeod, Kelly Seibert, Tami Kolehmainen, Wendy Bidwell, Amy Van Beusekom, Vicki Decker, Rhonda Carlson and Tim Staloch. Back Row: Kath Heffron, Chad Hammerschmidt, Trish Ludwig, Jodi Stecker, Ruth Deslauriers, Christin Kassulke, Rachel Hammerback, Eric Reger, Adam Ronnenberg, Sue Schmitz, Tanya Malwitz and Marty Kiebel.

Maple Lake Schools celebrated Unity Day in October! Students and staff wore orange as a sign of support. What does wearing orange today mean? It means that you decided to support Unity Day by being united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion, wanting to support peer or students experiencing bullying, that you care about safe and supportive schools and communities.

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Wed
02
Nov

Halloween characters strolled into school Monday morning


Simon Willard and Tyler Willard were dressed to the nines in their costumes at MLHS for Halloween on Monday. Simon was Michael Jackson and Tyler was Elvis. Both even came with signature moves from the music moguls.

Maya Heeralall looked heated as she walked the halls of MLHS as a sriracha bottle.
Wed
26
Oct

College courses give high school students a head start


Every summer MLHS instructors who teach college courses travel to Southwest State Minnesota University for training. Pictured: Ben Youngs (English), Casey Pack (math), Eric Meyer (speech) and Kim Fynboh (Spanish).

In the rat race of life everyone can do with a little head start, and that is exactly what students at Maple Lake High School are getting when they enroll in college courses. Seniors and juniors who meet the criteria have access to nine different college general classes at MLHS. They are taught by MLHS staff in MLHS classrooms, it doesn’t cost students anything, and the credits are the same as they would receive if attending at a college campus.
“I have two step-daughters who went through this and one was able to start (college) almost as a sophomore,” Eric Meyer said. Meyer teaches in the high school English department. He also teaches college speech.
Maple Lake adopted the program in 2003, not long after the school district experienced a record year for post secondary attendance. In 1999 20 seniors elected to leave MLHS and attend St. Cloud State University as post secondary students, said Ben Youngs, who teaches English and college English at Maple Lake.

Wed
26
Oct

Smiling faces explore the Book Fair at MLE


Benjamin (preschool) and Madilynn (4th grade) display some great Book Fair finds with Dad, Jacob Norgren.

Charley (4th grade) picked out a few books with her Mom, Sarah Sailer.
Wed
19
Oct

Three ISD #881 support staff awarded


Three support staff members (Wurm, Hartfiel, Aulwes) from Maple Lake Public Schools ISD #881 were awarded at the Educational Support Staff Recognition event on Sept. 28. Pictured is Dave Hansen, Mark Redemske, Jackie Wurm, Maggie Hartfiel, Andy Sawatzke, Deb Aulwes, and Mark Schmitz. (Photo submitted)

An event honoring those who work as bus drivers, custodians, cooks, para-professionals, nurses and the myriad of other jobs that it takes to keep schools running smoothly was held September 28 at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. In its sixth year, there were 112 people honored from 31 school districts.
“If there ever was a Grand Central Station in a school, it has to be the front office. The support Staff in every school is the glue that holds the whole place together,” said Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource Training & Solutions.

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Wed
19
Oct

MLE recognizes students for their best qualities


Luke Kocher, a Monticello native and cross country bicyclist who recently tackled the 3,000-mile Bike Across America Race spoke with MLE students about the word stamina last month. (Photos submitted)

There are some innovative activities going on at Maple Lake Elementary School and one of them is the Character Word of the Month.
Character Word of the Month is a school-wide focus on a single word that not only broadens vocabulary, but teaches about character and citizenship.
The school kicks off each month with a five-minute presentation from someone who epitomizes that month’s word, then teachers go back to their classrooms and build activities around it, MLE counselor Lisa Weninger said. Finally, staff choose one student from their class or grade that best fits the character word. Their picture is taken and posted on a monthly character bulletin board at the entry of the school and they are that month’s “shining star” students.

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Wed
12
Oct

Maple Lake students have Irish Pride


Students at the Maple Lake Elementary School display posters with the Irish Pride Expectations at a start-of-the-year Irish Pride celebration. The event is to introduce or remind students what school expectations are. They are, from left, Gwen Geyen, Jordana Jude and Corbin Golby. (Photo submitted)

Picking up a classmate’s books when they fall to the floor, offering help to a peer who may not ask for it, but is obviously struggling, or standing up for someone who is being bullied; these are ways students at Maple Lake schools demonstrate Irish Pride.
Irish Pride is part of a school-wide expectation system that is based on the following rules: Be respectful, be safe and be responsible.
“We take different parts of the school day, when they are in the cafeteria, the hallway and even the bathrooms, and we clearly define what safety, respect and responsibility looks like in each of those areas. From there we do what we can to reward students who display that behavior,” Judy Sloneker said.

Wed
05
Oct

Maple Lake students celebrate We Day


Jacob Klatt, Mitchell Koss, Jacob Weese and Sean Hazzard take their seats in the Xcel Energy Center for We Day, Sept. 20, as a part of Maple Lake’s Friends of Rachel group.

Maple Lake students pose for a group shot before heading to the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 20 for We Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in local and global communities. (Photos submitted by Kath Heffron)

WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is the year-long program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.
WE Day combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of incredible stories of leadership and change. This stadium-sized event—held in 14 cities in the U.S., Canada and the UK—brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with tens of thousands of youth to celebrate the power of service.
Earn Your Way to WE Day
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day—you earn it through service. Through the year-long WE Schools program, schools and groups take on one local and one global action and report back on their results to earn their way to WE Day. And thanks to our generous sponsors, the event itself is free to attend.

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