School

Wed
30
Nov

St. Timothy’s students give back to the community during Service Project Day


After an afternoon of fall clean-up, the entire St. Tim’s student body, volunteers and chaperones gathered for a group photo.

On October 14 St. Timothy's School participated in its Service Project Day, which is in conjunction with the school marathon. It is a way for St. Tim's and its students to give back to the community and the people of Maple Lake.
Between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. students between kindergarten and 8th grade helped with certain tasks ands projects around the community. Third and 4th graders cleaned up St. Charles Cemetery by raking leaves and cleaning head stones. Seventh and 8th graders delivered Meals on Wheels, served lunch at Maple Manor and at the same time told jokes, sang and supplied the residents with many homemade goodies to win during bingo. Pre-kindergarten stayed at St. Tim's and students between K, 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades were broken into small groups, helping out at a couple of local homes, the city park, the fire hall, the rectory, Dingmann Funeral Home, the Villas and the coffee shop. Many of the tasks involved were cleaning and raking leaves.

Wed
23
Nov

MLHS National Honor Society banquet


Maple Lake High School held the annual National Honor Society banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 15, that recognized outstanding students. Principal David Hansen welcomed students and guests. Alexander Marquette was the student speaker and Judy Sloneker, along with Principal Hansen, presented and dispersed the awards. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. (Photo by Sandy Becker)
Wed
16
Nov

Local Patriot’s Pen winners


Six Maple Lake High School seventh graders will advance on to the district competition after winning the local Patriot’s Pen essay contest. They are, from left, Eva McClelland, Emma Jude, Olivia LaTour, Alison Zander, Alyssa Hadler and Laura Bergstrom.

Emma Jude accepts her Patriot’s Pen certificate from Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hansen. Pictured with her, from left, is Eva McClelland and Olivia LaTour.

Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide youth-essay writing competition that gives students in grades six through eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Annually, more than 115,000 students participate in the contest. The first-place State winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. The top national winners each receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. This year Maple Lake had 131 students from the public and parochial schools participate.

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Wed
16
Nov

September “Monthly Shining Star” award for “Stamina”


Each month at MLE two students from each grade are chosen that represent the character word of the month and receive the “Monthly Shining Star” award. Shown above are September’s “Monthly Shining Stars” elementary students. The word for September was “stamina” which means: The ability or strength to keep doing something for a long time. The following students were nominated for having stamina: Back Row: Kora Hiltner, Ivy Schroeder, Cameron Wagner, Xander Sabinash, Abbie Lipinski, Olivia Jerome, Landon Marsicek, Tyler Halloran and Max Beffel. Front Row: Makaya Hafften, Alana Weiss, Alex Krauze, Oliver Hawkinson, Abby Gindele, Vanessa Padilla, Matthew Anderson, Maddie Austin and Hailey Benning. Not Pictured: Jacob Klatt, Kayla Paumen and Skylynn Johnson. (Photo submitted by Kath Heffron)
Wed
16
Nov

Rejection of the referendum on election day was a sad sight for many in the Public Schools


Voters in the Maple Lake School District turned down the referendum on election day disappointing many people involved with the Maple Lake Public Schools. Pictured is the worn, tattered and torn textbooks that ninth graders will have to continue using. Textbooks aren’t the only things suffering from lack of funds at the school. (Photo submitted by Mary Beth Barder)
Wed
09
Nov

Community comes together to give back this Halloween with We Scare Hunger and Candy Buy Back


Back Row: Maggie Larson, Calli Hadler, Emily Reller, Brielle Paumen, Paige Gagnon, Gracie Elsenpeter and Sydney Reardon. Front Row: Molly Erickson, Callie LaFave, Eva McClelland, Allie Vogel, Destiney McCollough and Mary Miller and Mara Hughs. Not Pictured: Josh Medley and Abby Althoff.

Maple Lake Elementary students collected Halloween candy and far exceeded their goal of four tubs. Way to go, MLE! Your kindness will touch the hearts of many U.S. soldiers and for every pound that was collected, $1.00 goes to the local food shelf! Stay tuned to see if MLE won the Candy Buy Back contest for 2016-17. (Photos submitted by Lisa Weninger and Debbie Stang)

The MLHS Friends of Rachel’s Club went door-to-door on Halloween trick-or-treating for food shelf donations. Pictured at right and bottom right is what they collected.

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.

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