The middle school students in Mrs. Ann Goche’s Homebase class recently completed a 16-month project of folding more than 1,000 paper mache cranes and will be shipping the cranes to the small island of Kwajalein Atoll in means to spread "HOPE" to those children and families across the world.
Just before the turn of the New Year, the Redwood Falls Community Youth Foundation kicked off a year-end campaign to make a positive difference in the lives of youth and families in our surrounding communities. Starting on December 22nd, the Foundation accepted both private and business donations in hopes to pay off the lunch account balances for all of “our” students in the local school district who have past due balances. The campaign was a success, as the Foundation’s contributions and local donations collected were able to raise more than $5,000 to pay off approximately 200 students' accounts who had past due lunch balances. A special “thank you” to Ruby’s Pantry in Redwood Falls who jump-started this campaign with the initial donation. Happy New Year to all, we care about our community!
On the last day of school before the winter break, fifth grade teachers Paul Carlson and Ann Goche took all of the fifth grade students outside to snowshoe and look for animal tracks. It was a beautiful, sunny and warm December day with no wind. The students saw deer, rabbit, and pheasant tracks, as well as signs of animals living in the nature center behind the school. Some of the tree branches had been nibbled on, animal trails had been made, and nests could be seen in the trees now that the leaves had fallen from the branches. Overall, this was a positive outdoor experience for the students before the Holidays.
Enterprise Minnesota: December 2016 - A $1 million contribution from a local philanthropist will enable Redwood Falls to join the likes of Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and White Bear Lake, whose school districts have embraced the value of technical education for its students alongside close collaborations with its local manufacturers.
Redwood Falls, Minn. – The Redwood Valley boys basketball team cruised to a 79-65 victory over the Lakeview Lakers to secure the 21st Annual HomeTown Bank Holiday Tournament championship on Friday, Dec. 30, in the Redwood Valley gymnasium.
At the regularly scheduled school board meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Redwood Area School Board enthusiastically accepted a $1,000,000 donation, from Orrin Estebo. The gift will be given to the Redwood Area Education Foundation over the course of 6 years in anticipation of creating a Career Development Center focused on modernizing and expanding the west wing of the high school facility and programs.
Redwood Valley High School students are now using the new Collaborative Centers located in the Media Center. One of the ways students in Mr. Steve and Mr. Felt's classes are using these spaces are to practice their presentations and speeches in front of a small group, preparing for big class presentations. Students are also projecting their chromebooks on the large monitor for collaborative group projects.
The Redwood Valley High School Robotics team, Wingnuts, have received a $5,000 grant for the second year in a row from the Monsanto Fund. The team has been so generously sponsored by Monsanto, Medtronic and Daktronics over the years.
Dr Sayeed presented to the public on Sunday, October 17th and to the Middle School and High School students and staff on Monday, October 18th. He talked about promoting mutual understanding and mutual respect among all people with RV students today. Dr Sayeed, as a 6 year old, sat on Gandi's lap. As an adult, he has known 6 US presidents and the last three popes. He is a renown leader. Thanks to Rev. Scott Prouty and RASD School Board for making it all happen.
Thanks to the Blandin Foundation for the $9,300 technology grant and to the Orrin Estebo Foundation for the $10,000 grant towards technology in the Early Childhood classrooms! Beginning this fall, our preschool students have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment through the use of Interactive SMARTBoard Panels. All four preschool and Head Start classrooms are now equipped with SMART technology. Eleven preschool staff members were trained in August on using the technology. Over 150 preschool students are being exposed to this collaborative, connected technology. Thanks to our donors!
Jeannie Uhlenkamp, Redwood Valley Middle School Special Education Teacher, recently published her second book. Act It Out is a social skills guide for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disorders. Jeannie was inspired to write scripts for the book after visiting Japan and developed the book through years of research and experience as a Special Education teacher. Five years in the making, Mrs. Uhlenkamp says she owes a big thank you to colleague Cindy Swierenga for the inspiration throughout many of the pages. Jeannie is proud to develop a resource she can use to provide her students a fun way to improve on valuable social skills and provide teachers a tool to teach children, without a lot of preparation. The book is published by AAPC Publishing and is available for purchase at Amazon.com.