Board gets reports from elementary principals

Principals from the New Prague Area School District’s three elementary schools reported on activities so far this year at the New Prague Area School Board’s December 12 meeting.

The meeting is the final scheduled board meeting for 2016.

Pat Pribyl from Raven Stream Elementary, David Giesen from Falcon Ridge Elementary and Will Remmert from Eagle View Elementary each spent a few minutes talking about highlights and accomplishments from the first few months of the school year.

Pribyl talked about the assessment conferences that were held with each parent at the beginning of the school year. He credited Curriculum Director Maren Buehler and Director of Educational Service Tony Buthe for setting up the program, now in its second year. The conferences are held on the first two days of theschool year and give teachers a chance to meet the parents and students and get a better idea of where the student stands academically.

"Parents have commented on how positive these conferences are. It also gives students a chance to get their Lifetouch pictures taken, allows parents set up lunch accounts and take care of transportation issues," Pribyl said.

He also talked about the Brain Power Walk-Run, Homecoming festivities, the fall fundraiser and the Minnesota Reading Corps.

Giesen said the theme of "Going from good to great" has been a focus throughout the district, including his school. He talked about the enrollment boundaries and how it affected his school. The initial thought was that the building, which had been at capacity, would lose about 75 students to Eagle View. However some students transferred back and in addition there was growth in the school boundary, so that enrollment dropped only about 20 students from 2015-16. He noted that this year’s fifth grade class at the school is exceptionally big and numbers would likely go down more next year as that class moves on to the middle school.

Giesen also talked about changes to the building, including a....

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