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Cleveland named a Celebration School

Published 9:37am Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Updated 11:40am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Last week, Elementary Principal Scott Colbeck received the following letter from Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius … “Congratulations Cleveland Elementary on being named a Celebration School.

“More than 100 Celebration Eligible Schools applied for this distinction. Your selection is a direct reflection of the gains your school has made and the tireless efforts you and your staff have directed toward improving outcomes for your students.”

As a former teacher, principal and superintendent, I appreciate and applaud the dedication educators devote to ensuring success for the students they serve.

It takes focus and commitment to put systems and strategies in place that yield the kind of results your school has shown. You and your entire team deserve sincere congratulations for this outstanding accomplishment.

Again, please accept my best wishes on your accomplishment. And thank you for your work to ensure every Minnesota child reaches their highest potential.”

Mr. Colbeck stated that the purpose of this award is to identify Minnesota Title I schools that have demonstrated excellence on the new Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) recognizing student proficiency, student growth, closure of the achievement gap and exhibited success with initiatives that have led to positive student outcomes.

Cleveland School was first identified as a Celebration Eligible School that place in the 60th to 86th percentile (78th) of top performing schools based on its MMR. After an application was submitted, Cleveland was part of the 10 percent selected for the award.

Due to the structure of our specific grade-level schools in Fergus Falls, our McKinley (kindergarten) and Adams (grades 1-2) schools are not eligible for this recognition. Why? K-2 students do not participate in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, which is the assessment tool used to measure student proficiency and growth.

When older elementary students perform well, it’s a result of effective instruction from all elementary staff at all three schools.


Snoball 2013

High School students and staff are busy celebrating Snoball week! Events such as coronation, dress-up days, outside winter activities and a dance are all highlights of this week.

Congratulations to King Jackson McAllister and Queen Abigail Kiefer, along with the rest of our Snoball Royalty – Freshman: Sadie Christianson, Wyatt Drake, Alicia Niblock, Josiah Nord, Holly Salvesen, Austen Tabbut. Sophomores: Nicole Anderson, Mary Gettel, William, Haas, Joshua Holzworth, Emily Nelson, Zachary Thunselle. Juniors: Jordan Heinen, Nathan Kaminski-Horak, Kiara Kaseman, Brandon Olson, Dillon Rodriguez, Devonie Smith. Seniors: Sierra Grosskreutz, Austin Hanson, Ben Haugmo, Katelyn Nelson.


Where did the

Red Cedars go?

Earlier this fall, our fifth-grade Prairie Science Class students went to Fabian Easement located near DeLagoon Park. Why? To cut down Red Cedar trees. You may wonder why they would cut down trees. They did this project because Red Cedars are invasive. An invasive plant has the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside its natural range.

The Prairie Science Class partnered with the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center to assist the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District to remove invasive Red Cedar trees for a habitat easement on privately owned land. Fifty students in the morning and another fifty students in the afternoon trimmed trees, hauled branches and trees downhill and piled them in reed canary grass.

Studying ecosystems and invasive species is part of the Minnesota 5th grade academic standards in science. Everyone looks forward to returning to the site in early spring to continue the restoration process.

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