Education

by Mike Hanks – Sun Newspapers Pledging federal support for early childhood education initiatives, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited a Bloomington summer school classroom and took part in an early learning forum July 16 as part of a Tuesday morning swing through Minnesota. Duncan, who has been U.S. education secretary since 2009, praised [...]

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An annual end-of-the-year tradition for the Monticello school district is to bestow the Outstanding Service Award on one staff member from each building. The award recipients are chosen by their peers as employees who they felt went above and beyond the call of duty. The 2013 winners include Toni Chiodo, Mike Danielson, Carla Frederickson, Brett [...]

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With service ranging from 18 years to more than 40 years, seven Monticello teachers are making their way into retirement now that the 2012-13 school year has ended. This week the Monticello Times caught up with four of them – Carol Berg, Barb Moran, Linda Obrycki and Val Somerville – to hear about their experiences [...]

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A desire to improve their English and experience American life led this year’s smaller-than-usual group of Monticello High School foreign exchange students to spend a year abroad. Five international students, hailing from four different continents, took part in the Rotary’s student exchange program this year in Monticello: Leonard (Leo) Baumgart of Germany, Gabriella Silva of [...]

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Last year, the  Monticello Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class put together a regular outdoor garden. It was beautiful, but teacher Karen Smith wanted more. When she mentioned it offhand to her students one day, she had no idea they would help it become a reality. But when one student went home and [...]

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