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Snack foods and drinks will still be available for School District 833 junior and senior high students this fall, but stricter federal regulations and district concerns about curbing child obesity mean some vending machine offerings will change. The new rules, explored and discussed by an advisory committee, and the new wellness policy recently approved by the school board, mean vending machines at secondary schools must have 60 percent healthful foods and 40 percent less-healthful offerings. Elementary schools do not have vending machines. Healthful drinks include those with 100 percent ju
Some might assume teachers in the Above and Beyond program would be touting the successes of 80 percent of the children who attend two-and-half week summer programs. But Above and Beyond Director Laura Loshek also focuses on the 20 percent who do not seem to be getting the same benefit. For the past five years, students in first through third grade who are lagging behind their classmates in school were referred to the program. The reason to offer the extra help, funded by Community Education and other state money targeted for services, is that students at grade level and above are likely t
Students might not notice it when they return to Pullman Elementary School this fall, but the air they breathe will be fresh due to a new heating and cooling system under construction this summer. Teachers, on the first day, will notice their classrooms are quieter. Pullman is the first elementary school to get a completely new heating and cooling system. For several years, District 833 officials have known that meeting new state air circulation standards for schools was a challenge they needed to tackle. To determine the extent of changes needed to comply, the district had consultants do
If all three ballot questions pass in School District 833's referendum this fall, the owner of a $200,000 home would see an increase in taxes of $100 per year. With a $300,000 home, taxes would be increased by $151 a year. The District 833 School Board made the decision final last week to seek a referendum and settled on three questions. The first question asks voters to approve $107 million for a third high school.
When they said "I do," they meant it to last a lifetime. Couples who have been married 50 years or more were honored earlier this month with a 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The celebration also included people, who, but the for the death of a spouse, would have been married 50 years. "I always look forward to this celebration ... because of you," said Father Greg Esty in his homily. He asked those in attendance to name the qualities couples must have to have an enduring marriage.
Amid happy tears and congratulations, the new Cottage Grove royalty was crowned Thursday night. Serena Fallahi is the 2006-07 Miss Cottage Grove. She will represent the city throughout the coming year with Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis and Princess Darcy Pemble. Junior Miss Cottage Grove is Karisa Jones. Junior Miss Cottage Grove princess is Elizabeth Sova. The new Little Miss Cottage Grove is Montana Hogen and Little Miss Cottage Grove princess is Ashley Rice. In keeping with the theme, "On a Musical Note," the outgoing royalty performed a dance.
Amid happy tears and congratulations, the new Cottage Grove royalty was crowned Thursday night. Serena Fallahi is the 2006-2007 Miss Cottage Grove. She will represent the city through the coming year with Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis and Princess Darcy Pemble. Junior Miss Cottage Grove is Karisa Jones. Junior Miss Cottage Grove princess is Elizabeth Sova. The new Little Miss Cottage Grove is Montana Hogen and Little Miss Cottage Grove princess is Ashley Rice. For more on this story, see next week's print edition of the Bulletin.
If there were a place to look for ghosts, it might be in a cemetery. Cottage Grove Cemetery, with 150 years of history, might be a place to find ghoulish figures, but Norma Manke, and her husband, Carl, have never seen a ghost there, even though they have arranged for burials, dug the graves, and looked after the cemetery in Old Cottage Grove for 45 years. The couple was named Preservationists of the Year by the South Washington Heritage Society for their efforts to preserve local history. Other people have talked about ghosts when visiting the cemetery, not the Halloween images of sheets w
School District 833 students will be seeing some new faces this fall with the hiring of new principals and others changing schools. Aaron Harper is taking the reins as the new principal of Oltman Junior High School. Harper was an assistant principal at Bloomington Kennedy High School for the past four years. He also served as administrative assistant, working with ninth-graders, and was a science teacher.
As the District 833 School Board approaches a final decision next week on what will be on the September ballot, it is likely a third high school will make the grade. Voters would also decide if there should be a stadium at the third high school, in addition to field improvements at existing high schools. The board met in a workshop session last week to hear recommendations from Supt. Tom Nelson. The recommendation includes four ballot questions, with the first one focusing on adding a third high school.