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LHS Students Chosen for Honor Choir
The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota hosted an honor choir event for students in grades 9-10 on Thursday, Feb. 16 in downtown Minneapolis. The audition process included recording a scale and a short melody all sung a cappella.
From the hundreds of auditions, Matthew Sehr, Jackson Golla, Isaiah Bartels and Gabi Ferrell were chosen to sing in the mixed choir under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson from Warburg College. The students rehearsed their music at home and then journeyed to Minneapolis on February 16 for a day of rehearsal. The day concluded with a concert at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.
Being chosen to sing in one of the ACDA-MN honor choirs is very large privilege and Luverne should be very proud of these very talented students.
FJJ Long-Range Planning Survey
Luverne School District is developing a Long-Range Facilities Plan. Our district is facing some needs in terms of the adequacy of our facilities, and we realize there are impending issues that should be addressed, which could affect Luverne School District for the next 25+ years. To assist the school board and administration in providing the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the long-term future of our district, and the communities it serves, the School Board has partnered with Foster, Jacobs & Johnson (FJJ) Consulting.
Long-range capital improvement planning begins with staff and community engagement, which solicits the opinion and values of all district stakeholders. Throughout January and the beginning of February FJJ, on behalf of the district, hosted 9 Listening Sessions that involved the school board, administration, teachers, support staff, Jr./Sr. students, parents, community members and community leaders. To augment the Listening Sessions the School Board asks that you take this brief survey; even if you were able to attend one of the listening sessions. Make your voice heard during this important process! Please complete this survey by February 28, 2017.
The Friday, November 18, 2016 snow day will be made up Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The Wednesday, January 25, 2017 snow day will be made up on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Skilled Carpenter Shares Trade With Students
By: Mavis Fodness Rock County Star Herald
Darrel Van Aartsen has worked in construction for more than 30 years.
Last month the owner of Van Aartsen Construction, Luverne, put down his hammer and nails to work with students five mornings a week at Luverne Middle-High School.
Van Aartsen was hired as a community expert in the construction trades.
He teaches Introduction to Woods to sixth-graders and two courses, -home maintenance and advanced woodworking- to selected students in grades 9-12. He began Jan. 23.
Last fall more than 30 Luverne students were re-assigned to other classes when no licensed industrial arts teacher was available to fill the open wood shop position.
The lack of licensed industrial arts teachers has affected no only Luverne schools but also districts statewide.
Tom Hoff is the career and technical project coordinator with the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative in Marshall.
He said a recent survey indicated 70 percent of the state's school superintendents indicated they couldn't find licensed industrial arts instructors.
"It's like trying to find a unicorn," he said. "They just don't exist."
The Luverne School District signed an agreement with SWWC in December to hire a construction careers instructor for the district when no licensed teacher was found after a nine-month search.
Due to the limited number of instructors, districts are turning to local community experts who have worked years in a specific vocation.
Hoff said community experts fill an immediate need within certain school districts as the service cooperative continues to work with legislators to find a more permanent solution.
Van Aartsen shares Luverne school's desire to keep and expand vocational education locally.
Decades ago the school offered students a glimpse into various vocational careers. However, budget reductions and the lack of licensed teaching staff forced Luverne and most schools statewide to drop such offerings.
Two years ago a grassroots effort to reinstate more career and technical training classes into local schools began locally.
Local business owners stated they see a need to replace or add future workers and they view high school students as meeting those needs. Educators view vocational classes as offering a well-rounded education to all students.
"It's important to work at vocational training as well as college training," Van Aartsen said. "It doesn't have to be their occupation down the road but they should have a little bit of knowledge."
How to use tools safely and/or make simple home repairs may be the only time students experience such events.
Unlike Van Aartsen, who learned construction skills from his father and eventually returned home 25 years ago to make construction a career. Now his son, Mark is emerging as meeting the future construction needs in Luverne.
Van Aartsen's interest in working with young people and Luverne's lack of a woods instructor brought him back to his alma mater.
He views his role in sharing his skills and introducing students to careers in the construction trade as an important one.
"I think I am called to be here," Van Aartsen said.
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Superintendent: Craig Oftedahl
HS/MS Principal: Ryan Johnson
Elementary Principal: Stacy Gillette
Community Education Director: Karen Willers
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