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P, 2 Opinion q -- -Coun News Kimball, M Ni School Principal March 1 meeting at KAHS Have you ever read the news- paper and wondered what AYP or NCLB stand for? When your student brings home scheduling materials and you notice the section on PSEO does it make sense to you? When the school sends home informa- tion on state testing, are you able to decipher the information? Please join .us at'6 p.m. Mon- day, March 1, in the Kimball Area Public School's board room for an informational session on AYE NCLB, PSEO and testing. We hope to see you there. Kimball Area Public School Board and Administration the fact that the place is a mess.) One of the very best things I ever gave my boys is a brother. That's because a brother is more than someone to play catch with or tell scary stories to after the lights are out. He's more than a regular guy. He's a brother. And that's a difficult concept to define. A brother is someone who b0r- Jill Pettier ,Slices of Life" He ain't he's my I've been listening to them play your score was 711. all morning - well, in between the A brother is the one who, when bouts of fighting. The banter, wres- you ask, "Are you sleeping yet?" tling, balls lobbed across the living always answers, "Nope." room and Legos covering the floor A brother pesters you with the of the rest of the house all make same questions over and over. He me realize something. (Besides listens to your stories and says, District News Dr. Kurt Helgeson, School Board Chairman Update from the board chair It seems hard to believe that we ing the year we will have a meet- are into March already. Another ing about a focused topic in the rows your socks, deodorant and school year is flying by and soon district. The goal is to provide an best jeans, but never your girl- "Tell me about it again!" A brother hangs out with you - all day - even though you are fight- ing, because it is a Saturday and you can't go to school on Saturdays. A brother is someone who picks on you when your mom isn't look- ing, but steps in to protect you when the eighth-grade bully tries to take your seat on the bus. A brother notices that your eyes are wet and glistening after losing we will be talking about gradua- opportunity for the community, friend, the big game, but he doesn't say tion and summer. I want to take school board, teachers and staff to Brothers have the same bunk anything about it. a few minutes and update you on get together to hear a short presen2 bed and the same last name, but A brother hugs you when no some recent actions of the board, tation and then have a discussion rarely the same opinion regarding one's looking and punches you We recently put together acom- about the topic. We hope to bring who's gonna win the Stanley Cup. when they are. mittee to review the fund-raising a greater understanding of what A brother is the guy who will A brother unselfishly shares and field-trip policies of the dis- happens in the school and how still toss the ball around - even secrets, jokes and germs. He lends trict. We have heard from many that impacts the students and the after it's dark out and everyone advice and his last dollar~ He pro- people in the community about community, else has gone home. vides an ear and a shoulder to lean theseissuesover~thelastfewyears The first meeting will be atA brother sticks up for you on. He takes your bike when you and wanted to review the pol- 6 p.m. next Monday, March 1. We behind your back --even though aren't looking and a piece of gum icies to see that we were meet- will be meeting in the board room you can't hear him doing it.from your secret stash whenever he ing the needs of the students and at the district office. The topic will A brother is someone who lives can. He'll give you the shirt off his The staff of the Tri-County News being sensitive to the economic be Post Secondary Options and at your house - even on the days back and a ride to hockey practice, recognizes that it has a responsi- conditions of the community. We Academic Standards. Some of the when you wish he didn't, but never the combination of his bility to report the news accurate- received many e-mails and phone items that will be included in the A brother scoops the ice cream bedroom safe. , ~ " [y and fairly, and that it is account- calls, so realize that these are discussion will be: foryou, becauseyouarestilltoolit- Brothers cant be bought or bar- able to the public. Please contact important issues. After much dis- What is PSEO tie and the ice cream is too hard. gained for, planned or premed- our office if you feel we've fallen cussion and reflection, we have Credits available for transfer A brother says nothing when he itated. They just are. And that's short of that objective. made the decision to" reduce both to college gets blamed for the broken win- beyond any definition in the dic- LETTERS: The Tri-County News fund raising and field trips. Each No Child Left Behind dow - even though he knows he tionary. It sure is. welcomes letters promoting the ex- grade or activity will be limited to * AYP- What does it mean had nothing to do with the base- Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- change of ideas and opinions. To be one sales type of fund raiser per I look forward to seeing many ball that shattered it. umnist and award-winning free, considered for publication, letters year. Service learning and spon- of you at the meeting next week. A A brother will let you take the lance writer working with graphic should address a topic of current or sored meals as fund raisers will strong school is vital to the com- blame for hiln - but only because designer Nikki Willgohs to pro: general interest. Private thanks, po- be continued. We believe these munity and we want to provide he can t afford to get in trouble on vide writing and design and other liticat self-promotion, libelous let- are great activities for the stu- opportunities for you to know account ofit'sthe day he's going to marketing services to businesses ters, or tetters denigratingcharacter dents and provide a service to the more and get involved in what is the movies with the cute girl from and individuals. You can check out or reputation wilt not be published. community.~-We are also limiting happening in the school. If you biology class. their Web site at , or nature, address and telephone num- field trip per year. These are the questions about the meeting, I he bounced the ball 712 times in e-marl Jill at . ber. We reserve th.e right to edit for guidelines, but we will continue would encourage you to contact a row, but only because he knows " clarity and readability to review unique opportunities for me or one of the other board mem- LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri- the students and address them as bers. I can be reached at . ~,~'\~)~'~\\ ,, ib" ' '~.~'~~~"~ of record for the city of Kimball, We are beginning a new pro- . Kurt Helgeson ~"~" ~~ ~\L~, .-","~,~ Independent School District #739, gram where several times dur- KimballAreaSchools ... Clearwater River Watershed Dis- " '-" trict, Stearns County, and the ~I:S,~N~ ~ STAND~ UP "~ ~ "' Townships of Fair Haven, Kingston and Maine Prairie. To CEHSC 141P INClIII ,,, olI, I*iPlDN. IC Y RECYCLING: The Tri-County C/~Y~JFI[J~blJR S"FC~ ~ News is printed with soy inks on SC) 1/~1;_ CAN C.4VE IT ~'f /~F recycled paper whenever possible. 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