Deb Henton

You might think things are quiet over the summer at your school district, but there are many things happening in Community Education. Over the summer students in the Youth Connections program are traveling the world and exploring foreign countries, without ever leaving the Twin Cities! Two weeks ago they were in “France” and baked French [...]

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Each year we celebrate the end of another successful school year, but there is also occasion to be sad as we say goodbye to retiring members of the administrative team. This year we are losing two valuable district assets. Though they will be replaced by highly competent individuals, we will lose their wealth of experience, [...]

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Prior to the May school board work session, representatives of the North Branch Education Association met with the school board to “meet and confer” about professional development. Teachers explained to the school board how that development impacts performance in the classroom. There are primarily two factors that significantly impact the performance of teachers: experience, of [...]

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As I reflect on this school year, rapidly coming to a close, I am struck by the extreme highs and lows of a year filled with both great challenges and accomplishments. Our school district family lost three dear members this school year, Mike Lizotte, Denise Dahl, and now Andrea Grote. In these sad moments I [...]

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Every year we worry about the weather for community service day, and every year the rain seems to hold off just long enough for our students and staff to complete their service projects. Last Friday was Community Service Day, another very successful day for our school district and its residents. Whether you are from Harris, [...]

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This week brought two of my favorite kinds of announcements, which in turn, allows me to write my favorite kind of column. The first was the announcement that North Branch Area Middle School Principal Todd Tetzlaff has been selected as the Capitol Division Middle School Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary [...]

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