Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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When most students are about to graduate high school, they aren't sure what they want to do for the rest of their life. Not Rachel Peterson. Her mind was made up four years ago, when her mother was going through cancer treatments. Peterson, a senior at Red Wing High School, will graduate on June 1 and move on to college in Decatur, Ga., at Agnes Scott College in the fall. Peterson decided to go to college there when she toured the campus, enjoying the school's "homey" atmosphere.
What are you proposing? Why is it important? What does it cost? And what are the consequences? These are the questions the Red Wing School Board will have to consider related to a referendum vote in November. These questions were posed by Don Lifto, a consultant who works for Springsted, a St. Paul-based public sector adviser that helped the Red Wing School District contact 350 registered voters between May 3-12.
RANDOLPH — It's hard to imagine Alyssa Whitson sits down very often. Whether she's playing basketball or volleyball, tending to her chickens and goats on the farm, or leading a corn drive for FFA, the Randolph High School senior is constantly moving. Whitson will graduate from Randolph on June 2 and will attend Rochester Community and Technical College in the fall.
Twin Bluff Middle School students got a hands-on history lesson May 21 as they participated in a Civil War encampment. Led by the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery Reenactors, a nonprofit organization that puts on displays to the public about life during the Civil War, students saw history come to life. Sara Shannon, the sixth-and-seventh-grade United States History teacher at Twin Bluff Middle School, felt the display would help students get a better understanding of what life was like during the Civil War.
Red Wing High School must correct school climate and behavioral issues, and School Board members listened May 21 to a preliminary plan to do so Principal Todd Herber and teacher Scott Bender both stressed the importance of having the administration and faculty come together to address these issues. The plan discusses training for teachers to address behavioral needs, having students feel successful so they can continue to achieve, and utilizing Youth Outreach for its mentoring services, just to name a few.
ELLSWORTH — Sophia Cole almost didn't graduate from the Ellsworth School District. Back during her freshman year, Cole had decided to attend River Falls High School, where she played soccer, making the varsity team during that time. Since Ellsworth doesn't offer soccer, Cole had to make a lofty decision: return to Ellsworth to be with her friends that she's grown up with or stay at River Falls and continue play soccer? The choice was difficult, but Cole picked Ellsworth and hasn't looked back.
With the end of the school year right around the corner, the Red Wing High School student council will be honoring seniors the week of May 21-25 with a different activity or treat each day. • Monday (May 21): Doughnuts before school in the cafeteria for seniors; • Tuesday (May 22): Ice cream sundaes in the cafeteria during the advisory hour; • Wednesday (May 23): "Dress like my future self" day; • Thursday (May 24): A picnic lunch during the senior retreat; • Friday (May 25): SOAR rally and half day of school.
GOODHUE — "Now we're back and we've got some more planning to do." Those words were a part of the opening statement from Goodhue School District Superintendent Mike Redmond during the May 17 Facilities Planning Committee meeting. The Goodhue School District failed to pass a $30 million referendum on May 8, with voting coming to 500-449. The money would have gone toward improving the school's security system, addressing space issues with a large amount of students and faculty than the school's capacity can hold, overdue maintenance and more.
According to Minnesota's Opioid Action Plan, there has been 395 opioid overdose deaths since 2015. An 18 percent increase. Of those 395 overdose deaths, 194 were prescription opioids, 150 involved heroin and 99 involved synthetic opioids. To help combat these opioid overdoses, Minnesota enacted "Steve's Law," which allows non-health care providers to administer naloxone, or also known as by a popular brand as Narcan. Naloxone is the generic name of the drug. So what is naloxone? Where can you get it? And why is it necessary?
The Red Wing School District is seeing a high trend of students opting out of standardized testing. Dr. Beth Borgen gave an update on these trends and support services at the Red Wing School Board meeting on May 7. Borgen, the district's director of support services, said a growing number of students are predominantly opting out of MCA testing. Two years ago, Borgen said 45 students had parental opt outs. That number increased drastically, with 145 parental opt outs. This year the number increased again to 189 parental opt outs.