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In part two of our three part series about assessments and standardized tests in the Morris Area School District, we'll explore how data from various assessments are currently used in the district and how they might be used in the future. MORRIS - Throughout the year, students in the Morris Area School District take a variety of state- and district-wide tests designed to assess student progress. Students finished their first round of a new assessment tool, Measures of Academic Progress, in October and will repeat the tests in January and May.
MORRIS - Big changes to the property tax system earlier this year left local officials certain taxes were going to go up, but unsure about by how much and who would pay the most. Now that the more than 7,000 Truth in Taxation notices have been mailed out in Stevens County, residents have a better idea of what their tax burden for next year will be.
MORRIS - Although distracted drivers and high speeds haven't caused any serious accidents in front of the elementary school and high school, safety concerns prompted the Morris Police Department to take a proactive approach in the form of dynamic speed signs along the road. The two signs, sitting on Columbia Avenue between South Street and Green River Road, were purchased with leftover money from a federal Safe Routes to School grant and have, so far, helped slow drivers in the area.
MORRIS - What can the Morris Area School District do to take a stronger stance against bullying? That was one question posed by Cali Lebrija, a parent of seven children who are attending or will be attending school in the district, during the visitor comments time during the School Board's meeting on Monday night. Lebrija told the board she was concerned about what she sees as an increase in bulling, particularly at the high school, citing instances she's seen or heard about related to name-calling, pushing and stolen backpacks.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board received a clean audit and good news about the district's financial status at their meeting Monday night; however, delays in state aid payments may leave the district - and all other districts across the state - with cash flow challenges going forward, explained Brian Stavenger, a certified public accountant and partner with Eide Bailly, during his presentation of the firm's annual audit.
I have never had to travel far for Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, all of my grandparents and most of my extended family lived within a 45 minute drive from our house. I got to spend every major holiday with at least one side of the family and was always home that night to sleep in my own bed. Although I didn't realize it at the time, that was quite the luxury. As I got older, my extended families have started to spread out, slowly morphing our holiday traditions to fit more and more complex schedules.
MORRIS - Over an eleven day window in October, students in first through eighth grade each spent between two and three hours in school computer labs, working on tests to measure reading, math and language usage. They'll all be in the labs two more times this year to take the tests again. In April, students across the school will take a series of state-mandated assessment tests with implications for school funding and their own graduation.
Snow removal across Stevens County will likely be stressful this winter after the County Highway Department adds snow removal in the City of Hancock and Framnas Township to its regular routes. Although no contracts have been signed, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize County Engineer Brian Giese to enter into contracts for snow removal with both municipalities despite concerns about county staff and equipment. "We have to have realistic expectations about what your staff and your equipment can do," said Commissioner Paul Watzke.
MORRIS - There is no such thing as a typical day on the Army Life Support Area (ALSA) at Ali Al Salem Airbase in Kuwait for Sergeant Tracy White. White, a 23-year-old Morris native, and member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, was deployed to Kuwait last July. She works in the Emergency Operations Center on the ALSA, where she helps monitor weather, travel conditions and safety concerns for all groups working in the area.
MORRIS - The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance has called 630 Atlantic Avenue home since October 2002, yet there are still people in the community who still don't recognize the organization's name or mission. "There are still a lot of people in the community that don't know what we are, what we do, or anything about us," said PRCA President Sara McDermott.