Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As you give your child an extra hug, send out your thoughts to Oklahoma and share what makes the educators in your child’s life special.
Last week, I had the opportunity visit with a few children at the Excelsior Farmers Market. Not surprising, they knew the exact number of days left until summer break. While many of our kids in Minnesota are eyeing the calendar with anticipation for summer break, I was reminded this week how much we owe our educators. As parents, we send our children off to school each morning expecting another typical school day until we pick them up. It becomes a parents worst nightmare when unexpected tragedies and circumstances hit a school – situations that seem to have been all too common nationwide during the 2013-2013 school year. Yet, time and time again, we hear about educators that put their life on the line to save those students they are …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Mrs. Jo Culnane has spent 44 years working in Richfield Catholic Schools.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Debbie Gill was nominated by a fellow faculty member to get a little help from KDWB's Dave Ryan.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter The holidays got a little brighter for one of Richfield's teachers Thursday, after she was awarded a plethora of gifts from KDWB's Dave Ryan in the Morning Show team. Centennial Elementary School's Debbie Gill, a paraprofessional, was diagnosed with a serious stomach cancer in June 2012. Since then, she has had a dozen chemotherapy treatments and has somehow managed to not miss one day of school. Fellow Centennial paraprofessional Amanda Cleve, who was touched by Debbie's unwaivering spirit and happiness in awful times, wrote KDWB and asked for a Christmas wish to be granted. Dave Ryan's Christmas Wish program has been around for the last two …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Richfield teacher Chris Peterson was selected during a competitive process by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to attend a week-long seminar.
Editor's Note: The following is a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History press release. This summer, Richfield High School history teacher Chris Peterson will travel to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, to attend a week-long seminar entitled “The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences.” Led by renowned historian Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia, seminar participants will include K–12 teachers, library educators, and National Park Service interpreters who were selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in a competitive process. Headed by Professor Gallagher, and sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, this seminar will examine the era of the American Civil …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Pam Boston has been with the school for more than 30 years.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Academy of Holy Angels English teacher Pam Boston received this year’s Honor Teacher Award for senior high school teachers from the Minnesota Independent School Forum , an organization of private and independent schools in Minnesota. She was honored during a banquet May 4. Boston has taught at Holy Angels for more than 30 years and has served in many capacities from Board of Trustee member to dance team coach. Congratulations to Pam Boston from Richfield Patch.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Give your own shout out in the comments section.
In honor of PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week, Richfield community members have written in to Richfield Patch with words of praise for local teachers. A woman, going just by Teresa, wrote: "Thanks to Mrs. Anderson, 5th grade teacher at RSTEM (Richfield S.T.E.M. School), for all you do for your students. Great teacher!" Beth di Grazia, a parent of two children at Richfield Dual Language School, said: "My daughter Crystel has Senor Nathaniel Kuster at RDLS. I really appreciate how he has gotten to know her and has taken individual interest in her. Crystel is an awesome child with quite the wit when you get to know her. But it isn't until you really have gained her trust and liking that she allows the fullness of this part of her out. Senor …
Thursday, April 14, 2011
In an effort to emphasize literacy, teachers joined students and their families for a night of reading, ice cream and prizes.
Educators gathered with students and their families at Centennial Elementary School Tuesday night for the school’s second annual Literacy Night. School officials estimated that more than 200 individuals attended. The evening featured a series of readings by teachers and others–including a police officer and two members of the fire department–before prizes were raffled off in the school cafeteria during an ice cream social donated by Culver’s. Participating students were eligible to win prizes ranging from outdoor toys to several new bicycles. Lee Ann Wise, principal at Centennial Elementary, was pleased with the event’s attendance. “Getting our families out and meeting new people, learning the importance of reading–that’s this event,” she …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Richfield School Board adopted a new budget which could result in more money at the end of the 2011-12 school year and possibly reduce the number of layoffs at the end of this year.
Richfield School Board continued to try to balance the books in the face of financial difficulties at its regular meeting Monday night as it adopted a revised budget, which may reduce the number of teaching positions the board already agreed to eliminate for the 2011-12 school year. The new budget revisions resulted in a projected general fund balance $2,293, 793, or 5 percent of expenditures, at the end of the 2012 year. Jason Mutzenberger, district supervisor of financial service for Richfield Public Schools, said the 5 percent is up from the initial 2.5 percent approved by the board earlier in 2011. "Most revenue adjustments are due to state recalculations based on updated enrollment numbers and revised budget assumptions," said …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
With a new bill suggesting a salary freeze, district officials weigh the pros and cons of budget relief efforts proposed by the state legislature.
The Minnesota state Senate’s recent introduction of a bill that would freeze salaries for teachers and public school employees is leaving the Richfield School Board caught in the middle between making its budgets and keeping good relationships with its teachers. The bill so-named Senate File 56 aims to provide budget relief to school districts across Minnesota by freezing workers’ salaries between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013. The bill was introduced by Republican legislators Jan. 18 and quickly drew the attention of educators and parents in Richfield, as the school board met for its regular meeting that evening. “It would hurt relationships in every district in the entire state,” Superintendent Bob Slotterback told Patch. “I think from …
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Minnesota State Legislature is in session.
Minnesota Senate Members of the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that would freeze public school teachers’ and employees’ salaries from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. Richfield’s Senate representative, Ken Kelash (D-Richfield), said with prices on all goods and services rising, freezing the salaries would actually be a pay cut. “Teachers have already been making sacrifices, the schools have been making sacrifices. I think some of this stuff is [the legislature’s] attempt to balance an impossible $6 billion cut in the budget,” Sen. Kelash told Patch. “It’s always the way [of lawmakers] to make the guy on the bottom of the heap pay for it instead of saying we’re going to raise taxes on people who can afford it.” The bill is still in …