Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
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Most kids will tell you their favorite class is Physical Education. Combine that class with swimming at The Centre and you get one excited group of kids. Students in grades 1-5 are taught swimming skills for two weeks each year, said Becky Ahlbrecht, PE teacher at Paperjack Elementary. The lessons are offered as part of a cooperative agreement between The Centre and the school district. The students are split into two groups and swim on alternate days.
The New Richmond School Board approved a recommendation to issue preliminary non-renewal notices to its entire certified teaching staff. Morrie Veilleux, district administrator, said the district initially had planned to issue 25-30 non-renewal notices, but after talking to his administrative team, he realized that the administrative priorities might differ from the school board's priorities. Those priorities could range from wanting to lay off the younger teachers -- most of which work in the elementary schools and would then cause larger class sizes -- to eliminating entire programs at the
Teachers at St. Mary School in New Richmond are using alternative methods to prepare their students for learning. The school recently implemented Brain Gym and SMART (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training), programs that use movement and simple exercises to overcome learning challenges. The idea is that each movement creates a pathway to the brain and stimulates learning. According to its website, the program is based on the premise that all learning begins with movement.
When Jozie Lewis was born with severely swollen hands and feet, her doctors thought it was just because of the way she was positioned in the womb. Derek and Linda Lewis, Jozie's parents, weren't so sure. "My brother's step-son's nephew's daughter has Turner syndrome," Linda said. "When I asked the doctor if that's what it was, his jaw dropped open." Not many people know about Turner syndrome, Lewis said.
Several New Richmond teachers traveled to Madison on Feb. 16 to take part in the protests outside the state Capitol. The protests, which are continuing today, are aimed at Gov. Scott Walker's proposed bill, which was designed to help close the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit by 2013.
A new law requiring school staff to be trained to administer medication is already causing headaches -- and the district can't give anyone Tylenol unless parents supply it. The new law -- which takes effect March 1 -- has two parts, said Joan Simpson, New Richmond School District nurse. The first part requires parents to supply all medication for their children. That means if students get a headache, break out in a rash or cut their fingers, school health aides won't be able to give them the proper medication unless parents have previously provided it. "It's really going to limit the healt
New Richmond High School's Alternative Learning Center gets a bad rap, at least that's what those who use it think. "We're well aware of the public's perception -- whether it's fair or not," said Scott Herron, ALC teacher. "Most people ... the majority think it's the easy way out," said Travis Gibson, ALC teacher. "It's not. I'm teaching the same curriculum that the other teachers are teaching in the school.
Thirty-three business and community members were arrested Thursday, Jan.
The Village of Roberts' decision of whether to join the New Richmond Area Ambulance district has been tabled again. The board has been discussing the issue for several months after it was discovered that the ambulance service had been providing service to the area without a signed contract. At Monday's regular board meeting, village board members reviewed the proposed three-year contract but decided to table the decision until later this week to allow the Roberts Fire Department to look it over. The fire department, who previously had no problem with the contract, recently voiced some oppos
German Julia Rehbein decided she wanted to study abroad after bonding with a foreign exchange student from New Zealand. "She told us how fun it was and got us excited about it," she said. That's when Rehbein, 16, and her friends decided they wanted to come to America for a year of schooling. "My father didn't want me to go," she said. "I got all the information and gave it to him, but when I asked him if he read it, he never did.