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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Next week New Richmond High School students will take to the streets to participate in Service Learning Day. The annual event started several years ago and has been gaining momentum ever since. This year, on Friday, May 17, high school students will leave their classrooms and fan out across the community for a day of service. The entire high school student body, staff and volunteers will make up the more than 1,000 people participating in various projects around the New Richmond area.
In an effort to let local youth know they matter, a local group of leaders have started a letter-writing campaign. The campaign, organized by Gina Knutson, Carol Jones, Patty Schachtner, Gail Buell and Randy Calleja, was an outreach project the group completed as part of the Leadership Trust Initiative, a course sponsored by the New Richmond Area Community Foundation that's designed to teach participants about leadership and help them recognize how they can contribute to the community in a meaningful and fulfilling way. The idea for the "We Care About Our Incredible Kids Mentoring Project" b
Alex Ciak is mad. The 18-year-old high school senior is the student accused of being "involved" with Ken Bessac, a now former career and technical education teacher at New Richmond High School. The problem, she said, is that nothing the school district wrote in Bessac's personnel file is entirely true. "It's all assumptions, nothing is fact," she said. Ciak said that while the district has several examples it cites for firing Bessac, none of her testimony - which included simple explanations for almost every issue -- was included in the file. "Yeah, we spent time alone in a car together.
An alleged inappropriate relationship with a student has led to the termination of New Richmond High School teacher Ken Bessac. Bessac, a now former career and technical education teacher at New Richmond High School, was dismissed from his position at the high school on April 8 after the New Richmond Board of Education voted unanimously to terminate his contract. According to Bessac's personnel file with the district, an inappropriate relationship with a female student, making false statements and insubordination were the reasons for the termination.
Six New Richmond High School seniors have been awarded $6,000 in scholarships from the Rotary Club of New Richmond for bettering their GPAs this year. The scholarships are part of the STRIVE program, a program designed to encourage students to improve their grade point average by at least half a letter grade. To qualify, seniors needed to start with a GPA at or below 3.5. STRIVE, which stands for Seniors Taking Responsibility Improving Virtually Everything, awards scholarships ranging from $100 to $2,100 depending on the individual's increased GPA.
New Richmond's local teacher's union is always looking for a way to give back to the community they serve, so when union co-president Scott Herron heard about a community group in River Falls that was performing cash mobs, he immediately suggested the idea to the union. A cash mob is designed to gather a group of people at a local business to show their support by making purchases. "Many of these businesses are owned by parents, family, or sometimes former students.
In an effort to expose students to who Mark Twain was as a person, New Richmond Middle School hosted Dave Ehlert, a Mark Twain impersonator, on Thursday, March 21. "Many pieces of contemporary literature and film reference the writing of Mark Twain. Without knowledge of him and at least some of his works, students are at a disadvantage to fully appreciate what they read," said Linda Reuvers, sixth grade teacher. Ehlert's presentation is part of The Mark Twain School Program, based in Branson, Mo. Ehlert discussed the boyhood years, career and works of Mark Twain.
Business and computers go hand-in-hand so it's only logical that the district's business classes and computer science classes share a computer lab. At New Richmond High School the computer science department has really taken off. Trent Bennig, the district's computer science teacher, said his department has changed dramatically in the past few years. "When I started here we had two classes - computer apps and advanced computer apps," he said. Since then the department has expanded to offer advanced placement computer science, introduction to multimedia, webpage design, introduction to prog
New Richmond School District's 2013-14 school calendar is inching closer to completion after several discussions with staff and administration. The only question remaining is whether to include a spring break or not, said Morrie Veilleux, district administrator. When asked, the staff at the elementary level agreed that they prefer a spring break. At the secondary levels, staff prefer that there not be a break. After some discussion at the Jan.
Most people don't know what Tech Ed is and, if they do, they think it's shop class. It's much more than that. At New Richmond High School, Ken Bessac, Ken Kerr and Walt Campion make up the staff of the technical education department.