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HLWW School Board: Bush questions teaching, time pressure

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Near the end of the Nov. 13 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting, Board Member Charles Bush proposed two items of future discussion: what is being taught in elective classes, and the time requirements for extracurricular activities.

For elective offerings, Bush spoke about cursive writing, stating that “I, for one, think that’s very, very, very important.”

Elementary Principal Jen Olson said cursive writing is being taught at the third-grade level.

For high school electives, Superintendent Brad Sellner said teachers can propose courses that they’d like to be included.

Bush mentioned that is important to write thank-you notes after an interview, and he is concerned about “too much technology” in schools. He said students might be relying on spell check and calculators instead of learning how to spell or do mental math.

Bush said he is also concerned about students’ time, and the pressure that is put on them. In particular, he said he was worried about sports practices taking place before school.

Board Member Michelle Heuer said the basketball coach is having early practices one day per week due to limited gym space. She said parents were made aware of this at the parent meeting, and she did not hear any resistance.

High School Principal Jason Mix said he’s talked to the players about this, and they have indicated that they enjoy the early practice.

“Have you talked to the coach or the AD [activities director]?” Sellner asked Bush.

“No, I have not,” Bush responded. He then said that the early practice is not his only concern; he is also concerned about year-round sports.

“We don’t control that,” Sellner said. “You better have a conversation with parents if you want their kids to stop playing.”

Bush said that was just an example. He then asked, “How much homework is assigned?” and “How many tests are being given?”

Sellner said it would take quite a bit of time to get all that information compiled, and he questioned if it is something the board should be dictating at all.

“I thought we wanted our teachers to have some autonomy, too – to be able to make some decisions on their own,” he said.

Bush said he has read articles recently about depression and suicide in youth, and the pressure that kids face.

Sellner said he’s not trying to say that these aren’t important topics to discuss, but he believes the discussion might be more valuable with the people who are directly involved, such as teachers or coaches.

Look for the rest of the story, as well as more HLWW School Board coverage, in the Nov. 17 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information.


HT Nov. 15 announcements

WINSTED, MN – Lunch for Today: Corn Dogs, Baked Beans, Fruit, Milk

3:30 – GBB practice at LP

Football players in 9-12 wanting to go to the state tournament on Friday need to get their
permission slip turned in by tomorrow.

Students going to the youth movie night this Saturday need to get your permission slip and
money turned in by tomorrow so they know how many students are going.

PHOTO GALLERY: HLWW Veterans Day program

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos from the Friday, Nov. 10 Veterans Day program at HLWW school. 

Select photos will appear in the Friday, Nov. 17 edition of the Herald Journal.

HLWW fitness center presentation Monday, Nov. 13

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A presentation about Howard Lake Waverly Winsted School District’s fitness center membership and usage will take place at the Monday, Nov. 13 school board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

A few other items include approving the high school parking lot/exterior lighting project, discussion/approval of an FFA assistant, discussion/approval of a KLKR assistant, discussion/approval of additional special ed staff, and more.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Nov .17 edition of the Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie school bulletin Friday, Nov. 10


Lester Prairie School Bulletin

Nov. 10, 2017

Today’s Menu: Mini Corn Dogs, Cheese Pizza, Green Beans or Peas, Fruit, Milk

Monday’s Menu: Hamburger on a Bun or Fish on a Bun, Baked Beans, Fries, Peaches, Milk

If any students would like to sell tickets for the fall play, “Don’t Rock the Boat,” Friday and Saturday night, please see Ms. Olson right away. Thank you!

“Don’t Rock the Boat” rehearsal schedule:

TODAY - Performance for the school at 1:15pm. Cast and crew should be dismissed at 11:15am to eat lunch. Cast and crew should report to the stage for hair/make-up and costumes.

Cast and crew should be at the school on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5pm to do hair/make-up and costumes. The performance time is 7pm.

Please excuse the following cast and crew members at 11:20am TODAY:

Avery Heirmerl, Jessa Heimerl, Ava Heimerl, Grace Jeurissen, Allison Knoll, Paige Heimerl, Emma Eckstein, Olivia Sanders, Shelbea Schuette, Rodrigo Medina, Erynn Amundson, Cody Roush, Marissa Theis, Logan Groff, Andrew Jackson, Sydney Sheehan, Josie Kreig, Lexi Kubista, Paige Bayerl, Ethan Schultz, Hannah Hollister, Payton Riner, Hunter Massicotte, Owen Bentz, Austin Walstrom, Max Vergin, Tallon Schwantes,

Kobe Sanders, Arlene Nowak, Michael Ruwersma, Rileigh Shackelton, Shannon Weiderholt.

Cast and crew should go to the stage immediately for pizza, or to the lunchroom and eat lunch.

Don’t Rock the Boat

Tonight (Friday) and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

JUNIORS!!!!  Fruit order forms are due on Monday November 13th to Mrs. Amundson!

The next free lunch for high school students is on Wed., Nov. 15 at St. Paul’s Church. The menu will be Cheesy Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn and Rice Krispie Bars

Attention Seniors: The Carlson pies will be delivered on Tuesday, November 14th.  You will be able to pick them up at the end of 7th hour that day.  Please make sure you make arrangements to pick up your pies as they are frozen and need to be taken care of.  Any questions, talk to Mrs. Smith or Mr. Machemehl.  

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice for LP/HT will start on Monday, November 13th.  Please refer to the Lester Prairie Activities Calendar on the Lester Prairie Website for practice times and locations.

Football players, Cheerleaders, and Parents: You are invited to the 2017 LPHT Football Banquet, on Thursday, November 16th, at 6:15 PM. Banquet will be in the LPHS Gymnasium.  

There are order forms in the office for Bulldog apparel. Deadline to order is Monday, Nov. 20 and no late orders will be accepted.

The PTO will be hosting a FREE Family Movie Night in the school gym o Friday, November 17th. They will be showing the classic film, Home Alone to kick off the holiday season. Popcorn and water will be provided at no charge. Hope you can make it!

The Lester Prairie Lions Club is now sponsoring Soles4Souls locations in Lester Prairie! This program creates meaningful economic opportunities all around the globe by simply repurposing your gently worn shoes.  Drop off boxes are located at the Lester Prairie Post Office and at the Lester Prairie Public School.  Should you have a volume of shoes to donate, please drop them off at the 6:30 p.m. Lester Prairie Lions Club meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Lester Prairie City Hall.For more information on how your gifted shoes will help, please visit the website!

Sunday Open gym at Holy Trinity is held from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Any students 6th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Homework Help is held with Jan Smith on Monday’s and Jennifer Smith on Wednesday’s.

Friday, Nov 10, 2017





Hallway Walking  

Lester Prairie High School


Basketball – Practice 7-8 Girls  

Holy Trinity Gym


Theater – Fall Play  

Gym, Gym Stage, Lester Prairie High School, LP Lobby Area

Set up at 5-6 pm. Performance start at 7 pm.

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017





Theater – Fall Play  

Gym, Gym Stage, Lester Prairie Gym, Lester Prairie High School, LP Lobby Area

Set up at 5-6 pm. Performance start at 7 pm.

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017





CE – Volleyball  

Lester Prairie Gym

Adult Volleyball


CE – Basketball Practice  

Lester Prairie Gym

4th & 5th grade boys 5:00 – 6:30 4th, 5th, & 6th grade girls 6:30 – 8:00


volleyball – banquet  


End of the season banquet


CE – Basketball  

Holy Trinity Gym

6th Grade Boys

HT Nov. 9 announcements

WINSTED, MN – Lunch for Today: Chicken Fajita, Lettuce, Cheese, Corn, Fruit, Milk

We will have mass tomorrow at 8:15 so please remember to dress up

Students are reminded that they have only today and Friday to get their $5.00 turned in for the Honor Society’s coin drive. You will be able to wear sweatpants on Nov. 15th so please be generous this holiday season.

Picture retakes will be next Tuesday, November 14th. If you were gone on picture day please plan on getting your pictures taken.

The next youth night will be held on Saturday, November 18. Please see the flyers around school for more details. Interested students should sign up at the office and take a permission slip.

Students wanting to order muffins need to do so by tomorrow with Mrs. O. Muffins will be delivered on Monday.