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School district talks technology

A technology update was presented to the Osakis School Board by Stan Moore and Julie Backes at the Monday, Feb. 12 regular board meeting.

Integrationist Moore told the board about the latest applications used in the classrooms, and the students' accessibility to technology.

Backes is a fourth grade teacher, and she explained how she is using the technology in the classroom. She teaches keyboarding, and she reported one fourth grader had typed 44 words per minute using the new Typing Club software. Students can access this program at home, as well as at school.

Some students who struggle with handwriting and motor skills can write on the Nearpod program.

In his new position as technology integrationist, Moore reported, "I am finding out what I don't know this year."

Plans for next year include coding, intro to Java Script, with 18 students signed up.

The new technology is also being used to teach students the proper and responsible way to use social media.

"Kids are doing this stuff (such as Facebook) already," he said. "We can teach them how they can be leaders with it, and how to impact the world."

Backes reported the student are taking more ownership in the classroom, and there is a positive effect on student behavior.

FFA reps visit board

Four members of the Osakis FFA appeared before the School Board, dressed in their new blue corduroy FFA jackets, along with advisor, Rachel Moe.

National FFA Week is being celebrated Feb. 18-24, and Brock Faber invited the School Board members to attend a staff breakfast on Friday, Feb. 23 in the school cafeteria.

Faber, Austin Zarbok, Kendra Massman and Jayden Hensley gave a rundown on their FFA activities and competition. Region 3 FFA officers were scheduled to visit Osakis schools to meet with agriculture classes on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Other business

In other business, the School Board:

• Accepted gifts of $100 each for baseball from Lori Wiese, Brent and Chris Werven and West Central Glass; gifts from the Osakis Grid Iron Club of $1,254 for football helmets; $674.94 for football shoulder pads; $630 for football mesh gear bags; and $3,200 for football uniforms; and from Midwest Machinery for $200 for Close-Up.

• Held the second reading of the MSBA Policy 903, Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites.

• Passed a resolution to support fully funding Special Education Services in Minnesota.

• Passed a resolution to support fully funding Special Education Service in the nation.

• Passed a motion to consider a request for proposal for the possibility of partnering with a food service company for school meals.

• Approved considering a partnership for long-term facility building and grounds for the public schools.