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This time last year, my first contribution to our school district’s back to school newsletter spoke of the opportunities that lay ahead of us with the passing of the operating referendum in November of 2018. One year later, with the support of our community and School Board in passing the referendum, we are able to make these opportunities realities.

The first benefit was the ability to retain and hire teachers. At the elementary school we have been able to add positions to lower our class sizes. This time last year we had several classes with 25-29 students in comparison to the projected 17-22 students this coming school year.

Smaller class sizes at our elementary school will give our students an opportunity for intentional and specific support from their teachers. This will also facilitate an opportunity for small group and individual instructional support. We will also be able to make a concerted effort to offer opportunities for our students who are ready for additional challenges through our gifted and talented options.

At the High School, we have added Business, Marketing and Information Technology. This will prepare our students for postsecondary success, careers in business, economically literate citizenship and life-long learners. Our students will also gain access to business knowledge, technology skills, and career advancement skills necessary to participate as productive workers and citizens in a global society.

Family and Consumer Sciences is another elective that is being offered our High School. This will afford our students the opportunity to integrate knowledge from the basic disciplines of science, humanities, and the arts. Math, reading, communication, organizational skills and readiness in each area of study is integrated through this offering.

These offerings are just a few of the ways in which we plan to expand the possibilities and opportunities for Rush City Students. We thank our community for their continued support of our schools and look forward to an exciting 2019-2020 school year.

You are invited to Open House at Jacobson Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Visitation of classrooms will be 5:30-7 p.m. Seventh-grade and New Student Orientation at Rush City High School at 6:30 p.m.

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