Elementary will add a STEM class for fourth and fifth graders

August 15, 2018

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High School Principal Dan Bettin reports to the board on the ALICE program for dealing with active shooters in public buildings.

By Mark Wilmes
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Due to a large number of students in 4th and 5th grades this fall, RTR Elementary will be implementing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classroom design for the two grades. The total number of students in the 4th grade is 46, with a total of 54 students in 5th grade.
“One hundred students is difficult in two grades, Superintendent David Marlette explained. “If you split that into two classes of grade 4, that’s 23 (each). If you try to do two grades in grade 5, that’s 27, which is really high. If you [split into] three [grades] then you are down to 16 or 17 kids, which is maybe too low.

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Press Night August 23

August 15, 2018

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Area sports fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at the RTR fall sports teams at Press Night on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning around 5 p.m. The public is invited to the Meet the Knights event to provide fans, parents, students and community members to meet with the team and take photos. An intra-squad volleyball scrimmage will start at 5:45 p.m. An inter-squad football scrimmage will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Back to school tips for parents of exceptional students

August 15, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
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The first day of school is often anxiety inducing for the average student and their parents. When a special need is added into the equation, the anxiety that exceptional students and their families experi­ence can be multiplied ex­ponentially. Fear not; here are some back to school tips for parents of excep­tional students.
Special needs in children can range from a behavior­al disorder to severe food allergies to something else entirely. No matter where the student falls on the spectrum of special needs, organizing records and upcoming meetings is the first step to a successful school year…

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Public invited to August 15 RTR task force meeting

August 8, 2018

Survey still open through August

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board continues to encourage residents in the Russell, Tyler and Ruthton districts to fill out a community survey to make sure your voice is heard on replacing or repairing the facilities in the three towns. Printed copies of the survey can be found at the city offices in each community or can be found online at rtrschools.org. Click on the Facilities Survey link.
The first task force meeting was held on Aug. 1, and Superintendent David Marlette said the meeting went very well. The committee has a total of 37 members, including 10 residents from Russell, 11 from Tyler and 12 from Ruthton, three members of the RTR School Board Building Committee and Superintendent Marlette.

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Volleyball volunteers

August 8, 2018

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A total of 33 RTR volleyball players, coaches and parents put in some volunteer time for Æbleskiver Days weekend, helping with the first shift of æbleskiver baking, as well as the Chalk the Walk event.

Tyler Class of 1978 reunites

August 8, 2018

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Members of the Tyler High School Class of 1978 recently held their 40-year reunion. Pictured from left to right are Diane Hansen, Joann Petersen, Janel Stuefen, Lori Wynia, Peggy Wilmes, Janis Anderson, John Solberg, Laurie Johansen, Kay Wooge, Don Engesser, Susan Fischer, Dan Moser, Paul Thomsen, Terry Norgaard, Wayne Rons, Bob Larsen, Glenda and Dan Werkman, and Jake Slegers. Also in attendance but not pictured are Bruce Carpenter, Julie Dubbeldee and Roger Peters.

Three make Independent all-area

August 2, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Marshall Indepen­dent has announced its all-area baseball teams for the spring season of 2018. There were nine players on both the first and sec­ond teams and five players named to the honorable mention list. There were 10 teams that were repre­sented for all-area…
Hunter Vanlerberghe of the Knights was named to the first team. Hunter was the lead-off hitter for the Knights. He batted .452 for the season, which was the fourth best among area players. He finished with 28 hits, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He was the Knights’s center fielder and caught everything in sight. Hunter also pitched for the team when needed, striking out 39 batters in 31.1 innings of work.
Jared Baartman and Jake Fischer both made the all-area second team for their efforts with the Knights…

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RTR Task Force is set, survey being distributed

July 27, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
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A total of 32 residents from the communities of Russell, Tyler and Ruth­ton have signed up to be part of the new RTR Fa­cilities Task Force. The group will collectively research and provide fa­cility recommendations to the RTR School Board. These proposed recom­mendations may include keeping the facilities as they are today, updating the facilities through a re­model process, updating the facilities through new construction, or a combi­nation of all options.

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RTR Board changes middle school management structure

July 19, 2018

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Middle School Dean of Students Darren Baartman.

 

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board met on Wednesday, July 11 at the middle school in Russell. Chairperson Jeff Hansen and board member Troy Chandler were absent. Vice Chair Craig Hess presided over the meeting.
The board continued dis­cussion of the administrative structure at the middle school. Superintendent David Marlette said that when he was hired, discussions were held on going to a more traditional setup, with sole management falling to Dean of Students Darren Baartman…

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RTR 11U competes at tournaments

July 19, 2018

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The RTR Knights team took 4th place in the Worthington 11/12U tournament over the weekend. RTR opened with an 18-16 loss to Windom before coming back to defeat the Diamond Dogs of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A 17-7 win over Granite Falls put them in the 3rd/4th place game, where RTR fell to Worthington by a score of 8-5. Pictured top, left to right in front, are Tyler Wichmann, Kason Dybdahl, Drew Chandler, Isaac Dagel and Sean Griesse. In back are Trent Griesse, Josh Kraft, Brent Dagel, Seth Cowell, Dakota Cowell, Eli Determan, Jace Wieme and David Kraft. Above— The team placed 2nd in the Marshall 12U tournament earlier this month.

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