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Reaching EVERYbody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader Sartell Friday, April 11, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 15 Est. 1995 Town Crier Lots going on April 12 at Sartell Farmers’ Market Ken Ramler will demonstrate how to grow your own sweet potatoes at the Sartell Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N. The 2014 Minnesota Grown catalogs are in and free. Anita Rasmussen, planning director for the City of Sartell, will be available to answer questions and provide an opportunity to weigh in on the future growth plans in Sartell. And, as usual, there will be free food samples. Expert speaks on transition from high school to college The Sartell Special Education Advisory Committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 14 at the District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Julie Jacobson-Berg from St. Cloud Technical and Community College will speak about transition from high school to college. This meeting is open to all parents of students served in special education in the SartellSt. Stephen School District. St. Stephen Legion holds steak fry The St. Stephen Legion Steak Fry will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Rusty Nail, St. Stephen. There will be door prizes, a raffle and music. St. Stephen sets centennial planning meeting A City of St. Stephen centennial planning meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13 at City Hall. If unable to attend but interested in helping, please contact Cindy at 320-529-8498 or Cris at 320-253-7946. Student council hosts charity carnival April 12 Postal Patron Music, arts abound at two SMA fundraisers by Dennis Dalman Lively music and a stunning variety of arts and crafts filled Sartell Middle School April 5 during the Pine Groove Art Festival, one of two fundraisers that took place on that day in Sartell for the Sartell Music Association. The other event was an evening dance with the Andrew Walesch Big Band at the Mulligan Event Center. “They were very successful,” said Maureen Putnam of Sartell, one of the organizers of the fundraisers. “We did much better than we’ve ever done for an arts event. It was so nice to see arts shared in the community. The Pine Groove Art Festival was a wonderful example of teamwork among the Sartell music faculty and others. They did an outstanding job.” SMA • page 6 photo by Dennis Dalman The Ragdona String Quartet performs Simon Tov, an Israeli folk song, during the Pine Groove Art Festival April 5 in Sartell. From left to right are Josephine Warmka, and her sister, Amelia, both of Monticello; Chesney Tillemans of Sartell; and Carter Scheele of St. Cloud. School board approves weighted-grade system by Dennis Dalman Pressure to achieve high grade-point averages in high school can be so nerve-wracking that some students are hesitant to take the more challenging college-level courses. That is why the Sartell-St. Stephen School District has recently approved a “weighted-grade” system for the next school year. With weighted grades, a student can get a B in a course and still maintain a perfect grade- point average if all of that other student’s grades are A’s. The weighted-grade concept will be retroactive to all students who took advanced-placement classes as early as in ninth grade. Sartell High School Principal Brenda Steve and several other school officials presented the weighted-grade concept to the school board at its March 17 meeting. A weighted-grade system adds a 1.0 to grades given in advanced-placement courses. The grades are adjusted, in other by Dennis Dalman Congratulations to our Globetrotter ticket winners For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: The Water’s Church obtain scholarships and gain admission to colleges, the school officials noted. All colleges and post-secondary education facilities, they said, are aware of the weighted-grading systems and accept them as valid in considering student applicants. If colleges request regular, unweighted grades, Sartell High School will report them, along with the weighted grades. The school will not report grade class-rankings of students on transcripts to colleges unless requested, School • page 3 DeLuca shares sudden luck with others The annual Fun Fest Charity Carnival and Silent Auction, sponsored by the high school student council, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the commons at Sartell High School. There will be 25¢ games, concessions, a bounce house and silent auction. All proceeds will go to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota – an organization raising money to build a hospice house for terminally ill children and their families. They are Sartell winner Randy Giles, St. Stephen winner John Hommerding and online winner Becky Frank, St. Cloud. words, to reflect the course’s difficulty above and beyond the high-school level. Thus, if a student gets a B in college-level calculus, for example, that grade would be counted as a 4.0 in calculating the student’s overall grade-point average. Normally, one must get an A to get the 4.0. If a student gets an A in that college-level calculus course, she will be given a 5.0, which is 1.0 more than the 4.0 assigned to an A in a regular high-school course. Weighted grades help students contributed photo Mike DeLuca (left) is a winner of Coborn’s Food Club drawing, winning $500 in gift certificates, which he is going to give to people in need. At right is Ryan Rothwell, the store manager of the Coborn’s Super Store in Sartell, where DeLuca entered the drawing. Mike DeLuca, who never had much luck winning anything, used to daydream about what he’d do if he ever did win something – giving at least some of the winnings to someone else who needs them more than he does. DeLuca was at home March 25 when he noticed, looking out the window, a red van parked on his street. A woman holding a clipboard got out of the van. “The first thing that popped into my mind was Internal Rev- enue Service?” DeLuca recalled. “Did I do something wrong with taxes?” Then he saw a man with balloons get out of the van. “Somebody next door must be having a birthday,” DeLuca figured. A bit later, DeLuca heard knocks on his door. He opened the door and there they stood, the man and the woman, grinning and giving congratulations. It took awhile for it all to sink in: DeLuca was a winner of Coborn’s Food Club drawing. DeLuca • page 3

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