What's New @ 542

April 2020

A Message from Administration on Distance Learning

As we look back at our first weeks of Distance Learning, we see a journey. In that journey, we experienced triumphs, struggles, suggestions and a vision of the future.

The biggest triumph we were fortunate to witness and celebrate is the wonderful staff at Battle Lake School. Everybody has had a hand in the success of Distance Learning; from preparation & delivery of food, childcare services, school material delivery and keeping the cleanliness of the school intact. The teachers have worked extremely hard to make sure that high-quality instruction continues as everyone in Battle lake expects. The connections that have continued between teachers and students have been an inspiration. And on top of it all, there have been very few glitches to distance learning and other than a few early technical issues, everything has worked well to this point.

With the triumphs being many, there were very few struggles. There were some early technical issues that the entire state experienced, but those seem to have gone away. Adjusting to Distance Learning and figuring out the "schedule" was an early adjustment, but most of those things have sorted themselves out.

As the days and weeks continued, we have found some tips and tricks to keep students focused during their Distance Learning journey. Schedule is key to staying on task. Trying not to procrastinate and staying on top of schoolwork certainly has more positive results. In addition to that, having a designated learning space has really benefited students that have created such a space. Communication with teachers is also essential...asking for help and guidance is very important and students should not be afraid to do just that.

Distance Learning has been adjustment for everyone. We miss having everyone in the building. Nothing is "normal" right now, but we believe Battle Lake School has put together a very effective Distance Learning Plan. The teachers and support have been incredible, and the high-quality instruction is still happening in this distance learning environment.

Even in this Distance Learning environment, we want students to continue feeling connected to the school. Our message to the students is to know that we care for them and we are here for them. While not normal, Distance Learning can still be impactful for everyone involved.

Distance Learning... A Teacher's Perspective

My day looks a lot different now compared to how it did 3 weeks ago, and never could I have imagined that most of my day would be spent sitting at the computer by myself interacting with submitted assignments instead of interacting with students. It's quiet here, the only sound is the typing of the keyboard as I respond to daily assignments, drawings that were sent to me, and sometimes short videos that are sent that make me smile. In between looking at submitted assignments, my time is spent putting together short teaching videos for my students about the day's work, planning for the days to come, and attempting new technology. My students have to rely on parents and older siblings to be there for them to access the teaching videos, so for now most of our work is paper and pencil (which is then submitted online when complete) which is delivered weekly by our amazing delivery team in the district. I'm up for the challenge of learning a new technology, teaching a different way, but I miss my students and hope that I can see them face to face before our school year ends.

~Elementary Teacher~

542 Foundation

The Battle Lake 542 Education Foundation Board reorganized for the upcoming year during their April meeting.

Board Members Include:

Chair: Shari (Thiel) Prigge, Class of 1976

Secretary: Brooke (Malmstrom) Olson, Class of 1984

Treasurer: Jeff Skogen, Class of 1983

IT Director: Julia (Everts) DeMars, Class of 2008

Membership/Marketing Director: Mike Iverson, Community Member

Jean Boyum, Community Member

Boston Heaford, Class of 2014

Bob Koltes, Parent & Community Member

Barry Nelson, Class of 1968

Debbie Ness, Parent & Community Member

Rick Schaller, Class of 1961

Amy Severson, SpEd teacher

Lisa Young, Elementary teacher

Darren Kern, Superintendent, ex-officio


10K/5K Director: Jeff Lukken, Class of 1977

“Tastes, Toasts, & Traditions” Director: Judy (Thiel) Backhaus, Class of 1977

The goal of the Foundation is to provide funds through teacher grants to enhance the education of the students of Battle Lake school. Our funding comes from memberships/donations, 10K/5K fundraiser during Wenonga Days, and our Hall of Fame fundraising event called “Tastes, Toasts, & Traditions.” We are currently conducting a “Call for Nominations” for the Battle Lake School “Hall of Fame.” Please go to our website at 542foundation.com to learn more about us and the nomination process. Use the “events” tab to find information about the Hall of Fame.

A Day in the Life of a 5th Grader

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Cian Buehler Places at State Wrestling

Cian Buehler placed 3rd at the 2020 State Wrestling Tournament!! Fantastic representation for the OTC Wrestling Program. BULLDOG PRIDE!

Jennifer Roisum Elected MSHSCA VP

Jennifer Roisum, Battle Lake, was elected as the next Vice President of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association by MSHSCA members. Jennifer was one of four candidates for the position. She will begin her 4 year term at the MSHSCA Board meeting in June.

Athletics have been an important part of Jennifer's life. She states, "They have helped me develop confidence, leadership skills, how to be a team player, and organizational skills. One of my favorite aspects of coaching is being able to help develop young women of character. Not just volleyball players but young women who are strong and confident. I also enjoy spreading my love of sports, fitness, and of course volleyball."

Remember When We Were the Cyclones?

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Artist Spotlight

Autumn Walker, High School Senior

Original Piece

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