Sibley East Public Schools will open next week


Students at Sibley East Public School will begin the 2008-2009 school year next week.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held for elementary students on Sept. 2 and 3. Classes will begin Sept. 4.

Classes will resume for students in Grades 7 – 12 on Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Seven new elementary classroom teachers and a new elementary music teacher have joined the Sibley East Elementary faculty this year.

New classroom teachers are Angela Stevens – Kindergarten at Gaylord; Amanda Brinkman, Kindergarten at Arlington; Katie Behr – Grade 5 at Arlington; Molly Witt – Grade 1 at Gaylord; Jill Bussler, Kindergarten at Gaylord; April Lampert, Grade 3 at Gaylord; and Missy Purpus – Grade 3 at Arlington. Nathan Thompason was hired as the Kindergarten – Grade 6 music teacher for both campuses.

Charity Wuetherich and Patricia ZumBerge have been hired as English as a Second Language teachers.

Junior High

Classes will be on the usual schedule for the first day of school at Sibley East Junior High School in Gaylord. Principal Steve Harter and Counselor Vicki Louwagie will talk to each class to review goals and expectations.

There is only one new teacher at Sibley East Junior High School this year. Katie Sexton has been hired as the school district’s agriculture teacher. She will teach at the Junior High three hours per day.

Harter says that an extended period of math will be offered for seventh grade math students who are in need of it. New curriculum was also purchased for seventh grade English, he said.

Cell phones are not allowed at Sibley East Junior High School, Harter said. Cell phones can be turned into the office upon arrival at school, and may be picked up after school.

Sibley East Junior High will continue to have home rooms. Harter said that several Junior High teachers attended a developmental design course to improve home room activities. Home room is held every day between first and second hour, he said.

Although Junior High enrollment has not been finalized, Harter anticipates Grades 7, 8, and 9 will each have between 90 – 95 students.

Senior High

Five new teachers and a new principal will be at Sibley East Senior High School to greet students Tuesday.

Long-time social studies teacher Jim Amsden was hired earlier this summer as principal. He replaced Jim Swanson, who retired.

Katie Sexton will be the new agriculture teacher, replacing Jeff Eppen. Mike Haller was hired to teach social studies, replacing Amsden. Shannon Hruska was hired to teach Spanish, replacing Katie Kaletka. Jacquelyn Hazelwood was hired to teach business courses, replacing Mike Clemen’s position. Joshua Hill was hired as the Senior High counselor, replacing Jamie Knutson.

“Almost all of them have some level of teaching experience,” Amsden said.

Amsden anticipates enrollment will be approximately 315 students in Grades 10-12. This will be similar to recent years, he said.

On the first day of school, a general meeting for all students and staff will be held in the gymnasium for all students and staff. The meeting will be held from 8:25 – 8:50 a.m.

Class meetings will be held from 8:50 – 9:05 .m.

Students will be divided alphabetically and by grade to have small group meetings to read the student handbooks. These will be held from 9:10 – 9:25 a.m.

An abbreviated class schedule will begin at 9:30 a.m.

There will be one lunch period, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in which there will be a bag lunch on the playground or large gym, with activities by the student council.

Accountability, responsibility, and being respectful will be emphasized throughout the school year, Amsden said. The student handbook has been re-organized this year to include a day planner.