Power of Words essay contest

Writingcontestpagerevised"What can I do to help make my neighborhood a happy place to live?"

If you live in Omlsted County and are in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, we want to know your answer to this question. Share your answer with us in a short essay of 100 words. Send your essay to us at contest@uwolmsted.org or by mail.

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January 9, 2013

Out of the mouths of babes

I'm cleaning out very old Teacher of the Month nomination forms. Ran across this one and it has had me laughing all day.

Little Tony is nominating a fifth-grade teacher who has animals such as snakes, box turtles, a bearded dragon and newts in the classroom.

Tony's P.S.: "And when he has to feed a snake, he will show it to us."

'nuf said!

September 14, 2012

Constitution Day is Monday

In 2005, Congress passed legislation requiring public schools to teach about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

In partnership with Newspaper Association of America, the Bill of Rights Institute has produced a 12-page tabloid packed with newspaper-related activities, interactive puzzles and thought-provoking games.It is available at . Free lesson plans and other activities already are available from the site.

Here are some other related links

September 11, 2012

The bell tolls

School begins today for most public school systems. All those fresh-scrubbed faces, sharpened pencils and clean notebooks are ready to absorb. Have a great year, teachers! I'm looking forward to Newspapers in Education being an active part of your classrooms. — Randi

September 4, 2012

Let the countdown begin

The mornings are cooler. The evenings are shorter. A few trees are hinting at a change in color. Can the start of a new school year be far behind?

Summer is over for teachers from Rochester to Rushford. Students in most districts have a few more days to call their own.

August 23, 2012

Changes are on the way

The start of a new school year is always exciting, and so it is with the Post-Bulletin's Newspaper in Education program.

We've made what we hope will be exciting changes with the program, starting with me as the program's coordinator. I have a long history in newspapers and I'm looking forward to working with schools and classrooms to integrate the Post-Bulletin, and newspapers in general, into the lives of students.

There will be changes coming to the NIE program, but some of our programs will remain — Pigskin Geography, Student Design an Ad, and Teacher of the Month, for example.

I'm looking forward to meeting students, teachers and administrators in southeastern Minnesota, and plan to visit as many schools as possible this year.

The NIE online home will be undergoing changes as well. An updated, fresher look as well as more user-friendly features will be coming.

All in all, this year promises to be one of growth and change. It's exciting and a little scary, but I'm sure it will be rewarding for everyone involved.

So take a deep breath and let's dive in!

Randi Kallas
NIE coordinator

August 20, 2012


This supplement is about the majestic RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southhampton, England, bound for New York starting Wednesday April 10, 1912. Titanic was the largest man-made moving creation on land or sea at that time. She was taller than a ten-story building and nearly a sixth of a mile long. The Titanic was, for her time, the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. She was destined to become the most famous ship in history, just not in the way most expected.

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April 2, 2012

Teaching with the newspaper in January!


January 6, 2012



November 30, 2011

November with the newspaper!

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November 8, 2011