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Odysseyware joining WDC curriculum for credit recovery

Secondary Principal Tyler Church has brought Odysseyware into the school for use by Wadena-Deer Creek students.

"Odysseyware is an online curriculum that we have purchased," Church said. "We kind of noticed in some of our study halls that we have some kids that weren't doing a whole lot but they could be doing some credit recovery if they had an opportunity."

Church took a look at the program in Staples where it has been given high marks by the administration.

"Every course that is offered meets Minnesota state standards," Church said. "Basically it is an opportunity for our kids to do credit recovery in a school setting instead of having them going to the Area Learning Center (ALC). We lose a few kids each year because they need to make up some credits they go up to the ALC and they don't come back to us."

Odysseyware features media-rich curriculum that engages the interest of students by the use of animation, video clips, audio files and educational games.

WDC Study Hall Teacher Brenda Thelan will be trained in Odysseyware to be the facilitating guide.

Church said the district can modify whichever courses they wish.

The plan is to have 3-4 kids start credit recovery beginning this week.

There are usually 15-20 kids in the secondary school that have to make up credits during the year.

"The great thing is that they can work at their own speed," Church said.

Personnel items

The school board dealt with five personnel items at their November meeting.

Kyle Davis was hired as hired as an assistant coach for the WDC boys' hockey team. Resigning their positions were Education Assistant Betsy Larson, Kid's Club Coordinator Jan Jacobson, Assistant Football Coach Todd Hale and Cheerleading Coach Jackie Becker. Probationary Paraprofessional Tracy Grabe was released.

Four sections again?

District 2155 could once again be looking at four sections of kindergarteners when the 2012-2013 school year begins.

Figures compiled the district show that the total number of kindergartners in the district is 135. WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom noted some of those children are Amish or are headed for the Sonrise Christian School and will not be attending the public elementary school.