Posted at: 09/04/2012 7:18 AM
Updated at: 09/04/2012 7:29 AM
Changes Welcome Teachers, Students On First Day Of School
(ABC 6 NEWS) - Some changes will greet teachers and students on the first day of school.
New technology will be used in classrooms in the Rochester Public School District. The School Board just recently approved iPads for all 15,000 students. A training session for parents will be held on Thursday night at the Edison Building.
Lyle Public Schools will also use them for the first time. Some Grand Meadow and Albert Lea Public Schools started using iPads last year.
This is the last time that fifth and sixth grade students will attend schools with students from other grades in the Austin Public School District. A new intermediate school is in the process of being built. They broke ground on it in May. The I.J. Holton School will house 5th and 6th graders starting with the 2013-2014 school year. It is located right behind Ellis Middle School.
New lunch guildelines from the federal government also mean changes in the cafeteria. Meals are capped at 650 calories for younger kids and 850 calories for high school students. All kids are required to choose at least one fruit and vegetable with their meals. Portions of meat and protein are also smaller this year.