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Training Offered through the Southwest Prairie Regional Center of Excellence:  Dropout Prevention - MEIRS Training on April 4th from 12:30-3:30pm (registration at noon) at the SW/WC SC in Marshall. There is no charge to attend.  For more information, click here.

Seven Critical Skills for Success:  Author/Educator Tony Wagner believes a person must possess these seven skills to be successful in college, career and citizenship.  Read more about these seven critical skills. 

United Way of SW MN:  The 7th Annual Parent Education Seminar will feature Dr. David Walsh, presenting information about parenting in the age of technology.   

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Division of Administrative Services

SMART Notebook Software Update:  SMART Notebook Software Update:  The statewide cooperative purchasing group has been trying to secure better pricing for SMART Notebook software. Unfortunately, at this time, SMART Technologies has informed us that they are not capable of handling a volume licensing program (similar to the Microsoft model).  We, along with Tierney Brothers, will continue to advocate for this model as we feel it would provide our members with the best pricing possible.  Please work with your sales representative at Tierney Brothers on a quote for your organization. 


SafeSchoolsSW/WC SC is excited to announce a partnership with SafeSchools Training.  SafeSchools offers an easy to use online safety training program for staff.  There is also an affordable option to manage your Material Safety Data Sheets online and finally an alert system to allow your students, staff and parents to confidentially report bullying, harassment, and intimidation to your administration 24/7.  For further information or pricing, please visit the Health and Safety page of our website.  

Division of Risk Management Services

Health Cost Management Program:  As a reminder, requests for program activities and screenings should be submitted prior to implementing programs for the staff in your district.  Requests can be submitted at any time prior to implementation and are typically reviewed within a week.  If you have questions about program offerings or screenings,  please contact Kari Bailey at or 507-537-2292.  


Virtual Health Clinic: Use Online Care Anywhere® to talk to a doctor using video or secure text chat. No emails, no surveys, no waiting - you'll have a live conversation with a real doctor. Our U.S. board-certified doctors can answer your questions, diagnose your condition and prescribe medications. It's easy to use, confidential, and costs just $45 per visit and will coordinate with your insurance.  The School Insurance Pool will provide ancillary supplies (scale, blood pressure cuff, thermometers, wipes, sharps container) for any school pool member who 'opens' a virtual clinic in their district.  For more information on this, please contact Kari Bailey at

Division of Special Education Services

Congratulations Diane McCarron!  Diane McCarron, Director of Special Education for the SW/WC Service Cooperative, has been named the 2014 New Special Education Leader by the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE). Diane was recognized at the MASE/MASA Spring Conference last week in Brooklyn Park. Congrats Diane!


MASE Day at the Capital:  Tammy Stahl, Tish Kalla and Mary Palmer attended MASE Day at the Capital.  They were able to meet with Senator Weber, Senator Koenen, Representative Swatzky and Representative Falk to discuss issues relating to special education.  Some of the topics discussed included funding and proposed legislation to reduce paperwork.


Upcoming Trainings:

March 25  DAPE, OT and PT Working Together

March 26   SLP Networking Day

April 3       South Regional CTIC Meeting

April 3       Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health - Benson

April 4       Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health-Madison

April 7       "Meeting the Challenge" Behavior Conference

April 11      Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health-Montevideo

April 28      How to Conduct FBA's & Develop BIP's

April 30      Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health-Hutchinson

June 4       CPI Refresher Training - Worthington

June 5       CPI Refresher Training - Ortonville

June 11     CPI Refresher Training - Willmar

Division of Teaching & Learning Services

Summer Principal's Summit:  SW/WC SC will once again be partnering with Saint Mary's University of Winona for the Summer Principal's Summit. Scheduled dates are July 29-30. Pat Anderson will be the keynote for Day 1, presenting on meeting the needs of the under resourced learner. Day 2 will consist of breakout sessions. More information and details to be coming out soon.


PBIS Cohort 10:  The PBIS Southern Regional Implementation Project has accepted 14 new schools to be part of Cohort 10 training. In our region, 4 schools have been invited to participate: Lynd elementary, Luverne elementary, GFW elementary, and GFW middle and high school.  An administrators meeting was held on Friday, March 7 to go over the parameters of the grant. The grant will cover 9 days of training over a two-year period. The first training will take place in August.  The costs to participate are covered by a grant from the MDE.


Final Sumdog Math Contest:  The final online Sumdog Math Contest of the school year for K-8 students in southwest and west central Minnesota will be held between 8am on Friday, April 11th and 8pm Thursday, April 17th.  We are already up to nearly 4,000 students from 35 schools who have participated during the 2013-14 school year and participants have correctly answered over THREE QUARTER OF A MILLION QUESTIONS!In order to join in the fun, visit: 


Senior High Knowledge Bowl (SHKB):  We've been busy with SHKB as we had one sub-regional event on February 24 and three sub-regional and two regional events the week of March 10-14.  The top three teams at each event are listed below:

February 24 at MACCRAY Public School (Region 6 Sub-Regional)

                1st - Hutchinson #1

               2nd - Willmar #1

               3rd - New London-Spicer #1

March 10 at Hutchinson Public School (Region 6 Sub-Regional)

               1st - Glencoe-Silver Lake #1

               2nd - Glencoe-Silver Lake #2

               3rd - Glencoe-Silver Lake #4

March 11 at SMSU - Marshall (Region 8 Sub-Regional)

               1st - Mountain Lake #1

               2nd - Springfield #2

               3rd - Marshall #1

March 12 at MN West - Jackson (Region 8 Sub-Regional)

               1st - Jackson County Central #1

               2nd - Murray County Central #2

               3rd - Jackson County Central #2

March 13 at SMSU - Marshall (Region 8 Regional)

               1st - Mountain Lake #1

               2nd - Jackson County Central #1

               3rd - Murray County Central #2

March 14 at MN West - Granite Falls (Region 6 Regional)

               1st - Glencoe-Silver Lake #1

               2nd - Hutchinson #1

               3rd - Glencoe - Silver Lake #4

CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK to the six winners from the regional events who advance to the state competition on April 10-11 at Cragun's!  A Glencoe-Silver Lake team was the champion of the A tier last year.  We hope our schools have a successful and enjoyable time at State! 


Science & Nature Conference: We're presently getting registrations for the 20th Annual Science & Nature Conference scheduled for May 14 at SMSU in Marshall.  The conference is for students in grades K-8 with strands for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.  Physics Force from the University of Minnesota will be the keynote presenters.  Consider sending classes of students as their end-of-school-year field trip.  With 26 topics being offered, it will be easy for students to find classes they are interested in.  The classes are correlated with the Science Standards and the Seven Critical Skills for Success.  Register early for the best chance of getting scheduled in the classes of your choice.  The early bird deadline is March 25 with the final deadline on April 1.  For more information go to


Children's Author & Illustrator Program: Local elementary schools are preparing for the upcoming residencies as part of the Children's Author & Illustrator Program.  Residencies will run from April 7-11 and April 22-25.  Presenters for this year include Nancy Carlson (author & illustrator), Rick Chrustowski (author & illustrator) and Nancy Loewen (author).  Participating schools include:  Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Cedar Mountain, Edgerton, Holy Redeemer, Hutchinson - Park & West Elem., Ivanhoe, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Lakeview, MACCRAY East & West Elem., Marshall - Park Side & West Side Elem., Minneota,  Murray County Central, Pipestone, Redwood Area, Renville County West, Wabasso, Yellow Medicine East - Bert Raney Elem.  and the public libraries at Slayton and Renville.


Creative Writing Contest: Entries have been submitted and judged and the winning entries are being prepared to be printed in the anthology.  This year, 166 students (grades 3-12) submitted 250 entries in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Preparations are underway for the Awards Ceremony to be held on April 27.  Finalists and their families will be sent invitations to the Awards Ceremony at SMSU.

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