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    Welcome to my Minnesota Studies classroom! 
    This is my 18th year teaching 6th Grade in the St. Cloud Area School District. I am a proud graduate of Atwater Cosmos Grove-City High School. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Minnesota State and a Master of Education from the College of St. Scholastica. I coach football and baseball at Tech High School.
    This year I will immerse students in everything MINNESOTA. Our exploration begins in the year 10,000 BCE, finishes in the present day, and covers nearly everything between. Threaded into my Minnesota Studies curriculum is a bunch of hands-on experiential learning, technology integration, a commitment to writer development, and a heavy dose of vocabulary and reading comprehension. I enjoy this subject very much and I hope my enthusiasm carries over into a VERY positive learning experience for all students.
    Up to date course content can be found on your child's Schoology account. I encourage you to use your Schoology Parent Access Code to take a peek at what we're up to. All grades will be transferred to Skyward on a weekly basis.  If you are looking for accurate grades, please use Skyward.  If you have any trouble accessing any of your Parent Login information, please let me know.
    My classroom is located in Room 181 at South Junior High.  The best way to reach me is by email at jon.benson@isd742.org. If you ever have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
    Go Tigers!