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The history of Cannon Falls Schools – part 4

In this final installment, Torch writers look at the period between 2000 and 2024, showing changes in the buildings and in technology.
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Gavin Harrington

In the years from 2000 to 2024, many changes took place in the physical structure of Cannon Falls schools, but just as many changes occurred in the classroom.

In 2008, twenty one million dollars in construction changed the experience of students in both the elementary school and the H.S./M.S. AT the high school, this took the form of the addition of a field house, auditorium, weight room, locker rooms, music department, larger wrestling room, atrium, shop areas, and some classrooms.  There were also some exterior changes involving a new track, bleachers, two softball fields, a baseall field, a concession stand, and a parking lot. All the additions to the fields were greatly appreciated by the girls and boys that play those sports. The cafeteria was also converted during this period.

In 2023, the Innovation Lab was creatThe shops were improved by adding new equipment, such as a SawStop, Timesave belt sander, and a brand new paint booth in the wood shop. In the metal shop, tools such as welding ventilators, 10 multiprocess welders, and 4 downdraft tables were supplied. Finally, a room was added for welding gas tank storage, and a brake for bending sheet metal. These additions were added to provide the student body with post high school experiences.

In the classroom further changes helped students prepare for college. Between 2000 and 2005, two AP (Advanced Placement) classes giving students the opportunity to take classes at a college level. Upon completion, students could take tests allowing them to actually obtain college credit. These courses were AP Literature and AP Language and Composition.  Following 2005, additional classes were added, including AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP Government. ITV classes have included AP PSychology and A.P. Statistics. Students have accessed some classes over the internet, including AP World History.

ALthough a relatively small rural school district, Cannon Falls Schools have changed dramatically over the years and offer students tremendous opportunities to grow and prepare for life after high school.

About the Contributors
Brekkyn Ayres
Brekkyn Ayres, Torch Writer
Hi I’m Brekkyn. This is my first year in the torch and so far I really like it. I’m in 6th grade. I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, softball and dance. Some things I do for fun are go outside, watch football, and play sports.
Isla Harrison
Isla Harrison, Torch Writer
I am Isla Harrison! I'm in sixth grade. I play basketball, softball and this past fall I was in the musical.  I love hanging out with my family, friends, and dog! My favorite tv show is Friends and I love chocolate. I read a ton and I am excited to be writing for a change!
Lillian Olund
Lillian Olund, Torch Writer
Hi my name is Lillian! I have two siblings. I love to do volleyball and gymnastics.
Isabella Boyum
Isabella Boyum, Torch Photographer
Hi I'm Bella. This is my first year in The Lantern and so far I really like it. I am in 6th grade. These are some things I enjoy: volleyball, basketball, reading books, and spending time outside doing anything.
Lola Winchell
Lola Winchell, Torch Writer
Hello!
    My name is Lola Winchell and I'm in sixth grade. I'm in the musical, I do math league, and I play basketball and softball. Although I like all of them, basketball is definitely my favorite! My favorite candy is Sour Airhead Extreme Bites, and my favorite food is alfredo. I have three siblings and one dog named Grover.
Gavin Harrington
Gavin Harrington, Special Projects Editor-in-chief
How's it going? My name is Gavin Harrington and I'm a senior podcaster and videographer in the Lantern. I enjoy living out my usually unassuming days: sitting with a friend over call, listening to podcasts, looking out the window on a car ride, living life.