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Teacher Julian Buss, right, reviews a lab with students in his Earth Science class. Students in Buss's Farmington High School class only come to his room for tests and lab work. Otherwise, using his new hybrid class structure, students can work through their lessons on their own, outside of the class period and outside of the classroom.

FHS science teacher introduces new hybrid class

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Most of the time, only about half of Julian Buss's earth science students are actually in his Farmington High School classroom. And that's OK. That's the way it's supposed to be.

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This year, Buss is trying something that challenges the traditional thoughts about what constitutes a high school class. Buss is one of a few Farmington educators working through a new concept called hybrid classes.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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