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Help for Hungry Kids

date 09/18/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

Picture of kid eating with logos embeddedWe’re so excited to announce our partnership with Deerwood Bank to Help Hungry Kids in ISD 318. September 18 through 23 is Deerwood Banks Community Impact Week. All week, they’ll be collecting funds to help pay lunch accounts for kids in need!

And you can help too. Just stop into the Grand Rapids branch of Deerwood Bank at 2950 South Highway 169. Donation boxes will be available for bank and community members, and every penny raised will go directly to hungry kids right here in Grand Rapids and Bigfork schools!

We are so lucky to be a part of such a supportive community. Thanks in advance for all your help!

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Success Stories

date 08/31/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome, In Our Schools, Events comment Leave a comment

We’re introducing a new section on our website to share the amazing things happening in our schoolsSuccess stories logo

The success stories section of our website is a chance for you to share your successes! Teachers, tell us about achievements in the classroom. Students, share your academic and athletic accomplishments. Families, submit your positive experiences at our schools. Staff members, offer us your victories.

We want to celebrate all that you're doing for #318Pride! Just submit your success using our easy form and we'll look for ways to share it on our website, newsletters, social media sites and more! You can also find links to our stories and to the form by clicking the Success Stories image on our homepage.

There's no need to write a detailed story. We'll do any follow-up if necessary. And, you can even share photos or flyers of your experience! Thank you for helping us share the amazing achievements of our students and staff with the rest of our community!

 

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Free & Reduced Meals

date 08/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

With the start of a new school year, we’re asking all families to complete the Free & Reduced Meals Application, even if they think they might not apply. The application means much more than just a reduced cost to families.Gas card mock-up.png

The district receives federal funding based on the number of families who qualify for free or reduced meals. And, even our athletic teams are affected by the free and reduced numbers. MSHSL section placement is determined by both enrollment and free and reduced applications. Plus, families can also qualify for reduced athletic fees.

There are lots of ways to submit your application. You may have already received an application in the mail from the Food & Nutrition Department. Or, on the isd318.org website, under the Parents Link tab, just click on the Free & Reduced Meals link. There you can download a copy and mail it to the district. You may also access Free & Reduced applications through your child’s school office.

For the 2017-2018 School Year, every family, regardless of income, who completes the Free & Reduced application will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas card! Plus schools in which 75% of families complete the application will receive a free pizza party for kids and staff!

For more information about Free & Reduced Meals, visit the Food & Nutrition Section of our website or call the Food & Nutrition Department at 218-327-5771.

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Welcome Superintendent Olson!

date 07/24/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

We'd like to welcome Mrs. Joni Olson as the Superintendent for District 318. 

Olson was most recently the Executive Director of Student Achievement and Strategic Alignment for St. Cloud Area Schools. She began her educational career serving in multi-district and school special education programs. She has been an administrator for St. Cloud Area Schools for 19 years, first as an assistant principal, then as a principal and most recently as an executive director.

"I’m thrilled to be joining the team in ISD 318 and have been so impressed with the warm welcome from the district, staff and community,” said Olson. "I am very excited about the excellent opportunities provided to students in ISD 318. Students have a wide range of academic and activity options from which to select. There is something to meet the interests of all students in the district."

Mrs. Olson was born in Silver Bay, Minnesota and moved to St. Cloud to attend St. Cloud State University where she studied social work and sociology. Her master's degree and certification in educational administration were also from St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Olson received her superintendent's licensure from St. Mary's University.

Mrs. Olson underwent a rigorous interview process before being selected as Superintendent. Six semi-finalists in the Superintendent Search were chosen from a candidate pool of 22 applicants. The School Board will met with those over two days for interviews. Of the six, three finalists were chosen for a second round of interviews. 

The finalists participated in a full day of interviews, meeting in focus groups with principals, district administration, high school students, support staff, teachers, and community members, before a final interview each evening with the School Board. Participants in the focus groups spent an hour with each candidate asking questions about their background, experience, and philosophy. Feedback forms from each focus group were provided to Board members and helped the School Board make a final decision at the end of the week.

It takes us all!

date 06/20/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome, Partnerships, Events comment Leave a comment

The school year just came to a close, but we’re already looking ahead to next year! This year, we’re going to kick off the school year with a Back to School Event hosted by the Teaching and Learning Committee.Back to School Save the Date crop.jpg

We know there are so many things happening in our community and in our schools and we want to be able to share them with everyone! Everyone in our area plays a role in our children’s education and in the future of our community. At our Back to School Event, we want to offer a chance for you to showcase all the things we have to share with each other. This is your chance to give our new staff, students, families, and community members a glimpse of all the amazing opportunities ISD 318 and our community have to offer.

Community organizations and businesses are invited to share an exhibit or performance. Just download and submit the registration form.

And, please share the Save the Date flyer with anyone in our community or local area. Just click on the image to download the flyer. This is a community event.  Everyone is welcome!

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