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Learn more about our counselors

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Ever wonder what impact your child’s school counselor has? We can tell you, it’s significant. From elementary through high school, school counselors help address student needs in academic, career, and personal and social domains.

 

Counselors at all levels aid students in the following ways:

  • Provide academic, career, and personal and social support

  • Meet with students individually, facilitate small groups, lead classroom lessons and discussions regarding student development

  • Advocate for student needs through collaboration with students, staff, and families

  • Assist students in class selection and planning for the future

  • Crisis prevention and intervention

  • Conduct student transitions to and from the building

  • Conflict mediation

  • Communicate with outside agencies and make referrals when necessary.

 

Things are well underway in the Counseling Departments even this early in the school year. Students at the elementary level are being introduced to their counselors and will be participating in classroom guidance lessons on bullying. As the year progresses, they’ll also have classroom lessons on social skills, conflict resolution, and academics, just to name a few.

 

At the middle school level, students are also meeting counselors. Classroom lessons include exploring friendships, discussions on bullying, and discussions on the power of words to hurt. 7th grade students can look forward to guidance on decision making, and 8th graders will start to explore career ideas.

 

At the high school level, counselors are helping students Ramp Up to Readiness, which is an important part of the district’s efforts to meet the state’s “College and Career Readiness” requirements by graduation. It’s built around the 5 Pillars of Readiness – Personal/Social, Academic, Admissions, Career, and Financial.

 

This fall, high school students will be participating in a variety of activities as they Ramp Up. In 9th grade, students have been preparing for the iPad roll out with Digital Citizenship lessons. As the year progresses, they can look forward to lessons on staying organized, study skills, and asking for help.

In 10th grade, students are looking at timelines for college and career readiness. Upcoming lessons include note taking, time management, and preparation for the PLAN test that will be administered to all 10th graders in November.   

 

11th and 12th grade students are looking forward to college. Both grades attended a College Fair at the Civic Center on Sept. 23rd with the opportunity to speak with admissions representatives from over 60 post-secondary schools. Juniors are considering what type of college is right for them, while seniors are learning what types of questions to ask a college representative.

October is College Knowledge Month! Juniors will also have the opportunity to take the PSAT – the Preliminary SAT.  This is the entrance exam for the National Merit Scholarship competition but also excellent practice for the SAT or ACT.

Seniors will have lessons on searching for colleges and careers and sending transcripts. They will then have a class period in a computer lab the end of the month when they will have the opportunity to complete a college application with the assistance of college admissions personnel and counselors. Many Minnesota colleges waive their application fees the last weekend of October for this event.

If you have questions about our counseling departments or would like more information, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

 

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Working to increase safety in our schools

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Safety comment Leave a comment

Safety and security of students and staff is a top priority at ISD 318 We want you to know about our new safety measure intended to increase safety.

 

All Grand Rapids and Bigfork schools will now have one entry point that is monitored. Visitors to schools will be asked to enter at the front door of the school. From there, they will be allowed to enter after being granted access from staff inside the building. These entry points will be continually monitored.

 

“Visitors are always welcome in the buildings. The changes haven’t been made to restrict access, but to help keep everyone safe,” explained Assistant Superintendent Rochelle VanDenHeuvel.

 

Kids entering the buildings at normal times won't notice any change. Doors will be open as usual before and after school starts, but once kids are in class, the doors will be locked and visitors will need to be buzzed in. After visitors are granted access to the building, they will need to check in the school office, where they must sign in and present a picture ID. The IDs will remain in the office until visitors pick up them up when exiting the building.

 

“The changes are all about keeping kids safe, it’s an extra step, but the district thinks parents and volunteers will be supportive of this additional safeguard,” Van Den Heuvel said.

That's not the only way we're working to keep kids safer. Over the summer, an average of 20 additional cameras installed in each elementary school, and monitored, electronic door locks were put in at Bigfork School, Grand Rapids High School, and Robert J. Elkington Middle School.

 

Our goal is not only to educate children, but to keep them safe during the day, explains Superintendent Dr. Bruce Thomas.

 

“Safety of children is a concern from the moment they get on the bus, throughout the school day, on the athletic field, and in afterschool activities, until these kids get back home. We continually assess ways to keep children protected during their time here, and this is just one piece of the bigger puzzle.”




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Impact

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Impact is defined as “having a strong effect on someone or something.” Why does that matter? We each have an impact on those around us every day, of course, but at the school district we are all in a unique position to affect our students. Sure, that’s common knowledge, but this year we’re making a commitment to our impact on your children.

 

This year, each of us in the district will “Know Thy Impact.”

 

Prior to the start of school, district staff from transportation to food service from administrators to teachers and everywhere in between, came together to recognize the impact we have on students.

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, where we'll be sharing more pictures of that day.

 

We’d love to hear from you in our comments section. What is your impact?

 


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Is your family ready to go back to school?

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Welcome comment Leave a comment

No one wants to admit it, but the days are getting shorter and the nights just a little cooler. School supplies and new backpacks are being purchased, and it’s just a few short weeks until the first day of school. Those first days of school can be a little hectic for families, so we’ve created a quick list of things parents can do to ready their child for success that first day.

 

Enrollment

Did you and your family make a big move this summer? If you’re new to the District or just have an address change, you can contact the Central Student Enrollment Office. Enrollment for the 2014/15 School Year is still available. Just stop by the Administration Building at 820 NW First Avenue, call (218) 327-5707, or email .

School Supplies

There’s nothing like freshly sharpened pencils and a crisp, new notebook. Those empty pages are ready to be filled with your child’s ideas. You’ll find school supply lists on by choosing the Parents & Community tab.**

Activities

Most fall sports began on August 11, but there’s still time to take advantage of the District’s new online registration on the GRHS Activities page. Just go to www.grthunderhawks.com, select the Online Sports Registration tab, and follow the forms.

 

Bus Services

Have you submitted your Busing Request form? This quick and easy form is required for every student needing transportation to and from school. Forms are available online and can be submitted electronically or printed right from the website. Just choose the Transportation link under the Services tab of the District website at www.isd318.org. If you have questions about the form, contact the Transportation Department at (218) 327-5830.

 

Food Service Accounts

Be ready to take advantage of a healthy school lunch for your child by viewing their school lunch account on Parent Portal. Additions to the school lunch account and weekly menus are available on the Food & Nutrition section of the District website. Just visit www.isd318.org and choose Food & Nutrition under the Services tab

 

Let’s make the 2014/15 School Year a fantastic one. If you have any questions or suggestions for another successful school year, contact the Superintendent’s Office by phone at (218) 327-5704 or email at . Together we are teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.

**Antibacterial soaps contain a chemical called Triclosan (sometimes called Microban). The hand soap in the School District’s dispensers do not contain Triclosan and have minimal fragrance and coloring.  In addition, we ask parents who provide antibacterial wipes and other similar products for classroom use to make sure Triclosan or Microban is not an ingredient.
 

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Congratulations to GRHS for their recent recognition by MinnCAN

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

 

Last week, MinnCAN, the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, released a list of top schools across the state. In the category of highest Native American student achievement, number #4 was our very own Grand Rapids High School.

 

In 2013, the US Department of Education ranked Minnesota as having the lowest on-time graduation rate among Native Americans. Schools and organizations across the state are working to hard to lower that number. The achievement gap is one of the greatest issues facing schools today. In ISD 318, we are continually working together to make sure that ALL students succeed.

 

Collaboration and partnerships are also important to us at ISD 318, and the high school’s achievement illustrates this. The improvement was produced in part with an amazing tutoring program created by Kasey Dunnell, former GRHS tutor, with help from Joan Bibeau in Indian Education program. Plans are underway to replicate this program with a full-time tutor at the middle and elementary schools. We continue working to create an inclusive environment where all students have an opportunity for the highest student achievement.

 

Visit MinnCAN’s website to read their report on Native American Student Achievement in Minnesota and their list of Minnesota’s best schools.

 

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