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318 staff and students take the plunge!

date 04/12/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

We are so proud of our students and staff for their support of our community. Last month, six teams from 318 Schools took the plunge. The Polar Plunge that is! 59 brave souls took a deep breath and jumped into the icy waters of Pokegama. And all for a good cause. The teams raised $10,640 for Special Olympics. All funds raised go towards programming and events for more than 8,000 athletes statewide.

 

The teams included - GRHS FFA, GRHS Key Club, Murphy Mustangs, RJEMS Polar Plungers, and Team Southwest. Below are images of these hardy folks! And, you’ll find more pics of all the participants on the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota Flickr page. (Click on the image to enlarge.)


FFA members jumping into Pokegama Key Club members jumping into Pokegama
Murphy teachers jumping into Pokegama School nurses jumping into Pokegama


 

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Superintendent Survey

date 04/03/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

Though no one is looking forward to saying goodbye to our Superintendent Bruce Thomas, the School Board is hard at work on a Superintendent Search. The Board wants to ensure that we are finding the best fit for our district and for our community. That’s why we’re asking you to participate in the Superintendent Search Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CmtySupSurvey.

 

The School Board is soliciting input from school district residents and staff to help in the search for a new superintendent. The material collected through the survey will help shape the candidate interview questions.

 

This is your chance to help set the leadership direction for the school district for the coming years. This quick, six-question survey should only take a few minutes to complete but will have a lasting impact on our district.

 

Survey results from community and staff members will be compiled for the Board to review and to help shape interview questions. Candidate interviews are expected to take place in May. If you have questions about the Superintendent Search, please contact Human Resources Director Colleen Schussman at 218-327-5708.


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100 days, 100 years...

date 03/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

 

Our elementary schools are finding creative ways to get kids writing! At Cohasset Elementary, in a recent celebration of the 100th day of school, kids created images of themselves at age 100 and then wrote stories about what their lives would be like. Here’s a sample of their imaginings.

 



 



 


 

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Elementary Facilities Taskforce

date 02/28/2017 author ISD #318 category Facilities, Events comment Leave a comment

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The district is struggling to meet the needs of our elementary population and we need your help. We are leasing space throughout Grand Rapids and own or lease a total of 14 temporary classrooms. That's more than the number of classrooms at Cohasset Elementary!

 

To help find a solution, Mindy Nuhring and Kent Koerbitz are chairing a taskforce that will "develop a community-based plan for Grand Rapids area elementary schools." The EFT is not a vote-yes

or -no group, but one filling an advisory role of providing information about elementary facilities that will best fit the community's needs.

 

The next taskforce meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Reif Center.

 

The EFT will consist of three committees. The Communications & Outreach Committee will involve and educate the public. The Finance Committee will put together the best investment for the taxpayer. And, the Facilities Committee will examine community, student, and staff needs. Together, committee members will create a plan for the future of our elementary schools.

Committee members are asked to attend four to five formal meetings for one to two hours each with some subcommittee work as needed. The process will be completed by June 1st, with the Taskforce's recommendation being presented to the School Board on June 26.

 

"We benefit when we invest in our schools in a cost-effective and efficient manner with clear outcomes as defined by the community," explained Kent.

 

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GRHS students tackle community issues

date 02/16/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

Back in December, Civics students sparked their knowledge about issues facing our community. Adults from around the community came together to talk to the teens about how they could get involved to make a change.

 

Students analyzed data about our community gathered in the 2014 Itasca Area Youth Survey. They chose a topic within the community that concerned them and then developed an action plan, presented it to classmates and community members, and are writing letters to local legislators. "This project involves students living, breathing, and doing Civics,” said GRHS Social Studies teacher Brielle Carlson.

 

And the students are ready to share their information with you. Just click on the images below to see a pdf of their presentations.

Image of power point slide title - Healthy Living Image of power point slide title - CCYFA
Image of power point slide title - Language to Elementary Schools Image of power point slide title - Stable Relationships
Image of power point slide title - Lower Suicide Rates Image of power point slide title - Tech Day


 

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