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Attend a School Board Meeting

date 08/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

“The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.”

~National School Board Association.

 

 

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And that’s just what our School Board members do. Our Board members were elected by our community to ensure that our kids have access to a great education. And you can help guide that too. Did you know that School Board meetings are open to the public? And, the School Board sets aside 30 minutes before each meeting for an Open Forum.

 

At the Open Forum, the public is invited to address the School Board in an informal manner. You're invited to share their thoughts on issues facing the district. Community members are also invited to sign up to address the Board during the meeting. Comments made during the meeting are also televised to the public.

 

The district and the Board are looking forward to another great year in ISD 318 Schools, and hope you will consider being a part of the process. Meeting dates are posted on the homepage of our website. Board member contact information is also posted on the site at isd318.org/page/2569.

 

Together we can shape the future of our schools and equip our children to tackle the future.



 

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Fall Sports

date 08/01/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Here we are in the dog days of summer, but it won’t be long before fall sports start! Registration for fall sports is available now, and should be completed prior to the first day of practice.VB-5Comp.jpg

 

Grand Rapids Sports Dates

Girls Soccer: 9-12        August 15

Boys Soccer: 9-12        August 15

Volleyball: Varsity, JV, 9    August 15

Volleyball: 7-8            August 15

Cross Country: 7-12        August 15

Girls Swim: 9-12        August 15

Girls Swim: 7-8        August 22

Football: 9-12            August 15

Football: 7-8            August 22 Info meeting, August 23 start date

Girls Tennis: 7-12        August 15

 

Registration is available at grthunderhawks.com when you click on the Activities tab. To pay in cash or request a waiver, complete your registration at the GRHS Activities Office. Questions about Grand Rapids fall sports can be directed to the Activities Office at 218-327-5766.

 

Bigfork Fall Sports Dates

Volleyball: 6-12        August 15

Football: 9-12            August 15

Football: 6-8            August 29.

 

Forms and registrations for Bigfork Athletics are available at bigforkhuskies.org. Questions can be directed to 218-743-3444.

 

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School Sizes

date 07/14/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future, Facilities comment Leave a comment

“Space issue is severe.” That was the headline following the School Board meeting on June 27. At that meeting, the Board was presented with the 2016-2017 budget. Business Manager Patrick Goggin pointed out that the budget did not address the space issue and illustrated that it was not going away based on birth rates in Itasca County.

 

In January 2015, a group of teachers and principals toured other schools to see examples of school construction and how schools with larger enrollment could actually feel smaller. On the right, you’ll see a comparison of the schools toured with Southwest Elementary. You’ll notice that the site size is significantly larger, though Southwest boasts the largest amount of acreage among our elementaries. Enrollment is also larger, but perhaps most significant is square feet per student in each building.

 

The Minnesota Department of Education recommends 135 square feet per student. When including support space square footage, the recommendation is 150 square feet. The graphic at right clearly illustrates that our children are lacking the necessary space for learning.

 

Though the voters did not approve the referendum last November, the district continues to work to address our growing facility needs. We are completing work with the Blandin Foundation to facilitate community input. That process will be used to inform the facility planning in the future. Information from that group will be shared as soon as it is available.

 

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the district with questions or comments about facility planning by emailing us at or leaving a comment below.






 

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Fun and learning at Camp Discovery

date 07/05/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Learning doesn’t stop just because it’s summer. At Community Education’s Camp Discovery, kids are learning every day. Camp Discovery mixes learning with fun and friendships. The camp is a unique four-week program that is led by licensed teachers. Each week is a different theme for kids to create, explore, and learn.

 

Last week, kids headed into fourth grade learned about nature and journaled about their findings. The week culminated in a great fishing expedition, where kids made their own fishing poles. For some, it was their first time fishing, while others who were more experienced, realized that rods can be made from just about anything. Take a look at all the fun!

 

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End of the year celebrations!

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

As June 3 approached, students started looking forward to the endless, unstructured days of summer. But schools still had plenty of learning to do (mixed in with a healthy dose of fun), and our parents and volunteers were all on hand to help!

 

We want to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make the end of year celebrations and learning opportunities so special for kids. Volunteers worked tirelessly to make special moments, memories, and lessons for kids.


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Volunteers organized games and dance parties, popped endless amounts of popcorn, helped with lip sync competitions, and supervised bouncy houses for elementary fun days. They were on hand to teach kids about one of our most precious resources on Water Day. Parents and volunteers cheered kids on and timed events at 6th Grade Track and Field Day. Volunteers helped keep excited kids focused on educational field trips, organized post prom parties and fishing trips, and so much more! In short, there’s just so much that couldn’t happen without the help of volunteers!

 

Be sure to check out some of the magic they brought to kids on our Facebook page and in our YouTube videos.

 

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