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May 22, 2017
ISD 318 providing summer meals to kids

Summer doesn’t mean kids won’t have access to nutritious and healthy lunches. When school is out, many families who rely on school meals don’t get the food they need, so that's why ISD 318 will be participating in the Summer Food Program. It's important to us that children in our community don’t go without during the long summer months.  
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May 10, 2017
Grand Rapids FFA Makes History at 88th State FFA Convention

Grand Rapids FFA produced another strong convention in St.Paul April 23rd-25th by placing five career development teams in the top five and crowning another state champion. This convention was unique, however, producing its first ever Constitutional State FFA Officer from the Grand Rapids FFA Chapter history. 

Eleora DeMuth, a Grand Rapids FFA senior was elected to the 2017-2018 Minnesota State FFA Officer Team as the new state reporter. Eleora endured a two-day interview process with the nominating committee consisting of one member from each of Minnesota’s FFA eight regions.  Before the interview, she had to complete an officer application and be selected out of this pool of candidates. 18 members were selected an officer finalists. Eleora will be one of six officers leading the state membership of over 10,000 members across the state. Eleora will be responsible for directing several leadership camps throughout the year. She will be making many chapter visits throughout the state, as well as participating in the planning the annual state FFA convention.  Eleora will have the opportunity to meet with many agricultural stakeholders and universities from across Minnesota.  Eleora will participate with her team in an international agricultural tour to be determined. 
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April 26, 2017 
21st Century Community Learning Centers

PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY – Independent School District 318 is applying for funding under the Minnesota Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program. This announcement serves as public notice of our intent to apply. Our application is a joint submission in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and Greenway aimed at expanding services to serve students afterschool in selected schools in the district, as well as students in Independent School District 316. Following submission, the application will be made available for public review at the ISD 318 Administrative Office in Grand Rapids, MN and by request. We invite comment and partnerships as we work to improve the services offered to our school age children in our afterschool and out of school programs.
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April 26, 2017
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

Are you concerned that your kids spend too much time on tablets, smartphones, or other devices? Do you have fewer conversations with your kids than you’d like because of technology distractions? Do you find yourself constantly asking your kids to lower the volume on devices because you can hear the music blaring through their earbuds or headphones?
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April 10, 2017
Help Me Grow

Has he rolled over yet? Is she crawling yet? I can’t believe your son is one already... he must be running all over the place. Why is it that these well intended questions can form an instant lump in the throat of a new mom? As with most topics these days, there are so many societal pressures around child development. Despite endless research showing that there is a wide range of ages in which children achieve various developmental milestones, we as mom’s, feel pressure and concern when our kids don’t meet or exceed those expectations. 
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April 6, 2017
Kindergarten Round-Up is April 25

If you have a little one looking forward to starting school next year, join us for Kindergarten Round-Up on Tuesday, April 25 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at the IRA Civic Center. It’s a great way for your child to begin to explore kindergarten.

Parents will get tips on getting your child ready for school, setting up busing, learn about health services, meet principals, and more. There’s plenty of fun on hand for the kids too. Children will be able to ride a school bus, meet their kindergarten teachers, play games, and win prizes! 
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February 20, 2017
Key Club uses PACER Puppets to teach acceptance

Key Club members pose with life-sized puppetsVolunteers from GRHS Key Club and the 318 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) are helping to teach elementary students about being open-minded. Using life-sized puppets and skits developed by the PACER Center, Key Club members are showing elementary students inclusion and bullying prevention, while increasing awareness of disabilities.

The district has owned the puppets for a number of years, but with the support of Nancy Koenig, ISD 318 Special Education Coordinator, Katie Thunshelle, GRHS teacher and Key Club Advisor, and Heidi Geisler and Molly Lenoch, parents on the Special Education Advisory Committee, the puppets are coming to life. "PACER Puppets offer young students a short puppet show which educates and provides an in-depth perspective of their fellow peers with disabilities," said Geisler. "These puppets aid children in learning compassion, empathy, and help bridge the gap between people and all types of abilities. They encourage healthy interactions with students with disabilities and the tools to do so. Overall, these puppets will generate great conversations about how to interact comfortably with people of all types of abilities." As the mother of two charming twin boys with Down Syndrome, Geisler understands the importance of healthy interactions between students of all abilities.
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February 16, 2017
RJEMS students raise over $6,600 to fight leukemia

Middle school student poses with gallon of changeLast week, RJE Middle School students were checking their pockets and between the couch cushions, gathering all the extra change they could find. The kids were competing in Penny Wars and were ready to take on rival classrooms.

The RJEMS Youth Council hosted Penny Wars to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. Classrooms challenged each other to see who could bring in the most change and sabotaged their peers with cash. Beyond just a friendly competition, the kids also learned about service and philanthropy. And, after just a week of collecting, the school raised $6,674.74!
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January 3, 2017
GRFFA earns $5,700 in scholarships

A historic 2016 year continues for GRFFA as they earned nine scholarships to a value of $5,700 at University of Minnesota, Crookston’s Ag and NatR Activities Day on December 2nd. In addition to the scholarships, GRFFA had many solid performances from the 38 students in attendance with 33 students placing in the top third of their competition. 
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December 15, 2016
GRHS hosts Spark panel

Spark panelists on stageLast Monday almost three hundred 9th graders and Civics teachers filled the Reif Center to learn more about community engagement. Twelve involved adults came together to talk to the teens about issues facing youth in our community, what they are doing to create a positive impact on our area, and how kids can get involved to make change.

To prepare for the panel, students have been studying the Pathway to Student Success as outlined by Spark (formerly Student Success) and the information gained from the Itasca Area Youth Survey that was taken by all 7-12 graders in 2014. 
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