After enduring five different learning model transitions, principals and teachers at Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) recognized the need to address growing learning gaps in their students’ high school experience. “I am so proud of the implementation of evidence-based practices by our high school teachers and principals,” said Sue Akre, Director of Teaching and Learning. “They have tried to minimize the impact of the pandemic on our students and have also created a model that can be replicated in the future to help all students achieve our state's rigorous standards.”
Visitors to GRHS will notice increased activity on and around Noble Hall Field in the coming weeks. Thanks to generous support from the community, a new electronic scoreboard will be installed on the northeast side of the field, just in time for graduation. The scoreboard will be a 12 by 19 foot Nevco LED screen with full color video display and an embedded stereo system. “The new scoreboard puts the finishing touch on our new turf field. We are grateful to the generous donors who helped us reach this point,” said GRHS Assistant Principal Darrin Hofstad.
Last month, Kiiria Halvorson, a 10th grader at GRHS, waited patiently outside the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) library for her COVID-19 vaccination. Kiira was there to take advantage of a partnership between the school district and Essentia Health. “Getting the vaccine was like a shot of relief for not only me but for everybody in my community,” said Kiira. Staff from Essentia Health spent four hours at the school administering over 90 vaccines to students aged 16 and older. “We were so happy to be able to do this for our students, especially as we are seeing COVID-19 cases in our area continue to go up,” said District Nurse Angela Elhard.
Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) is a school of over 1,200 students with more than 200 courses that offer our students excellent educational opportunities. Few institutions of learning rival the academic, athletic, and fine arts opportunities available to the students of GRHS, and all while maintaining an unmatched sense of community and personal attention.
In addition to high school course work, students can also earn college credits while at GRHS through UMD College in the Schools (CITS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Post-Secondary as ICC (PSEO). GRHS is proud to be the only rural district in Minnesota to offer the IB program.
Other options available to prepare our students for post-secondary opportunities include the Career Pathways program. The Career Pathways classes are designed to train students for careers in healthcare and manufacturing fields. Students receive college credit from Itasca Community College, make connections in their fields, and have real-world experience opportunities with internships.
We believe that all students can learn and we are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, parents, and the community to achieve this shared educational purpose.