2021-2022 News Stories

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    College in the Schools Can Help Families Save Money

    At GRHS, students have many ways of earning college credits while completing the credits necessary for graduation. One of those programs is College in the Schools (CITS). The CITS Program lets students earn college credit while staying on campus.

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    318 Board Plans to Reduce Levy Impact

    At a School Board workshop on November 8, the ISD 318 School Board discussed options for reducing the levy and the tax impact on ISD 318 residents. “After reviewing the debt structures and the rest of our levy, the board felt that reducing the levy from the preliminary amounts made the most sense for the district and its constituents at this time,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose.

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    ISD 318 Names GRHS Field for Legendary Coach

    On Monday, October 25, the ISD 318 School Board approved naming the GRHS practice football/lacrosse field based on the recommendation of a naming committee that had been assembled. The field will be known as the Tom Drazenovich Field. Tommy D was known for his impact on and off the field.

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    318 School Board Reviews Student Achievements

    Despite the challenges to learning in the pandemic, ISD 318 students still made gains in their academic assessments. “While the MCAs are just a snapshot of our students’ learning, we’re excited that our students scored among the top in the region,” said Superintendent Matt Grose. “The MCAs are what we use to measure how well our students understand the Department of Education’s Academic Standards.”

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    ISD 318 Provides Update on COVID-19 Funding

    At the ISD 318 School Board meeting on Monday, August 16, Business Manager Kara Lundin provided an update on funds the district has received for pandemic relief. “To-date the district has been awarded $11 million in COVID relief funds, however, much of that comes with different requirements and allowable spend dates,” explained Lundin.

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2020-2021 News Stories

  • GRHS Principal Name NE Division Principal of the Year

    GRHS Principal Name NE Division Principal of the Year

    Dr. Matt Dass has been named the Northeast Division’s High School Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). “We are extremely proud of Matt’s achievement and all that it means for our GRHS students,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose. “This is the second time a GRHS principal has been recognized for their work and it is indicative of the high caliber of leadership in our district. I continue to be impressed by the hard work of all our administrators who strive to ensure that our students have access to the best education possible.”

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    Sue Zeige Resigns from Board

    At the ISD 318 School Board Meeting on Monday, June 21, the Board accepted the resignation of Sue Zeige. “Sue has served the students and community of ISD 318 as both a teacher and as a Board Member. We will miss her expertise and her passion for education,” said Superintendent Matt Grose. The district will begin the process to appoint an Interim Board Member prior to holding a Special Election on November 2, 2021.

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    Summer Meal Opportunities with 318

    We know that during the school year, many families rely on school meals, but summer doesn’t mean kids won’t have access to nutritious and healthy breakfasts and lunches. When school is out, some families who rely on school meals may not have access to food they need. ISD 318 and other area districts participate in the Summer Food Program. The program provides free breakfast and lunches for children throughout the summer.

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    GRHS Receives Award for Closing Learning Gaps

    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.”

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    Installation of New Scoreboard to Begin at Noble Hall Field

    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.

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    ISD 318 Recognizes the Importance of Guest Staff

    COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of the community’s life. In some cases it has made people so appreciative of the positives in their life. It’s no different for organizations or for our schools. School districts have been facing a sub shortage for years and the pandemic made that shortage even worse as many guest staff members are older members of our community and as staff were required to be out for longer periods of time. At ISD 318, staff and students alike are grateful for the guest staff members who have provided continuity for learning this year.

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    Over 90 Students at GRHS Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    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.

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