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January 16, 2020
Southwest Kids are Supporting Students Across the Sea


Students in St Kitt's ReadingImagine trying to learn to read without any books!  Imagine living in a place that doesn’t even have a bookstore!  That is just what Mrs. Colleen Olson and her husband Greig saw when they traveled to the tiny island nation of St. Kitts in February of 2019.  Mr. and Mrs. Olson volunteered at the Tucker Clarke Primary school, a school that has the same number of students as Southwest Elementary.  They noticed that there were no books in the classroom.  They had only blank notebooks and a chalkboard.  
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 Januray 15, 2020
District 318 Endowment Fund Awards Over $27,000 in Grants for 2019-2020 School Year


The District 318 Endowment Fund has announced its grants recipients for the 2019-2020 school year. Twenty-five area educators will receive funds totaling $27,472.27 to advance various learning experiences in and out of the classroom for hundreds of District 318 students. 

The District 318 Endowment Fund, a non-profit organization, exists to provide supplemental funding independent of the school budget for educational enrichment opportunities for students in District 318 public schools. 
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December 2, 2019
ISD 318 Truth in Taxation Meeting


The ISD 318 School District held it's annual Truth in Taxation Meeting on December 2, 2019. The total 2020 proposed property tax levy is a decrease from 2019 of 3.64%. The presentation is available in full here

The levy will be presented for approval to the School Board at the regular meeting on December 16, 2019. For questions about the levy or your taxes, please contact Interim Business Manager Ben Hawkins at 218-327-5703 or .
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November 26, 2019
ISD 318 Elementary Schools to Open Fall 2020
Construction set to wrap up early August 2020


Even with a wet and chilly fall, construction on the new elementary schools and the remodeled Cohasset Elementary School are slated for opening in time for the 2020-2021 School Year. 

“We are very excited to be able to open the schools ahead of schedule,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Sean Martinson. “Moving forward in preparation for next school year allows our kids and staff to take advantage of updated learning spaces even sooner than anticipated.”
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October 17, 2019
GRHS Admitted to Lake Superior Conference
Admission allows 20 GRHS teams to compete at conference level


On October 7, the Lake Superior Conference welcomed Grand Rapids High School as a conference member. “The conference will offer more section opponents, more opportunities, and competitive play for our student athletes,” explained GRHS Activities Director Anne Campbell. “It also provides a better fit in enrollment numbers.

Teams competing in the conference include baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls Nordic ski, boys and girls hockey, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track and field, girls swimming, and softball. The transition will not affect section tournaments. 
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October 3, 2019
Bigfork and Grand Rapids High Schools to Offer AVID Classes
New teachers will offer additional supports and opportunities for kids


Students at Bigfork High School (BHS) and Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) will have access to a new supportive curriculum called Advancing Via Individual Determination (AVID) through the district’s Achievement and Integration Grant.

“The purpose of the course is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness, as well as for success in a global society,” said GRHS Assistant Principal Andy Forbort. “AVID is a nation-wide program that has been shown to help students graduate and attend college at higher rates and also to think critically and collaboratively.”
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September 30, 2019
IASC Career Pathways Initiative Awarded $500,000 Grant from Blandin Foundation
Funding will be used to add additional career classes for high school students


Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) Career Pathways initiative has been awarded $500,000 from the Blandin Foundation to grow additional pathways in natural resources and agriculture, education, business, and skilled trades.  The funding will also support expansion of the current Manufacturing and Healthcare Pathways from Grand Rapids (ISD 318), Greenway (ISD 316), and Nashwauk-Keewatin (ISD 319) districts to the remaining districts in IASC.
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