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June 30, 2016
GRHS student advances to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

DeMuth poses with instructors‚ÄčEleora DeMuth of Grand Rapids is one of a select group of Minnesota high school students chosen to participate in the Global Youth Institute, part of the annual World Food Prize International Symposium from Oct. 13-15 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Eleora, who will be a senior this fall, was chosen from a field of 50 students who wrote essays on food security issues in developing countries. Several of these students also participated in the Minnesota Youth Institute on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus on May 7. During the institute, students discussed their solutions for global problems ranging from water scarcity to malnutrition. The teachers coaching Eleora through the process are Shawn Linder and student teacher Jessica Blosberg, who will also attend.
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June 28, 2016
ISD 318 School Board approves 2016-2017 budget

At the June 27, 2016 School Board meeting, the Board finalized the 2015-2016 budget and approved the budget for the coming fiscal year. Both budgets are available as a pdf.

May 24, 2016
ISD 318 helping to provide summer meals to children

Summer doesn’t mean kids don't need access to nutritious and healthy school lunches. When school is out, many low-income families who rely on school meals don’t get the food they need, so that's why ISD 318 will again be participating in the Summer Food Program.

For many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. When school is out, the USDA Summer Food Service Program bridges the nutrition gap. 
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May 23, 2016
Southwest students organize fundraiser for children's hospital

Three students pose with baby at fundraising tableThree fourth grade friends - JD, Ella and Kate -  have been hard at work raising money for children suffering from heart issues. Together, they have raised $262.00 by creating and selling small, hand-crafted items that range in price from just a quarter to one dollar.

Walking through Southwest Elementary or attending a family night, kids and parents would spy one of the three at a small table, organizing rings, bracelets, and other items for sale. Together, the friends decided that the money raised would be used to purchase pajamas for kids admitted to the Cardiovascular Care Center at Children’s Hospital, and the remainder would be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
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May 9, 2016
GRHS teacher travels to Africa

Carlson poses with young students in Senegal‚ÄčBrielle Carlson is opening a window to the world from her classroom on the third floor of Grand Rapids High School. Through a grant from the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program, Carlson traveled to Senegal, West Africa learning about another culture and their education system.

In a day where increasing technological access is shrinking our world, Carlson is working to equip kids to be global thinkers and leaders. “They are going to have to solve the problem of climate change, poverty, and refugees. We need to equip them to solve those problems,” she explained. 
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May 5, 2016
GRHS FFA team breaks record

At last month’s state tournament, the GRHS FFA team broke a school record by taking home four state championships. At the 87th Minnesota State FFA Convention, students showed off their agricultural and natural resources smarts in career development and agriscience competitions. And, the GRHS Forestry, Wildlife, Horse Judging, and Market Plan teams all took home championships and will be headed to the national convention next fall.
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May 4, 2016
GRHS Eco Marathon Team Speeds Past Competition

Eco marathon team poses with their high mileage carThe Grand Rapids Eco Marathon Team left their competition behind at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. More than 130 teams from across North and South America gathered in Detroit, Michigan with their energy-efficient, custom built cars.

“Eco Marathon is one of the best engineering opportunities a student can have. We get to design and work on a complex project as team, which mimics what we could be doing later in college or in the workforce,” said Cari Janssen, one of the team members.
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May 2, 2016
Grand Rapids student artists to be featured at Vikings’ Stadium

student working on pointilism18 student artists from GRHS and RJEMS will have their work featured in a permanent display at the new Viking’s stadium. All of the artists are also athletes and the pieces chosen are portraits of famous players who participate in the same sport. “It’s really special, it brings two things I really like, sports and the arts, together,” said Lucia Wyland.
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April 13, 2016
GRHS teacher receives global education award

Eric Northard, Interact Club students, and Moroccan ambassador

From the Institute of International Education:

Joins International Initiative to Motivate Students to Study Abroad 

NEW YORK, March 1, 2016—Eric Northard who teaches Geography and World History at Grand Rapids High School was awarded national recognition for successfully integrating global perspectives and exchanges into his classrooms.  He was among the 50 teachers in 27 states awarded professional development grants by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation in recognition of his outstanding work. Grand Rapids High School also joins a network of 1,000 teachers and administrators who have pledged to advocate for study abroad by exposing students to international experiences and global perspectives in preparing for their college careers. 
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April 11, 2016
RJEMS Academic Triathlon team headed to state tournament

Academic triathlon team studying togetherFive RJEMS students are headed to the metro area to show off their smarts this weekend. Katelyn Dorry, Philip Keenan, Dagan Larson, Cate Schwak, and Katie Whirley will represent RJE Middle School in the US Academic Triathlon state tournament in Cottage Grove on April 16th.

In the US Academic Triathlon, teams of 5th through 8th students compete in three categories designed to illustrate real world problem-solving. The categories are Mind Sprints, Face-Off, and P.A.R.T.Y in a Box. Mind Sprints is composed of visual problem solving, logic, construction, and team cooperation puzzles. In the Face-Off category teams face-off against each other to answer academic and current events questions. P.A.R.T.Y in a Box stands for Preparation, Assembly and Reenactment Theater is Yours. In this category, teams receive a problem and equipment with which to solve it and are challenged to come up with their best presentation.

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