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June 28, 2017
Marinucci named Grand Rapids Head Hockey Coach

Chris Marinucci has been selected as the new Head Hockey Coach for Grand Rapids High School. Marinucci has been the Assistant Coach since 2015.  

“We’re very excited to have Chris be the Head Coach running our Boys Hockey Program,” said Activities Director Anne Campbell. He’s been a player here, an assistant coach here, and has had a great playing career not only at GRHS but through college and professionally. We’re looking forward to Chris continuing the rich tradition of Grand Rapids Hockey.” 
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June 14, 2017
Community unites with Murphy Elementary gardens

Vegetables aren’t the only thing growing at the Murphy Community Garden. This year, community gardener Dr. Anne Tofte and second-grade teacher Ruth Tatter explored ways to increase the Murphy Elementary garden plots and found a community ready to support it.

The Murphy Community Garden is located at the bottom of Murphy Sledding Hill. Since 2013, Murphy students have been cultivating a small portion of the plot. Second graders planted things like tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and pumpkins and then harvested the produce as third graders in the fall. Kids would have the opportunity to visit through the summer as the garden grew and then sample the fruits of their labor in soup and pumpkin smoothies.
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June 3, 2017
Grand Rapids High School Hockey Coach Resigns

In a letter to the GRHS Activities Department, Head Hockey Coach Trent Klatt announced his resignation effective immediately.

Klatt cited a return to college to finish his degree as the reason for leaving. “The time here coaching was special to me, but I have a responsibility to my family and I take that very seriously,” explained Klatt.
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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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