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May 13, 2019
Grand Rapids FFA Shines at 90th State FFA Convention

The Grand Rapids FFA were represented by 36 students at this year’s 90th State FFA Convention held on the U of M Twin Cities campuses April 29th-May 1st. The group included an interesting mix of seniors and freshman making up 30 out of the 36 members in attendance. This year’s group did extremely well in the career development event contests winning three of them and placing in the top five with another three contests. 
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March 6, 2019
Creative Learning at Murphy Elementary

Two smiling girls with iPad OsmoLegos, iPads, and excited chattering - it’s not what everyone expects to see when they enter a school library. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the Media Center at Murphy Elementary.

With the help of the ISD 318 Endowment Fund and Murphy Principal Sean Martinson, Amy Savela, the Media Specialist for Murphy Elementary School, has created a makerspace in the media center that allows for the kids to work together to learn, collaborate and share. “The Murphy Makerspace is a creative space where making mistakes and learning from them is encouraged,” said Savela.
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February 13, 2019
District Opens Transition Learning Center at Local Business
MDI’s Cohasset facility to house new program for students with special needs

Students with special needs in the Independent School District (ISD) 318 will have a host of new opportunities when the new Quest Transition Program opens its doors on February 25 at MDI. Quest, which stands for Quality Universal Education and Skills Training, is a new program designed for students with special needs ages 18 to 21 to learn life skills through immersive educational experiences. 
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November 6, 2018
RJEMS Student Receives Grant on Behalf of School

Dylan and Ashley pictured at MS7th grader Dylan Stein is helping to make it just a little easier to get around Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS). Dylan researched and wrote a grant to the Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy Board for a Student Council Medical Scooter Initiative.

The scooter will be stored in the RJEMS nurse’s office and will be available to students as an easier and safer way to get around the school. 
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September 25, 2018
Key Club Kicks Off Year with Blood Drive

Key club students pose in front of Memorial Blood Ctr busVisitors to GRHS on Monday, September 25, 2018 saw the Memorial Blood Center bus with a familiar face on it. The newest addition to the Memorial Blood Center fleet features a smiling Katie Thunshelle, GRHS math teacher and Key Club advisor, on its side.

Once the recipient of 23 units of blood during a lifesaving surgery, Thunshelle has transformed that frightening experience and now coordinates regular blood drives at the high school. “To most people, blood donation is taking an hour out of their day and an anonymous recipient,” said Thunshelle. To me, those 23 anonymous people - students missing a class, someone on their lunch break, a retiree - meant the difference between life and death. Without people stepping up in advance, I wouldn’t be here as a mom, wife, and teacher today!”
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September 25, 2018
GRHS Student Awarded National Merit Scholar Commendation

Today, Mark Schroeder, principal of Grand Rapids High School, announced that Makenzie Birkey has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. “We are so proud of Makenzie’s achievements. This is a fiercely competitive process,” said Schroeder.
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September 6, 2018
Three ISD 318 Schools Recognized by Minnesota Department of Education

Attendance Awareness BadgeThis month, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced the state-wide list of schools being recognized for excellence – a list that featured three ISD 318 Schools. Bigfork Secondary, Cohasset Elementary, and Forest Lake Elementary have all been recognized for excellence when it comes to attendance. These schools are in the top 5% of schools state-wide.
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