The Grand Rapids Area Learning Center provides alternative educational programming for students that are at risk of not graduating from high school. Services are provided to students from several school districts including Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Remer, Deer River, Hill City, and Bigfork. In addition to our Independent Study Program, we offer Night School, Summer School, and provide educational services for the Teen Age Pregnancy Program (TAPP).
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 and have also created a model that can be replicated in the future to help all students achieve our state's rigorous standards.”
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.
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.
Bigfork High School may be small, but its robotics team is mighty. On Saturday, April 17, the team traveled to Bemidji to compete in the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference (NMRC). There, they upset the number one seed to take home the first place trophy. “The team and their alliance members battled hard and overcame many obstacles to pull off this win. It is well deserved,” said Erin Pocquette