2020-2021 News Stories

  • GRHS Principal Name NE Division Principal of the Year

    GRHS Principal Name NE Division Principal of the Year

    Dr. Matt Dass has been named the Northeast Division’s High School Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). “We are extremely proud of Matt’s achievement and all that it means for our GRHS students,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose. “This is the second time a GRHS principal has been recognized for their work and it is indicative of the high caliber of leadership in our district. I continue to be impressed by the hard work of all our administrators who strive to ensure that our students have access to the best education possible.”

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    Sue Zeige Resigns from Board

    At the ISD 318 School Board Meeting on Monday, June 21, the Board accepted the resignation of Sue Zeige. “Sue has served the students and community of ISD 318 as both a teacher and as a Board Member. We will miss her expertise and her passion for education,” said Superintendent Matt Grose. The district will begin the process to appoint an Interim Board Member prior to holding a Special Election on November 2, 2021.

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    Summer Meal Opportunities with 318

    We know that during the school year, many families rely on school meals, but summer doesn’t mean kids won’t have access to nutritious and healthy breakfasts and lunches. When school is out, some families who rely on school meals may not have access to food they need. ISD 318 and other area districts participate in the Summer Food Program. The program provides free breakfast and lunches for children throughout the summer.

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    GRHS Receives Award for Closing Learning Gaps

    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.”

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    Installation of New Scoreboard to Begin at Noble Hall Field

    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.

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    ISD 318 Recognizes the Importance of Guest Staff

    COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of the community’s life. In some cases it has made people so appreciative of the positives in their life. It’s no different for organizations or for our schools. School districts have been facing a sub shortage for years and the pandemic made that shortage even worse as many guest staff members are older members of our community and as staff were required to be out for longer periods of time. At ISD 318, staff and students alike are grateful for the guest staff members who have provided continuity for learning this year.

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    Over 90 Students at GRHS Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    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.

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    School Libraries Play Vital Role for Students

    Just as technology has changed so much in our world, so too has it improved school libraries. Gone are the hushed tones and whispers though the dog-eared and well-loved books are still a feature. April is National School Library Month, however, most schools now refer to school libraries as Media Centers. At ISD 318, the media centers are filled with books, computers, and other learning equipment. Students do more than checkout books or research new ideas.

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    Bigfork Robotics Team Takes First Place at NMRC

    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.

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    ISD 318 Celebrates Assistant Principal Week

    National Assistant Principals Week is April 5 through 9. ISD 318 is joining schools across the nation in honoring the enormous contributions of our APs. “Support of our students and staff this year over any other year is extremely vital and needs to be immediate. Our Assistant Principals are listeners, problem-solvers, confidants, and sometimes even comedians,” said East Rapids Elementary Principal Ryan DeBay.

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    Ken Decoster Named Bigfork Principal

    ISD 318 is pleased to announce that Ken Decoster has been named Bigfork School Principal. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2021. Mr. Decoster is currently the Assistant Principal for Special Services and prior to that served as the principal for Southwest Elementary School. As the Assistant Principal for Special Services, he provides Special Education support in ISD 318 schools and serves as the Principal for the Area Learning Center (ALC).

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    ISD 318 Continues to Support Families in Need

    It’s been one year since our community schools were required to move to into distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Walz enacted his second Emergency Executive Order of the pandemic directing schools to “temporarily close to plan for a safe learning environment.” Last year’s move to distance learning highlighted the important role that schools play in supporting families. With the easing of restrictions, the spotlight may have moved on, but the need hasn’t changed.

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    Melanie DeBay Recognized as Community Educator of Excellence

    Melanie DeBay, Itasca Area Schools Collaborative Community Education Director, has been chosen as the Region 8 Community Educator of Excellence by the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA). She received her award at the MCEA National Winter Conference which took place virtually on February 17-18, 2021. Krystal Berg, Proctor-Hermantown Community Ed Director says “Melanie is always my go-to gal when I have questions, concerns, or need to have another perspective on a possible idea.”

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    318 Celebrates School Board Recognition Week

    School Board Recognition Week is February 22-26 and ISD 318 is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week, honoring local Board Members for their commitment. “It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” said Matt Grose, ISD 318 Superintendent.

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    ISD 318 Receives Grant from Blandin Foundation to Boost Technology

    This winter, ISD 318 received a $150,000 grant to provide technology access, graphing calculators, and technology support for students. “The pandemic has brought more attention to inequities in access to technologies. We are grateful that the Blandin Foundation is willing to help us address those gaps,” said ISD 318 Teaching and Learning Director Sue Akre. The need for resources goes beyond simply iPads, laptops, or access to high-speed internet. Schools and districts keep school supplies on hand for students in need.

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    School Counseling Week is February 1 through 5

    ISD 318 joins the nation in recognizing the important impact of school counseling staff. National School Counseling Week is February 1 through 5. At ISD 318, school counselors, school social worker, and student support staff all play a special role in schools. They are actively engaged in supporting students' social-emotional well-being and growth, addressing academic concerns, helping them plan for the future, and connecting families with resources in the community.

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    January 25 Kicks Off ESP Recognition Week at ISD 318

    Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed January 25-29, 2021 Paraprofessional Recognition Week and ISD 318 wants to join in honoring the vital work that ESPs provide to students every day. “ESPs in our district serve so many roles supporting students in the classroom, in the lunchroom, on the playground, before and after school, and even on our buses,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose.

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    Secondary Return to In-Person Learning

    On Tuesday, January 19, ISD 318 announced that it would begin implementing a return to in-person learning with the start of the second semester on January 26.
    “We’ve seen our case rate plateau in the county and this includes spread that could have come with holiday gatherings,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose. ISD 318 middle and high school students will begin return to in-person learning with staggered return to reduce risk.

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    Rapids Rising Receives 5-Year Drug-Free Communities Grant

    Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition will receive a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant for $125,000 each year for the next five years. The grant will enable Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition to continue their work promoting positive community norms in our community. Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition work to reduce and delay underage alcohol and substance use by empowering young people and correcting misperceptions about use. Over the past five years, they have worked to help students make healthy choices about not using alcohol or illegal drugs.

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  • 318 Residents to See Reduction in Property Tax

    318 Residents to See Reduction in Property Tax

    School Board to Approve 1.87% Decrease in District Tax Levy on December 21. At the annual Truth in Taxation meeting on December 7, the ISD 318 School Board reviewed the final tax levy which amounts to a decrease for taxpayers. “If a resident sees an increase in their district taxes, it is only because the market value on their property has increased,” explained Business Manager Kara Lundin.

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    Elementary Students to Return from Distance Reset

    Cases in the county and among our staff have begun to decrease which means elementary students will return from the distance reset on Monday, December 14. At Grand Rapids and Cohasset Elementaries, K-2 learners will be in-person every day and grades 3 through 5 will be in the hybrid model. At Bigfork School, grades K through 6 will be in person every day starting. Middle and high school students will continue in distance learning through the rest of December.

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    ISD 318 to Temporarily Implement Distance Learning

    A 14-day reset period will begin on November 23, on November 10, ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose announced that the school district would need to move to a temporary distance learning model due to an increase in community COVID-19 cases.

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    Local Family Donates Semi Trailer to Grand Rapids Bands

    Grand Rapids Marching Band will be traveling to competitions in style thanks to a generous donation from Jim and Suzanne Ducharme, owners of MEDS 1 Ambulance Service, and their son Blake. “The trailer gives us the opportunity to compete on a national level and to house all of our equipment in one place,” said GRHS Band Director Dale Gunderson. “We now have a band room on wheels!”

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    ISD 318 Releases Its Return to Learn Plan

    ISD 318 released its Return to Learn plan to the public on Friday, August 7 at isd318org/ReturnToLearn. The document details not only the plan to return for in-person learning this fall, but also options for hybrid and remote learning should cases in Itasca County rise.

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    ISD 318 to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

    The community is invited to preview the new elementary schools and the renovated Cohasset Elementary in ribbon-cutting ceremonies. An event will be held at each of the schools to commemorate the completion of the project. “From the beginning, the community has been involved in the project. We want to honor that involvement and celebrate our return to school with ribbon-cuttings at each elementary,” said ISD 318 Matt Grose.

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