1701 N. 9th Ave.
Virginia, Mn 55792
Phone: (218)-749-8130

July 28, 2014, 7:31 pm
Mostly cloudy with thundershowers
Mostly cloudy with thundershowers
real feel: 70°F
current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 49%
wind speed: 9 mph NNW

Small Schools with Big Opportunities

education-phoneticISD 2142 schools are the most technologically advanced schools in the area. With the newly constructed facilities students are able to learn through innovative programming such as Flex Wednesday and Project based learning. Personal learning plans are provided for each child assuring their educational success. Our Four-star Minnesota Early Childhood programming provides the step up children need to be successful in their education and eventual work place.

If you are interested to talk with a Principal about enrolling your child in ISD 2142 schools please contact one of the following administrators at Our Schools or by calling 218-749-8130 to talk with an administrator about enrollment.

Welcome to the St. Louis County School District

ISD 2142 sets high expectations for students! Our teachers provide quality education through proven best practices. Our curriculum is based on the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education with innovative initiatives such as Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI). You can be assured your child is receiving the best education we can provide.

We strive to provide a place for your child to feel a sense of belonging, where there are teachers and staff that understand and will work with them to do their very best. We welcome you to join us!  Contact one of the St. Louis County Schools for more information.


NERange Spring Theatre “Stop Sending in the Clowns”

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“You never know what’s going to happen in a circus!”  ballyhoos Ringmaster Burnum (Jessie Thoreson) at the Burnum and Bailout (Kaitlyn Montgomery) Traveling Circus-and on this particular day, that statement rings truer than ever.  Beulah Von Schmellie (played by Savannah Kaufenberg), the overbearing and overdressed old dowager, shows up to rain on Burnum and Bailout’s parade of circus acts as she attempts to foreclose on the show.  When the local sheriff (Played by Chloe Kaufenberg) arrives on the scene, the circus performers scramble for a quick solution, attempting to sell the circus to seemingly naive tourists Jethro (Ruthie Morgan) and Dixie (Jolie Reinhardt) before the foreclosure takes effect.  An assortment of amusing mysteries pops up as the sheriff makes a hilarious attempt to get to the bottom of a smuggling ring, a petty theft and a missing persons case-all while enduring the sly magic tricks of magician Tina (Julia Kraines).  To make matters more complicated, Agents Moldie (Serenity Barden) and Cully (R.J. Jacks) show up from the XYZ Files and join the jumbled juggling act of jokes, crime and mystery.  Who is behind each of these crimes?  Could it be Shirley(Sadie Theel), the blind sharp-shooter?  The wacky clown troupe that keeps interfering with the investigation?  The clowning-around never stops under this wacky Big Top!

WDIO Weather Meteorologist visits North Woods Elementary

Justin-Liles-with-kidsJustin Liles gave a weather presentation to the Kindergarten through 6th grade students on Tuesday morning.  The students were entertained by his experiments and sense of humor.



6th Grade Transition Day at Northeast Range

transition-day-576x1024On Friday, May 2 the sixth grade students were able to get an idea of what to expect in seventh grade next year at our first Transition to Junior High Day.  The High School teachers worked together to create an opportunities for learning and teamwork between the current seventh graders and sixth grade students.  The day started with a scavenger hunt to familiarize students with classrooms and other places that they would need to go as seventh grade students.  The sixth and seventh grade then participated in several core class activities each hour of the day.  For gym they all went swimming.

Overall it was a good experience for the sixth grade students to experience what the junior high schedule is like, learn where classrooms are located, and to meet the high school staff.

Academic Journey Visits Vermilion Community College

Students learn to build a controlled fire.

Students learn to build a controlled fire.

Academic Journey introduces American Indian high school students to the culture of college through hands on, realistic experiences. Students visit actual college classrooms with college instructors. Recently, they toured Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN. Students learned how to properly do a controlled burn for the natural resource/forestry classes. They also learned what Vermilion has to offer them as a college. It was a very exciting experience for the Academic Journey crew.  On Thursday, February 13th they will venture to Hibbing Community College.

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Cherry Student Council Attends State Convention

cherry-state-2014-picture-2 (1)Over the weekend of April 5th-7th, Cherry’s Student Council attended the 2014 MAHS/MASC State Convention at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.  Over the course of this convention, around 500 people had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions to gain new ideas to use in their schools next year.  There was also the chance to discuss “hot topics”, which are things such as open campus lunch and parking permits that students talk about in groups.

Several keynote speakers also presented at the Conference, including Mark Scharenbroich, who’s work has won him an Emmy award in the past.  John Montague, one of the founders of Aspire Beverages,  and Pat Millea, who helped a convention attendee ask a girl to prom right after he finished his program!

Cherry brought home an award from the convention, and that was one of the two 2014 Outstanding Student Council Of The Year awards.  A big congratulations to the entire Cherry Student Council on winning this award, and many thanks to seniors Jacob and Anna for writing the report that helped to win the award.

Roth Mobot at South Ridge School

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South Ridge School art department brought Chicago based circuit-benders, Roth Mobot, to school for a 4-day artist residency. Students worked with artists Patrick McCarthy and Tommy Stephenson building an optical theremin.

A theremin is an electronic musical instrument in which the tone is generated by two high-frequency oscillators and the pitch controlled by the movement of the performer’s hand toward and away from the circuit. Students built their devise on a breadboard adding a resistor, capacitor, photo resistor, speaker, switch all on a 555 IC chip. The 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit (chip) used in a variety of timer, pulse generation, and oscillator applications. The 555 can be used to provide time delays, as an oscillator, and as a flip-flop element. Derivatives provide up to four timing circuits in one package.

Introduced in 1971, the 555 is still in widespread use due to its ease of use, low price, and stability. It is estimated that 1 billion units are manufactured every year.

Most had never had opportunity to work with battery operated electronics and benefited from the opportunity to work with Roth Mobot artists. Participating in a new and evolving art form is exciting. Circuit-benders and experimental electronic art is still being defined by practitioners, artists and the audience.

All art classes created an optical theremin. Prove Gallery folks circuit bent toys. South Ridge students were invited  to Prove Gallery and make electronic circuit bent toys as well. Public performances were held Friday night at South Ridge  and Saturday night at Prove Gallery. All was free of charge. Vimeo documentary

This activity is funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and by Minnesota Power Foundation


ECFE Shaving Cream Skating Fun!

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We do this every year in ECFE! It’s tons of fun:). Shaving cream skating party! I always say “anything can happen in an early childhood classroom” and it does!!
ECFE is a program available for all ISD2142 families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. This parent/child attended class meets once per week for two hours. Licensed Early Childhood Educators provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children and parents to explore together during half of the class. A licensed Parent Educator provides parenting time during the second half of class facilitating discussions promoting parenting topics. Please contact your local school’s ECFE teacher or click on the link below and speak with DaNeil Sirjord, ISD2142 ECFE Program Director for more information.


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Northeast Range “The Empty Chair”

South Ridge "Not So Grimm Fairy Tales"

South Ridge “Not So Grimm Fairy Tales”

Northeast Range School’s One Act team advanced to the Section Finals with a Second place finish of their play “The Empty Chair”at the Subsections held at Mesabi Community College on  the 1st of February” Sections were held on the 8th at East Central High School In Finlayson with a chance to go to State” The team fell short but had a marvelous run.

South Ridge’s Drama Club performed a hilarious tongue-in-cheek retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales. A working mother notices her daughter has picked up some not-so-great lessons from the fairy tales she’s been reading, so she sits her down and tells her new, more modern and empowering versions of some of the classics.  In Mom’s new and improved variations, Little Red is an animal rights activist and vegetarian who saves the wolf from the Woodsman; Snow White unionizes the dwarves and overthrows her beauty pageant loving stepmother along with her assistant, Mir’ah; and Cinderella shares her love of angst-filled poetry with Charming and they run off together to live the lives of Bohemian artists.  South Ridge’s Drama Club performed for students Friday in the forum and the public during Snow Week.


Recycling in ISD 2142

NW_recyclingIMG_0699_aAccording to the EPA “There are significant environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling. Recycling helps create jobs, can be more cost effective than trash collection, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, and adds significantly to the U.S. economy.”

North Woods Community and Citizenship, 7th grade class and South Ridge’s Iron Range Youth in Action , a 7th-12th grade student organization have both brought the importance of recycling and reusing back to their schools. Containers can be found throughout the two schools promoting recycling.