Date changed from Tue May 26 to Wed May 27.
Tower-Soudan Welcomes Governor Dayton for Fishing Opener
Tower-Soudan Fourth Grade enjoying the preparations and fishing for the Governor’s Fishing Opener held in Tower this weekend. They reported that the fishing was great and the weather didn’t seem to bother them at all. Way to go!!
For the Love of Reading….
This year, we will be working diligently to help our students in Kindergarten through 12th grade improve their reading and comprehension skills. In an effort to encourage our students, we have created a “Reading Inspiration” wall. When a student has finished reading a book, he / she should write the title of the book, the author, and his / her name and grade on a slip of paper and should turn it in to his / her teacher. Once a week, the Journalism class will be collecting the papers from the teachers and will be adding the names of students, books, and authors ...
North Woods First Responders
A number of North Woods students are now certified first responders! Each of these students are certified by the state of Minnesota and some of them are even on the Orr Ambulance crew. These students will begin meeting regularly at school to begin a first responder program that will involve students teaching students how to respond to emergencies.
Prairie Fire Theater Visits Cherry School
During the week of November 3rd-7th the Prairie Fire Theater visited Cherry with two of their professional stage actors to put on a production of Peter Pan. Many elementary and a few high school students signed up for the play and received roles. Two performances were held on Friday. One in the afternoon for the students, and another in the evening for the community members. The audiences enjoyed themselves immensely. Cherry School thanks Community Education Coordinator Carol Andrews for bringing the Prairie Fire Theater in and working with the students to put on this show for students and community.
River Watch at South Ridge
The St. Louis River-River Watch program is a youth-based water quality monitoring program that focuses on the St. Louis River watershed and the Lake Superior Basin. This project, aimed at secondary school students, promotes and inspires stewardship of the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior and other nearby waterways. Currently, an estimated 800 students and teachers in 25 public, private, tribal, home, and alternative schools enthusiastically gather chemical, physical, and biological data twice per year at river sites located throughout northeastern Minnesota. Since 1997, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has coordinated this monitoring effort with the support of ...
Recycling at Northeast Range
The students at the Northeast Range School have been collecting and recycling beverage containers in order to raise awareness of a possible Minnesota Recycling Refund program. Conservation Minnesota offered to pay the group ten cents for each of the first 10,000 cans and bottles recycled. The students would like to thank the parents and community members who generously donated and/or delivered containers to the school. On behalf of Conservation Minnesota, the students also note the motivational effect of a container refund. It is easy to see why states with a refund program in place, such as Iowa and Michigan, recycle ...
Art Reflects Life
“Traffic Patterns in School Hallway”, Monoprint by HS Printmaking class, October 2013 H a l l w a y T r a f f I c P a t t e r n s Turn left out of previous classroom, walk approximately 100 feet forward, turn right, walk 40 feet, approach final destination on the left. These directions sound simple, right? Well, when considering all of the hallway foot traffic and pushing and shoving that lay ahead, walking through the school hallways is not quite a breeze. When classes end, students prepare themselves for the brief walk between classes. Students push one another, ...
Veteran’s Day Programs Observed Throughout District
What is Veterans Day? Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day celebrates the end of World War I, paying tribute to all American veterans both living or deceased who served their country honorably during both times of peace and war. However, Veterans Day was not officially passed by Congress as an annual observance until 1926, became a national holiday in 1938 and was officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Eisenhower. When is Veterans Day celebrated? The first Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1968, the Uniform ...
MSAB Art’s Learning grant – Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre at South Ridge
South Ridge School Art Department received a Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Art's Learning grant to be used over the 2013 -2014 school years. The Arts Learning grant is a annual grant providing funds to bring professional artists into schools to work with students and teachers. It is funded through Minnesota Legacy and National Endowment for the Arts. South Ridge's Art's Learning grant residency provides three six-week artist residencies with Minneapolis based Frank Theatre. Guest artists - Wendy Knox, artistic director/teacher and Emily Zimmer, actress/teaching artist - will work with students in Grade 3, 4 and 7 telling, writing and performing stories. The ...
CBAI Teacher Workshop
ISD 2142 Teachers and Staff attended the American Indian Student Services Culture-based Arts Intigration (CBAI) Summer workshop. The week long gathering provided teachers a better understanding of how to build a successful learning environment. Teachers were challenged to design and implement a culturally responsive classroom. Many speakers talked about the importance of family and community support in each student's life. Age appropriate lessons that teach empathy and math, sharing and drawing; putting others ahead of yourself and science were presented. Teachers participated in many activities to better understand the affects of poverty. Keynote speakers included Runninghorse Livingston (Scholar and founder of CGI), ...
Wing Young Huie Art Residency at South Ridge
Students worked with artist Wing Young Huie creating Chalk Talk images. The week began with a seven through twelfth grade assembly in the Forum. Huie talked about his own history growing up in Duluth. After graduating from Duluth Central he went to UMD briefly before transferring to the main university campus in the Twin Cites, graduating in Journalism. He wanted to be a reporter. It was by accident he started taking pictures. While travelling he purchased a camera. He continued developing his skills for another thirty plus years. Since then he has shown publicly, primarily focusing on distinct neighborhoods in the ...
South Ridge 1st Graders Take Part in the Rivers2Lake Program
First graders at South Ridge Elementary School have been very busy critters. They have been researching Lake Superior and the streams and rivers that empty into it. Research has taken place both in the classroom and out in the field. South Ridge boasts a beautiful wetland and pond system which feeds into the Lake Superior Watershed. Students have used this great resource to collect samples for further study in the classroom. After investigating the macro-invertebrates close up the students then transformed or morphed as you will into the organisms they studied. Meet Ernie the Invertebrate! All lessons are developed with the ...
Date changed from Tue May 26 to Wed May 27.
Time and location remain 5:00 at North Woods School.
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.
ISD 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.
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! 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.
For several months the elementary teachers have teamed up to create a fun, hands-on learning experience called “Flex Wednesday.” This flex time allows students to focus on all of the strands of mathematics: numbers and operation, algebra, statistics and probability, and data analysis. The students are able to work with different students and teachers that they may not get to work with during the regular school day.
This opportunity allows students to expand their learning and strengthen math knowledge, while allowing students to improve their communication and problem-solving skills as well.
Funded by the Cultural Based Art Integration Program (CBAI), Northland high school students had the incredibly opportunity to meet local Ojibwe artist and legend, Carl Gawboy. Carl Gawboy’s murals capture the beautiful essence of Minnesota Ojibwe myths, legends, stories and narratives in the form of visual art. Gawboy brought students along a narrative journey, sharing some traditional Ojibwe lessons and teachings. Combined with Gawboy’s moving images, his personal storytelling captured the true essence and spirit of the local culture in Nett Lake. Carl Gawboy is a local Minnesota artist with a legend worth of history, creative talent and cultural knowledge. He is very well respected and a visual artist that has made incredible strives in capturing his relatives’ past in the form of art. Supporting more local Minnesota artists is just one way students can support diversity and culture within our state. By going beyond state capital walls and supporting narratives, such as artwork like Carl Gawboy, they can also learn to be inspired by their very own hometown, seeing the beauty of what our state truly can offer us.
Select this link to take a virtual tour of Carl Gawboy’s murals in the Nett Lake Government Center.
Earth Day is a day where we celebrate the wonderful planet and environment we live on and in, and on Earth Day this year, some fourth grade students did just that! They spent their recess time (30 minutes) walking around the school and picking up trash. And as you can see in the picture below, they did a wonderful job, filling up several bags!
Thank you to the fourth graders for helping to keep the school property (and the environment) clean for all to enjoy!
The contest is a highlight for visual students. Students spend time looking at other students work and are encouraged, challenged and changed by being together. The visual student always is pushing themselves to work in a world that is overwhelming directed with words. Most of us are moved and enjoy the visual language. Artists know how to control a composition and create work that can say more than words – it can express feelings, references to history, present options for the future.
Congratulations to all those who participated!
On Friday, February 27th, Mr. Kemp and Mrs. Recht’s 4th grade classes along with Mr. Rossini and Mrs. Lesemann’s 5th grade classes (80 students total) went ice fishing on Long Lake near Eveleth. It was the first time fishing for many of the students in the two grades, and rods that were handmade by Mr. Rossini’s class were used on the trip. However, despite their best efforts, no fish were caught.
The day was ended with a game of ice kickball as well as the handing out of 60 different prizes, including Remote Control Airplanes, hats, fishing lures, and many more! Many thanks go the following people/organizations for their donations: Kent Bielejeski/Crossroads Convenience Store, Mike & Sue Mesia, Rod Luoma/Knights of Kaleva, Lowe’s, Advanced Services Inc., L & M Fleet Supply, Cyrus, Tuned Up Customs. The Mesabi Daily News provided coverage for the day, and the teachers would like to send out a thank you to the people there for their services. Thank you to everyone who donated or assisted with this trip.
A link to a You Tube video is below for you to copy and paste into your browser windows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWsXtjHlk90
“Veteran’s Day not only honors those who have served our country in the past, but also those who are serving at the present. Veterans present a true cross-section of our society.They are from all races, creeds, faiths, sexes and ethnic heritages – but all are truly Americans.
During a time of conflict or of peace they have left families, friends and careers to protect our country and way of life. They have left the ‘civilian” segment of the population and have now become a part of the military. Answering this “call of duty” binds them together in a unique way.
I know that some of you will follow this course in your life. I wish you good luck and welcome your joining, whichever branch of service you choose. Hopefully this service will eventually secure what Vets want, and that is peace.” – Bob Larsen VFW Post 3044 Commander
The all-school assembly was held on November 11th in the school’s gym. The program began with the South Ridge Community Choir singing the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by a number of speakers, demonstration and explanation of how to fold a flag as well as elementary choir groups singing patriotic songs. Awards were given to students for their writing and coloring contest submissions from 2013 and 2014. We wish to thank the community for their part in the program as well as all Veteran’s and Auxiliary members who attended the event. We thank you for your service.
This year, we will be working diligently to help our students in Kindergarten through 12th grade improve their reading and comprehension skills. In an effort to encourage our students, we have created a “Reading Inspiration” wall. When a student has finished reading a book, he / she should write the title of the book, the author, and his / her name and grade on a slip of paper and should turn it in to his / her teacher. Once a week, the Journalism class will be collecting the papers from the teachers and will be adding the names of students, books, and authors to the wall. Students’ names will go into a monthly drawing. It is going to be exciting to see how many color chips we can fill in. And, when we run out…there are a world of colors waiting to be used. In fact, we are challenging each of you -whether you are a student, parent, business owner, friend, relative, or leader in our communities-to be a part of this exciting adventure. Help us encourage and foster a love of reading in our students. Ask questions about what is being read. Suggest good books. Read with your child. Let’s make this an adventure that inspires us all!
The Northeast Range Journalism class has been working hard to create this learning incentive. Thank you to junior Lyric Johnson, for tirelessly striving to get the paint chips “just perfect”! Several local businesses have already joined us in our educational efforts. We would like to thank the manager and employees at the Virginia Sherwin Williams for their generous donations of paint samples (hundreds of them), so that we could create our “Let Books Color Your Imagination” wall and colorfully design hundreds of bookmarks for reading incentives. Also, a special “thanks” goes out to the Lossing Building Center, of Babbitt, for donating additional “paint chip” supplies for bookmarks. And finally, many thanks to the CEC Cinema 6 Theater in Virginia / Mountain Iron. Because their staff believes in our educational endeavors, they are committed to donating movie memorabilia-like posters and activity books- as well as larger gifts and books that will be used for achievement incentives.