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

November 28, 2014, 11:50 am
Partly sunny with flurries
Partly sunny with flurries
real feel: 11°F
current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 85%
wind speed: 4 mph ESE

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.


Storytelling through Theatre and Writing

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Video documenting the MSAB Art’s Learning grant

The third and culminating performance with Frank Theatre teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer was February 26th in the South Ridge School forum. Students had been working for six weeks on storytelling activities, theatre games, building on writing skills and dissecting a story to find meaning – all of which aided them in the re-telling of The Pied Piper retold by the 3rd-4th grades, Three Strong Women retold by the afterschoolSTEAM students, 3rd-4th Grades,  Anansi Searches for a Fool, Grade 7 Design and Anansi Plays Dead Grade 7 Design students.

Original music was performed by students as well which was composed by Twin Cities musician and educator Marya Hart. Lyrics were written by the students during a writing activity.

In the story of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” The town of Hamelin was full of rats and were unable to do anything. Even the cats were not able to kill the rats. One day, a fellow  came to town called the Pied Piper. He went to the Mayor and asked him, “What will you pay me if I free your town of every single rat?” The mayor offered 10,000 coins. Happy with the offer, the Pied Piper started playing his pipe. Hearing the shrill, keen note, every rat came out from its hole and started following him into the water and waited till every rat had drowned.

Now the town was free. After all the rats were dead, the Pied Piper returned and asked the Mayor for his money. The Mayor said that he could only give him twenty pounds for such an easy job. Pied Piper wanted to teach him a lesson. This time he played a different tune. Hearing his music, the children came out of their houses as the Pied Piper led the children far, far away. The Mayor sent his men to look for the piper and bring the children back but none could find the lost children.

In the story of the “Three Strong Women” tells of Forever-Mountain is a famous wrestler, smug and rather conceited–until he meets Maru-me. Along with her mother and grandmother, she shows him what real strength is. Under their tutelage, he gains not only physical prowess, but the humility of the truly strong. This version of the Japanese tall tale is filled with sly humor and witty exaggeration. The lesson of kindness being stronger than hate.

In the story “Anansi Searches for a Fool” the lazy Anansi, the famed West African trickster figure, decides to go fishing, he looks around for a fool he can convince to do all the work. Imagine his surprise when hawk, also known for his cleverness, offers to accompany him. Anansi continues to trick his other friends and family until they have had enough and run him out of town. This Ashanti folktale, which illustrates the point that “When you dig a hole for someone else, you will fall into it yourself,” is a humorous story of a trickster being caught in his own trap.

In the story, “Anansi Plays Dead”, There was a famine in the land and Anansi thinks about only himself. He began to plot out how he could have the best crops for himself. Usually West Africans always give the richest part of the animal to the “leader” or father of the house. Its kinda like the social class but modified/conformed to family ranked. So he tricks his family into thinking he is dead and they bury him in the richest part of the garde. Every night he sneaks out and eats until full. Eventually he is found out by his family and he feels so embarrassed. “From that day until now, Anansi has not wanted to face people because of their scoffing, jeering, and that is why he is often found hiding in dark corners.” When you have commited a crime in the town you are held to be very shameful. West African usually disowns people that they put to shame.

Considerable effort was made by South Ridge teachers, district office administration and Frank Theatre teaching artists to provide this opportunity. By the Minnesota State Arts Board approving this Art’s Learning grant South Ridge was provided the opportunity.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. The Arts Learning grant program offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Arts and culture are central to Minnesota’s educational system and lifelong learning opportunities. The arts develop creative minds that maximize new opportunities and find solutions to life’s challenges. In Minnesota, the arts industry is an integral part of the economy. Because of the arts, Minnesota communities are successful, dynamic, attractive places to live and work.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Cherry Tigers Softball

chs sball1Congratulations to the Section 7A Cherry Tigers Softball Team!  For the fifth straight year the Tigers will return to the State Tournament. Great job Cherry Tiger Softball on placing Fourth at the MSHSL State Softball Tournament!  We are proud of you and your great season!

Tower-Soudan Elementary Science Fair

Spring 2014 029 Spring 2014 018 The Tower-Soudan Elementary put on a fantastic Science Fair on Tuesday, May 13th.  There were many displays and demonstrations for all to see.  There were displays on the states of matter, various examples chemical reactions, and displays of a variety of substances that the kids created.  The kids created posters and displays to explain what they were doing and provided great demonstrations of their chosen experiments.  It was a busy, and maybe a bit messy, afternoon.

Pow-wow at NER

pow-wow3 pow-wow1The Tower-Soudan Elementary visited NER on Friday, May 16th to swim and enjoy a Pow-wow.  The kids enjoyed a morning of swimming in the pool before joining the NER kids for lunch.  After lunch and recess, both elementaries were treated to a wonderful pow-wow in the afternoon.  It was a great time and the kids had fun learning more about what happens during a pow-wow and dancing.

Elementary Track and Field Day at Northeast Range

The Elementary Track and Field was held on Tuesday, May 28 in the Northeast Range football field.  The day couldn’t have been more perfect as the students enjoyed the sunshine and activities which included running races and team-building skills.  tf8-1024x576The students each received a NER Field Day t-shirt which were purchased with funds from the School Mall Fundraiser.  Thank you to the PTO who provided a water station for our students.

Bois Forte Healthy Teen Conference

Around 40 North Woods 9th and 10th graders attended the annual Healthy Teen Conference in Nett Lake on Friday May 2nd. Students had an opportunity to listen to several speakers on topics such as: relationships and dating and social media safety. There were many booths for students to visit on topics such as tobacco cessation and teen pregnancy prevention as well as many others.

The North Woods team that placed 3rd in the fitness challenge.

Door prizes were given out throughout the conference and we enjoyed a pasta and meatball meal served “family style” to emphasis how important eating together is. There was a fitness challenge and our 2 North Woods teams won both 1st and 3rd place. Our North Woods students shined with their great attitudes and willingness to participate. Thank you Bois Forte for a wonderful day!

Mrs. Ojibway’s 1st Grade Class on Environmental Day at Spirit Lake

Learning how the tubes and gravity work together to transport the sap.

Learning how the tubes and gravity work together to transport the sap.

Making Maple Sugar....yum!  We all ate some!

Making Maple Sugar….yum! We all ate some!

The big surprise!  Sugar Cakes!

The big surprise! Sugar Cakes!

On April 23rd our 1st and 2nd grade classes enjoyed a special field trip out to the Spirit Lake Sugarbush in Sawyer, MN. The Sugarbush is owned and operated by Bruce and Tawny Savage along with their children, two of our very own alumni Cedar Savage and Kayla Jackson. The welcoming commitee also included all members of the family chicken coop. The kids were excited and ready to get hands-on.

Their 80-acre farm produces throughout the year. In the spring, the sugarbush is tapped to produce pure maple syrup. In the summer the farm has diversified production including small garden plots with variety of vegetables, chickens that produce homegrown eggs, and orchards that yield berries and cherries. In the autumn, Bruce and family custom finish hand-harvested wild rice (manoomin in Ojibwe), completing a seasonal cycle of production familiar to the people of the region.
Spirit Lake’s mission is to promote sustainable living and support small business development. Maple syrup, wild rice, heirloom produce, meats, fruits, maple coated pecans, and Native American beadwork are sold through a number of retail channels including local businesses, Duluth farmers’ markets, and online.

Our students had a wonderful time while learning using place based education and outdoor classrooms. They were even treated to taste tests of maple sap, maple sugar, and maple syrup. The finale was a hit when our dear friend Cedar handed out Sugar Cakes to all that attended, yum!

NERange Spring Theatre “Stop Sending in the Clowns”

kaufenberg pics 2014 334“Stop Sending in the clowns”, by Pat Cook on May 2-3rd.
“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.