CS Week December 9-15
Computer Science Education Week is observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper(December 9, 1906). Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career – everybody can benefit from learning the basics. Visit Code.org for inspiration.
During CS Week the world is participating in an Hour of Code. It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
Provided are a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. In addition there are a number of unplugged ...
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.
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), ...
School Board Celebrate
St. Louis County Schools Early Childhood Prek Programs rate 4 STARS by Parent Aware.
4 STARS is the highest rating a program can receive. Participation in this voluntary process indicates a program shows it cares enough about early learning to use the best practice and proven approaches. St. Louis County Schools Learning Readiness Preschool Program for children who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2013 still has a few openings. Please contact DaNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 218-749-8130 to register your child.
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 ...
Northeast Range Community Theatre production of “Drac’s Back”
The students at Northeast Range School showcased their talent in the production of “Drac’s Back” on November 16th and 17th. Northeast Range Community Education sponsored the Fall 2012 production of “Drac’s Back” directed by Joseph Kaufenberg here in Babbitt. The play was filled with mistaken identities, slapstick humor, bloody good puns and more crazy characters than a Looney Tune cartoon, that all came together to create a hilarious new vampire play. This is the third year that Northeast Range Community Theatre has been putting on two productions a year here in Babbitt – one in the fall and one in ...
Snow Survival Forts at North Woods
First graders had a fantastic time on Tuesday, January 29th in the snow looking at “Snow Survival Forts” made by the senior high students from Mrs. Lamwers class.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
Justin 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.
On 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.
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.
Post by: Tyla Adams
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.
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
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.
Northeast Range “The Empty Chair”
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.
According 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.