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

August 21, 2014, 2:58 pm
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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.


Welcome Back Message from Steve Sallee, Superintendent

appleI am very excited to begin another school year and I’m especially excited about the great initiatives that we have going in ISD #2142.  We will share many of those initiatives with you in future articles.  If you have not been in our buildings this summer I am confident you will notice the many changes and improvements.  Please stop in and look around!  We have been extremely busy this summer behind the scenes getting ready for another year.  August is always an exciting time as several teachers are back in their classrooms getting ready for that first day. I’ve also noticed several students back in the building participating in extra curricular activities.

Bullying      My administrative team and I have spent a lot of time this summer discussing the topic of bullying in our schools.  I want to reassure you that this is an issue that will not be ignored in any of our buildings.  If your child is having an issue, please report it to your building principal immediately.  Bullying normally doesn’t happen in the site of staff.  It most often takes place in the hallways, locker rooms or wherever there isn’t as much adult supervision.  Don’t assume we know about it, report it.  One you report it, it will be investigated and followed through with appropriate action based on district policies.  Keep in mind, we can’t share with  you any consequences taken due to data privacy laws.

We are seeing more reports of bullying issues that are happening outside of school via cyberspace.  We take bullying very seriously at 2142 and never ignore an issue when it is reported to us.  Don’t ever assume that we know exactly what it taking place.  If your child is experiencing difficulties, don’t hesitate to let us know about it.  Unfortunately, when it takes place online and it’s not directly tied to the school, we may not be able to help as much as we otherwise would. However, the new statute states that if it happens off the school premises to the extent such use substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment, we need to investigate it.  There is always a fine line between free speech and cyber bullying.

Bullying Versus Peer Conflict    The new state statute defines bullying as follows:  “Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:

- there is an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; OR…

- materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services or privileges.

I cannot promise you that the new laws will completely eliminate bullying in any school but I do promise that when it is reported to us, we will follow through and do whatever is in our power to make 2142 safe for every student.

Best wishes for a great 2014-15 school year!  If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at ssallee@isd2142.k12.mn.us or at the district office at 218-749-8130.


School Opens Sept 2nd

world-educationAll ISD 2142 schools will start the 2014-15 school year on September 2nd for all Grade 1-12 students and September 4th for kindergarten. Classes begin each day for all students at 8:30 AM and end at 3:15 (except for Wednesday which ends at 2:00).

All schools will be hosting an Open House August 28th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to meet their teachers and see the school.

Questions about enrollment transportation can be answered by contacting your local school office which is open daily form 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

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!