Posted on 25. Jul, 2013 by Bill.
Licensed staff from eight districts will be attending the first Professional Development Summit (PDS) on August 28, 2013. Districts included are: Chisholm, Ely, Eveleth-Gilbert, Mesabi East, Nett Lake, Northland Learning Center, St. Louis County and Virginia.
396 staff members from each of these districts completed a survey in April, 2013, selecting topics of interest for this important day. The top vote-getters were: Technology, Best Practices for Reading, Behavior Management and Best Practices for Math.
By collaborating with each other, as districts serving the needs of all students on the Iron Range and in northeastern MN, it is our hope that you will find opportunities in this day that will spark your interest, challenge you to try something new, and allow you to network with colleagues in the region.
|7:45-8:15||Registration and Coffee|
|8:15-8:30||Welcome: IRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich|
|8:30 – 10:00||Designing our Future: Education for Dynamic Change! Dr. Jim Benson|
|10:15-11:00||Breakout Session A|
|11:15-12:00||Breakout Session B or Lunch I|
|12:15-1:00||Breakout Session C or Lunch II|
|1:15-2:00||Breakout Session D|
|2:15-3:30||Reach Them to Teach Them: Guy Doud, 1986 Teacher of the Year|
Breaks are sponsored by Coca-Cola Distributing and Blue Cross Blue Shield
Morning coffee and lunch are provided by Paul’s Market
Posted on 24. May, 2013 by Bill.
Mr. Foster’s Engineering Design Class competed in a Solar Boat Regatta in St.Paul, on Saturday May 18th. This project involved a unique learning experience in solar electricity, wiring, fluid dynamics, hands-on applied learning, and teamwork.
Students designed and constructed three different solar boats. The larger boat was entered into the experimental class competition and will be powered by a 24-Volt-185 Watt Silicon Energy Solar Panel, one 24-volt motor, and one12-volt motor. This boat was named the “Blugatti”. The other two solar boats were entered into the student class competition. One boat used a 12-Volt-85 Watt Solar Panel, and a 12-volt motor and was named the “Iron Wolf”. The other boat used a 12-Volt 55 Watt Panel, and 12-Volt motor and was named the “Aqua Omega”
The Aqua Omega placed 1st in the endurance race, and tied for 2nd place overall. The Iron wolf placed 3rd overall and the Blugatti placed 3rd overall. Three very respectable finishes from three very well designed and built solar boats.
We want to thank our sponsors for making this project possible. Our sponsors are: Silicon Energy, Virginia Community Foundation, Arcelor Mittal, Carl Perkins Federal Grant, US Steel, Joy Global, Spring Creek Outfitters, and the Virginia Schools.
Due to necessary repairs to the school’s pool scheduled to begin on June 1, we will be unable to offer summer swimming lessons this summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The repairs are needed to improve the health and safety of the pool for your children.
Posted on 19. Apr, 2013 by Bill.
School is closed today April 19th, 2013 due to the recent winter storm. Please travel safely if you are out on the roads. School will be in session again on Monday April 22, 2013.
- – The Musical performance for tonight is still on until further notice. The show must go on! – -
Posted on 19. Apr, 2013 by jfoster.
The regular meeting of the school board scheduled for April 22, 2013, has been cancelled. A special meeting of the school board will be held on Monday, April 29, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. in the boardroom, Roosevelt 104.
Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 by Bill.
Dear Second Grade Parent,
As you may have heard, the Parkview school is growing in student enrollment. This is great news for our district as more students means more programs for all students in grades Pre-K through 12.
To accommodate the increasing number of students at Parkview, we are going to shift a grade level from Parkview to Roosevelt Elementary School. This shift in grade levels gives us more efficient use of our school buildings and classrooms as we look to the future.
Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, our third grade students will be attending Roosevelt Elementary School along with 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. All other aspects of their school day will remain the same. The current third grade teachers will all be moving into new/repurposed classrooms at Roosevelt Elementary School and will be welcoming your children into their classrooms in the fall.
We understand that you may be concerned at the thought of your third grader going to Roosevelt Elementary School. We are confident that the transition will be a smooth one. Your second grade children will be brought over to Roosevelt for a tour and to meet with Mr. Spelts, the Roosevelt Elementary Principal. They will be given an opportunity to see where their classrooms will be and how to get around the building in their new school setting. After the first week of school in the fall, the children will be accustomed to their new surroundings and will be off on another exciting school year.
If you have any comments or concerns regarding the transition, please feel free to contact any of your school administrators. We will be happy to discuss any of your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
The School Board and administration of the Virginia School District #706 asked that a comprehensive review of its facilities be conducted through the formulation of a community-based Task Force Committee charged with the responsibility to, “…review all data related to the current conditions of our facilities, and how well they are meeting the educational needs of our growing student population…” It further asked that, through a process of collaboration, the Task Force “…develop a set of recommendations for Board consideration that ensures the cost efficient and educational effectiveness of all school facilities well into the future…” The work of the Task Force was facilitated by representatives from ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers.
Steps taken to complete this task included conducting i) a thorough review of the existing scheduling practices currently being used in each of the school buildings, ii) an engineering review of critical infrastructure systems in each facility, iii) interviews with students, staff and administrators in each building, and by commissioning iv) an analysis of enrollment trends over the next five (5) years. This information was shared with the Task Force Committee in a series of six (6) meetings conducted between November 2012 and February 2013.
To read the entire Final Report please download it below..
Invitation for Parents and Community Members to Attend a Regional Focus Group Hosted by Education Innovation Partners.
Our district is part of Education Innovation Partners (EIP), a unique partnership of 17 school districts and five community colleges in Northeastern Minnesota, working in collaboration with the Blandin Foundation and the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
EIP is working to develop a Regional, Integrated Learning Model—an integrated system for Northeastern Minnesota that will prepare all students to make a life and a living in the 21st Century, regardless of their location. The first three steps EIP has identified to implement this Regional, Integrated Learning Model are:
- Individualized Learning Plans
- Teaching, Learning and Leadership Academy
- Regional Technology Plan
Your insights and input will be critical to ensuring that these initiatives are successful and benefit our community and our district’s students, faculty and staff. Please consider participating in a Community Conversation designed to solicit your input on the outcomes that should occur from these initiatives.
Community Conversations are scheduled as follows:
Monday, March 4
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Babbitt City Council Chambers
71 South Drive
Tuesday, March 5
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Northeast Service Cooperative
525 Emerald Avenue
Wednesday, March 6
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ISD #318 Board Room
820 NW First Avenue
Posted on 17. Feb, 2013 by Bill.
Congratulations to Sarah Kohlhase & Mitchell Sella. Photograph of Sarah and Mitchell receiving recognition from Superintendent Deron Stender. The Triple A award recognizes seniors who have excelled in academics, arts, and athletics.