Prairie Fire at South Ridge


Prairie Fire Theatre will be here the week of March 23-27 to work with our students and community members to present “Alladin and His Magic Lamp” on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $5/person ($20 max/family)

Auditions will be held on Monday, March 23 from 3:15 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. in the Forum for ages 7 and older, and rehearsals will continue all week after school. There will also be a dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon, March 27, and all Learning Readiness through Grade 6 students are invited to attend.

For more information contact Lenny Johnson at 345-6720 or

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MSHSL Band Contest

IMG_1649Congratulations to the high school Band for their performance at the Minnesota State Music Contest. The band received “Superior” from all three judges! This is the highest award available! Morgan Cherne received a perfect score of 40! The sophomore, sax group, and the Ludwig’s also received “Superior” ratings! The trumpet duet and flute duet received “Excellent”. Great job everyone!! You are amazing!

Math Masters

downloadThe Math Masters program challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics, while recognizing academic effort and achievement. South Ridge 5th-6th Grade students have worked during the school year to better their Math skills and compete with other schools in our area. The competition was on Friday, March 6th.

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The Math Masters of Minnesota competition is designed to promote excellence in thinking skills pertaining to mathematics. It was created by Lewis Aase, a veteran elementary school principal, and Julia Espe, an experienced director of programs for gifted students, both of whom continue to serve on the board of directors. Math Masters of Minnesota incorporated as an independent entity in 1995 and achieved non-profit status in early 1996.

More than 5,500 students competed in 2014 at 42 different sites around the state of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin as teams and individuals. These challenges are the culmination of a year-long preparation as team members work to improve their math skills. Math Masters includes individual and team competition in a wide range of math areas to permit students with many interests and backgrounds to excel.

All students who participate in Math Masters are to be congratulated and all are winners. Learning that math can be fun and receiving recognition and rewards for excellence in math is an exciting experience for students.

Spelling Bee


Participants in South Ridge Spelling Bee


South Ridge Spelling Bee Champions!

Here are our 2014-2015 South Ridge spellers! Spelling Bee participants include Alexandra, Marissa, Allyson, Isaiah, Tyler, and Alec.

Final spellers, Alec and Marissa will be moving on to district bee which will be held at the district offices on January 28th in Virginia.

Congratulations to you all!

8th Grade Tech Ed Students Help Out Kindergarten


8th grade students help Kindergarten students make tool boxes.


IRYA Volunteers at Bentleyville

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On Saturday, December 13, South Ridge IRYA members volunteered at Bentleyville- Tour of Lights. Students dressed up as winter characters and entertained the thousands of visitors that came to Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth that evening.


The IRYA, Iron Range Youth in Action, is a youth organization that meets twice a month to plan activities and fundraisers to bring positive change to the school and community. South Ridge is one of 13 schools from the area that that participate in the program. IRYA held a fall food drive and is currently busy planning a program for the “Make a Difference Conference” and the school Snow Week dance in February.

Inclement Weather Notice


School may be cancelled when the Superintendent and/or Principal believe the safety of students and employees is threatened by severe weather.  A decision to close school will be made as early in the day as possible.  School closing announcements will be sent via the Infinite Campus Alert System, as well as broadcast on local television and radio stations and placed on media websites.  In the event the district does not close school and conditions in your area are bad, or you think it is unsafe, you, as a parent or guardian, should make your own decision about sending your child to school.  If you will be keeping your child home when school is in session, please call the school office and notify them of your decision.  Thank you.

Hoopin’ to Morse Code

IMG_1971IMG_1977Students were introduced to the use of code. The work of Navajo and Ojibwe code talkers during WWII was presented through a short video and news articles recently posted. The value of the code talkers in our history is not as well known because of the secret nature of their assignment. In recent years their work has been made public. The contribution to the world immeasurable.

Continuing our study into the uses and pattern involved in code we looked at Morse Code. The code was developed by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1844. Even after more than 160 years, it is still used today, especially by amateur radio operators. The code can be sent quickly over the telegraph, and is also useful for emergency signaling (SOS) with a radio, mirror, or flashlight, and even for people with severe disabilities to communicate. In order to master Morse code, however, you need to approach it like a new language.

For this project students create a a hula hoop (out of black weeper hose) 4 meter (400 cm) in circumference. Student each chose a phrase that “gets you through the day” and worked it out in Morse code on graph paper. “Dits”, “dahs” and spaces create a pattern determining the visual pattern of Morse Code.

Veteran’s Day at South Ridge

Student receiving award for winning writing contest.

Student receiving award for winning writing contest.

“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.

South Ridge Community Choir

South Ridge Community Choir

Bob Larsen VFW Post 3044 Commander

Bob Larsen VFW Post 3044 Commander

Greta Lindgren, Women's Auxillary

Greta Lindgren, Women’s Auxiliary


Elementary Choir

Elementary Choir

 Student receiving award for writing contest