Hoopin’ to Morse Code
Students 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 ...
Congratulations to Cross Country Team!!
The South Ridge Girls Cross Country Team has placed 2nd in the section and advancing to the State Cross Country meet at St. Olaf. They received 16th place. Congratulations to the South Ridge Panthers Girls Cross Country Team as the 2014-15 Polar League Champs! What a great season! Way to go PANTHERS!
Media Art Students Study Wing Young Huie
High School students studied the photography of Duluth native, Wing Young Huie. Students pair with someone they might not know too well and engage each other by asking a series of open-ended questions. Then they choose only one of the answers from each person, which that person then writes down on black construction paper with white chalk. This intimate and non-confrontational interaction addresses issues of bias, challenging preconceptions of the other and one’s self. How would you answer these questions? What are you? How do you think others see you? What don’t they see? What advice would you give to a stranger? What is your favorite word? Describe an incident ...
Sled Dog Visit South Ridge 2nd Grade
On Wednesday South Ridge elementary students were visited by Billie Diver and Dewey Dupuis. They brought their team of their dogsleds out to the school. As part of Culture-based Arts Integration (CBAI) grant we had been researching (1st grade) the history and cultural ties of Dog sledding and the Beargrease dog sled race. We followed the Beargrease this year as a class. Diver came in 10th in the half marathon, 150 miles. She was excited to come out to the school to present to 1st graders as she was a 1st grader when she first began racing. This awesome connection along with ...
“Not So Grimm Fairy Tales” to MSHSL One Act to Show at South Ridge Feb 12th
Here’s a hilarious tongue-in-cheek retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales that feels fresh and contemporary! 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 ...
Iron Range Youth in Action Supports Recycling
South Ridge Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) presented a short informational video and students shared the impacts of recycling. 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." IRYA has placed a number of recycling containers around the school in an effort to encourage all of us to get used to recycling/reusing containers. Iron Range Youth in Action is a youth organization in Northern ...
Geography Bee 2014
[caption id="attachment_5881" align="alignright" width="300"] Calub Luomala Triumphs Again![/caption] Caleb Luomala Two time Defending Geography Bee Champion for 2014. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. This year champion again was Calub Luomala with 2nd place going to Trenton Johnson, 3rd place to ...
Veteran’s Day Assembly
Our area has a rich history of service to our country and community. On Veteran's Day, November 11, 2013, students and community members came together at 10 AM in the school's gym to honor those that have served in the United States military. The High School Band and Middle School choir performed a patriotic medaly of songs followed by reciting the Pledge of Alligance and singing of the National Anthem. The Third Grade sang an uplifting melody to encourgae the spirit of America. High School band members made and dstributed a fleece blanket for all veterans attending the tribute assembly. We honor ...
Traffic Patterns in School Hallway
“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. It’s like ...
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 ...
South Ridge Supports Cancer Research
South Ridge's Fall Homecoming took cancer research on Tuesday as students and staff wore "pink" to show their support for cancer research. A coin drive was held all week with money going to the American Cancer Society. The evening Volleyball game saw "pink" as well with South Ridge and the visiting team all coming together for cancer awareness.
Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre
Frank Theatre teaching artists have been working with the South Ridge 3rd-4th Grade students and 7th Grade Art students. Students write creatively as they explore what makes a good story. Working in small groups students participate in theater games and perform short stories. Working with trusted friends students can push themselves to speak freely in front of a group or read their story loud and proud. Everyone has their own personal challenge. September 17-18 September 24-25 This program has been generously supported through the Minnesota State Arts Board, Art's Learning grant.
Football and Pep Band
South Ridge Football games are great! Football games with South Ridge 's Pep Band are fantastic! The music, the fans, and cool autumn air make for the perfect evening to shout and cheer for the home team. Interested in playing an instrument? Talk with Ms. Cox. Photos by C.Davidson
Fall Sports are strong and well on their way to an excellent season. Students attended their first Pep Ralley before the first home football game. Cheerleaders led students in cheers for their favorite teams and athletes. Check out the South Ridge School calendar to make your plans to attend South Ridge games and competitions. [caption id="attachment_5415" align="aligncenter" width="210"] Volleyball Team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5412" align="aligncenter" width="210"] Football Team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5414" align="aligncenter" width="210"] Cross Country Team[/caption]
Grandparents Day has become a cherished day in ISD2142 schools! Children sing songs and read their favorite stories with family. It is a time to remember how important family to all of us, young and old. Reading is one of our most important life skills. It is stressed at South Ridge through all of the subjects and grade levels. If you have a child at home, read with them every day. Not only will they build a stronger bond with you, they will benefit academically, enhance their ability to speak and communicate clearly. They will learn to use and understand logic and reasoning skills more effectively as they grow ...
Live streaming of school events available now through High School Cube! Watch all your favorite tournaments as well as the 2014 Annual Holiday High School Band Concert!
Free login to start watching!
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!
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.
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.
Students 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 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.
On October 8th, the fifth grade students headed out on a 3-day, 2 night field trip to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. While the days and fun flew by rapidly, the experience is one they are not likely to forget. Each day, students were actively involved in hands on learning opportunities. Whether they were hiking along a mountain trail, learning the time line of rocks, or descending 244 stairs to a river to go fishing, the kids were having fun as well as learning. Students learned what it was like for voyageurs decades ago, by canoeing to a campsite where they practiced making fire to cook their own biscuits and tea.
On two different occasions they were able to observe the stars, through outdoor telescopes, as well as close up in an indoor star lab. They learned how various cultures created different stories to go with the constellations, and had the opportunity to draw their own constellation and tell a story. The most favored course of the students however, was the Ropes Course. This is an obstacle course set about 50 feet off the ground. Students, secured into safety harnesses, walked along a rickety bridge, logs, and various high wires, only to finish with an exhilarating ride down a zip line to the finish. They tackled their fear of heights and gravity with the support of their peers. They came back with newly formed friendships, amazing stories to tell, and of course, more educated.
The fifth grade students and staff would like to thank the chaperones that volunteered their time to attend this trip. Chaperones spent 3 days from, 6 a.m. until after 10 p.m., interacting with students. They didn’t have even one break, and never once did they complain. You are amazing and we are grateful to have such amazing support and help!
The whole school came out as the South Ridge Pep Band played to celebrate the achievement of this years Volleyball and Cross Country teams as they advance in their state sports standing.
Volleyball will play at Denfeld, 4 PM in the Final Four game against Carlton. The Cross Country team has left for St. Olaf where tomorrow they will compete in the MSHSL State Competition.