Seventh grade students studied our current star map (http://star maps.com) through Greek, by comparring the Greek, Ojibwe and Dakota star constellations. They also created their own star constellations based on their own stories written based on 7 teachings - Honesty, Love, Courage, Truth, Wisdom, Humility, and Respect. Following the teachings leads a person to well being and onto a good path in life. By recognizing and talking about the seasonal star constellations students gain confidence in telling their own stories and owning their own history.
As a class students visited the UMD’s Alworth Planetarium for a Native Star show as well ...
Read Across America
South Ridge Elementary celebrates "Read Across America" today paying homage to the great Dr. Seuss!In the afternoon, we gathered kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in the little gymnasium. We had many Cat in the Hat look-a-likes volunteer to read to the students. The most convincing look-a-like, Mrs. Ojibway, surprised the kids this morning all decked out like the real Cat in the Hat. An interesting fact, Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, but most called him Ted. Once, a man asked Dr. Seuss to write a new book. The man gave him a list of words that ...
The Chinese Lantern Festival celebrated at South Ridge!
The kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grade classes made paper lanterns the past couple of days to hang up in the classroom. They made lanterns to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival. This year, the Lantern Festival fell on February 24th, which is the last day of the Chinese New Year season, which began on February 10th. Traditionally, the Lantern Festival is a day for lovers. Traditionally, this is when the woman would be presented and seen by single eligible men. Although this is no longer observed as it used to be, the Lantern Festival still brings a hint of romance. Lanterns ...
South Ridge Snow Week – February 25th thru March 1st
South Ridge Student Council took the "blah" out of the long winter with a midwinter Snow Week! Activities were planned for each day along with dress-up themes. Participate in support of our school and your class. Special thanks to the Student Council for their hard work.
Images - (left to right) Blindfolded Musical Chairs on Wednesday, Bowling on Friday and Dodgeball on Wednesday. Slideshow image is from Thursday's Sled Race
Monday, February 25 -Elementary "Pajama Day & Crazy Hair"/High School “Fake an Injury Day” (Dress-up theme) - “Minute to Win it”; “Quiz Bowl”.
Tuesday, February 26 - Elementary "Camo Blaze Oragen Day"/High School “Hollywood Day” (Dress-up ...
South Ridge Science Fair
South Ridge K-12 Science Fair was Thursday, December 6th. Displays filled the Forum. Hypothosis were proposed on a wide variety on topics from solar vehicles to what melts sugar cubes faster. Students stood near their presentation boards and answered questions posed by Judges and fellow classmates. The 7th - 12th winners of this local Fair are invited to exhibit at the FDLTCC Regional Fair and the UMD Regional Science Fair.
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 ...
Wing Young Huie Art Residency
Photographer Wing Young Huie spent time with 3rd - 12th grade students during the last week in October. After introducing himself and his work they participated in a ”Chalk Talk” lesson – a way of using photography to better understand ourselves and others. Through his work he creates up-to-the-minute mirrors reflections of society.
He is most known for his photography work of Frogtown (1995) and Lake Street (2000). His most recent work includes the University Avenue Project from 2010 where he honored the lives of everyday folks who lived up and down the University Ave corridor in the Twin Cities.
His work ...
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 ...
SR Participates in River Watch
The South Ridge 8th grade class recently completed sampling of the Artichoke river in Brookston, MN as part of the St. Louis River- River Watch Program. The students get an intense 2 hour training session provided by Courtney Kowalsak from the college. Additional classroom instruction on how to do the chemical and physical test follows. The health of this stream that feeds the St. Louis river is determined by analyzing the type of macroinvertebrates present in the stream. The chemical tests include dissolved oxygen, nitrates, orthophosphates, and pH. Further testing includes temperature, transparency, stream discharge calculations and an assessment of ...
Beyond Traditional Textbooks
At the March 12, 2012 school board meeting, the St. Louis County School District approved a three-year plan which will change the way teachers deliver instruction by going beyond the traditional textbooks. This dynamic method of teaching will promote Standards-Based Instruction at the secondary level using technology to access the most recent and dynamic learning materials.
The push for creating a digital learning environment started this year with the integration of iPads and Netbook carts at each school. All teachers were trained in technology integration and best practices. Although, this year may have been a learning year, the benefits of utilizing ...
Softball Section Brackets
Baseball Section Brackets
Track Sections at UMD on May 31st
Emma Blom-800 meter
Bill Redding-300 Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Colton Peterson-Long Jump, Triple Jump
Girls 4X100 Relay (Anna Hall, Breena AlFredson, Lexi Kudis, Rachal Harmston)
Grils 4X200 Relay (Anna Hall, Emma Blom, Rachal Harmston, Breena AlFredson)
Girls 4X400 Relay (Emma Blom, Gracelynn Otis, Rachal Harmston, Breena AlFredson)
Gracelynn Otis-Mile & Two Mile
Noah Squires-Two Mile
Taylor Joyal-Mile & Pole Vault
Rachal Harmston-Long Jump
This is a list of end of the year activities. We will update as more dates are added.
- May 23rd High School Finals for Periods 1, 2, 3
- May 24th High School Finals for Periods 4, 5, 6
Graduation Practice from 8:30 – 10:00
High School Awards from 10 – 11:30
High School Graduation Speaker Practice from 11:30 – 12:00
Graduation at 7:00
All Night Grad Party
- May 28th A Honor Roll Trip to Valley Fair
B Honor Roll Party
Elementary Honor Roll Party
- May 29th Wednesday Finals
- May 30th Elementary Awards/6th Grade Graduation at 12:30 p.m.
The Panther Pride Athletic Club (PPAC) and South Ridge Parent Teacher Student Organization (SRPTSO) need your help in their efforts to support programs at South Ridge.
The PPAC meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at South Ridge. Their major fundraiser is the concessions at athletic events. ALL PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ARE ASKED TO WORK 2 EVENTS IN THE CONCESSION STAND.
The SRPTSO sponsors honor roll parties, field trips, educational demonstrations, book exchanges, and more at South Ridge. They meet Third Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the library at South Ridge. Come and join a committee and be part of great things happening at South Ridge!
Congratulations to the South Ridge Elementary School on their recent recognition as a Reward School with a Focus Score of 95.30%! A Reward School acknowledges our students place in the academic top 15% of Title I schools in the state! This rating is based on their yearly testing which is evaluated through the Minnesota Department of Education’s Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR).
The MMR is a measurement of school performance used for holding schools accountable under Minnesota’s approved No Child Left Behind waiver. The MMR considers the proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates of schools. Points are assigned in each of the four domains based on a school’s percentile rank among schools with the same grade range, and the total MMR is the percentage of possible points that the school earned. The Focus Rating (FR) is a secondary measurement within the MMR that measures schools specifically on the performance of student subgroups that exhibit a statistical achievement gap in Minnesota.
South Ridge celebrated Panther Pride May 15th! School and community came out to celebrate the many accomplishments from the past school year. In addition to classroom presentations there were big trucks in the parking lot, PTSO opportunities, Scholastic Books Sales, National Honor Society Induction ceremony, Choir Plant Sale, 10th Gr Fundraiser “Taco in a Bag” dinner, GSA TShirts Sales, Art Club Duct Tape Wallet Sale, 6th Grade Readers Theatre, Community Dance, “Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre” (MSAB grant), all on one of the first warm nights of the the Spring all provided a great evening together.
The annual event provides a glimpse of just some of the great things South Ridge School has to offer. More importantly we know that South Ridge takes care of it’s community through providing the best educational experience for our children, PreK – 12th Grade as well as a multitude of community education programs for all ages.
Over 400 entries were submitted across the state of Minnesota to this year’s Junior Duck Stamp Competition. This year South Ridge Eighth Grader Emily Wirtenen was chosen to receive an Honorable Mention for her drawing of the snow goose in water. Her ability to catch the softness of the feathers as well as the harshness in the landscape are sure to have caught the eye of the judge. Congratulations Emily!
South Ridge scores again!
Several classes in the elementary school submitted essays for the 2013 Minnesota Twins Father of the Year Essay Contest. Students were asked to write about “What my father means to me.” This year there were 5,223 essays written from 207 different schools. Second grader Zackery Couture, in Mr. Myre’s class, was selected as a Runner-Up Winner in Second Grade (only 5 total were selected from second grade)!! Zack and his father will be recognized at the June 16th Celebration of Fatherhood at the Illusion Theatre in downtown Minneapolis in the afternoon and they will attend a complimentary Minnesota Twins baseball game!
Congratulations Zackery Couture!
Beginning in early April an artist residency with Frank Theater began at South Ridge School. This the first of three 6-week residencies with Frank artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer. As professional teaching artists they will encourage creative storytelling and writing through theatre. Students will write original stories and perform their works! Focus is on 3-4th grades and the 7th grade.
“Pour qui” stories written by the afterschool STEAM students can be found on the ozhibii’ige miinawaa dadibaajimo storytelling web site. 7th Grade Art students are working with Greek myths – re-telling and performing their interpretations of King Midas, The Golden Apple, The Trogan Horse and Creation Myth.
The community component, “Storytelling Workshop” scheduled for each Tuesday night has been cancelled.
Public perfomrances of all work created during this residency will be performed at “Panther Pride Night”, May 15th.
Art students have for the second year entered the Vans Custom Culture. Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools received four pairs of blank Vans sneakers that were customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
Pictured above: Music by Dustin Mercier and Vincent Pohto, Active Sports by Warren Mountain, Art by Chelsea Williams and Quinn Holte, and Local Attitude by Cedar Savage.
New Tardy Consequences –
There was a 7-12 grade meeting held today to discuss the tardies and new sweeping policy. The consequences effects a small number of students but all of our students are affected as the disruption of late students entering class. It is also a school safety issue as students as we account for
The staff is concerned with the number of students in the hall. We will be changing the way we handle tardies effective immediately.
In the “real world” tardies are not allowed. If you are late to work, you will be fired. Bad habits are hard to break so we want to start now to help you build healthy habits.
- Teachers will shut and lock their doors promptly when the bell rings. At that point you will not be let in so go sit in the forum.
- There will be staff “sweeping” the hallways for students that were not allowed in class. Those students will be brought to the sweeping room.
- Teachers will then email Judy with a list of students “swept” that hour. She will then compile a list of students that will be emailed to students.
- STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE UP WORK WHEN THEY ARE OUT OF CLASS DUE TO TARDIES.
We will be monitoring the lists closely for habitual tardies. Those students will receive additional consequences.
Phones and Headphones – Teachers will take them and give to Ms. Berlin if distraction.
Food – No food and drink in the classrooms unless the teacher is using it for a special lesson.
On Sunday evening, March 24th, the winners of PBS’ Authors & Artists Contest were recognized at an Awards Ceremony held at Marshall School. Among the winners was our very own Owen Erickson, a second grader in Mr. Myre’s class. Owen’s poster of There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves was selected as Honorable Mention (or 4th Place) of all the second graders in PBS’ viewing area. At the Awards Ceremony the winners got to meet the author and illustrator of the book Agate. Joy Morgan Dey and Nikki Johnson told the story of Agate the Moose to the students, grades second through fifth, and even showed them how they created the characters in the book using water colors. It was a great experience! Congratulations Owen!
Seventh grade students studied our current star map (http://star maps.com) through Greek, by comparring the Greek, Ojibwe and Dakota star constellations. They also created their own star constellations based on their own stories written based on 7 teachings – Honesty, Love, Courage, Truth, Wisdom, Humility, and Respect. Following the teachings leads a person to well being and onto a good path in life. By recognizing and talking about the seasonal star constellations students gain confidence in telling their own stories and owning their own history.
As a class students visited the UMD’s Alworth Planetarium for a Native Star show as well as the Tweed Museum ENCODED exhibition. These two activities together demonstrate the use of historical information to devise modern thought.
This project was supported through the ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services – Culture Based Arts Integration grant and the Target Travel grant.
RyAnna Anvid’s Long Board
Kayla Jackson’s Companion Acrylic Painting @ Frank Big Bear
Art students from all five St. Louis County Schools exhibited their work at the Annual Art Exhibition at the District Office. Work will show for about one month. Each school entered about 20 works from K-12 art students. South Ridge students made an excellnet showing taking 1st place in the Elementary, Middle and High School! Isaiah Foster won first place for his Graphite Drawing, RyAnna Anvid won first place for her Long Board (color) and Kayla Jackson won first place for her Companion Acrylic Painting @ Frank Big Bear. In addition to the contest images from the Wing Young Huie art Residency are also on display.
South Ridge Elementary celebrates “Read Across America” today paying homage to the great Dr. Seuss!In the afternoon, we gathered kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in the little gymnasium. We had many Cat in the Hat look-a-likes volunteer to read to the students. The most convincing look-a-like, Mrs. Ojibway, surprised the kids this morning all decked out like the real Cat in the Hat. An interesting fact, Dr. Seuss’s real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, but most called him Ted. Once, a man asked Dr. Seuss to write a new book. The man gave him a list of words that were easy to read. Dr. Seuss could use only those words in his book. He picked two rhyming words from the list. They were cat and hat. Dr. Seuss wrote his book about a cat in a red-and-white hat. The cat gets into lots of trouble. That book was The Cat in the Hat! (Scholastic News, 2013)