Cross Country and Volleyball Teams Celebrated at All School Pep Fest


South Ridge Volleyball Team with Captain Mikayla Olesiak Speaking to Students


BACK2BACK 2013-2014 State Competitors!! South Ridge Cross Country Team with Awards Presented Over Last Two Years.

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.

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Girls Volleyball Tonight at Denfeld Saturday 4 PM in Section Finals!

vbwebSouth Ridge Panthers will take on Carlton this Saturday night at Denfeld at 4 PM.  Tickets are $5.00 for students and $8.00 for adults. No passes of any type will be allowed.


This photo taken after the Panther Volleyball team took 1st place at the Virginia Tournament with wins over Mesabi East, Cloquet, Holy Angels, and Hermantown! Awesome job!

5th-6th Grade Boys Football Finish Season Undefeated!

The 5th and 6th grade football team finished their season last weekend and they are the 2014 undefeated pony league champions.elem FB team

State Bound!! Congratulations to Cross Country Team!!

cc2014-15nThe South Ridge Girls Cross Country Team has placed 2nd in the section and will be advancing to the STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET!!!

Congratulations to the South Ridge Panthers Girls Cross Country Team  as the 2014-15 Polar League Champs! Way to go PANTHERS!

Media Art Students Study Wing Young Huie

IMG_8886web-1024x574new-(1)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 that changed you.
  • How have you been affected by race?

See Media Art student work at

Fall Homecoming


Prince Hunter, Princess Marissa, King Kaleb and Queen Mikayla

2014 Homecoming will be October 5-11. The South Ridge Junior class will sponsor the annual event. Daily dress-up themes K-12, challenges and games, 9-12  with the culmination of coronation on Friday afternoon are a traditional highlights of the South Ridge Fall Homecoming Week!

A Coin Drive was held grades K-12  with proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Nearly $900 was raised! Here are the totals raised: In the K-8 – 1st place 8th grade $84.42, 2nd place 1st grade $78.16, 3rd place 3rd grade $69.30.
You will all be receiving a prize soon. 9th grade won the high school competition with $151.52.
You are all making a difference and helping to fight cancer. 

Freshman won  the highly sought after “Silver Panther” Award. 9-12 grade students involved in the daily competitions including dress-up, airplane contests,scavenger hunts, lip synch and decorating.

Freshman Class Won Silver Panther Award

Freshman Class Won Silver Panther Award


School Board Needs Input for Strategic Plan

strategyiconThe St. Louis County School District is in the initial stage of developing a strategic plan. The school board is working with the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to provide guidance and assist with the planning.

The school board is seeking input from school district residents to help in identifying the school district’s strengths and areas for improvement.  School district residents can give the school board feedback by completing a survey. The information gathered from the survey will be analyzed by the MSBA and used to help identify school district strategic priorities.


■ You can provide input by filling out the online version of the “St. Louis County School District Strategic Planning Survey;” just click here:  before 11 p.m. on November 2, 2014, to fill it out;

■ Or, you can stop by the St. Louis County School District office at 1701 No. 9th. Ave., Virginia, or any school building to pick up a copy and fill it out. Completed surveys should be returned by Friday, October 31, to the district office at the above address;

■ Or, you can either call Sandy Gundlach at 800-324-4459 to request a copy to be sent to your home, or request a copy of the survey via email by contacting

The survey will be open until 11 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated by the St. Louis County School Board.  If you have any questions about the survey or strategic planning process, please contact MSBA’s Sandy Gundlach at 507-934-2450, ext. 128,

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.

Spirit Lake Sugarbush

Spirit Lake Sugarbush


Derreck enjoying maple sap!

Derreck enjoying maple sap!

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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!

State Science Fair 2014

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South Ridge’s Annual Science Fair was held near the end of 1st Semester. Nearly every 7th grader participated in a number of Science experiments.

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Roth Mobot Visits South Ridge

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South Ridge School art department brought Chicago based circuit-benders, Roth Mobot, to school for a 4-day artist residency. Students worked with artists Patrick McCarthy and Tommy Stephenson building an optical theremin.

A theremin is an electronic musical instrument in which the tone is generated by two high-frequency oscillators and the pitch controlled by the movement of the performer’s hand toward and away from the circuit. Students built their devise on a breadboard adding a resistor, capacitor, photo resistor, speaker, switch all on a 555 IC chip. The 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit (chip) used in a variety of timer, pulse generation, and oscillator applications. The 555 can be used to provide time delays, as an oscillator, and as a flip-flop element. Derivatives provide up to four timing circuits in one package.

Introduced in 1971, the 555 is still in widespread use due to its ease of use, low price, and stability. It is estimated that 1 billion units are manufactured every year.

Most had never had opportunity to work with battery operated electronics and benefited from the opportunity to work with Roth Mobot artists. Participating in a new and evolving art form is exciting. Circuit-benders and experimental electronic art is still being defined by practitioners, artists and the audience.

All art classes created an optical theremin. Prove Gallery folks circuit bent toys. South Ridge students were invited  to Prove Gallery and make electronic circuit bent toys as well. Public performances were held Friday night at South Ridge  and Saturday night at Prove Gallery. All was free of charge. Video Documentary

This activity is funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and by Minnesota Power Foundation