Relay for Life with Color Run

crSouth Ridge students raised nearly $7,000 towards cancer awareness! Sponsored by school’s Band, students were able to walk for an hour for every $20 raised. Entire classes walked together in support of cancer awareness and finding a cure. Great effort on everyone’s part in making this a successful event!

1st-2nd Grade Sugerbush


Maple Sugar candy


On April 8th our 1st and 2nd grade classes (96 kids!) 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 Sugar Maples are tapped to produce pure maple syrup, maple sugar, and the famous maple candies!  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 Ojibwemowin), 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 chaperones were very excited to purchase these delectable products right on site.

Our students had a wonderful time learning using place based education and outdoor classrooms. They were even treated to taste tests of maple sugar and maple syrup. The finale was a hit when our dear friend Cedar handed out Sugar Cakes to all that attended, yum!

Pictured above – (left) making maple sugar candy (right) teaching students how to gather the sap.

MSHSL Art Contest

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Best of show for craft went to Rebecca Flynn, South Ridge School for her beaded necklace.

“Best of Show” for Craft went to Rebecca Flynn, South Ridge School for her beaded necklace. She will exhibit in the State Art Contest Exhibition at Perpich Art School on May 16th, 2-5 PM.

The 2015 Annual MSHSL Art Contest was April 8th  at Barnum High School. Over 16 schools participated with a record number of art works submitted wide. Over 16 HS art students participated with 14 of them receiving “Superior” ratings for their work. The work is up in the hallway gallery. “Best of Show” in Craft was created by Becca F. And her work will go to the State Art Exhibition in mid-May.

The contest is a highlight for visual students. Students spend time looking at other students work and are encouraged, challenged and changed by being together. The visual student always is pushing themselves to work in a world that is overwhelming directed with words. Most of us are moved and enjoy the visual language.  Artists know how to control a composition and create work that can say more than words – it can express feelings, references to history, present options for the future.

Congratulations to all those who participated!


Guest art Jonathan Thunder talked with students about his work as a painter and animator – creating an original animation before our eyes. It was great to be together and share our work.


Van’s Custom Culture Submission 2015

Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. South Ridge High School art students have again entered the national competition with resigning four of their most popular shoes. High School Sculpture students worked together to create these amazing shoes. We will know April 24th. Congrats to everyone involved you have made us proud!!!

Knowledge Bowl 2015

Knowledge Bowl Team 2015

Knowledge Bowl Team 2015

South Ridge has 5 Knowledge Bowl Teams. There are 95 Knowledge Bowl teams in Tier 2 which is our region. South Ridge’s Team 1 made the regional tournament cut off of the top 24 teams! The team was tied for 3rd place for much of the tournament – but ended up in 9th place overall. The top 3 schools (Mesabi East, I-Falls, and Cook County) go on to state.

The competition includes: 1 written round and 5 oral rounds.
answer questions covering all areas: literature, math, science, current events, geography, grammar, art, history, government,

Knowledge Bowl is a power competition in which team groupings are rearranged after each round on the basis of their total points accumulated. The written round is a multiple-choice exam taken by each team as a whole. Results of this round are used for seeding teams in the oral rounds

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.

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

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.