Date changed from Tue May 26 to Wed May 27.
1st-2nd Grade Sugerbush
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 ...
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]
Date changed from Tue May 26 to Wed May 27.
Time and location remain 5:00 at North Woods School.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Congratulations 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!
The 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.
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. http://www.mathmastersmn.org/
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 SRCE@isd2142.k12.mn.us
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!