State Science Fair 2014
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.
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 ...
Computer Science Week
Computer Science Education Week is observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper(December 9, 1906). Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career - everybody can benefit from learning the basics. Visit Code.org for inspiration. During CS Week the world is participating in an Hour of Code. It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. We'll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. We'll even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms ...
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 ...
Cross Country Heads to State
South Ridge Cross Country team is heading to State! Athletes have worked hard in the classrooms, with a 3.9 GPA team average, and on the track, proven by their advancement to the highest level. Congratulations to you all! Best wishes!
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
“Rachel’s Challenge” Starts a Chain Reaction in South Ridge
"I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go." Students and staff attended an assembly with Rachel's Challenge to learn more about the program in an effort to build a better school and community. Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on ...
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]
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.
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!
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
South Ridge School again was host for the 2014 Minnesota State High School Region 7A Art Contest. Hosting over 12 schools for the second year was an honor for the school and district. Over 125 art work hung in the exhibition hallway including sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, craft, ceramics and graphic design. South Ridge won three of the nine top awards for “Best of Show” in Region 7. In painting the award went to Tayleen Pohto for her “Waterscape”, printmaking went to Scott Sowers for is colle’graph “Dave King from Flogging Molly” and Lily Peterson’s self portrait in mixed media.
Guest artist Chris Monroe talked with students about her work as an illustrator living and working in Duluth. Students created short comic strips of their own, developing a superhero character and short story line. Professional judges critiqued work for nearly 7 hours. They talked with young artists about the qualities in their work that made it strong as well as what they could work on.
A gift of poetry was given to the exhibiting artists from the South Ridge 4th grade. Ms. Dirksen’s students spent considerable time looking at the exhibition until each student chose 2-3 artworks to write a poem about. Each young poet met the high school artists and read their poems to them.
The Minnesota State High School Art Contest State Exhibition will be held at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley on May 10th-17th. Public reception is Sunday May 17th from 1:00 – 3:45 PM
We do this every year in ECFE! It’s tons of fun:). Shaving cream skating party! I always say “anything can happen in an early childhood classroom” and it does!!
The third and culminating performance with Frank Theatre teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer was February 26th in the South Ridge School forum. Students had been working for six weeks on storytelling activities, theatre games, building on writing skills and dissecting a story to find meaning – all of which aided them in the re-telling of The Pied Piper retold by the 3rd-4th grades, Three Strong Women retold by the afterschoolSTEAM students, 3rd-4th Grades, Anansi Searches for a Fool, Grade 7 Design and Anansi Plays Dead Grade 7 Design students.
Original music was performed by students as well which was composed by Twin Cities musician and educator Marya Hart. Lyrics were written by the students during a writing activity.
In the story of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” The town of Hamelin was full of rats and were unable to do anything. Even the cats were not able to kill the rats. One day, a fellow came to town called the Pied Piper. He went to the Mayor and asked him, “What will you pay me if I free your town of every single rat?” The mayor offered 10,000 coins. Happy with the offer, the Pied Piper started playing his pipe. Hearing the shrill, keen note, every rat came out from its hole and started following him into the water and waited till every rat had drowned.
Now the town was free. After all the rats were dead, the Pied Piper returned and asked the Mayor for his money. The Mayor said that he could only give him twenty pounds for such an easy job. Pied Piper wanted to teach him a lesson. This time he played a different tune. Hearing his music, the children came out of their houses as the Pied Piper led the children far, far away. The Mayor sent his men to look for the piper and bring the children back but none could find the lost children.
In the story of the “Three Strong Women” tells of Forever-Mountain is a famous wrestler, smug and rather conceited–until he meets Maru-me. Along with her mother and grandmother, she shows him what real strength is. Under their tutelage, he gains not only physical prowess, but the humility of the truly strong. This version of the Japanese tall tale is filled with sly humor and witty exaggeration. The lesson of kindness being stronger than hate.
In the story “Anansi Searches for a Fool” the lazy Anansi, the famed West African trickster figure, decides to go fishing, he looks around for a fool he can convince to do all the work. Imagine his surprise when hawk, also known for his cleverness, offers to accompany him. Anansi continues to trick his other friends and family until they have had enough and run him out of town. This Ashanti folktale, which illustrates the point that “When you dig a hole for someone else, you will fall into it yourself,” is a humorous story of a trickster being caught in his own trap.
In the story, “Anansi Plays Dead”, There was a famine in the land and Anansi thinks about only himself. He began to plot out how he could have the best crops for himself. Usually West Africans always give the richest part of the animal to the “leader” or father of the house. Its kinda like the social class but modified/conformed to family ranked. So he tricks his family into thinking he is dead and they bury him in the richest part of the garde. Every night he sneaks out and eats until full. Eventually he is found out by his family and he feels so embarrassed. “From that day until now, Anansi has not wanted to face people because of their scoffing, jeering, and that is why he is often found hiding in dark corners.” When you have commited a crime in the town you are held to be very shameful. West African usually disowns people that they put to shame.
Considerable effort was made by South Ridge teachers, district office administration and Frank Theatre teaching artists to provide this opportunity. By the Minnesota State Arts Board approving this Art’s Learning grant South Ridge was provided the opportunity.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. The Arts Learning grant program offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Arts and culture are central to Minnesota’s educational system and lifelong learning opportunities. The arts develop creative minds that maximize new opportunities and find solutions to life’s challenges. In Minnesota, the arts industry is an integral part of the economy. Because of the arts, Minnesota communities are successful, dynamic, attractive places to live and work.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On March 11th South Ridge kindergarten, first and second graders will celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. Thank you to all our volunteer readers!
Why celebrate Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love a children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful readers. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is important.
The final performance of “Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank” will be February 26th at 4:30 PM in the South Ridge Forum. 3rd, 4th and 7th grade students who have worked with teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer will perform their interpretations of Anansi tales (7th Grades), Three Stong Women (afterschoolSTEAM) and the Pied Piper (3rd-4th Grades).
Over the last six weeks students have developed their story telling skills as well as public presentation skills in using their voice and body. Theatre skills are life long tools. Getting over “stage fright” while young prepares students for opportunities to present themselves best in the future whether at home or work. Whether in personal or professional life we all need better “tools” to share what we know, demonstrate what we are thinking, and create trust between partners. Theatre builds communication skills needed in life. The arts make life more interesting to live! We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Frank Theatre! Come out and see what our students have learned!
This program was richly funded through the Minnesota State Arts Board Art’s Learning grant.