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
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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”
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.
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.
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Student receiving award for winning writing contest.
“Veteran’s Day not only honors those who have served our country in the past, but also those who are serving at the present. Veterans present a true cross-section of our society.They are from all races, creeds, faiths, sexes and ethnic heritages – but all are truly Americans.
During a time of conflict or of peace they have left families, friends and careers to protect our country and way of life. They have left the ‘civilian” segment of the population and have now become a part of the military. Answering this “call of duty” binds them together in a unique way.
I know that some of you will follow this course in your life. I wish you good luck and welcome your joining, whichever branch of service you choose. Hopefully this service will eventually secure what Vets want, and that is peace.” – Bob Larsen VFW Post 3044 Commander
The all-school assembly was held on November 11th in the school’s gym. The program began with the South Ridge Community Choir singing the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by a number of speakers, demonstration and explanation of how to fold a flag as well as elementary choir groups singing patriotic songs. Awards were given to students for their writing and coloring contest submissions from 2013 and 2014. We wish to thank the community for their part in the program as well as all Veteran’s and Auxiliary members who attended the event. We thank you for your service.
South Ridge Community Choir
Bob Larsen VFW Post 3044 Commander
Greta Lindgren, Women’s Auxiliary
Picnic lunch on Lake Superior
Just Hanging Out
Geology Class, Sitting on the Parent Rock
On October 8th, the fifth grade students headed out on a 3-day, 2 night field trip to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. While the days and fun flew by rapidly, the experience is one they are not likely to forget. Each day, students were actively involved in hands on learning opportunities. Whether they were hiking along a mountain trail, learning the time line of rocks, or descending 244 stairs to a river to go fishing, the kids were having fun as well as learning. Students learned what it was like for voyageurs decades ago, by canoeing to a campsite where they practiced making fire to cook their own biscuits and tea.
On two different occasions they were able to observe the stars, through outdoor telescopes, as well as close up in an indoor star lab. They learned how various cultures created different stories to go with the constellations, and had the opportunity to draw their own constellation and tell a story. The most favored course of the students however, was the Ropes Course. This is an obstacle course set about 50 feet off the ground. Students, secured into safety harnesses, walked along a rickety bridge, logs, and various high wires, only to finish with an exhilarating ride down a zip line to the finish. They tackled their fear of heights and gravity with the support of their peers. They came back with newly formed friendships, amazing stories to tell, and of course, more educated.
The fifth grade students and staff would like to thank the chaperones that volunteered their time to attend this trip. Chaperones spent 3 days from, 6 a.m. until after 10 p.m., interacting with students. They didn’t have even one break, and never once did they complain. You are amazing and we are grateful to have such amazing support and help!
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.
You all have shown what it means to be a champion in athletics, academics and in life. We support you!! Congratulations!!
The 5th and 6th grade football team finished their season last weekend and they are the 2014 undefeated pony league champions.
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
Learning how the tubes and gravity work together to transport the sap.
Spirit Lake Sugarbush
Derreck enjoying maple sap!
Making Maple Sugar….yum! We all ate some!
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!
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.