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It has been a trying winter, to say the least, when it comes to weather. It has tested all of our patience a time or two! We have had to make some difficult decisions, some with short notice, as forecasts dictate. I am extremely grateful to all the people who rely on the school district for …

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The theme for the month was Saddle Up and Read. The students were challenged to read 135,000 minutes at home during the month of February. They read a total of 151,480 minutes. As a reward there was a “horse” race using tricycles decorated as horses. One student per grade (7 students) each d…

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This Thursday, the school board and I will be discussing the budget recommendation for 2019-20 as well as reviewing Budget Boot Camp (BBC) materials. BBC is our planning process at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS). Like most area districts, and many others statewide, we must realize …

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Students of Chisago Lakes Baptist School proved that reading can be lots of fun! The elementary school’s “I Love to Read” month began Jan. 7. The morning began with a magic show called “Reading Magic,” presented by local professional magician, Norm Barnhart. Several students were invited to …

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Representatives of the North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF) visited our schools on Thursday, Feb. 14, and handed out over $15,000 in grants to staff.These grants, which have been handed out annually to staff based on an application process, will be used for STEM (science, technolog…

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Representatives of the North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF) visited schools at North Branch Area Public Schools on Thursday, Feb. 14 to award over $15,000 in grants to school district staff.

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The Rush City School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week February 18-22.

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North Branch Middle School Principal Todd Tetzlaff attended the Feb. 14 meeting of the North Branch School Board and introduced spelling bee winners Grace Larson and Theresa Beck, who both went on to regionals and placed in the top 10.

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The Sunrise River School Carnival is coming up on Friday, March 1. This wonderful annual event is fun for the whole family and raises money that goes directly to creating and improving opportunities for students attending Sunrise. However, the event is jeopardized this year due to a lack of …

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The following local students have been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

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Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 18-22, a chance for all of us represented by school boards to say “thank you” to those who volunteer and provide such a valuable service to all of our communities statewide. As our school board does not have a scheduled meeting that week, we wi…

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is in the process of identifying budget savings for the 2019-20 school year. Our stakeholders are no stranger to this situation, as the inequities of state funding and unfunded mandates continue to plague school districts like ours.

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The following students have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean’s list in recognition of academic achievement fall semester 2018. Students must be in degree-seeking status and maintain a 3.25 or higher grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits…

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Congratulations to NBAPS school board chair Kirby Ekstrom (left), who was recognized for 20 years of school board service at the MSBA (Minnesota School Boards Association) 2019 Leadership Conference. Ekstrom is pictured with MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind.

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Minnesota Energy Resources (MER) staff came to North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to present the school district with a $29,250 energy efficiency rebate. The rebate is for replacing North Branch Area Middle School’s existing boiler with an energy efficient model t…

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During these sedentary winter months it can be hard to find fun things to do. Fortunately, your Community Education (CE) staff is always looking for ways to provide entertainment and learning for the community, and this winter is no exception!

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There is much to report about construction that has been occurring at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) during the school year. Areas currently under construction are primarily at the high school and include the gym/fitness center addition, auditorium, and culinary classroom space. Wi…

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“Vaping” has been in the news lately, and for those who don’t know what that is, vaping is slang for using a vaporizer, instead of a cigarette, to deliver nicotine to the bloodstream; an increasingly common practice among juveniles. Nicotine use can have adverse affects on brain development …

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The NBAPS School Board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, covered recognitions and the superintendent’s report, audit report, property tax levy and more.

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The North Branch-Chicago Lakes 3038 Robotics Team experienced a major change in funding and are pleased to have Wilson Tool as a sponsor. Funding from Wilson Tool ($5,000), along with Abbott ($2,500) has enabled Team 3038 to reach 75 percent of their target goal of $10,000 for the 2018-2019 …

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About 10 years ago, my mother and father-in-law started a new family tradition. Instead of spending more money on the grandchildren, they started sending us $100 to spend on someone in need. For those ten years, we have been able to come up with ideas to help other people in our community an…

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With winter sports gearing up its time once again to designate and honor new additions to the Viking Hall of Fame! Each year, designees are reviewed by the Viking Hall of Fame committee to determine membership. Categories for this year included fine art participant, athlete, coach and an hon…

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After an outpouring of support over the last year from local businesses, individuals, and alumni, the Braham Area Education Foundation recently distributed its first round of classroom grants. The Foundation sought applications from faculty and staff within the Braham Area School District, f…

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Over the course of the last few months we have been collecting feedback toward the creation of a new Continuous Improvement Plan to carry the school district forward over the next two years. That work is now complete and you can view Continuous Improvement Plan CIP) 2018-2020 at this link: w…

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I encourage staff to think of three things they are grateful for every day. By practicing gratitude it can quickly become a habit, and not only has a positive impact on others, but great benefits for us too! Expressing gratitude creates a more positive outlook in general, helps us see the go…

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During this time of Thanksgiving, most are excited about the holidays. Many are looking forward to time around the table with family members, friends, and others. Most will be making plans and some of us are making traveling plans to visit families near and far. We are looking forward to sle…

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I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this community. It’s hard to believe it was almost a year ago when my wife showed me a text that would change our lives forever. The text informed us that Rush City Schools had started a search for their next Superintendent. I applied for the opp…