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Growing up means lots of changes…like instead of driving up and down Powers Hill (Hwy 169 into downtown) looking for friends (80 miles logged one night while staying within a 10 mile radius of Grand Rapids), you drive this same amount for after school activities and it isn’t quite the same. Instead of hitting the Friday night movie, you opt for the matinee for a multitude of reasons that make you feel old to explain or maybe you opt out of the theater altogether and just do the video store because you haven’t even bought into Netflix yet, sigh. Volleyball at the beach turns to making sandcastles in the sand and counting heads in the water. A trip to the store becomes a chore and not a privilege and sitting at the arena or football field is cold even with a scarf, hat, mittens, coat, long johns AND a blanket.
Aubrey Tuders, 1995 graduate of Grand Rapids High School, received her Doctorate of Psychology degree at St. Catherine’s University Oct. 3, 2015. Dr. Tuders begins her new position at the Bowen Institute of Plymouth, Indiana this week. She is the daughter of Dale and Nancy Tuders of Grand Rapids.
The Chain Reaction Club at Northern Lights Community School hosted their second annual Donut Day Oct. 1. The event was held in the morning as people drove through the town of Warba. The club members held signs by the roadside encouraging drivers to stop by the school for free donuts and coffee. The Donut Day event was a way that the club members could extend a kind act to the community, in hopes that through this gesture others will become more aware of how their actions can create a positive impact on others.
The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, will be administered at Grand Rapids High School on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. to interested juniors (priority) with approximately 8-10 tests for sophomores interested in practicing for the junior year administration. This timed assessment covers Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing Skills, areas of measurement common to all college admission tests including the ACT. Students will receive information indicating their specific strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for study in preparation for admissions tests. This is not a required test for graduation.
The Grand Rapids FFA (Future Farmers of America) hosted a very successful first Allan Hafeman True Grit Horse Show and Dance in September. With the help of numerous Grand Rapids FFA alumni and current members, they hosted a dance on Friday, Sept. 11 to start off True Grit Weekend and then a WSCA sanctioned horse show to earn points toward’s next year’s Champ Show with judge Tessa Drevlow officiating.
All Greenway students and families grades 3-8 are invited to attend an exciting MCA-III Math Madness Night at GHS on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 -7:15 pm. This night is devoted to practice and preparation for the MATH Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-III) scheduled in May. Teacher stations will have various family fun activities. Families will have an opportunity to view the online version of the MCA-III Practice Test. A light dinner will be served.
Every one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities across the state is waiving application fees for all or part of College Knowledge Month. Celebrated in October, College Knowledge Month is a statewide effort between high schools and postsecondary institutions to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process.
By two years old, children primarily pick up objects using of the thumb and index finger with more refined movements and strength is developing in fine motor tasks to allow for duplo/lego building and other linking blocks as well as connecting train tracks, threading beads and beginning scissor cutting with help and supervision, of course. There are many ways to work on fine motor skills to build control and strength to prepare children for writing without even picking up a pencil (which is a good thing to do too).
Named to the Alexandria Technical & Community College’s deans list for spring 2015 were Jackson Schwartz of Grand Rapids, and Brent Curto of Keewatin.
Students and staff from Svendborg Technical College in Denmark recently presented Itasca Community College Interim Provost, Bart Johnson, with a framed map of Denmark to acknowledge the exchange program that has existed between the two schools. To the left of the map are Danish instructors, Henrik Butze-Ruhnenstierne and Tine Frederiksen, while Bart Johnson holds the map. Danish students participating in the exchange program this year are Daniel Danekilde, Simon Dyrn, Cim Elmann, Nicoline Frank, Malthe Gottfredsen, Anders Henriksen, Juliet Jensen, Mads Jensen, Anders Kampp, Rasmus Knudsen, Kristoffer Larsen, Kasper Nielsen, Simone Nielsen, Chris Rasmussen, Christian Rasmussen, Frederik Rasmussen, Jesper Rasmussen, Victor Stoerner-Ryberg, Niels Strange, and Michael Westergaard. The Danish students and faculty members will be attending classes at ICC until October 18 when they will then return to Svendborg, Denmark. In March of 2016, ICC students will have an opportunity to travel to Svendborg, Denmark for 9 weeks of study which includes an 11-day guided tour of Europe. In January, students participating in the exchange will begin by taking classes for this international experience at Itasca. They will complete some courses before leaving for Europe and finish their remaining spring semester classes during their stay in Denmark. For more information about the exchange program, contact ICC faculty member, Craig Stertz, who will be accompanying the students during this international experience. He may be reached at (218) 322-2392.