Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Grand Forks Public Schools has received a $5,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).
The funds will be used to purchase school supplies and gym uniforms, activity fee assistance, and reduced-price bus tickets for Native American students.
“Grand Forks Public Schools through the generosity of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will be able to assist Native American students further as they pursue their education,” said Chad Ward, Native American liaison for Grand Forks Public Schools.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening their SMS Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure, such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services.
Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant for Innovation Awards
Grand Forks Public Schools have been awarded $12,000 in grants from the North Dakota Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department to assist in expanding the competitive VEX Robotics teams at the middle and high school level.
VEX Robotics is an innovative robotics design platform that transforms STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning for students and their teachers. Students create and program robots to operate both by remote control and autonomously.
“Last year was our first year competing with VEX Robotics teams, and our district was very successful with a team from Red River competing at the VEX World’s Competition,” said Eric Ripley, Director of Career and Technical Education. “This grant funding will help support the development of additional teams at each middle and high school allowing for more opportunities for students to participate and compete.”
Elroy Schroeder, Grand Forks Central, Nathan Twining, Red River, South, and Valley schools will receive $2,000 to expand the VEX Robotics Club at their respective school during the 2017-2018 school year. All enrolled students at the schools will have the opportunity to participate in the club, if interested.
In VEX Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. The VEX Robotics projects encourage teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. VEX Robotics Competitions are the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics competitions in the world.
Each school previously received game-specific elements and advisor training this summer from the Red River Valley Education Cooperative.
Students Receive New Shoes, Socks from Samaritan’s Feet
Approximately 375 students from Grand Forks Public Schools were recipients of new shoes as part of the 4th annual Samaritan’s Feet Back-to-School distribution on October 14 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Each recipient received a new pair of shoes and socks and had their feet washed by one of over 75 community volunteers, including University of North Dakota students and student-athletes.
“As a social worker for Grand Forks Public Schools, it is an honor to be a part of something that puts a smile on a child’s face while putting shoes on their feet,” said Pamela Elmquist. “This program makes a real difference for families and children.”
The event is part of the nationwide Samaritan’s Feet 2017 Back-to-School program with a goal of distributing over 35,000 pairs of shoes and socks to children.
Samaritan’s Feet is a humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 6.7 million pairs of shoes in 90 countries and 350 U.S. cities.
Winter Weather Information
With winter weather season approaching, Grand Forks Public Schools would like to remind you of the many ways you can receive official weather-related communications.
All announcements will be posted on our official Facebook page, as well as on our official Twitter page, our District website, and TV15 (Grand Forks Public Schools channel on Midcontinent Communications, channel 15). Announcements will also be made on local radio and television stations.
Grand Forks Public Schools will also use an automated calling system to notify parents in the event school is delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions. Typically, this call to parents will occur between 6:30-7 a.m. Please note: it can take up to 30 minutes for the automated system to complete all phone calls. For more information about school postponements and cancellations, please review our School Cancellation and Postponement Procedures.
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Congratulations to the Red River High School girls' golf team on their NDHSAA Team Championship! Red River was also the 2017 EDC Girls' Golf Champion.
Congratulations to Red River's Morgan Hetletved on being selected as the 2017 Girls' Golf Senior Athlete of the Year and the 2017 Girls' Golf Individual Medalist! She had previously been named the EDC Senior Player of the Year for Girls' Golf.
Congratulations to Eric Sanders, head girls' golf coach at Red River High School, on being selected as the 2017 Girls' Golf Coach of the Year! He had previously been named the EDC Coach of the Year for Girls' Golf.
- Congratulations to the following student-athletes who were selected to the 2017 Girls' Golf All-State Team: Lily Bredemeier, Red River High School; Morgan Hetletved, Red River High School; Betsy Seaver, Red River High School.
- Congratulations to the following girls' golf student-athletes who were selected to the EDC All-Region Tournament Team: Lily Bredemeier, Red River High School; Taiylor Ellingson, Grand Forks Central High School; Morgan Hetletved, Red River High School; Betsy Seaver, Red River High School; Hilary Whalen, Red River High School.
- Congratulations to 2017 Boys’ Tennis EDC Team Champions, Red River High School!
- Congratulations to Red River's Kaden Johnson and Gavin Loscheider on winning the 2017 EDC Boys’ Tennis Doubles Championship!
- Boys' tennis student-athletes named to the All-EDC team include: Kaden Johnson, Red River High School; Jack Lindgren, Red River High School; James Votava, Grand Forks Central High School; Gary Wu, Grand Forks Central High School.
- Congratulations to Max Weisser, head boys' tennis coach at Central, on being selected as the 2017 Boys’ Tennis EDC Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to Richard DaFoe, head boys' cross country coach at Red River High School, on his selection as 2017 Class A Boys' Cross Country Coach of the Year!
- Congratulations to Rachel Torrey on being selected as the NDHSAA Class A Girls' Cross Country Senior Athlete of the Year!
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