elk river school district

The Elk River Area School District wants feedback from community members and has decided to host what it has termed three Community Café conversations. The school district is in the initial process of updating its strategic plan, and the Community Café conversations have been designed to serve as a beginning step to formulating the district’s [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer “If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you’re going,” Debra Blair, coordinator for the American Indian Education Program in the Elk River School District says. “American Indians were stripped of everything as a people and as human beings in the 19th and 20th centuries. We’re [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer “Aaniin. Welcome,” American Indian elder and competition judge Dr. Rick Gresczyk nods to the two teams sitting at separate tables in a small classroom. He holds up his first quiz question. “What is the Ojibwe word for wild rice?” The answer? “Manoomin.” So began the second annual Ojibwe and Dakota [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The verdict on Otsego Elementary School’s bold change to academies may not be in yet, but there are signs the new system is working despite some consternation on the part of the school’s staff. Recently released test results show the school’s student population making monumental strides. Success on NWEAs, a standards-based [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Joel Carlson has recommended the Elk River Area School District expand its approach to lobbying the Minnesota Legislature for financial help. The lobbyist for the local school system explained Monday night that although the district has conditioned legislators to growth issues ISD 728 has faced, he said he now believes the [...]

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