Ivan Sand Community School

      by Joni Astrup Associate editor For many in Ivan Sand Community High School’s Class of 2013, the road to graduation was paved with obstacles big and small. But they persevered and received their diplomas during the Elk River school’s graduation ceremony Tuesday, June 4. Six students shared their stories at commencement. They [...]

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During school days, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through May 1, Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River, the area’s only alternative school, is accepting item donations for its annual flea market. The flea market will be May 3 and 4 at the school, located at 1232 School St. The only items not accepted [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Ivan Sand Community High School is in its second year of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and in conjunction with this initiative, the school has identified a mascot and three expectations that will represent the Ivan Sand Way. They are Respect, Responsibility and Kindness, according to Val Bakken, the principal [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer Principal Valerie Bakken of Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River noted this week that though her building has been open only since 1998, this alternative education program for students in grades nine–12 has been offered by the Elk River Area School District since 1987. She speaks with great [...]

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Graduation ceremonies for the Elk River Area School District’s approximately 904 currently enrolled seniors are scheduled the first week of June.   The ceremonies are as follows: •Ivan Sand Community School (36 currently enrolled seniors), Tuesday, June 5, 7 p.m. in the Elk River High School Zabee Theater (763-241-3530). •Zimmerman High School (148 currently enrolled [...]

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Ivan Sand Community High School senior Jonathan (Jon) Ellis is one of six state officers serving on the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) STARS board.  He is the second Ivan Sand student in three years to be selected to the prestigious student board. As an officer, Ellis is assuming leadership responsibilities, including speaking at [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer Students at Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River will get a new experience Nov. 10 when they meet with more than 20 area adult volunteers for the school’s first “respect retreat.” Principal Val Bakken has been working to arrange this Youth Frontiers program (youthfrontiers.org) for her students for [...]

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by Bob Grawey Staff writer Anyone in need of inspiration only need attend an Ivan Sand Community School graduation ceremony. Of eight graduating seniors who spoke, all of them told of why or how they ended up at the alternative school, and what they had to overcome to graduate. Senior grad Cecelia, or CeCe as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor When Alyse Oban came to Ivan Sand Community School in Elk River as a sophomore, she described her attitude as “horrible.” “I finally realized I had to grow up,” she said. A key part of that was when her mom moved to Tennessee during Oban’s junior year. Oban said she [...]

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