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5th grade student wins Chisago Lakes Spelling Bee
Monday, January 25, the Chisago Lakes Area Schools District Spelling Bee took place at the CLHS Peforming Arts Center.  It was a two hour long affair that involved 39 spellers from 5th-8th grades. The winner of the Bee was a 5th grade student from Lakeside Elementary, Weston Harris – the championship word was “ecclesiastical.” Seventh graders, Kelsey Madden and Emily Fiorella took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.  Good luck to these 3 spellers as they move on to the Regional Spelling Bee in Sartell on Thursday, February 11.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chisago Lakes Baptist students celebrate 'I Love to Read' month
Chisago Lakes Baptist School “I Love to Read” month (January) involved preschool through sixth grade classes participated in an all school read-aloud, Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Breakfast Club gets a visit from a furry friend
Terina Peterson, Lino Lakes Police Officer and Derrick Hagen, K9 State Patrol officer were guests at Breakfast Club in January.  The photo shows Derrick with Jack his K9 helper.  The students learned about many possible duties as a police officer and about the K9 training.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

PTO supporting high potential learners
Lakeside is excited to announce “Destination Imagination”, a fun, hands-on learning project that fosters students’ creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Students learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. This year, Sharon Pitala, third grade cluster teacher at Lakeside is working with 10 third graders in the Gifted and Talented programming. The team has collaborated on weekly instant challenges and a student-selected team challenge.  They chose to complete a service learning project to benefit Northwoods Humane Society.  Along with a fundraising event, the team must create a meme and perform a skit at the regional tournament in March.  All aspects of these challenges are student-driven.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Scandia Elementary piles up food for Elim Lutheran food shelf
Scandia Elementary second-grade students recently held a food drive to provide breakfast for needy families. The food drive focused on breakfast cereal and the students were able to collect more than 40 boxes of cereal, which were donated to the Elim Lutheran Church food shelf.

Scandia Elementary second-grade students pose with some of the cereal they collected for the Elim Lutheran Church food shelf.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Public invited to tour new media centers at North Branch Schools
Over the summer and fall, North Branch Area Public Schools made major improvements to the media centers at the Sunrise River School, middle school, and high school. These new spaces are designed to meet the needs of students in the future and boast great features such as collaboration stations, genius bars, student self-checkout, places for classes to gather, modern furnishings, and an open, welcoming feel that students and staff alike have indicated are a great improvement.
NBAPS is hosting open houses to highlight all these wonderful features and you are invited!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

School lunch nutrition mandates leave districts food service budget a bit short
Anybody struggling with the amount of money they put out for groceries that are healthier and contain  fewer cheap processed food items;  can probably relate to what Chisago Lakes School District is experiencing.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

St. Cloud State hosts 'Science Rocks'
The two fifth grade classes from Chisago Lakes Taylors Falls and Lakeside Elementary Schools,  went to St Cloud State University last week for “Science Rocks” an annual event for advanced learners. There were 20 Chisago Lakes students attending, according to curriculum director Sarah Schmidt. In total 800 students from all across the state participated.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

North Branch survey results discussed
Sometime in the coming weeks North Branch School District officials will be discussing in depth,  the concerns and the good points that rose to the top in a survey used this fall by the district called Thought Exchange. (Press school board report September 17 edition.)
Thursday, December 31, 2015

North Branch schools levy decided; date set to fill seat
The headline in last Sunday’s StarTribune laid the credit (or blame) for seven county metropolitan area tax hikes at the feet of school districts.  But,  for North Branch District 138 property taxpayers, the schools  will impose little impact on property tax payments starting next May. 
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dresses bring community together
Volunteers--Bailey and Adrian--  pinned and prepared pillowcases being sewn for third world children into clothing, as part of a North Branch student-led effort.  The students are helping to supply  “Little Dresses for Africa” and their project started with collecting about 700 pillowcases, along with thread and sewing items.   Nearly all day Saturday last weekend,  members of the community were invited to the cafeteria at North Branch High School to help the Career and Community Leaders of America chapter at the high school make the cases into dresses. 
Friday, December 11, 2015

Toys for Teens collection well-supported
Lakeside School held its annual Toys for Teens Drive November 23 - December 4.  Teens are often overlooked during toy collections through the holidays.  This year Lakeside Staff and Students collected over 300 items (including gift cards) and $118 in cash donations.  The items collected benefit our local Anonymous Santa program in the area. Way to go Lakeside!
Friday, December 11, 2015

Local students getting into the spirit
Chisago Lakes high school student Charles Rehder served as a workshop ‘elf” who was helping a youngster make a stuffed animal selection, as they shopped in the Primary School gym Saturday, Dec 5.  The workshop is an annual fundraiser for the Chisago Lakes schools’ parent-teacher organization. Kids can select items in secret for very low prices and have them gift-wrapped by the older student volunteers,  while parents wait and enjoy refreshments.
Friday, December 11, 2015

TF Elementary fundraising reaches goal in short time
Taylors Falls Elementary School Playground
In the fall of 2014, Taylors Falls Elementary School began a fundraising campaign to replace a section of playground that was estimated to be over thirty years old.  The aging equipment had been patched together and repaired several times, and needed to be replaced for the safety of our children.  A $20,000 fundraising goal was established to cover the cost of a new playground. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Partnership with Chisago Lakes School District opened alumni room five years ago
Above an ordinary door in a busy hallway at Chisago Lakes High School you’ll see the simple words: Alumni Room. Tucked in a small room just beyond that door lie a rainbow of school colors, a wealth of memories, and 150 years of history of the Chisago Lakes School District and its predecessors, the Chisago City, Taylors Falls and Lindstrom-Center City-Shafer schools. The next time you see that door open, you’re invited to stop in.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chisago Lakes Middle School collects thousands of personal hygiene items
Christians in Action and Family Pathways send a huge thank you to Chisago Lakes Middle School for the Compassion Drive.  The Student Council was the driving force to get students to pitch in and donate personal hygiene items.  A few staff stepped in to be "pie targets"  as items goals.  Thank you Mr. Gillach, Ms. Otte and Mr. Thimm for taking a pie to the face for such a good cause.  
Friday, November 13, 2015

Local students impress with writing skills for Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy
VFW Post 1678 sponsored The Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests in the Chisago Lakes Schools.  The Patriot’s Pen essay theme was “What Freedom Means to Me.”  The first place winner for Patriot’s Pen is Niya Duren, center; second place Katie E. Peterson, and third place is Garrett Doolittle. Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to all the participants.  The entries were well written and it was a difficult decision. First place entries will go to the district VFW contests to the state level. In this photo Katie Peterson, left; Leroy Mitchell; Miya Duren, center; Ralph Carlson; and Garrett Doolittle, right.
Friday, November 13, 2015

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