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Supt. taking bond info to public officials
The Superintendent for Chisago Lakes Schools has been attending local governmental meetings sharing details about the May bond referendum.  Supt. Joe Thimm has also been involved in evening public information sessions at Taylors Falls and the High School that were held this week.  April 4 at 6:30 p.m. he will front a public information meeting on the bond details, at Lakeside School.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beach Party at North Branch Sunrise Elementary School
The excitement was thick last week for the much anticipated Beach Party lunch at North Branch Sunrise Elementary School.  The party is a special day when kids bring a beach towel, wear their summer clothes and parents are invited and everbody celebrates the school’s fitness and nutrition curriculum and tally the food shelf collection. There is a fun bag lunch on the menu, and  kids do the limbo to summery music.  Puppets are created by the first, second, third,  and fourth graders,  depicting healthy foods (see photos) and winners receive prizes.  The school donations came to 1,720 pounds of non perishable food items for the North Branch Food Shelf, up from last year’s 1,395 lbs.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Training begins in high school for the future
The Chisago Lakes Schools and local manufacturers have been teaming up to inspire and engage students in the world of high tech manufacturing for a few years. Only now, they’re doing it with a lot of encouragement and a little financial help from Chisago Lakes America’s Best Communities initiative.
Friday, February 24, 2017

CL Middle School students have been taking Wolf Ridge trip for 20 years
Chisago Lakes Middle School sixth graders just completed their 20th annual trip to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minnesota.  Approximately 250 6th grade students, 120 parent chaperones, and 15 staff members were divided into two groups that each spent three days at Wolf Ridge, where programs focus on environmental sciences, human culture and history, personal growth, team building, and outdoor recreation.  Students take six different classes while at Wolf Ridge with each class lasting up to three hours.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Referendum meeting information set; lacrosse to be a varsity sport in 2018
The Chisago Lakes School Board is starting to put the information wheels in motion to get the public informed on the May 9 bond referendum.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

JROTC earns first place in color guard
North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) Air Force JROTC competed against 10 other JROTC units from five midwestern states in color guard, unarmed drill, knowledge bowl, fitness competition and inspection. Points from each competition were added together to determine overall winners. NBAPS cadets took first place in color guard and third place overall! This is a remarkable achievement given the fact that NBAHS JROTC is only in its second year of existence and competed against terrific teams from all services.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

North Branch energy rehab projects moving right along, school board is advised
When spring break arrives at North Branch School District March 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 the students will be absent, but the buildings won’t be empty.  The North Branch district is undertaking a retro-fit and repair initiative of schools’ energy systems, starting with insulating the hot water pipes, to replacing urinals and toilets with low flow models, to systems replacements.   Over spring break subcontractors will address the temperature controls and be performing tests for a baseline and to guage improvements.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

CL Baptist students celebrate 'I Love to Read' month
Preschool and kindergarten classes read Little House books during class, while first through sixth grade classes participated in an all school read-aloud, Prairie School, by Lois Lenski.  Daily prizes were awarded to the first student who found a golden snowflake that was hidden throughout the school.  For ten minutes each day, students were invited to “stop, drop, and read.”  Occasionally a mystery reader read a selection from a well- known book over the loudspeaker.  Each week, the names of children who returned their reading logs were put into a drawing for one of a dozen books. 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Special Ed funding shortfall, lost enrollment creating red ink
North Branch School District principals and  administrators were informing staff last Friday of the school board’s timeline and process to trim the general operating budget for 2017-2018-- which will be short by about $1.7 million and which needs another million-plus to boost fund balances, resulting in “adjustments” of some $2.9 million overall. 
Thursday, February 2, 2017

High School robotics begins
The high school robotics program kicked off Saturday, January 7 with the introduction of the challenge called STEAMworks.  The combined FIRST North Branch-Chisago Lakes robotics team has 28 members and will be meeting six days per week until February 21, 2017.  Seven adult mentors will be working with the team as they build their robot with the goal of competing April 7-8-9 at the University of Minnesota-Williams Arena. Team Leader Becky Leuer shared that the team is very excited for the challenge as it looks fun and they are confident they can design and build what is needed to accomplish robotic tasks required.  To view an animation of the game, go to YouTube and search STEAMworks.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

$64.9 million bond issue approved for vote
The Chisago Lakes School Board took a big step towards their bond referendum vote for May of 2017 at the regular school board meeting on Thursday, December 15.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Chisago Lakes Middle School Chess Tournament
The 6-8 grade students at the Chisago Lakes Middle School had a chance to play the medieval game of chess and have a battle of wits with their peers.  The Middle School Chess Tournament is organized by Chisago Lakes Community Education and is led by Mike Schoeneck and Alex Schmidt.  It has been running for over five years and provides an outlet for middle school students to sharpen their minds and enjoy good competition.  This year's winners were (l-r) third place Naomi Peters, firstst place Jonah Schmidt, second place John Douglas.  The chess club will resume again at the end of March at the Chisago Lakes Middle School--sign up through Community Ed.
Friday, December 30, 2016

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