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January 16, 2019

Chisago Lakes/North Branch co-op robotics season kicks off
The 2019 FIRST Robotics season kicked off Saturday, January 5, with the game reveal.  Destination: Deep Space is the game and teams will need to load carriers and rockets with cargo (orange vinyl balls) and place hatch covers to secure the cargo.  To start the game, teams will be blinded by a sandstorm and have to drive their robots using only their cameras.  Team 3038, a cooperative team between North Branch and Chisago Lakes, now has 6 1/2 weeks to build their robot to play the game  The team will be competing in the 10,000 Lakes Regional at the University of Minnesota in March.  To view the game animation, go to YouTube and search for Destination Deep Space.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pine Tech year-free scholarship expands to North Branch
Graduates in the Class of 2019 from North Branch High School now have an opportunity too good to pass-up. The North Branch district is now included in the Kick Start Scholarship program, with Pine Technical and Community College in Pine City. To qualify the student’s family should be eligible for Free and Reduced Meal Programs. They do not have to be enrolled and using the benefit, they just need to qualify. To determine that, go to www.isd138.org/Page/143 and fill in a program application found on the page. 
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lakeside students earn Pajama Day for their 'Toys for Teens' drive
Lakeside School students donated toys to “Toys for Teens” collection and earned a pajama day at school last week. Classes contributed 402 toy items in total.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

North Branch School Board sets 2019 levy, extends superintendent contract
The North Branch school District sold $4 million worth of Aid Anticipation Certificates last week to help with immediate cash flow.  This type of borrowing is done regularly by school districts in Minnesota to fill gaps until revenues arrive. 
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Taxes creep up in 2019; new Business Services Director chosen
Not surprisingly, taxes are headed upwards in 2019 for residents within the Chisago Lakes School District.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Lakeside Toys for Teens Drive
Lakeside collected over 400 items for our Toys for Teens!  Students will have a PJ day on Dec. 14.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lifework Center students perfect fit for state health funding
The SHIP has landed at the LifeWork Center, in North Branch, a site for students involved in special education programs within all the school districts in Chisago County. 
Thursday, December 6, 2018

MN Restaurant Association Presents Awards Prostart Educator Of Excellence
Marilyn Fagerness became a family and consumer science (FACS) teacher in the fall of 1990, after five years of full-time subbing at North Branch Area High School. Four years ago, when most people would choose to start gliding towards retirement, Fagerness took on one of her biggest professional challenges: implementing the ProStart program at North Branch Area High School. Through this program, students have gotten their foot in the door in the culinary industry.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Local schools celebrate Veterans Day
Thursday, November 15, 2018

NB School Board gets update on assessing state 'needs support' status
When the state comprehensive assessment scores were released earlier this fall, and the new evaluation data replacing the old MMR system of evaluating districts came out-- North Branch  district was attached to a good new-bad news type scenario.  It had sub-categories of pupils (along with 400 other districts) “needing state support” but it also showed above state average achievement in attendance percentages and English  Language Learning  performance measurements.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Farm to School program celebrated at Sunrise River
The month of October is dedicated to celebrate Farm To School programs in Minnesota.  Schools that are part of the effort to connect local food producers with student nutrition programs hold events in October;   and one long-running celebrations takes place at North Branch’s Sunrise River Elementary. Their Farm to School Day is a highlight, during lunch time periods October 12.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Groundbreaking for Community Center
Members of the current and past Chisago Lakes School Board were on hand to break ground on the new community center.  The building will sit on the current student parking lot next to the swimming pool.  The community center will be utilized by both students and the public and is expected to be completed by February of 2019.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Lakeside and TF students compete in Math Masters regional tournament
Students from Chisago Lakes representing Lakeside and Taylors Falls Elementary participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge at St. Croix Middle School, in Hammond, WI on April 20, 2018.
Friday, April 27, 2018

CLHS students promote discussion, sharing of ideas as part of walk-out
Friday, April 20 was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting murders.  On this day Chisago Lakes high schoolers, and more than 2,600 other student groups around the nation,  participated in walkouts and respectful protest.
Friday, April 27, 2018

North Branch High School to get makeover in more ways than one
Friday, April 20, 2018

Chisago Lakes School Board gets good news on construction projects
The Chisago Lakes School Board met April 12 for a regular meeting.  All members were in attendance.  After approving paying the bills, the board recognized student athletes from the winter sports season.
Friday, April 20, 2018

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