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Student Timur Tricolici carried his love for music thousands of miles from his native country of Moldova to the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks. "Music is a pretty big part of my life," he said.
A well-dressed man told hundreds of eighth-graders from towns around the region Thursday they need to treat every day of their lives like a job interview.
A soaring, operatic voice filled Red River High School's Performance Hall Tuesday in Grand Forks. Zeshan Bagewadi, an acclaimed, classically trained opera singer from Chicago, spent a few minutes showing students they can break musical bounds in a variety of ways. Loud cheers erupted from some students—many of whom happened to be English language learners—when Bagewadi said he was from India. A harmonium, or a hand-pump organ, sat before him. He told the audience he grew up listening to music from India, but he enjoys American music, too.
Grand Forks Public Schools boundary lines and other topics dominated discussion groups Tuesday at a public forum. "I'm thinking about boundary lines and how this affects economic equality," one woman said. "Poverty-based versus not poverty-based, what that might be, north versus south. A few people are worried that more of one demographic will end up at certain schools."
A new career and technical event Thursday aims to expose students to little-known career options, said Janet O'Hara, director of the Red River Valley Education Cooperative. Hundreds of students through the region will attend the Explore North Valley Career and Technical and Education event in Grafton, which is sponsored by the RRVEC. For years, several schools statewide have been gradually integrating more science, technology, engineering and math education into their classrooms to improve students' chances at these careers.
The superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools is inviting residents to engage with district administrators Tuesday. A public forum on topics ranging from academic programs to tax levies will be at 7 p.m. at South Middle School located at 1999 47th Ave. S. Superintendent Larry Nybladh, School Board members and others will participate in the event, which is held every other even-numbered year and is required by law. "I think it's an excellent opportunity for the public to engage with the school district," he said.
A former UND professor known for spearheading the campus Soaring Eagle Prairie Garden has died. Glinda Crawford, a sociology professor who once led the university's home economics education program, died Wednesday in Missouri, according to her obituary. She was 67.
McVILLE, N.D.—A fire destroyed a McVille home early Thursday morning, according to the Nelson County Sheriff's office. Firefighters from McVille and Aneta, N.D., as well as the McVille ambulance service, responded at 5:30 a.m. after a passerby who witnessed the blaze at 108 Sheyenne St. called dispatch. No one was injured during the fire, Sheriff Keith Olson said. Homeowner Mark Opoien wasn't home at the time of the fire but arrived quickly because he's an ambulance service member, Olson said. "He got a page for a fire at his own house," he said.
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At a time when schools nationwide are pushing more technology and science into the classroom, the lack of a teacher in 2013-14 put high school students at a disadvantage, especially as they had to take several business classes to qualify for career and technical education scholarships, said Principal Daniel Ludvigson.