Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit www.grandforksherald.com.
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Backstage Wednesday at Central High School's auditorium, students began to line up in front of a long mirror. Two hours before their first public performance of the musical "Mulan," several Valley Middle School students started applying makeup and adjusting their costumes. After a successful afternoon performance in front of other students that day, eighth-grader Megan Keogh, who is playing the lead role, said she felt ready.
FISHER, MINN.—Some elementary students who played bingo Wednesday learned Chinese along the way. Mingzhu Liu, a visiting lecturer, told students the rules: Four winners, top winner gets 20 points. "Ping guo," she said. "I don't know what ping guo looks like," one student called out. During this weekly after-school program, students have been learning the language and culture of China through calligraphy, paper crafts, vocabulary review and games. Liu said she hopes it can be offered to older students in the future.
The number of workers with bachelor's degrees in North Dakota and Minnesota falls short of employers' demand for that education credential, according a recent study. A new report released last month by Achieve, an education reform organization, reveals a large gap between the number of jobs requiring a bachelor's degree and the number of adults who have that degree.
Grand Forks Public Schools' initiative allowing students to bring electronic devices to class has "gone very well" this year, according to the district technology director. About 30 percent of high school students are bringing their own devices to school this year, the first time the district has allowed the opportunity with teacher discretion, technology director Joel Schleicher told the district technology committee Tuesday. The Bring Your Own Device program is optional and parents are not required to buy a device for their children.
North Dakota teachers can now apply for up to $3,000 toward their student debt. The North Dakota University System announced Friday it is accepting applications for the 2015-16 teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. The deadline is midnight May 16.
After a troubled start at school this year, Gabriel Evans said a Grand Forks education program has changed his perspective. By his second week at middle school, the seventh-grader said he had been expelled. He was referred to the Student Transition Education program, which aims to improve the academic and coping skills of students in grades 6-12 and return them to their original school.
Cheers erupted Thursday in Grand Forks Central High School's auditorium as some of the school's best performers hit the stage for the 2016 Knight Idol. Students performed 16 songs from musical artists including Wailin' Jennys, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen. The singing competition started in 2007. Winners will compete against area schools to become the Grand Cities Idol.
East Grand Forks Public Schools hopes to fill a dozen jobs as soon as possible, but that may be a challenge. The School Board discussed on Monday how the district has struggled to attract applicants for the openings, which include jobs for language arts, special education and an assistant principal.
A North Dakota education initiative has significantly expanded college and career preparation for middle and high school students over just a few years. A program manager for Succeed 2020, an education initiative funded by oil company Hess Corporation, told the Herald editorial board Wednesday thousands of students and teachers have gotten access to support and programming they wouldn't have otherwise.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Four fire departments responded to a mile-long brushfire Tuesday about 11 miles west of Thompson. Firefighters from the North Dakota cities of Reynolds, Hatton, Northwood and Thompson responded early Tuesday evening to the fire near Sixth Avenue Northeast. No homes were located close to the fire, which occurred on non-farmland.