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An East Grand Forks student has made the balcony scene from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" even sweeter. Senior Luisa DeLacruz recreated the famous scene, complete with a tiny wooden ladder and leafy foliage, using sugary Peeps. It was one of several dioramas created by students at the city's alternative school. Used as a substitute for any class project, students constructed mini balconies, forests, classrooms and other scenes with any materials they wanted within about three weeks.
Grand Forks Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration April 5 at various schools. Each elementary school in the district will hold registration for the 2016-17 year, according to the district. Parents or guardians should bring their child when they register at Ben Franklin, Discovery, Lake Agassiz, Nathan F. Twining, Phoenix, Viking, West, Wilder and Winship. Parents or guardians also are asked to provide a copy of the child's birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residence.
The Grand Forks Head Start program will serve 34 fewer children next year and in turn offer more full-day programming, according to the director. Of the 306 total children expected to participate in the school readiness program next year, 68 will attend extended days. The Grand Forks program now serves 340 children from the district, Grand Forks Air Force Base and Grafton, N.D.
A North Dakota robotics team will be heading to St. Louis next month after qualifying for the world championship. The Thunder Robotics Team 876, which includes students from Northwood, Hatton and other towns, won six consecutive matches this past weekend to win the regional championship in Peoria, Ill. The team won the event with two other teams from Illinois and Minnesota.
The Grand Forks School Board on Monday did not reconsider its decision to start elementary school later and dismiss students an hour and half early twice a month next year despite parent concerns. Parents attending Monday's meeting cited a lack of inclusion and communication during the school district's decision-making process on the matter. Two weeks ago, the board approved that elementary students arrive at 8:20 a.m. instead of 8:15 a.m. every day next year and be dismissed twice a month at 1:30 p.m. to give teachers more preparation and collaboration time.
A new North Dakota high school requirement will have Grand Forks students answer 100 questions for their civics test this spring. Last year, North Dakota became the second state in the nation to adopt the requirement, which is based on the Immigration and Naturalization test covering questions about government and history. Eighth- and 11th-grade students are taking the online test for the first time at the end of this month.
Grand Forks junior Sophie Oen said the ACT exam is "super important" to her. The Central High School student started studying for the college entrance exam about a month ago, devoting one to two hours a week to it. On Tuesday, she joined hundreds of juniors throughout North Dakota who took the test for the first time. Her test "went as well as expected," Oen said, but she's going to take it again, even if her score exceeds her expectations. "I think I need to take it twice because I want to make sure I get the best score possible," she said.
A Catholic school complex in Grand Forks is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The city's Historic Preservation Commission is nominating the century-old St. Michael's Catholic School complex—the old school, the 1953 addition and the youth center—located in the Near North Neighborhood for the honor, said Peg O'Leary, historic commission coordinator. "The complex as a whole is eligible because of the way it represents the growth of education, not just parochial, but across the city," she said.
Art Greenberg Jr., a longtime Grand Forks businessman responsible for developing most of the city's southwest side and beyond, died Wednesday. Greenberg, who was 81 and died at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., was an innovative farmer and a shrewd businessman who was exceptionally kind, friends said. Greenberg was responsible for the construction of Columbia Mall and developing the surrounding area, including south of Wal-Mart and along 32nd Avenue South.
LANGDON, N.D.—Students in Langdon are participating Thursday at a new science and art academy. Middle and high school students will be given two hours to create projects related to science, technology, engineering, arts and math—STEAM—for the school's first-time event, said Melissa Hiltner, instructional coach at Langdon Area Public Schools.