Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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Final fall enrollment at UND grew significantly compared to NDSU, maintaining its hold as the largest campus in the state. Enrollment was 15,250, an increase of 553 students from last year's record-breaking figure, according to the university. "These are very good numbers. We're very pleased to see the increase," said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. While the increase is widespread and can't be attributed to one thing, he noted the growing number of incoming freshmen.
Long after the oil boom and its workers have left, sprawling patches of leveled gravel, colored only by hints of blue tarp or a few grommets, may be all that's left of man camps in western North Dakota. At least that's what UND professors William Caraher and Bret Weber imagine as they collect information on man camps from five cities in the Oil Patch. Grommets, once attached to the blue tarp used for housing, and some staples from disintegrated wood pallets could be found. Fragments of utilities masts or bits of plastic might litter the ground or there may be nothing at all, they say.
A welcome intrusion n In pursuit of success, advisor will also pursue students By Jennifer Johnson Herald Staff Writer At Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, one student success coordinator says he will hunt you down if you miss class. Jason Pangiarella isn't joking. He's the lead adviser of an initiative intended to motivate students toward academic success. "It's not just cutting class," he said.
A proposed budget asks for the same tax rate the Grand Forks Public Schools has had for three years, plus some extra funding, was approved by the School Board on Monday. The tax rate is 139.35 mills, which means about $22.6 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, or a 3.17 percent increase compared to the last fiscal year, according to district documents. In 2009, the legislature passed a 75 mill reduction for all schools, dropping from 214.35 to 139.35.
Thompson Public School was given the 2012 National Blue Ribbon School Award for outstanding academic achievement, one of two North Dakota schools to be recognized, a release from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction said Monday. Thompson and Carrington Elementary School were the only two schools in the state to meet Average Yearly Progress standards last year. Schools also had to have at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and these students had to reduce the achievement gap by progressing in reading and math tests. U.S.
A year ago, Grand Forks middle school students were given orange wristbands to remind them to stop and think twice before sending a hurtful message. It didn't come from the school district administration, but from students themselves. ""We're trying to start with the younger generation," said Mandi Egeland, Red River High School senior and member of the city's Youth Commission, which came up with the campaign. She said she feels it has made more students aware of the effects of bullying, that bullying can hurt even bullies down the road. "Years down the road, anything that's on the Interne
UND has opened the search for a chief diversity and inclusion position, based on recommendations from the Diversity Advisory Council, the university said today. "Becoming an exceptional UND means that we will create and maintain a diverse, welcoming and inclusive campus environment that values difference as a critical element of discovery and learning," said President Robert Kelley in a news release. UND has students from every state and more than 50 countries. Compared to other institutions, it also has a large percentage of American Indians, said Peter Johnson, spokesman.
Enrollment in East Grand Forks public schools on the first day of school Tuesday totaled 1,742 students, the highest for the school district since 2008. There were 38 more students enrolled in the four schools compared to the first day last fall, according to figures released Wednesday. The largest source of growth was from 14 new students in kindergarten and 10 in Grade 9, said Superintendent David Pace. "We're always happy when the enrollment exceeds our expectations," he said.
The University of Minnesota-Crookston, reported that it broke enrollment records on its first day Tuesday, thanks to new online students. Of the 1,773 students enrolled so far, 39 percent are online-only students, according to unofficial reports. That's a significant shift from fall semester 2011 when 29 percent of the 1,600 students on the first day were online-only students. The absolute number of online-only students is also much larger: 700 this fall compared to 464 last fall. "Growth in online enrollment has been phenomenal," said UMC Chancellor Fred Wood in a news release. Settin
Early in his teaching career at Grand Forks' Ben Franklin Elementary School, Harold Gustafson had a good student he described as "a little Pigpen," named after the Peanuts character who was always followed by a trail of dust. The boy's father kept urging him to clean his room, but the boy refused. One weekend, the father moved out. The boy told Gustafson that if he'd only cleaned his room, his father would have stayed. Gustafson told the boy his parents loved him, and that the divorce wasn't his fault.