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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Grand Forks Superintendent Larry Nybladh has been named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year, according to a release on Monday. “I feel honored,” he said. The North Dakota Association of School Administrators chose Nybladh, who will now compete for the National Superintendent of the Year award. He will be recognized with other finalists at an event in San Diego in February. He said it’s a particular honor to be recognized by his own peers.
Feeling fatigued? Maybe it’s cancer, anemia, diabetes or imminent death. Or maybe it’s not. Whether it’s a nagging cough or strange stomach problem, many turn to WebMD, Mayo Clinic or other online sites to dissect the cause of the symptom. Nearly every day, a patient of Chris Henderson’s says, “I read on the Internet…” he said. “It’s usually some sort of non-specific physical symptom, it could be a long list of things,” he said.
When Ryan Soleim, 14, recently visited the Grand Forks Islamic Center, he didn’t know what to expect. He’d seen fellow female classmates wearing hijabs and wondered about the Center itself, located across the street from his school.
Several regional high schools appear on a ranking for the best North Dakota, according to a recent survey. Central High School in Grand Forks ranked No. 1 as the Best Public High School in North Dakota for 2015. “It’s nice to see that this recognition is based on a great deal of criteria,” said Principal Buck Kasowski. “We work hard to prepare all students for post-secondary education, the workforce and life.” Red River High School was ranked No.
Candy replaced homework Tuesday for one East Grand Forks after-school program. About 20 Central Middle School students circled around tables in a kitchen area, chatting and joking as they created candy turkeys out of Oreos, apple slices and candy corn.
Lake Agassiz Elementary School’s Read Every Day program continues to interest more students in books, according to Principal Roanne Malm. An elementary student and her parent appeared at the last Grand Forks School Board meeting to share how effective the program has been in their lives. Parents are invited to spend 20 minutes each month at the school to read with their children in the hopes that they’ll do the same — for a longer period of time — at home.
UND education majors learn robust strategies to teach secondary students but could use more support student teaching, according to recent report.
Third-grader Amrit Adhikari couldn’t get enough of the story about the girl and her bike. At Winship Elementary in Grand Forks, he and other students recently listened to their teacher read a book. They hung on every word. Like many others, Adhikari was raised in the impoverished country of Nepal, at a refugee camp with bamboo huts, dirt roads and little or no electricity. If Adhikari had remained in Nepal, his life now would be different. His food would likely be delivered by plane twice a month, but it might not be enough to feed his family.
Flu season in North Dakota hasn’t reached full swing yet, but more cases than usual have been reported throughout the state, according to the state Department of Health. Of the 37 cases, one third is tied to an outbreak in Bowman County, said epidemiologist Jill Baber. One case was reported in Grand Forks County. While additional cases might have gone unreported, the number as it stands is nothing alarming, she said. “Usually, there’s not more than a handful at this point in the year,” she said.
After school finished Wednesday, Lake Agassiz Elementary teachers joined for a sing-a-long. “When you look at me, I hope that you will see not just the things I do wrong but see the best in me,” a woman’s voice sang through a speaker. They sang, swayed and made hand motions to a song in the same manner as their elementary students. Part of the conscious discipline program at the Grand Forks school, the sing-a-long activity is one way to help teachers handle fussy students, make better decision