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Grand Forks School Board member Rebecca Grandstrand announced her resignation from the board Thursday. In an email to friends and colleagues, Grandstrand wrote she's accepted a position in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at The New School in New York City starting April 27. She decided to join her husband, Tyrone, for his last year of graduate school at The New School, where he's studying for a masters degree in urban policy analysis and management, she wrote.
CROOKSTON -- Crookston educators should push for a 2 percent minimum increase to the Minnesota student funding formula each year of the biennium, Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, told school officials Wednesday. The state's projected $1.9 billion surplus for the next biennium has created a "golden opportunity" for education to see more funding, he said. Marquart met with school board members and school officials as part of a statewide tour by House DFL legislators during the session break.
Common Core-aligned testing went well for Grand Forks students after two delays, according to a district test coordinator Wednesday. Grand Forks students were supposed to be among the first in North Dakota to take the test earlier this month, but delays by the testing vendor and the state pushed back the opening test date statewide to Monday. The new online test aligns with Common Core standards for math and English. Students in third through eighth grade and 11th grade must take the test.
Grand Forks sixth-grader Sean Ness recently won the 2015 North Dakota National Geographic State Bee in Bismarck, according to the district. As state champion, he wins $100 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in the national championship held May 11-13. Ness attends Valley Middle School. Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders nationwide, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools participated in state Bees, according to a release.
Loud chopping sounds filled a Red River High School classroom Tuesday as students created filling for Chinese dumplings. Senior Madeline Salyers and some of the school's English language learners gathered...
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Loud chopping sounds filled a Red River High School classroom Tuesday as students created filling for Chinese dumplings. Senior Haleigh Stenseth and other English language learners gathered in the home ec room to cook, talk and sample foods representing their native countries. The Grand Forks students were meeting through Building Bridges, a student club intending to open dialogue and awareness of different cultural groups. The club is held at Red River, the magnet school for the district's high school ELL students.
Area students watched with delight Wednesday as mini aircraft hovered before their eyes at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. About two dozen girls experimented with the mini remotely piloted aircraft for the base's first female-only STEM event.
A test gauging North Dakota students' knowledge on new educational standards was delayed a second time Wednesday after a problem with the testing vendor, according to one school district. Grand Forks and Bismarck students were supposed to be among the first in the state to take the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, which aligns with Common Core standards for math and English and was fully introduced in classrooms last year.
A leader of a Grand Forks Somali organization responded Tuesday to racist graffiti found on a commercial building recently. Faisal Abdi, in a message to the Herald, said the graffiti was a "desperate attempt to spread hatred, suspicion and division among the peacefully coexisting communities in the Greater Grand Forks (area)." Abdi is a member of the Somali Community of Grand Forks, a nonprofit organization established in January, according to its Facebook page.