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IN OUR SCHOOLS: St. Mike's Kindergarten Roundup ... EGF Speech Team wins ... Climax-Shelly nominees ... more

Kindergarten roundup set at St. Michael's St. Michael's Elementary School in Grand Forks will soon host its annual kindergarten roundup. The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, and will allow parents to get more informati...

Kindergarten roundup set at St. Michael's

St. Michael's Elementary School in Grand Forks will soon host its annual kindergarten roundup.

The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, and will allow parents to get more information and register their children for kindergarten. It's taking place at the school, 504 Fifth Ave. N.

For more information, call (701) 772-1822.

EGF Speech Team wins novice meet


The East Grand Forks Speech Team won a novice home competition at the East Grand Forks American Legion on Feb. 25. The team picked up the first place trophy, beating the other seven competing area schools.

Several team members also won top prizes in their categories.

Freshman Alexie Randall won first place in storytelling, freshman Erika Pritchett won a first-place medal in informative and seventh-grader Cam Pederson took home a first place medal in creative expression.

The team also competed against 23 other local schools at the Feb. 27 Bemidji Lumberjack Speech Invitational, winning the fourth-place team trophy.

Several students advanced to the third and final round of competition in their categories, and freshman Erika Pritchett received first place in informative.

Climax-Shelly Triple A nominees

The Climax-Shely School District has nominated two students for the Minnesota statewide Triple A award, which is presented to students who excel in academics while participating in extracurricular activities.

Brittany Tronnes has maintained a 4.0 GPA, including online college courses.


She was co-captain of both the volleyball and basketball teams, and was named conference player of the year and all-state honorable mention in volleyball.

Tronnes has also been in band and participated in competition all four years of high school, as well as being in choir for two years.

She's a member of the Climax-Shelly National Honor Society and serves on the student council.

Evan Carlson has maintained a 4.0 GPA, including online college classes, and has played basketball all four years of high school, serving as team captain his senior year.

Carlson has been in band all four years, going to competition one year, and also was in choir for one year. He is a member and treasurer of the Climax-Shelly National Honor Society.

Early childhood screening in EGF

The East Grand Forks School District will soon hold its early childhood screening for all children age 3 to 5 years. All residents and open-enrolled students of the district can attend at no cost.

The screening guarantees all young children in Minnesota are ready for learning, and children should be screened from 3 to 4 years of age.


Minnesota law requires all children to participate in the screening before they start kindergarten.

Parents of a child age 3, 4 or 5 as of March 30, 2010, who has not been through the screening are asked to schedule an appointment.

Call (218) 773-1141 and ask for DyAnn Stordahl to schedule a visit.

The screening will be held at Central Middle School on March 30, March 31 and April 1.

GF schools plan two parent events

The Grand Forks Public Schools Parent Information Center is planning two events for parents and families this spring.

On March 18, Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist Tanya Brown will discuss her personal experience in balancing work and family and also look at what research suggests about achieving the "work-life balance."

Brown works full-time in an academic medical center in addition to being responsible for her marriage, three young children and her senior-aged parents.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 in the Viking Elementary School library.

On April 26, award-winning author Susan Stevens-Crummel will be at a free family learning fair at the Alerus Center.

The event will focus on reading, writing and storytelling, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a sack supper, book sales and other learning activities.

To register for either event, call (701) 787-4216 or e-mail pic@gfschools.org .

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