In less than a year, NBAHS has a ProStart team in the state competition! Last year this did not seem like a likely outcome for the first year of the program, but students were clear they wanted to compete and the sooner the better! Congrats to ProStart teacher Marilyn Fagerness and her ProStart Dream Team: Alex Bigley, Miranda Guy, Samantha King, and Alexandra Perlowski.
Vikings gymnasts are back-to-back section champs!
Viking Gymnasts are Back-to-Back Section 4A Champions! The State Championships are Friday, February 20th at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion beginning at 11:00am. Advanced Tickets Sales: Tickets will be sold in the Activities Office at the high school Tuesday through Friday morning. Students $8.00. Adults $12.00. If there is enough interest there will be a fan bus. Tickets for the fan bus will be $7.00. All students must turn in a parent signed event permission which will be available in the Activities Office or online. Please direct all questions to the Activities Office at (651) 674-1514.
MS speech team wins awards!
North Branch Area Middle School's speech team had a very successful season, delivering 29 superior-rated performances this year. The season ended last Thursday, February 5 with the middle school Two Rivers Conference meet in Rush City. As a rewarding ending to a solid season, three of the team members left with conference titles. Pictured are Ali Petrik, 5th place at Conference in Humorous Prose, Abbi Webster, 3rd place at Conference in Creative Expression, and Andrea Stirewalt, Conference champ in Serious Poetry.
Fluid Power domination!
Middle school students demonstrated their Fluid Power Challenge robot to the school board at its regular meeting on Feb. 12. The robot pictured won these students two awards:
Team Challenge - meaning that they scored first place in the challenge
Overall Champion - meaning they scored the most points overall
Congratulations to these students!
Standing room only for choir concert
It was standing room only at last night's (Feb. 9) 8th grade and high school blended concert! Thanks to staff and students for a great show!
Trunk and Jacobson are Snow King and Queen
Behold! Your Snow Court King and Queen: Tennie Jacobson and Katy Trunk. Congratulations! Trunk and Jacobson were chosen by their peers and announced at a pep rally earlier this week. If you would like to watch the coronation, click here.
It's a "group" signing at NBAHS!
February 4 was National Signing Day! The high school held a "group signing" this morning for the following students: Pictured: Ashley Richter - College of St.Scholastica/soccer, Madison Kunshier - Concordia St. Paul/track, Katy Trunk - Gustavus/gymnastics, Trey O'Day - UW River Falls/football, Devin McDonald - UW River Falls/football, Brandon Steffesen - UW River Falls/football, and Michael Hensch - Gustavus/football. Not pictured: Nick Helms - UW River Falls/football and Kyle Ketchmark - Hamline/football. North Branch Area High School will honor student athletes that will compete at the collegiate level at the upcoming basketball game on Friday, February 13. These students and their parents will be recognized during halftime of the varsity game, which starts at 7:45 pm.
NBAHS Triple A winners announced!
North Branch Area Public School's 2015 recipients of the Minnesota State High School League Triple A Award are Matt Blomquist and Katy Trunk. Congratulations to these fine student athletes. To learn more about Matt and Katy, check out this Facebook post.
NBAHS students perform at Mississippi 8 All Conference Concert
On January 19, the Mississippi 8 All Conference Jazz and Concert Bands performed in Monticello under the direction of Mr. Dave Hagedorn from St. Olaf College and Dr. Catharine Sinon Bushman from St. Cloud State University (respectively). It was an honor to be chosen by the conference to participate and represent our school. Congratulations to those students! Jazz Band: Newell Fisk, Kassie Goodroad, Kyle Hendren, Logan Mueller, and Anna Perault. Concert Band: Alyssa Dervie, Grace Devault, Laura Dolezalek, Kodie Koolmo, Audrey Moeller
Community members, staff, students, and school board members gathered at the Sunrise River School this morning to celebrate its second consecutive year as a Reward School. And, what better way to mark the occasion than with scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash browns! Reward School status is given to schools that perform in the top 15% of Title I schools in the state.
High school students make honors choir!
The M8 Honor Choir event was on Jan. 19. NBAPS students who attended included:
Caleb Stiles- Tenor
Zach Fluegel - Tenor
Jeremy Wolfe - Bass
Chasse Thomas - Bass
Marissa Elmblad - Alto
Amber Wolfe - Alto
Britta Anderson - Soprano
Hannah Olsen - Soprano
These students spent 1 1/2 days working on music, to sing collaboratively with other schools under a college director. This year the college director was Dr. Matthew Ferrell from St. Cloud State University.
Doohen wins NBAMS spelling bee!
At North Branch Area Middle School, 21 finalists in grades 5-8 participated in the second annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 29. Students made it through 15 rounds of challenging words. The school champion is Noah Doohen (right), 7th grade, who will now move on to the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 12 at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell. The runner -up is 5th grader Kobe Yang (left).
PLTW students at Fluid Power Challenge
On January 26 the North Branch Area Middle School Project Lead The Way program brought 5 teams - four eighth grade students each - to the University of Minnesota sponsored Fluid Power Challenge. Students were tasked with documenting a design in an engineering notebook to use as a guide in re-building their design on challenge day. All NBAMS teams came a long way in the time given, and one team received 2 awards: Team Challenge - meaning that they scored first place in the challenge Overall Champion - meaning they scored the most points overall
Pilz is Academic All-State
North Branch Area High School senior, Nick Pilz, was recently named Academic All-State by the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association. Pilz carries a 3.94 grade point average and earned All-Conference Honors this past fall. He is also a member of the Vikings baseball team, where he earned All Conference honors as a junior last spring. Pilz is currently undecided on a major and college next fall.
Sophie Tucker wins Middle School Geo Bee
North Branch Middle School conducted the final round of its Geography Bee on Thursday, Dec. 12. The eventual winner was sixth grade student Sophie Tucker. Sophie answered one more question correctly than the second place finisher, eighth grade student Mason Carlson.
Tucker won on this question: Jack London's classic novel The Call of the Wild tells the story of a pet dog that learns to survive in the wild after being kidnapped. This story takes place in the Yukon in which country? The correct answer is "Canada."
Huberty wins Lions Peace Poster contest
Savannah Huberty (second from left), 8th grade student at North Branch Area Middle School, has been announced winner of the North Branch Lions Peace Poster Contest. Huberty is joined by four runners-up, Piper Schaal - 7th grade, Emily Kristo - 8th grade, Daemon Rinke - 8th grade, and Makayla Kaphing - 8th grade. Huberty will now advance to a "district" level competition; the winner at the district level will proceed to a state contest and from there to the international finals. For more, see our Facebook album.
Sunrise is a "Reward School" again!
For the second year in a row, the Sunrise River School has been awarded "Reward School" status from the Minnesota Department of Education. The designation means that Sunrise is once again among the top performing Title I schools in the state. Congratulations students, staff, and families!
Andersen Foundation support for PLTW continues
The Andersen Corporate Foundation support for Project Lead the Way(PLTW) at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) continues this fall. Representatives from the North Branch Andersen plant recently presented NBAPS with a check in the amount of $10,000 toward the expansion of PLTW at the secondary level. The donation is the second of its kind for the Andersen Corporate Foundation, which presented NBAPS with a $10,000 check last school year as well. Pictured (l to r): Superintendent Deb Henton, Andersen Windows' Mark Strand and Barb Peterson, high school Principal Coleman McDonough.
JROTC coming to NBAHS!
Today, Friday June 6, North Branch Area Public Schools was informed that it has been selected to host an Air Force JROTC program at the high school, starting January 1, 2015. For more information about this exciting news, click this link.
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED AT NBAPS!
NBAPS is looking for route drivers, both morning & evening routes(Example of duty time: 6:30 - 8:00am & 3:15 - 4:45pm). Become part of the North Branch Area Public Schools Transportation Team. Training provided for qualified candidates. Good driving record & drug testing required. Great job to earn extra money! Click here to apply online.