Tonic Sol Fa will return to the North Branch Area High School auditorium on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are as follows:
Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Students: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Tickets are available through the district Community Education office and high school Activities Office.
NBAPS Viking Emblem Update Survey
North Branch Area Public Schools is in the process of updating the "Viking" emblem for our sports and activities. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on an updated emblem by clicking on this link and taking this brief survey. Students grades 4-12 will also have the opportunity to take a survey and provide feedback on the emblem. A Viking Emblem Update Community Meeting will be May 5, from 5:30-7 pm. North Branch Area Education Center Room 126, 38705 Grand Ave. You are welcome to attend and review preliminary designs. Food and drink will be provided. The deadline for taking this survey is Friday, March 27.
Anti-bullying rally at NBAHS
At the high school anti-bullying assembly today (March 13), students watched The Bullying Experiment, and participated in a "Bully Busters" rap by teacher Andy Spofford and TA Dan Brundage. Principal McDonough spoke with students about expectations for behavior and for bystanders.
2015 Olweus anti-bullying kick-off!
Team Olweus from North Branch Area Middle School held assemblies on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday march 10 to launch the Olweus anti-bullying initiative. Students were treated to a positive video highlighting staff and students with messages and data from the students' survey they took in December from the Olweus program. Click here to see the awesome video!
Spring Parent Academy - Lunch and Learn
Parent Academy will host it's spring ‘Lunch and Learn’ workshop next week. The workshop will give families an opportunity to learn and hear in detail about many district initiatives. Lunch will be served and childcare will be offered. Please register for this free event by calling Community Education at (651) 674-1025.
March 2015 - Meetings will be held from 11:30 am-12:30 pm
3/16 - High School - Career Center
3/17 - Sunrise River - Conference Room
3/18 - Middle School - Room 701
Work Skills Day a "real life" demonstration
The 38th Annual Work Skills Day was held February 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, North Branch. Fifty-Six 11th and 12th grade students enrolled in Employability Skills Seminar classes from North Branch (pictured), Chisago Lakes and Rush City high schools competed in Job Applications, Job Interviewing and Job Problem Solving. An on-line application event was tried this year for the first time.
Award winners from are as follows: Interviewing: 1st-- Ben Skoog NBAHS 2nd--Grant Lewandowski NBAHS 3rd--Mahleek Pilarski NBAHS 4th--Brookelyn Hoffbeck NBAHS 5th--Brandon Johnson NBAHS Problem Solving: 1st--Hunter South NBAHS 2nd--Marinda Carlson NBAHS 3rd--Brookelyn Hoffbeck NBAHS 4th--Ben Skoog NBAHS 5th--Hunter Vukich CLHS HM--Brandon Johnson NBAHS HM--Tyler Wedlund NBAHS HM--Jacob Larson NBAHS Applications: 1st--Ashley LaFontaine NBAHS 2nd--Skye Stich NBAHS 3rd--Katherine Huth NBAHS 4th--Angella Hoffman CLHS 5th--Ashley Harris NBAHS HM--Tyler Wedlund NBAHS HM--Mahleek Pilarski NBAHS Sportsmanship: NBAHS
This event is a “real life” demonstration of skills students have learned in the classroom over the past few months. Having the educational community partnering together with the local business community is a huge benefit for these Chisago County students. The Chisago County Work Experience Coordinators, Janelle McNally, North Branch, Mickelle Pohlman, Chisago Lakes, Linda Lindeman, Rush City, worked together to plan the event, with support from SCRED, St. Croix Rive
Cat in the Hat wows kids at NBAEC
The Cat in the Hat, with helpers, read to School Age Care and Early Childhood students On March 3rd at 10 am in the gym at the NBAEC. There was a repeat performance in the afternoon as well!
NBAHS ProStart Dream Team at State!
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!
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.
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.