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."
NBAPS celebrates exceptional teachers!
On December 9, staff members Rachelle Weinand (left) - Middle School Technology Integrationist, and Laura Rothe - High School Social Studies Teacher, received the "Exceptional Teacher" award at the 2014 TIES conference. Congratulations to both of these hard-working NBAPS employees!
North Branch Area High School to host Financial Aid Night
North Branch Area High School will host a Financial Aid Night for junior and senior families on Monday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Financial Aid Officer, Elizabeth Leland, will present on paying for college, including how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, and how it determines student eligibility for grants, student loans and work study. Leland will cover important information on cost of attendance, expected family contribution, student aid report, and financial aid award letters as well. This one hour presentation is for all seniors and parents/guardians. Junior students and parents/guardians are also welcome to attend.
Prostart students making a difference
High school students in the Prostart culinary program recently partnered with King Arthur Flour (KAF) and its "Bake for Good" program to donate fresh baked goods to the Family Pathways Food Shelf in North Branch. Students, learned how to bake bread/rolls, baked rolls and shared them with Family Pathways for distribution with Holiday meals. KAF supplied the flour both all purpose and KAF white whole wheat, yeast, a baking booklet, dough scrapers, and bread bags with ties for the students. In all, 240 rolls were prepared on Monday, Nov. 17, then baked, packed and delivered on November 18. Currently, there are 15 students enrolled in Prostart, which is in its first year at North Branch Area Public Schools.
Foster grandparents needed!
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is looking for Foster Grandparents to work with students at Sunrise River Elementary School. Foster Grandparents use and develop their personal strengths and skills as they help children learn, grow and succeed in school and in life. Foster Grandparents serve 15 or more hours each week and receive a small tax-free stipend, travel reimbursement and other benefits. No experience is needed. For more information contact Ron Urbanski at 651-310-9445 or email@example.com.
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.
NBAPS staff honored for excellence
Teachers across the state were recognized at the Oct. 29 Resource Training and Solutions annual Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards banquet. Honorees from NBAPS included Sue Hibbard, Hayley Lang, Christine Erickson, and Laurie Bednarczyk. Pictured (l to r): High School Principal Coleman McDonough, Superintendent Deb Henton, School Board Chair Kirby Ekstrom, Media Integration Specialist Laurie Bednarczyk, Resource Executive Director Rob Cavanna, Special Education Teacher Sue Hibbard, Director of Curriculum and Instruction David Treichel, Instructional Coach Hayley Lang, Sunrise Principal Lori Zimmerman, and Curriculum Coordinator Christine Erickson. Congratulations to these deserving staff members!
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!
Minke named 7AAA asst. volleyball coach of the year
More awesome news for volleyball! North Branch assistant volleyball coach, Tammi Minke, has been named Section 7AAA Assistant Volleyball Coach of the Year. As voted on by her peers, Tammi's commitment and dedication to our students is recognized through this wonderful honor. SKOL!
Sunrise garden sign dedicated
Staff from North Branch Area Public Schools, Taher Food Service, and some of many volunteers gathered last Thursday to dedicate the new sign marking the vegetable garden at the Sunrise River School. The garden is the result of a $500 grant from the Jeffers Foundation and is a "Farm to Table" partnership between NBAPS and Taher. Many volunteers made the Sunrise garden, as well as a second garden for early childhood students, possible. Pictured are (l to r): Activities/Community Education Director Brett Carlson, Finance/Human Resources Director Randi Johnson, volunteer Jessica Young, Taher staff member and volunteer Pam Connolly, Taher NBAPS Food Service Director Don Kivimaki, Sunrise Principal Lori Zimmerman, Taher Regional Manager Scott Papke, and Superintendent Deb Henton. Volunteers also included Carrie Schmidt, Myrna Hoffa, Reid Zimmerman, Eric Gustafson, Mark Stuart, and many more.
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.
Bridging D3 homepage now available
The homepage for Bridging D3 (1:1 technology initiative) is now available. Click this link to view the page, which contains resources for parents and students who are preparing for Bridging D3 this fall. A link to the Bridging D3 homepage can always be found under "quick links."
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.