North Branch Area Public Schools is proud to announce that Corey McKinnon has been hired to replace Brett Carlson as Activities/Community Education Director. "I am beyond excited to join the NBAPS team," said McKinnon. "From the moment I started here in mid-June, the people and personal connections I've made have been second to none. I see great opportunities here in the North Branch community and I am excited to partner with the North Branch Area Public Schools to take our kids, our programming, and our opportunities to the next level and beyond!" McKinnon is married to Andrea and has four children; daughter Malia (10), and sons Malachi (8), Maverick (4), and Marshall (2). His hobbies include hockey, tennis, golf, coaching, and most importantly, spending time with family.
NBAPS unveils new Activities emblem
North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is proud to unveil a new, unified, Viking emblem for its sports and activities. The new emblem, intended to capture the spirit of Viking Pride, was the result of an exhaustive process involving students, staff, and community members. To cater to different sports and activities, the new emblem has elements that can be separated and used individually, such as the "V", the "NB", and the "Vikings." The helmet is also an option without the coat of arms.
Extreme makeover at NBAHS
High school landscaping students performed a complete overhaul, "extreme makeover" style landscaping project at the high school recently. One class re-landscaped the front office entrance and the other the west gym. Check out the results!
Johnston receives lifetime achievement award
Jane Johnston has been recognized and awarded the "President's Lifetime Achievement Award" for her lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service. Jane was presented her award at a staff meeting on May 21. Sam Lindberg from Math Corps and Todd Tetzlaff are pictured as well. Congratulations to Jane!
Randi Johnson is MASBO School Business Official of the Year!
Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson is the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials' School Business Official of the Year! Johnson was presented the honor at MASBO's annual conference in Duluth on May 14. Hundreds of people were in attendance at the banquet and the announcement was met with rousing applause. Many in attendance commented on Randi's dedication to, and years of, service, her impeccable statewide reputation, and her willingness to assist others at any time. Congratulations to Randi on receiving such a richly deserved award!
Middle school students donate over 800 stuffed animals for kids in crisis
The Middle School student council ran a new and gently used stuffed animal drive in April. All animals are being donated to area fire departments and other organizations that directly service children in crisis. The one week long stuffed toy drive resulted in over 800 stuffed animals that will find their way to new owners. What a great job by these dedicated students and advisers!
NBAMS students sweep Chisago County SWCD Contest
Two North Branch Area Middle School sixth grade science students earned top honors in the Chisago County SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) Contest! The theme for the 2015 contest was "Minnesota Soils". Prizes were awarded to the top two individuals. First place earned $50.00 and second place $25.00.
On April 11 a group of MS student council members worked a shift packing meals through Feed my Starving Children. Students traveled to Osceola and participated in the Polk County mobile pack. the kids learned a lot, had a great time and packed a lot of meals! Thanks to these wonderful students for taking an active role in the community!
Two part-time Math Corps tutor positions are available at Sunrise for 2015-16
Would you love to help children grow their math skills, succeed in school and get extra support? You can be trained to serve as a tutor with Minnesota Math Corps at Sunrise River! Whether you want to explore an educational career, reenter the workforce, or give back to your community, you can succeed as a tutor. As a Math Tutor, you’ll help struggling students prepare for Algebra. In addition to training, tutors receive on-site support from specially trained school mentors. Tutors come from many backgrounds and may earn a living allowance, educational award, federal student loan forbearance, and other benefits, and have the chance to make a real difference in the life of a child. To apply or learn more about the research based programs, position qualifications, and benefits, visit MinnesotaMathCorps.org (do not apply via the district website). Questions? Contact email@example.com or 866-859-2825.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.