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Renae Groskruetz Speaks To High School Students
The old gym was full with students on Wednesday, April 9th, who were listening to a presentation by Renae Groskruetz. Renae is from Southern Minnesota, and she travels around sharing her family's life story, mainly presenting on Shaken Baby Syndrome and Drunk Driving. She also introduced D.A.S.H., which is a program many kids can use in their lives. The Student Council sponsored this presentation, and we would like to thank Renae for presenting at the Cherry School.
Cherry Student Council Attends State Convention
Over the weekend of April 5th-7th, Cherry's Student Council attended the 2014 MAHS/MASC State Convention at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Over the course of this convention, around 500 people had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions to gain new ideas to use in their schools next year. There was also the chance to discuss "hot topics", which are things such as open campus lunch and parking permits that students talk about in groups. Several keynote speakers also presented at the Conference, including Mark Scharenbroich, who's work has won him an Emmy award in the past. John Montague, one ...
Cherry Students Attend Skills Fair
On Thursday, April 3rd, Cherry students attended the 13th annual Mesabi Range College Skills Fair in Eveleth and Virginia. Each student participated in a competition in an area of their choice. Several Cherry students were in the top three for their competitions. Breann and Mikala placed second in Teacher's Assistant. Jake and Sam placed third in Math. Cassidy and Myranda placed third in Executive Office Management for a Power Point, and Nicole placed third in Art. Several students also won door prizes. From left to right they are Jacob, Jake, Tom, Caleb, and Breann A good time was had by all, and it ...
2014 Poetry & Punch
On March 28, the Cherry Elementary participated in the Second Annual Poetry and Punch. Students in grades first through sixth memorized and presented poetry of their choice. Many of our kindergarten students also opted to participate. Students also added costumes or props to their presentation. Some students even wrote their own poems for Poetry and Punch. First, second, and third place were awarded for grades first through sixth. Students did not make the judging easy as everyone did a great job. The trophies for Poetry and Punch will be presented at the elementary awards program in May. After sharing their poems, ...
Spring Blood Drive At Cherry School
On Monday, March 10th, Memorial Blood Centers showed up to the Cherry School for the Spring Blood Drive. Students, staff, and community members came out to donate blood and save lives. A lot of people donated, and from those donations, a total of 36 units of blood were collected, which saves a total of 108 lives! Thank you to all who donated. The Cherry 2014 Spring Blood Drive was a success!
Pajama Party Lit Night
On January 23rd, Cherry ECFE hosted its second annual Pajama Party Lit Night. Children were invited to wear their pajamas, bring their favorite stuffed animal, and a blanket to lay on for story time. Our special guest readers were Mr. Patrick Baumann, DAPE Instructor, and Mrs. Kristen Cooper, Dean of Students. Two story times were held during the evening and many great books about the outdoors were shared. Along with story times, a variety of other activities were offered. Families participated in crafts such as making an igloo. Ice fishing and making colorful ice were also available. Along with the pajama ...
Winter Concerts Held At Cherry School
Recently, the Cherry School held their annual Winter Concerts. The gym was packed for both programs! The 5th/6th Grade Band, Jr. High Band and Chiors, and Sr. High Band all performed on Tuesday, December 17th. A notable piece was "Jingle Bells Upside Down" from the 5th/6th Grade Band, in which the Conductor furiously storms around several times when he thinks his band isn't in sync, before finding out that certain sections are reading their music "upside down". Another notable piece, performed by the Sr. High Band included "In The Bleakman Winter", which contained several solo parts. Meanwhile, the elementary classes all performed ...
Hats Off for Cancer
The student council held a “hats off” for cancer in November. The event was held to raise funds to help support cancer patients. The student council donated the funds to a local organization called the Angel Fund. This organization gives money/gas cards to patients going through chemotherapy or radiation. October is breast cancer awareness and November is lung cancer awareness month so the council felt it was a great cause to support. The council sells a label (which must be visible on their hat or shirt) to students for $1.00 and then the student is allowed to wear a hat ...
I am very excited to begin another school year and I’m especially excited about the great initiatives that we have going in ISD #2142. We will share many of those initiatives with you in future articles. If you have not been in our buildings this summer I am confident you will notice the many changes and improvements. Please stop in and look around! We have been extremely busy this summer behind the scenes getting ready for another year. August is always an exciting time as several teachers are back in their classrooms getting ready for that first day. I’ve also noticed several students back in the building participating in extra curricular activities.
Bullying My administrative team and I have spent a lot of time this summer discussing the topic of bullying in our schools. I want to reassure you that this is an issue that will not be ignored in any of our buildings. If your child is having an issue, please report it to your building principal immediately. Bullying normally doesn’t happen in the site of staff. It most often takes place in the hallways, locker rooms or wherever there isn’t as much adult supervision. Don’t assume we know about it, report it. One you report it, it will be investigated and followed through with appropriate action based on district policies. Keep in mind, we can’t share with you any consequences taken due to data privacy laws.
We are seeing more reports of bullying issues that are happening outside of school via cyberspace. We take bullying very seriously at 2142 and never ignore an issue when it is reported to us. Don’t ever assume that we know exactly what it taking place. If your child is experiencing difficulties, don’t hesitate to let us know about it. Unfortunately, when it takes place online and it’s not directly tied to the school, we may not be able to help as much as we otherwise would. However, the new statute states that if it happens off the school premises to the extent such use substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment, we need to investigate it. There is always a fine line between free speech and cyber bullying.
Bullying Versus Peer Conflict The new state statute defines bullying as follows: “Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:
- there is an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; OR…
- materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services or privileges.
I cannot promise you that the new laws will completely eliminate bullying in any school but I do promise that when it is reported to us, we will follow through and do whatever is in our power to make 2142 safe for every student.
Best wishes for a great 2014-15 school year! If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the district office at 218-749-8130.
Congratulaions to the Section 7A Cherry Tigers Softball Team! For the fifth straight year the Tigers will return to the State Tournament. Click here to read an article on the Section 7A Championship game. Stop by the Clinton Hall on Tuesday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. to wish the girls good luck! Thank you to Crossroads for sponsoring this event.
The Tigers will face Browervill at Caswell Park in North Mankato on Thursday, June 6, at 11:00 a.m. The complete state tournament brackets can be found here.
Good luck at State Tigers Softball!
On May 8, over 300 parents, students, community members, and staff braved torrential rain to attend Cherry’s Tiger Tracks Night. The evening was a hit! Art work and projects by students were on display throughout the school, including a canoe made in Mr. Herring’s shop class. Area businesses and services including local fire departments and sheriff squads were on hand in the north parking lot for kids to check out. BSA Troop 129 under the guidance of Scoutmaster Baumann set up numerous gym activities for enjoyment. The PTSO book fair was available for parents and students, and the concession stand was open for a light meal or snacks.
Tiger Tracks Night was a great opportunity for students to showcase their accomplishments through the year and for attendees to come together for an evening of community sharing. The Cherry School Staff looks forward to hosting this event each spring.
Students in grades K-6 were treated to a celebration of Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday on May 6. The DNR and Cherry Fire Department brought fire equipment for students to not only learn more about, but even try out. A helicopter used to put out fires landed on the football field. Students had the opportunity to walk up to the helicopter and ask questions of the pilots. Another booth included information on tree care. Also inside was a presentation on the history of Smokey Bear and even a visit from Smokey Bear himself! The information provided by the DNR and the Cherry Fire Department helped the students to understand the importance of fire safety and prevention.
The final presentation was a demonstration by the helicopter. Students and staff watched as the helicopter took off from the football field, flew off to pick up water from a nearby lake, and then returned to drop it by the football field.
The Cherry Elementary would like to thank the DNR, DNR pilots and crew, and the Cherry Fire Department for the interesting and informative morning!
On Thursday, May 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. students, parents, and the community are invited to attend Tiger Tracks. Walk around the building to see all of the student projects, enjoy big truck night, activities in the gym, and gather more information about the Cherry School. Use the map below to locate information and displays.
Activities, Displays and Information
The following booths are located in the entry of the building.
CONCESSIONS: Support our PTSO by purchasing a meal at the Concession Stand in the Commons. All proceeds will be used to support literacy activities at the Cherry School. Choices include:
Students, Community Members, and Staff,
Please join us at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 12 in the Media Center. Your input is needed to create Cherry School’s World’s Best Workforce Plan. Please come and share your ideas!
“World’s Best Worfoce” means striving to meet school readiness goals,; have all thrid grade students achieve grade level literacy; close the academic achievement gap among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and students not living in poverty; have all students attain career and college readiness before graduating from high school; and have all students graduate from high school.
Tiger Tracks Night
Together Reaching All: Community, Kids, & School
Thursday, May 8, 2014
5 to 7 pm
The entire community is welcome!
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please come and go as your schedule permits.
We will be here rain, shine or snow, so dress for the weather!
Plan to join us!
For more information, please contact the Cherry School at 258-8991.