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Great River School, an urban Montessori learning community, prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens in the world.

Founded on leadership, service, and peace formation, Great River fosters independence, critical thinking, respect, responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

Operations Leader Community Feedback April 17-21, 2014

The Search Committee kicked off in January, and developed application packages and the posted job description soliciting applicants for both Pedagogy and Operations leaders in February. Throughout February and March the Search Committee provided application packages to nine individuals who expressed interest in the Operations leadership position.

This process was very effective to distinguish the characteristics and strengths of all three candidates. After careful analysis of application materials and interview responses, the full panel unanimously and enthusiastically agreed to recommend Sam O’Brien be considered by the full Great River School community for the Operations leadership position. At Great River, Sam currently guides A3 IB and lower elementary art, as well as serving as Level Coordinator for A3 and on the Finance Committee of the Board. In addition to his experience serving the Great River community since 2008, Sam has been an educator of youth from kindergarten through college level since 1997. Sam also brings diverse experience outside of education, including owning a business and coaching world championship Ultimate Frisbee teams.

Please CLICK ON THE BLUE TITLE ABOVE for more information including the application package, Sam’s resume and cover letter, and a schedule of on and off campus activities for the community to engage with Sam O’Brien. (NOTE: Saturday’s meet and greet opportunities will take place at Black Bear Crossing.)

Candidates for the GRS Board of Directors

Great River elections for new board members occurs each spring at the annual meeting.The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm, where attendees will be given the opportunity to approve the slate of candidates.
Please click the attached links to learn more about this year’s nominees for Great River Board, and check back later this week for additional faculty nominee statements.

Sheila Sullivan

Jennifer Fischer

Lucy Suits

Spring Festival – Saturday, May 3

On Saturday, May 3, GRS will feature student musicians and great pasta at our Spring Festival.  Come celebrate spring, music and community at this annual event.

  • Come for  a pasta dinner, music by students, a book sale and activities for younger students.
  • Music is from the ’80′s with an MTV focus. All proceeds will go to benefit the school music and theater programs.
  • Tickets ($10) include dinner and the music show or purchase tickets ($6) for dinner or the music performance.

Click here for the GRS Spring Fest Ticket Order Form, also available in the wooden rack by the front office. Order forms and payment are due by April 30.  After the 30th, tickets will only  be available at the door.  Note – there is limited seating for both dinner and the music production, so get your tickets early.  Please send payment along with the ticket order form – tickets will be returned to you via a student or picked up at the front office.

There are two seatings for dinner and two for the music:

  •    Music: 4 to 5:30 pm or 6 to 7:30 pm
  •    Dinner: 5 to 5:45 or 6 to 6:45 pm

Volunteers will help make this event flow smoothly – something for everyone - Click Here to Volunteer!

Robotics Teams Success

Earlier this month in Duluth, the team finished 7th, and on Friday, March 28, the team finished 2nd overall!

As Michael Flood reported on Friday, March 28 – “We had a great day – one of those days where I get to watch these students put their heart and soul into a competition. It was nip’n’tuck all day. Their work to create an effective strategy with their alliance partners has paid dividends. They finished the day 6:2, which places them solidly in the top ten, currently ranked #2! They also managed to work with great alliance and score the 2nd highest score of the day: 205 points in Match 60.The dedication this crew has demonstrated is amazing.”

The final result was No Mythic finishing 6th over all having captained the 8th Alliance – a feat unto itself!  All in all, it was a successful year.

For up to date information - Team website link

2013-2014 Yearbook Order

Last fall, many people ordered the 2013-2014 yearbook when they completed registration forms.  If you did not order a yearbook, now is your chance! Please complete this online form and send in payment to the front desk ($30 each) for each yearbook ordered.  Yearbooks will be available before the last day of school.

GRS Student wins prestigious Dean’s List Award at Northern Light Regional Tournament

From March 6-8, two First Robotics teams shared a bus to the Lake Superior Regionals and the Northern Lights Regionals, both held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota.  This tournament weekend holds the record for most teams under one roof for a competition.  In addition to a bus, the students share camaraderie, tips and tech talk. The two teams are the Robettes Team 2177, from Visitation School, and No Mythic Team 2491 sponsored by Pace Analytical, Minnetronix, Quality Tool and Great River School, Avalon, River’s Edge and Twin Cities Academy Schools.

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2014 Dean’s List Award winners Madeleine Logeais of The Robettes and Ellen Aiken, team captain of No Mythic, with Kate Azar co-captain of The Robettes and 2013 Dean’s List Award winner.

The Dean’s List Award is the only individual award given at FRC competitions.  It celebrates an individual’s contribution to a team, technical expertise, leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, a passion for long term dedication to FIRST and its ideals, and effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in their school and community. Think of it as the Heisman Trophy of high school robotics. The winners of this prestigious award are Ellen Aiken, of Great River School and team captain of No Mythic representing the Northern Lights Regional and Madeleine Logeais of Visitation School and co-captain of The Robettes representing the Superior Lakes Regional.  Both will attend and compete at the International Championships in St. Louis from April 23-26.

No Mythic had an outstanding weekend finishing 7th overall with a ranking of 19 during the qualifying rounds.  They were the first pick of the seventh ranked alliance.  They put up a tough fight, but were defeated by the 2nd ranked alliance.  The team put together their list of lessons learned and began planning for the North Star Regional to be held in Minneapolis on March 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Enrollment Lottery

The 2014-2015 Enrollment Lottery took place on Thursday, March 6.  We had nearly 400 applications submitted.  Letters to all applicants about know their status have been sent.  All applications received after February 26 will be added to the waiting list of the appropriate grade.  The deadline for returning forms is March 28.  All applications received after February 26 will be added to the waiting list in the order received.  In early April, an update will be sent to all who remain on the waiting list.  For more information, please contact Lydia McAnerney, Enrollment Coordinator.

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