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Great Gatherings bring us together

One of the most unique ways to meet new people and support GRS at the same time is to participate in a Great Gathering. Gatherings include rowing on the Mississippi, tennis lessons, movies in a back yard and gatherings for adults only. Sign ups were first offered at the February Soiree, but some spaces remain., Click on the BLUE TITLE above to get the full story. A few more spots remain in the following Great Gatherings. Email the host to sign up, and bring a check into the office. Questions? Email Jenny Thompson at

Support the Stars

Sunday, June 8 – Ultimate State Tournament Information All games are at the Blaine National Sports Center. Here are a few links to help you navigate the day: Schedule for the day MN High School Ultimate Tournament Bracket to follow our progress. Games are as follows: Boys Varsity: begin at 9am on field J4. Then games at 11 […]

News from the Lego/Robotics lab

Lego League – Breaking News! First,  the Summer Camp is Full! We are excited to be hosting our first Lego League Summer Camp. Second,we are organizing for the Fall Lego League Season. The topic has been announced….. FLL World Class: Learning Unleashed. More info HERE. Informational survey coming out this coming Tuesday… look for it in […]

A1 Bike Trip

The 10th annual GRS A1 bike trip will leave GRS on Monday, June 2 and return on Thursday, June 5.  Information was distributed at an orientation earlier in May. For an overview of  the trip. read the Bike trip parent letter.  Click here for bike trip information about the schedule, packing list, and more details.

MCA testing at GRS

MCA Math and Science testing will begin the week of April 29th and run through May 14th. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be taking MCA math exams. In addition, 5th, 8th, and 9th graders will be taking the MCA science exam. Both these exams are online exams. The 11th grade math exams must be passed in order for students to graduate. Please help make sure your student gets a good night sleep the night before the exam and eats a healthy breakfast the day(s) of the exam. Thanks in advance for your assistance. All alphabetical break downs are by last name. (NOTE: To see the schedule, please click on the blue title above)

Welcome to our new Head of School for Operations

Thank you all very much for your honest, insightful, detailed feedback over the last couple of weeks. With your overwhelming support, the Great River School Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sam O’Brienhas been offered the Head of School Operations leadership position.

Sam has agreed to assume his new responsibilities for the duration of his current contract before assuming his new contract at the end of the school year. A substitute will be engaged to support his current teaching responsibilities to provide for a seamless transition while Christina concludes her generous service to the school.

To read the full letter from Shawna Maryanovich, Chair of the Board of Directors, please click on the blue title above.

New GRS Board Members Elected

Great River elections for new board members were held on April 23, 2014 and the following board members were elected for a three year term beginning in July 2014.  Please click the links below to learn more about these new board members. Community Representative Lucy Suits Parent Community Representative Jennifer Fischer Faculty Representative Andrea Christensen […]

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 […]

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, […]