The Redwood Valley 6th grade students recently participated in a field trip at Southwest Minnesota State University with other area 6th grade students involved in the Cottonwood River Integration Collaborative (CRIC). The purpose of the field trip was to aid students in their journey to become career and college ready. Craig Hillier was the motivational keynote speaker and talked to the students about resilience, responsibility and vision to the future.
Tuesday, March 21st - Miss Kelsi's preschool classroom had a special guest and speaker join their room for activities and fun in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Click here for more photos.
Spencer Quast, a junior at Redwood Valley High School, recently received the 2017 Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Award at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. ExCEL is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.
Jeannie Uhlenkamp, RVMS Special Education Teacher and Author, will present at the Redwood Falls Public Library on Tuesday, April 4th. Uhlenkamp will share insights on working with students and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. She will also talk about the two books she wrote, The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome and Act It Out.
Redwood Valley's senior guard, James Pendleton, has been selected to play in the 35th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st. Pendleton is one of ten prep players to land on the Green team. FULL RELEASE
The Reede Gray Elementary School hosted two sessions of Family Math Nights for families with children in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Over 60 families attended the evening events. There were five different games that families could learn to play based off Greg Tang Math: Kakooma, Tang Cards, Numtang, Numskill, and Web bonds. The games worked on matching, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Multiple Reede Gray staff members volunteered to teach and play the games with families. There was also a station that had laptops were families could play online Greg Tang Math games.
Redwood Valley's senior Bailey Sommers has been named the Star Tribune Boys' Hockey Hub Player of the Week! The senior forward tallied four points, including one goal and three assists, in a 5-4 Section playoff win over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Feb. 26. Sommers, who currently leads the state in goals (48) and ranks fifth in assists (70), assisted on the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime. FULL RELEASE
Maxwell Lund, 2014 graduate of Redwood Valley High School, has been chosen as the Pensole World Sneaker Championship Winner. Made in Portugal, Lund's shoe design has been supported by Foot Locker and the shoes are now available for purchase. See the exclusive unboxing of the show presented by Jacques Slade here.
As a part of the Redwood Area School District's Preschool Community Helpers Theme, the district's police officer, Dana Woodford, came to visit the preschool students and tell them about her job responsibilities and teach the preschoolers how they can stay safe in our school, their homes, and our community.
For James Hopfenspirger, a 1965 graduate of Redwood Falls High School, photography became a lifelong avocation. In an effort to encourage other students from his alma mater to pursue their interests standing behind a camera, Hopfenspirger's family has established a scholarship in recognition of his life and work and in support of Redwood Valley High School students who demonstrate a high level of skill in photography. The deadline to enter photo submissions is April 3. For complete information, click here, or contact the Redwood Area School District office at (507)-644-3531.
Enterprise Minnesota: December 2016 - A $1 million contribution from a local philanthropist will enable Redwood Falls to join the likes of Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and White Bear Lake, whose school districts have embraced the value of technical education for its students alongside close collaborations with its local manufacturers.
During a recent Redwood Area School District Professional Development day on Jan. 16th, the staff participated in a competitive activity that identified Minnesota bodies of water and place names which derive from the Dakota language and the significance of those names. The purpose of the activity was to bring awareness to the Dakota language, which exists all around us. The correct pronunciation and meanings of the misinterpreted Dakota words and names were also shared with the staff members.
Redwood Area preschool students are learning with SMART Technology! Beginning this fall, our early learning students have had the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment through the use of Interactive SMARTBoard Panels. All four preschool and Head Start classrooms were equipped with SMART technology, thanks to the Orrin Estebo Foundation and the Blandin Foundation. Almost $20,000 was donated between the two donors. Over 150 preschool students are being exposed to this collaborative, connected technology. Thanks to our donors!
The middle school students in Mrs. Ann Goche’s Homebase class recently completed a 16-month project of folding more than 1,000 paper mache cranes and will be shipping the cranes to the small island of Kwajalein Atoll in means to spread "HOPE" to those children and families across the world.
At the regularly scheduled school board meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Redwood Area School Board enthusiastically accepted a $1,000,000 donation, from Orrin Estebo. The gift will be given to the Redwood Area Education Foundation over the course of 6 years in anticipation of creating a Career Development Center focused on modernizing and expanding the west wing of the high school facility and programs.
The Redwood Valley High School Robotics team, Wingnuts, have received a $5,000 grant for the second year in a row from the Monsanto Fund. The team has been so generously sponsored by Monsanto, Medtronic and Daktronics over the years.
Dr Sayeed presented to the public on Sunday, October 17th and to the Middle School and High School students and staff on Monday, October 18th. He talked about promoting mutual understanding and mutual respect among all people with RV students today. Dr Sayeed, as a 6 year old, sat on Gandi's lap. As an adult, he has known 6 US presidents and the last three popes. He is a renown leader. Thanks to Rev. Scott Prouty and RASD School Board for making it all happen.
Jeannie Uhlenkamp, Redwood Valley Middle School Special Education Teacher, recently published her second book. Act It Out is a social skills guide for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disorders. Jeannie was inspired to write scripts for the book after visiting Japan and developed the book through years of research and experience as a Special Education teacher. Five years in the making, Mrs. Uhlenkamp says she owes a big thank you to colleague Cindy Swierenga for the inspiration throughout many of the pages. Jeannie is proud to develop a resource she can use to provide her students a fun way to improve on valuable social skills and provide teachers a tool to teach children, without a lot of preparation. The book is published by AAPC Publishing and is available for purchase at Amazon.com.