Summer adventures ahead at Nevis School

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Field trips to learn about the world around them in the Summer Adventures program were a big hit with Nevis students last year. This year's six-week program is already full.
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The popular Summer Adventures program will again be offered at Nevis School.

The program was designed to fill learning gaps in reading and math for students in grades one to eight and get students out in the community for real-world learning experiences. Attendance last summer ranged from 71 to 97 students each week.

This year, the two-week sessions in June, July and August are already full.

Contracts for teachers staffing the program were approved with Angela Ahrendt, Tom Ahrendt, Ashley Anderson, Katrina Carrier, Victoria Carrier, Michelle Chase, Karly Cobb, Melinda Crimmins, Hannah DeLaHunt, Shawn Klimek, Amy Klimek, Jodi Sandmeyer, Kaylie Schell, JoAnn Stute, Kim Warne.

Summer Adventures paras will be Lynne Dalen, Yola Freeman, Jen Geraedts, Cathy Neas, Stacey Offerdahl and Levi Schwartz.


Staff updates

The board accepted the resignation of probationary social studies teacher Pete Phillips and approved a probationary period extension for Ian Johnson, who is making a switch from teaching in an out-of-field permission in special education to teaching secondary social studies.

Cassy Smith was approved as a new elementary teacher. She was a student teacher at Nevis School in 2017. Superintendent Gregg Parks said she has a strong background in reading and will be in a first grade classroom.

Rebecca Thon, a graduate of South Dakota State University, will be replacing Ashley Anderson as the district's grade 7-12 ag teacher.

The board also approved agreements with summer preschool staff Wendy McGillivray-Bjorklund, Jason Durham and Abbie Henry as well as summer contracts with social workers Heidi Wormley and Krista Platz, nurse Jenny Rittgers, Barton program teacher Suki Peterson and extended school year instructor JoAnn Stute.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard that the district’s cash balance has increased $370,000 since last month and the cash balance as of April 30 was $2,319,614.
  • Accepted donations totaling $8,228. Largest donors were Itasca Mantrap Electric Company with $3,600 and the Nevis Baseball Booster Club with $2,695.
  • Heard a presentation from FFA students that included a slideshow highlighting experiences during the chapter’s first year.

The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, with a listening session from 6:15-6:45 in the school cafeteria with one board member present.


While many high school seniors are still undecided about their future career, Nevis senior Josiah Bloom is pursuing his dream of making a difference in the world through law and politics.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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