MCA Test Dates

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test dates begin this week.  Please see the information below and be aware of the dates that your students in grades 3-11 will be taking these department of education mandated tests.  

It is very important that students get a good night sleep the night before, and they also need a healthy breakfast so that they can perform at their highest levels.  The information we take away from these tests is helpful to determine if students are on track with grade level standards.  We use this information to assess our curriculum and instruction practices in an effort to better support all learners. 

Please communicate with your kids the importance of working as hard as they can and doing their best on these exams. 

Elementary MCA Schedules for 2015:
3rd Grade
Reading April 14th, 16th and 22nd
Math April 28th and May 5th
4th Grade
Reading April 15th, 21st, and 23rd
Math April 29th and May 6th
5th Grade
Reading April 14th, 16th, and 22nd
Math April 28th and May 5th
6th Grade
Reading April 15th, 21st and 23rd
Math April 29th and May 6th

High School MCA schedules for 2015:
7th grade
Reading April 22nd
Math April 28th
8th grade
Reading April  23rd
Math April 29th
10th grade
Reading April 14th, April 16th and April 21st
11th grade
Math April 30th



2015-2016 Preschool Programming Information

Floodwood School is partnering with St. Louis County Arrowhead Head Start to provide improved PreSchool programming for 3 year olds (previously called “Busy Bodies”) and 4 year olds (previously called “School Readiness”) starting in September of 2015.
Early Childhood Family Education “ECFE” will continue as in the past and information will come out in the fall about that programming.
IMPORTANT! Families need to apply NOW in order to determine if we will have enough students to hire a full-time teacher.  Click Here for an application!
Most families will qualify for free or reduced rates!
However, for families who do not qualify for free or reduced programming, the fee schedule will be:
Four Year Olds: September-May, Monday-Thursday, full day programming = $250 per month.
Three Year Olds: September-May, Monday-Thursday, half day programming = $125 per month.
Those who do not wish to send their 3 or 4 year olds for the entire scheduled daily time may be given a sliding fee scale. However, there must be enough interested in programming to justify the need for full-time teacher.
If you are interested, please either stop in the office for an application, down load one off of the district website, or contact Lois (476-2285 ext. 108 or ) to have one sent to you.
Your prompt response will help us get programming in place for your child to start in September! 

Floodwood School to Hire Minnesota Reading Corps Tutor

Would you love to help children grow their reading skills, succeed in school and get extra support? If your answer is yes, you can be trained to serve as a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps at the Floodwood School.   Whether you want to explore an educational career, reenter the workforce, or give back to your community, you can succeed as a tutor. Last year, Minnesota Reading Corps provided direct services to over 30,000 children in more than 700 schools across the state.
As a Literacy Tutor, you’ll use strategies that help students believe in themselves and succeed.  Positions available include: Preschool, Kindergarten Focus, and Elementary (K-3) Literacy Tutors. We offer part time and full time options, and tutors typically serve most of their hours during the regular school day.
In addition to extensive training, tutors will receive on-site support from specially trained school mentors.  Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents, and retirees.  Tutors may earn a living allowance, educational award, federal student loan forbearance, and other benefits, and have the chance to make a real difference in the life of a child.
To apply or learn more about the research based programs, position qualifications, and benefits, visit Questions? Contact or 866-859-2825. 
Upcoming Events

April 20th
Baseball vs Nashwauk-Keewatin 4:30 Cancelled and  Rescheduled for 4/24/15
Softball @ Two Harbors 4:30

April 21
Baseball @ Deer River 4:30 PM CANCELLED
Track @ Two Harbors 4:00 PM CANCELLED

April 23
High School Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 PM
Track @ Barnum 4:00 PM
Baseball @ Wrenshall (Braun Park Cloquet)
Softball @ Cromwell 4:00 PM (Doubleheader)

April 24
Baseball vs Nashwauk-Keewatin 4:30 PM

April 27
Baseball @ Two Harbors 4:30 PM
Softball @ Northland 4:30 PM
Jr. High Track @ East Central 3:45 PM

April 28
ACT Test Date for Juniors
Baseball @ McGregor  4:30 PM
Softball @ McGregor (2) 4:00 PM

April 29
Spring Sports Pictures

April 30
Baseball vs Silver Bay 4:30 PM
Softball vs Silver Bay 4:30 PM
Track @ Virginia 4:00 PM

May 1
Sports Banquet 6:00 PM

May 2
Track @ Esko 10:00 AM


"The Insanity of Mary Girard"

The Floodwood Drama Group will present “The Insanity of Mary Girard” at the Rich Event Center on Friday, May 8th (performance) and Saturday, May 9th (dinner and performance).  This one act drama follows Mary Girard in the year 1790 after being committed to an asylum.  This is a haunting and highly theatrical piece that is sure to entertain a more mature audience.  Tickets for either performance are available by calling the school at 218-476-2285 or the Rich Event Center at 218-349-5659.

What is "Polar Pride"?

Floodwood School has adopted a Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) framework which supports a positive school climate and the reduction of problem behavior. The language used by staff as part of this framework is “Polar Pride".  Polar Pride is taught and modeled by Floodwood School staff using the Polar Pride matrix.  Students are taught expectations in all settings at the beginning of each school year.  Additionally, teachers reteach the matrix and expectations throughout the year as needed. Floodwood Elementary staff (grade PK-6) distribute “Pride Paws” throughout the day to students demonstrating Polar Pride. The Pride Paws are used to reinforce positive behavior.  As students receive Pride Paws they write their name on the paw and place them in their classroom bucket.  Each week the paws are collected from each classroom and the name of one boy and one girl is drawn.  These students are recognized as “Students of the Week.”  At the High School, one girl and one boy is nominated by staff each week and are also recognized as “Students of the Week.” These students are honored for consistently showing Polar Pride in recent weeks.  All “Students of the Week” receive recognition for their good work (certificates, announcements, etc.) 
The Floodwood School staff work hard to recognize positive behavior in our students each day.  Research shows that when schools have a framework for recognizing positive behavior, positive behavior increases and negative behavior decreases which has a direct impact on the overall positive climate of the building.  

Check out our Polar Pride video!
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