Parent Survey

Building strong partnerships between families and our school is critical to the success of our students. We would like to hear from you about your experience at Floodwood School. Please take this opportunity to complete the survey below. This information will help identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. Thank you.

There will be an informational meeting for community members who are interested in Pre-School and Early Childhood programs for children ages 0-5 on Wednesday, December 3rd in the Media Center at the school.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM.  The meeting is open to the public and coffee and dessert will be served.


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!
Upcoming Events

November 17th  Girls Basketball Practice Begins

November 22nd Girls Basketball Scrimmage at Esko 8:25 AM

November 25th 
BBB @ South Ridge Jr. High 5:30, JV 5:45 and V at 7:15

November 29th 
GBB vs Bigfork Varsity Only 2:00 PM
BBB vs Bigfork Varsity Only 4:00 PM


As we start preparing for the winter months, it is a good time to remember important weather related information that effects school operations. In the months to come we may be forced to delay or close school, or even send students home early because of dangerous weather conditions. The district staff understands that our decision to open or close schools during inclement weather is a challenge for families. We also understand the importance of students being in school to continue to make progress academically. Having stated that, our top priority remains the safety of our students, staff and families.


We make the decision to open or close school in inclement weather based on a careful 
analysis of the following factors: 

• We drive the roads. Personnel from transportation and administration drive the various attendance areas very early in the morning. The routes that we drive allow for first hand observations of a wide variety of terrains. 
• Information on road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reviewed as part of the decision making process.
• The amount of snow and ice accumulated and whether precipitation is continuing is an important consideration. We speak directly with the National Weather Service in Duluth and local meteorologists regarding weather conditions.
• "Cold" is not easy to reduce down to a single number; wind chill and temperature both play a part in the decision and we utilize the new wind chill chart developed by the National Weather Service. Timing also plays a part - we pay most attention to what the conditions are going to be like between 6:15 and 8:15.
• We do not always make decisions similar to other schools in the region. Our weather can be very different as compared toneighboring school districts given our geography near the Lake Superior Basin and the Iron Range.

• The superintendent does. I am responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the Transportation and Building Supervisors.


• As quickly as a decision is made, a Campus Alert will be sent to all families. Please be sure to keep your contact information current on Campus Portal to ensure you receive these notifications.
• Tune to local TV and radio outlets for up-to-date information on school closings. WDIO/WIRT, KBJR/KDLH, WTBX, Radio USA, and WNMT (650AM) receive our announcements of school closures or delays.
• You can also check our district website ( and Facebook for current weather related information.
• We will attempt to make the decision by 5:45 AM or earlier so the radio and TV stations can be notified and posted on our 


• We must weigh the advantages of gaining two hours to allow weather to pass or road crews to better treat the highways 
versus conditions worsening. 
• In the event of a two hour delay there will be NO Preschool, Busy Bodies or Early Childhood programming that day. 

If schools are open, and parents choose not to send their children to school during extreme weather conditions, the absence will be treated as excused and the work missed may be made up. This attendance option is always available to parents. The decision to send your child to school during extreme weather conditions is and should ultimately be yours. Although we make each decision after careful assessment, we know that often no absolute right decision exists. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to attend school, use your judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, discourage students from driving in bad conditions and offer them options if weather conditions worsen. 

It is our hope this information helps you to understand the process that our district staff considers to make the safest decision for the district. 


Amy Starzecki
218-476-2285 (Ph)   218-476-2813 (Fax)      115 West 4th Avenue       Floodwood, MN 55736

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