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  • The mission of the Pelican Rapids School District, in partnership with home and community, is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes educational excellence for all students challenging them to become lifelong learners, independent thinkers, respectful individuals, and responsible citizens.


    I want to take a moment to express how much gratitude I have for each and every one of the staff at the Pelican Rapids Schools.  Their passion for our students shines through in the buildings and classrooms and in the dedication and professionalism that they demonstrate each day. We have had an incredible start to the school year and I truly appreciate everything they do to support our students, families and community.  


    I am attaching the article “What Should Your Graduate Know?” which provides a lens to the conversations happening around the United States and some of the resources that we have modeled our ‘Profile of a 2036 Graduate’ discussions after.


    As you may remember, Pelican Rapids Schools joined in the national conversation last January by inviting local parents, staff and community members to explore the following three questions:


    1. What are the hopes, aspirations and dreams that our community has for our young people of Pelican Rapids?
    2. What are the skills and habits that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world?
    3. What are the implications for the learning experiences we provide in our schools?


    This group of stakeholders (community members, parents and staff) met throughout the spring of 2018, concluding in June with the establishment of the following traits for our students to be successful in the future.

    • Building Character
    • Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Collaboration
    • Relationships
    • Resilience


    One of our students designed the Pelican Rapids 'Profile of a Graduate' graphic below which will be finalized this fall.

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    I welcome visitors to share about the great things Pelican Rapids Schools are doing to serve the students and community.


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      Randi Anderson, Superintendent





School News

  • 2019 “Triple A” Award recipients

    Article excerpts and photo courtesy of The Pelican Rapids Press - March 27, 2019 issue


    Two Pelican Rapids High School seniors have been honored for their well-rounded student careers. 

    Earning AAA honors for excelling in arts, athletics and academics at Pelican Rapids High School are Kaylie Isaman and Hayden Christenson.
    The purpose of the high school league program is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.
    “Triple A” Award recipients are selected through a multi­level process involving member schools of the League, the League’s administrative regions, and a special committee of educators, business leaders, and members from the fine arts and athletic communities.
    Nominations are limited to two qualifying students per school–one male and one female.
    Kaylie Isaman
    Kaylie Isaman ranked #11 among Class of 2019 students. She attributes her academic success with “good time management.”
    “Another thing I am very humble about is being selected for the school’s math team. I have participated with the math team a few times and even placed as a team,” wrote Isaman in her AAA documents.
    She is also president of the National Honor Society. “I would not be the president of this group if I did not have good grades, so I think that really shows what I do in the classroom and how teachers recognize it.”
    As a junior, she participated in the school musical–not as an actor, but as head of the pit band. The group practiced many hours a week.
    “Through this experience, I became more familiar with how theatre works,” wrote Isaman. “I gained a better appreciation for those passionate about the arts.”
    As a musician, Isaman was selected for the Heart O’ Lakes honor band in the 8th grade. She was first chair in the Pelican band and third chair in the honor band.
    “Athletics, Arts, and Academics each have their own role to play in making you a better person, but all three share a few major contributions to shaping me.
    • Athletics have taught me how to be a part of a team and how to work together. This is one of the main things employers look for, so I am very grateful to have learned this through something I love to do.
    • The arts have taught me how to appreciate other people’s strengths. This is important for life because you become nicer, more supportive, and more understanding when you can appreciate what others can do.
    • Academics have taught me life skills such as communication, how to study, how to be on time, and much more. High school academics might prepare me for college, but more importantly they prepare me for life.
    Isaman believes that these three things together form a better person because they teach how to work hard to succeed.
    “If you want to be good and become recognized in athletics and arts, you need to work hard. The leads of the play and the starters of the team aren’t just given that position, they work hard for it,” wrote Isaman. “People on the honor roll don’t just get that recognition for nothing. They work hard and study. If you work hard for something in life, you will be successful.”
    Isaman, who scored more than 1,000 points for the Pelican Rapids Lady Vikings basketball team, earned an academic and athletic scholarship at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she will be playing basketball.
    Hayden Christenson
    In addition to a high GPA and college level courses, Christenson has earned other academic achievements–including a ranking at the very top of his Class of 2019.
    By taking college level classes, he earned 12 college credits in Pre-Calculus and Spanish III.
    Those credits will give him a jump next fall, as he plans to attend North Dakota State University in the engineering program.
    By the end of my senior year, he expects to have earned an additional 10 college credits. He has been enrolled in upper level math classes since 7th grade.

    Christenson has been on the A Honor Roll every quarter since 7th grade. His ACT score is 29, gaining a 35 on the mathematics portion. He has been a member of the High School Math Team and has attended the Tri-College Math competition every year in high school.
    Honors/awards include: 2nd place in region (9th/Tri-College), 2nd Team All Conference (9th/Math Team), 3rd place in region (10th/Tri-College), 4th place in region and 1st Team All-Conference (10th/Math Team), 4th place in region (11th/Tri-College).
    Throughout his high school career, he also participated in Knowledge Bowl. He was also chosen as a member of the Minnesota Honor Society and is currently Vice-President.
    During his sophomore year, he was on the Academic Team for football, basketball, and baseball; and earned the Academic All State honor for football his senior year.
    In the fine arts area, he has been active in band.
    He is currently first-chair french horn in Wind Ensemble and was also first-chair in Concert Band. He participated in the Fall Festival Honor Band in 11th and 12th grades at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
    He received superior ratings at the Subsection Music Contest last year with a horn quintet and a brass quintet.
    In addition, Christenson received numerous awards/honors in athletic areas.
    In football, he has earned the following at the varsity level: Defensive Scout Player (9th), All Academic Team (11th), Academic All-District (12th), Academic All-State (12th), All-District Player (12th), All-Section Player (12th), Team MVP (12th), and Most Valuable Receiver/Back (12th).
    For basketball, he earned the following also at varsity level: Most Improved (11th), Best 3-Point Percentage (11th), All-Academic Team (11th), All-Tournament Team (12th).
    At the varsity level in baseball, he earned the following: Honorable Mention All-Conference (10th/11th) and MN State Baseball Showcase nominee (10th,/11th/12th).


    April 15, 2019


    PRHS Viking News Network Midwest Emmy Student Production Award Winner!


    By Kathryn Anderson, Mass Communications Teacher

    Over the weekend, the Midwest Emmy Association held the student production awards. PRHS Viking News Network was nominated for two crystal pillar awards, and we won one!  Congratulations to Colm Fitzsimmons and Zane Brosowske on their story Spooky Basement. I can't stress enough how big this honor is and how tough the competition is. Now that they won from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter, they are automatically submitted to the national contest.  

    I included a link to the episode where this story debuted. It's introduced at the 39 second mark.




    March 22, 2019

    National Archery in School Program at VES


    By Sheri O'Brien, K-6 PE/DAPE Specialist


    National Archery in School Program (NASP) is a very successful program developed supported by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was instrumental in assisting in providing the training to Mr. Brent Frazier and Viking Elementary School Physical Education teacher, Sheri O'Brien and number of years ago. The DNR, in addition, provided a grant to purchase the original twelve archery competition compound bows and competition arrows for grades 4-6 students. The DNR continued to support the program a few years down the road by offering another grant opportunity to purchase more bows for left handed and right handed shooters and competition arrows.

    Further, a local organization stepped forward to assist the students in developing a lifetime leisure skill/activity.  The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), three years ago, provided financial support to purchase 24 padded material bow cases for the students to house the bows during non-school archery use. Continuing, local support came, more recently, from the Pelican River Pheasants Forever organization with donated money so that a fletching kit could be purchased to assist in repairing damaged fletchings. Pelican Rapids is a wonderful community that unceasingly gives back to their K-12 students!

    Viking Elementary School students have embraced the competition archery guidelines and demonstrate terrific 

    self-discipline regarding competition rules and commands used.  You'll find complete joy, from the instructors, as the students demonstrate immense growth and confidence regarding the safety steps required in this hand-eye coordination lifetime activity as they move through grade levels.  If you find an opportunity, take time to view a short video that will be put on the Viking Elementary School website by April.  It clearly demonstrates sixth graders mastery of the sequential commands and the synergy they share to follow those commands correctly, from the initial seven step instructions given by their archery teachers.

    Finally, Mr. Frazier and I are extremely grateful for the unwavering support Dr. Richardson offers so that program will continue, successfully, into the future.


    March 16, 2019

    Live Wide Open Filming at Free Family Movie Night on March 29


    The March 29 Free Family Movie Night will have a unique twist...on site will be Steve and Jackie Henning of AMS Digital Productions, who produce many of the videos for Live Wide Open.  They are excited to come and capture the essence of the Free Family Movie Event in Pelican Rapids. They were contacted by Sheri Holm and Rick Schara from West Central Initiative.


    March 12, 2019

    Midwest Emmy Award Nominations


    Exciting news! 

    The PRHS mass communications class received two crystal pillar nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Upper Midwest Chapter. This is a huge honor from the Midwest Emmy association and something that other schools in our area can't boast about. One of the nominations is for the entire November newscast, and the other is for Colm Fitzsimmons and Zane Brosowske's story on the Jensen's artwork in the basement of the high school media center. 

    The upper Midwest region in which we compete includes high schools in all of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and parts of Wisconsin. We are one of the only rural school districts to be nominated into this competition. 

    The award ceremony is April 12th in Bloomington, Minnesota. Wish us luck! 

    Included below are links to the Midwest Emmy assocation's website and the November newscast (which also contains Colm and Zane's story).






  •  spring


    ECFE Classes February-May 2019


    Magical Mondays Ages 0-5

    Parents and children must stick together as you explore the activities, art, and play stations. Together you’ll enjoy a circle time with books, music, & dancing.

    When: Mondays from 10:00-11:15am from March 4-April 29 (no class on 4/22)
    Location: ECFE Classroom

    No school agers allowed-we are partnering with Club Vikes to offer sibling care. Contact Emily Evenson at 218-863-5910 x5022 with questions or to register for the Club Vikes program.


    Preschoooler and Parent Ages 3-5

    Parent and preschoolers have 1:1 time in learning environment. Includes parent discussion group and a FREE BOOK for every child!

    When: Thursdays April 4, 11 and 25 (no class on April 18) from 5:30-6:30pm
    Location: ECFE Classroom


    Rootin’ Tootin’ Toddlers Ages 0-2

    Our youngest students have their special time at the big school. Come and meet new friends as we play, sing and dance together!

    When: Thursdays in March 5:30-6:30pm
    Location: ECFE Classroom


    Chahinkapa Zoo Field Trip

    You can either meet us at the zoo gate at 10:00am or at the football field parking lot at 8:50am if you want to rideshare. We will stroll through the zoo and then meet at the carousel at 12:00pm for some zippy tunes and spins. We will have a picnic in the park at 12:30pm if the weather is nice.

    Please plan to pay your own gate admission (adults $10, children 4 & up $4) and Carousel ride ($2). Please register for this field trip using the ECFE Class Registration Form below. Hope you can join us for this fun day!

    When: Friday, May 10 (leave at 9:00am)


    ECFE Program Registration Form Feb-May 2019

    Preschool Registration Form 2018


    3rd Annual Early Childhood American Indian Pow Wow

    April 11 from 4:30-8:00pm

    Detroit Lakes Middle School Gym

    Hosted by Becker County Museum and Detroit Lakes Community Ed

Summer 2019

  • I love summer


    Click below to view the summer program catalog and register and pay online!





    Registrations are still being accepted (our May 15 date was to help us with planning and staffing). T-shirts are being ordered based on registrations at the end of the day Friday, May 17 so please register this week if possible (we will have extra t-shirts available in various sizes on hand but best fit will be based on your order).


    Summer Program 2019 Catalog and Online Registration




    Session will be 3 weeks (instead of 4 weeks)

    JUNE 3 - JUNE 20