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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

  • 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).







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    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