Redwood Valley's senior student-athlete, Jillian Read, has signed with the North Dakota State University NCAA Division I dance team for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The daughter of Joel and Julie Read, Jillian is a two-sport athlete for the Cardinals in tennis and track and field.
At the April 24, 2017 school board meeting, the Redwood Area School Board approved a contract with Amanda Pederson to become the principal of Redwood Valley Middle School beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. We are pleased to welcome Amanda and her family to our schools and community!
Redwood Valley's senior Jared Lund has signed with the Ridgewater College Warriors of Willmar to play baseball during the 2017-18 season. The son of Jackie and Carl Lund, Jared has been a two-sport standout athlete for the RV Cardinals in football and baseball during his prep tenure. Ridgewater College Baseball is a member of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) which falls under the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Redwood Valley's middle school student, Jaydon Estebo, was just one of three out-state students selected for the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) 6-8 Grade Honor Band for the 2016-2017 school year. A trombone player of Redwood Valley Middle School's band director Collin Stephenson, Estebo was one of 86 students selected from 274 who auditioned this winter for a position in this group. The group performed a concert at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 in the Chanhassen High School Performing Arts Center.
The Redwood Area Orrin S. Estebo Chapter Dollars for Scholars kick-off event was a success on April 21st and the artwork is now displayed at the Redwood Falls Public Library until the Evening of the Stars event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd. Silent auction bidding ends on May 3rd at 7 pm at the RACC. Help support our local Dollars for Scholars!
Redwood Valley's three-sport standout athlete, James Pendleton, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the NCAA Division II University of Minnesota Morris Cougars in the upcoming 2017-18 season. The son of Dean and Laura Pendleton, James was one of Minnesota's 40 outstanding senior boys basketball players to compete in the 35th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series on March 31 and April 1. The senior guard also tabbed All-State Academic honors this year.
The Reede Gray students continue to follow the Cardinal Code at school as 53 awesome elementary students were awarded on Wednesday, April 12th, with a Hot Chocolate Party. These students have been respectful, responsible and safe, earning each of them Cardinal Coins for positive behavior and they loved taking advantage of that today at the special celebration!
Redwood Valley’s senior track athlete, Emma Gaffney, signed with NCAA Division III Concordia University-Wisconsin to participate on the 2017-18 women’s track and field team. The daughter of Mike and Beth Gaffney, Emma has been a standout shot and disc thrower for the Cardinals during her high school career, including an appearance at the 2016 Minnesota State Track and Field meet.
The Redwood Area Education Foundation is pleased to announce this year's inductees into the Redwood Area Schools' Hall of Fame. In the Alumni category, inductees include Floyd G. Hendrickson and Sr. Joanna Buckley. Dr. Thomas Gross will be inducted under the Community category and Janet Ellingworth will be inducted under the Faculty/Staff category. The Redwood Area Schools Hall of Fame induction will be held as part of the Evening of the Stars banquet on Wednesday, May 3rd. For the full story click here.
Tuesday, March 21st - Miss Kelsi's preschool classroom had a special guest and speaker join their room for activities and fun in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Click here for more photos.
At the regularly scheduled school board meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Redwood Area School Board enthusiastically accepted a $1,000,000 donation, from Orrin Estebo. The gift will be given to the Redwood Area Education Foundation over the course of 6 years in anticipation of creating a Career Development Center focused on modernizing and expanding the west wing of the high school facility and programs.
Spencer Quast, a junior at Redwood Valley High School, recently received the 2017 Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Award at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. ExCEL is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.
The Reede Gray Elementary School hosted two sessions of Family Math Nights for families with children in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Over 60 families attended the evening events. There were five different games that families could learn to play based off Greg Tang Math: Kakooma, Tang Cards, Numtang, Numskill, and Web bonds. The games worked on matching, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Multiple Reede Gray staff members volunteered to teach and play the games with families. There was also a station that had laptops were families could play online Greg Tang Math games.
Maxwell Lund, 2014 graduate of Redwood Valley High School, has been chosen as the Pensole World Sneaker Championship Winner. Made in Portugal, Lund's shoe design has been supported by Foot Locker and the shoes are now available for purchase. See the exclusive unboxing of the show presented by Jacques Slade here.
As a part of the Redwood Area School District's Preschool Community Helpers Theme, the district's police officer, Dana Woodford, came to visit the preschool students and tell them about her job responsibilities and teach the preschoolers how they can stay safe in our school, their homes, and our community.
Enterprise Minnesota: December 2016 - A $1 million contribution from a local philanthropist will enable Redwood Falls to join the likes of Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and White Bear Lake, whose school districts have embraced the value of technical education for its students alongside close collaborations with its local manufacturers.
During a recent Redwood Area School District Professional Development day on Jan. 16th, the staff participated in a competitive activity that identified Minnesota bodies of water and place names which derive from the Dakota language and the significance of those names. The purpose of the activity was to bring awareness to the Dakota language, which exists all around us. The correct pronunciation and meanings of the misinterpreted Dakota words and names were also shared with the staff members.
Redwood Area preschool students are learning with SMART Technology! Beginning this fall, our early learning students have had the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment through the use of Interactive SMARTBoard Panels. All four preschool and Head Start classrooms were equipped with SMART technology, thanks to the Orrin Estebo Foundation and the Blandin Foundation. Almost $20,000 was donated between the two donors. Over 150 preschool students are being exposed to this collaborative, connected technology. Thanks to our donors!
The middle school students in Mrs. Ann Goche’s Homebase class recently completed a 16-month project of folding more than 1,000 paper mache cranes and will be shipping the cranes to the small island of Kwajalein Atoll in means to spread "HOPE" to those children and families across the world.
The Redwood Valley High School Robotics team, Wingnuts, have received a $5,000 grant for the second year in a row from the Monsanto Fund. The team has been so generously sponsored by Monsanto, Medtronic and Daktronics over the years.
Dr Sayeed presented to the public on Sunday, October 17th and to the Middle School and High School students and staff on Monday, October 18th. He talked about promoting mutual understanding and mutual respect among all people with RV students today. Dr Sayeed, as a 6 year old, sat on Gandi's lap. As an adult, he has known 6 US presidents and the last three popes. He is a renown leader. Thanks to Rev. Scott Prouty and RASD School Board for making it all happen.