Your Town: Northland Pines School District

Living full time in a community where most people come only to vacation has its advantages, but with all the beautiful nature and fun activities around Eagle River, keeping kids focused on school may not always be easy.

That's why the Northland Pines School District finds ways to incorporate all this region has to offer into the classroom experience.

"We try to use our resources, So, in one of our elementary schools, we have a school pond, obviously Eagle River has a lot of lakes, so our kids go out to that pond and they do their science and environmental things out by the pond area." says District Superintendent Dr. Mike Richie.

In addition to incorporating nature, the district finds unique ways to teach traditional curriculum.
For example, science teacher Ann Perry has created a class she calls Investigations in Forensic Science.
It's where kids learn how to apply scientific principals to help solve a real crime that occurred in the Eagle River area.

"I had so much student interest in things like the CSI television shows, the Law and Order shows and things like that. I really wanted a way to bring the relevancy of what was going on in communities and on television to my classroom and teach the science that way." Perry says.

While mathematics factors into many aspects of everyday life, many students often have a tough time making those connections.
That is why math teacher, and Presidential Math Award qualifier , John Hayes shows students just what math has the power to do.

"Recently we were talking about vectors in our pre-calculus class and we looked at cross wind-speeds for an airplane pilot. We talked about the vectors that they have and showed them footage of airplanes that have to make landings with that wind speed." Hayes says.

So, from calculating wind speed vectors, to CSI investigations, Northland Pines is a school district that is committed not just to teaching material, but inspiring a love of learning.


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