We have always known that school's main focus should be on academic learning. In fact, in my last Tiger Talk, I discussed the primary drive in our school this year, driven by the Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Strategic Plan: Create an Atmosphere of Student and Teacher Accountability. We are indeed focused on increasing our Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores in reading, math and science, and we are implementing strategies we believe will help us achieve this. However, we also know that students need to leave high school with more than just academic skills.
So what’s going on at Pine River-Backus High School? The answer: A lot! Students are hard at work in their academic subjects and busy with a flurry of winter activities. Student council is infusing some extra fun into the school through the annual Snodaze celebration.
BY TRENT LANGEMO In May 2012, the Pine River-Backus School Board approved what is known as a 1:1 iPad initiative, placing a multi-faceted, digital, web-connecting tablet in the hands of every student in grades 5-12. This decision followed an iPad pilot program and months of study and discussion by teachers, administrators and the school board. A central point of those discussions included two concepts: engaging students in their learning and equipping students and teachers with a tool to increase their ability to harness what are known as 21st century skills.