January 2022

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January is Benchmark Testing for elementary students

January 3 - Classes Resume

January 3 - Elementary Dress Your Best Day (see below)

January 7 - Eagle Pride for K-4th Grade 8:30-9 a.m.

January 10 - School Board Organizational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

January 11 - After Prom Party Meeting 6:30 p.m. in HS Media Center (see below)

January 14 - End of HS Semester

January 17 - No School for Students (teacher in-service)

January 24 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

January 28 - Kindergarten Gingerbread Party from 12:15-1:30 p.m. (see below)

February is I Love to Read Month

February 2- Early dismissal at 1 p.m.

February 7- JH/SH Band Concert at 7:30 p.m.

February 11 - Eagle Pride for K-4th Grade at 8:30 a.m.

February 14 - Valentines Day

February 15 - Last Chance to Order HS & Elementary Yearbooks.

February 21- No School (Snow Makeup Day if Needed)

February 21-25 - School Board Appreciation Week (Thank you School Board Members)

February 23 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 25 - Trimester 2 Ends for Elementary

February 28 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

March 10 - Early Out and Parent/Teacher Conferences from 1-8 p.m.

March 13 - Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 16 - St. Urho's Day (wear purple)

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day (wear green)

March 28 - Jr/Sr High Choir Concert

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Jan. 3: Dress Your Best Day

NYM District students & staff are invited to dress fancy on our first day of school in 2022. We want to see tuxes, suits, gowns, glitter & gold...whatever you can come up with. The fancier the better!
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January 11: After Prom Party Meeting

Juniors and their parents are invited to attend the NYM After Prom Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the HS Media Center on Tuesday, January 11.
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January 17: No School for Students

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January 28: Kindergarten Gingerbread Party

Per tradition, the New York Mills kindergarten classes will be hosting their Gingerbread Parties in January. This year, the Kindergarten Gingerbread Party is Friday, Jan. 28 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. One adult is invited to attend with each kindergartner. Watch for more details in January. For now, mark the Jan. 28 date on your calendar, to ensure that every child will have a special visitor that day. Thank you!

February 7: JH/SH Band Concert at 7:30 p.m.

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Dresser Named Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Heidi Dresser, who was named NYM Teacher of the Year for 2021-22 School Year. Mrs. Dresser is a NYM High School English teacher and was chosen for the Teacher of the Year honor by her peers. This is Heidi’s second time being named the NYM Teacher of the Year, the first of which was in 2013-14. Watch for a video in January with more information.
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National Recognition for Elementary Yearbook!!

The 2021-22 New York Mills Elementary Yearbook has been selected as a featured national sample for Balfour. A select group of individuals receive this award; it represents fewer than 3 percent of the publications Balfour will produce this year.

The theme of the 2021-22 NY Mills Elementary Yearbook is “The Eagle Inside Us.” The cover is a collage of blue and orange toned photos from this school year, merged into the shape of an Eagle. The theme is also utilized throughout the yearbook. The elementary yearbook is designed and compiled by Connie Vandermay.

Order your own copy of the NY Mills 2021-22 Elementary Yearbook for just $20. Forms are available in the office, or you can order through the Balfour website.

Menus may change, due to supply chain issues

The supply chain issue we’ve been hearing about has officially hit New York Mills School. For the last several weeks, our supplier has not been able to deliver chocolate milk. They recently informed us that they might have to supplement our miniature white milk cartons with gallons of milk, which we will have to pour into cups. It seems that certain foods are in short supply too, which causes difficulty when planning a menu too far in advance. If we make menu changes on short notice, it is because we could not get ingredients. With that being said, we want to assure you that the New York Mills School will continue to provide a well balanced breakfast and lunch each day. The meals might just be missing our favorite options. Please be patient and flexible for the next month or two with the school meal program.


To help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Encourage your child to wash their hands.
  • Ensure your child gets adequate sleep each night.
  • Provide a water bottle for your child to use at school to keep him/her well-hydrated.
  • If your child is ill or is not feeling well, please keep him/her home.
  • If someone within your household tests positive for COVID, please keep all students that live in that house at home. Call the Health Office 385-4216 for further guidance.
  • Pink Eye - MDH no longer requires schools to exclude students with pinkeye. This was changed in 2019.

  • Fevers - Students should be fever-free (without the use of medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Strep Throat - Your child will need to be on antibiotics for at least 12 hours before returning to school.

A look back at last month:

Photos from throughout the last month can be found on our facebook page and our website. Below are just a portion of the events we captured.
A Memorable December at the NYM School
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FFA travels to U of M Crookston for ANRAD

The New York Mills FFA Chapter traveled to U of M Crookston for Ag & Natural Resources Activities Day (ANRAD). For more than 50 years, the U of M has provided high school students from our region the opportunity to participate in agricultural activities. This year, NYM sent 33 high school students to ANRAD. Three of our teams even placed in various competitions. The Milk Quality Team placed third, with Katilyn Geiser taking first in the individual competition. The Landscape Team took second, with Morgan Guck placing third as an individual. Finally, the Wildlife Team took second place.

Forestry team- Alex Mack, Eli Aho, Colson Keskitalo

General livestock-Caden Storm, Ashton Lehmann, Ayden Muscha, Izak Schermerhorn

Dairy- Audrey Weller, Bella Huwe, Madison Ruther, Gage Brasel

Wildlife- Braxton Ehnert, Brayden Ehnert, Rowland Dykhoff, William Oakes, Austin Geiser

Landscape- Grace Brasel, Morgan Guck, Haley Korkowski, Kadance Brauch

Milk Quality- Irene Mursu, Kaitlyn Geiser, Moriah Geiser, Elijah Geiser

Small Animal- Sofia Godinez, Morgan Kline, Payton Lausten

Horse- Josi Mindermann, Sara Mindermann, Hannah Larson

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