Red Wing Public Schools -- ISD 256

Weekly e-news Nov. 14-20, 2021


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There's no substitute, she's found, for the great work of education


All you really need to be a substitute teacher, says Susan Forsythe, is the desire to give and grow together with a great group of people whose task it is to make Red Wing Public Schools work.

She has been doing exactly that for seven years.

A couple of days each week she can be found at Burnside, Sunnyside or Twin Bluff Middle School. The principals note that she goes where the need is.

"I have plenty of stories. Beautiful moments happen every day at Red Wing Public Schools," Susan said.

Why do you substitute in local classrooms?

Red Wing has many excellent teachers and staff members. Their job is rewarding but extremely difficult, now more than ever due to the pandemic. As a substitute I get to play a support role to these dedicated educators.

What do you enjoy most about the work?

With a reason to be inside of Red Wing Public Schools I have the privilege of developing relationships with these staff members. I like helping them and I like helping students grow in confidence and ability to contribute to their community. All these relationships, which I have because I substitute, are gifts which enrich my life.

How do you connect with students?

I try to stay genuine and truthful, patient and kind. My aim is to excite the curiosity of young people to cause them to take charge of their own learning.

What keeps you going back day after day and year after year?

Aiding teachers and empowering students is what keeps the work of a substitute interesting.

Curious about what it takes to become a substitute teacher? Interested in picking and choosing what days and in which classrooms you work? Visit Teachers On Call, the company that helps fill substitute positions for Red Wing Public Schools.

Red Wing High School


Students grades 9-12 will engage in friendly competition while spreading the love to those in need.

The Charity Drive will run Nov. 15-23. Students are invited to bring money or non-perishable food items (1 item equals $1 toward the class total) to first hour classes. The 3 classrooms that raise the most money will win doughnuts.

NOTE: The Star of the North and RWHS band concert set for Sunday, Nov. 21, has been canceled due to COVID.


Nov. 15-23: RWHS Charity Drive

Nov. 16: Winger Study 3:50-4:45 p.m.

Robotics, 4 p.m., C103

Nov. 18: Winger Study

Nov. 19: Wrestling Club, 4 p.m., J pod

Nov. 24: Early release 1:50 p.m.

Nov. 25-26: No school

Important links: RWHS website and student newsletter.

Elementary schools

Three schools, one yearbook

All elementary schools will be placed in one yearbook again this school year.

Lifetouch is the supplier.

Online orders can be placed at using the ID code: 1566722. This code is labeled for Burnside Elementary School, but it is actually for all the elementaries: Burnside, Sunnyside and Twin Bluff.

The deadline for making an order is March 25, 2022.

Paper order forms were sent home with the students this week. If you’d like to complete the form and the envelope, please return to your student’s teacher to be processed.

COVID vaccines offered

Clinics and elementary conferences coincide

Red Wing Public Schools will offer the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 at the three elementary schools during conferences 3-7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Consent forms will be available onsite for interested families. Please bring insurance information if you have it.

The FDA and CDC recently approved a Pfizer vaccine for children after 5-11. Learn more through the Minnesota Department of Health website, where people also may schedule appointments for children 5-11 and 12-16 at local clinics and pharmacies.

Commissioner Jan Malcolm said much of the recent increase in virus cases statewide has been happening in younger children.

Colvill Family Center

Gingerbread fun for children

Run, run as fast as you can to catch all the fun. Create a gingerbread house, play with gingerbread play-dough, decorate gingerbread children. This Dec. 20 class has two sessions and is most appropriate for ages 2 years and older. Please register all children who will be attending.

Note that class size is limited. Cost is $8. Class No. 1502-21F1 will run 9-10:30 a.m. Class 1502-21F2 will run 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Nov. 16: Conferences 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 17: Picture Day

Nov. 18: Picture Day

Nov. 22-26: no ECFC classes

Nov. 24: Colvill Kids morning session as usual; all-day enrollees will be excused at 12:15 p.m.; No p.m. classes.

Nov. 25-26: Thanksgiving break

Important links

Colvill webpage and fall/winter brochure

Community Education and Recreation

Learn before you stop earning (that is, retire)

Upcoming youth classes

Upcoming adult classes

Important links: Community Education, Fall brochure, Community Recreation

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The road to a cleaner world

Education Minnesota Red Wing Teachers adopted a stretch of Highway 61 in Red Wing this spring. A group of teachers cleaned up for the second time this year on Saturday, Oct. 30. The group included (from left) Greg Grinager, Bethany Jasin, Emily Prigge, Noah Finegan and Wesley Albers along with the photographer, Kim Albers.

District news: important dates and helpful information

Nov. 15: Red Wing School Board, 6 p.m. RWHS Training Center, J110

Nov. 21: Band concert, 3 p.m., high school

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About our district

Red Wing Public Schools strives to provide an innovating and meaningful educational experience that fosters curiosity; pursues and applies best practices; embraces diversity by respectfully engaging all students, families, and staff; and connects and partners with our community. We serve pre-K through grade 12.