The District Insider

Volume 7, Issue 1 | August 2019

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Douthit Named Interim Principal at Elroy Schroeder Middle School

Christopher Douthit has been approved to serve as Elroy Schroeder Middle School’s interim principal for the 2019-2020 school year.

Douthit has served as an Associate Principal at both Red River High School and Valley Middle School, and as a teacher at Elroy Schroeder Junior High School.

Douthit’s background in middle-level education, proven leadership abilities, open communication style, knowledge of Marzano teaching and learning strategies, and positive disposition made him the top candidate for this one-year position.

Grand Forks Public Schools will repost this position in early 2020 and will work diligently to secure a long-term principal.

With this appointment, Douthit will be resigning as a member of the Grand Forks School Board.

Red River Graduate Receives Perfect Score on ACT Exam

Millicent Schwartz, a 2019 graduate of Red River High School, has received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.

The ACT assesses students in English, mathematics, science, and reading. The scores in each area are compiled together into a composite score, which has a range of 1 to 36.

Schwartz and Seth Benson, a graduate of Sheyenne High School in West Fargo were the only two students among 7,282 North Dakota high school test takers who recorded a perfect composite score.

Nationally, approximately two-tenths of one percent of students received a perfect score.

“These two talented young people have achieved a rare distinction,” said Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota school superintendent. “They, their parents, their teachers, and the entire state of North Dakota should be proud of what they have accomplished.”

Schwartz will be attending Cornell University, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, N.Y., this fall and will study mechanical engineering. She plans to minor in aerospace engineering.

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Purposity Update

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Have you heard of Purposity? It's a website and app that lets you meet specific needs for our students and their families. Since August 2018, our community has met over 540 needs via 950 active users.

Whether it's school supplies or household items, we are posting needs all summer long that will help our students and families have a successful 2019-2020 school year. Check us out at

Thank you!

Back-to-School Signs

Click on the link below to download a back-to-school sign for your student to use on the first day of the school year. Feel free to share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by using the hashtag #GFSchoolsFirstDay.

We hope your family has a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!

Thank you!

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A BIG thank you to our community members who have been dropping off school supply donations at the district office! We sincerely appreciate your generosity and helping ensure our students are ready for the 2019-2020 school year!

If you would like to donate school supplies to our students, here ( is a list of the most commonly requested items.

You can drop off your donations at the Mark Sanford Education Center (2400 47th Ave. S). Our hours (through August 2nd) are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Fridays.

Thank you all for your generous support of our students!

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Summer 2019 Little Red Reading Bus schedule
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Mark Sanford Education Center

2400 47th Ave. S

Grand Forks, ND 58201