March Newsletter

March 1, 2022

Greetings Rider Nation!

We are currently wrapping up a busy winter season here at Red River. The girls hockey team just capped off another competitive season finishing with an overall record of 9-16. The KnightRiders entered the state tournament as the 8th seed, but came up short in a couple battles with Fargo Davies and Mandan. Kaylee Baker and Averi Greenwood were named to the all conference team. Our wrestling team qualified 5 wrestlers for the state tournament under 2nd year head coach James Covington and had Kellan LeFountain place 8th. In its first year as a program, girls wrestling had two girls place in the state tournament. Bryn Larson placed 8th and Mari Rout placed 7th under the helm of head coach Matt Berglund. Both the boys and girls basketball teams will begin EDC tournament action this week. The boys finished the regular season in 4th place (14-6) and will host Shanley in the quarterfinals, while the girls finished in 3rd place (16-4) and will host Devils Lake. KnightRider gymnastics had yet another great season under 1st year head coach Megan Johnson and finished 3rd in the EDC meet and 6th at state. The KnightRiders placed Delani Barrett on the All Conference Team and she was also named the EDC Senior Athlete of the Year. Boys swimming and diving, although still fairly young, have seen many career PR’s each meet and look to carry that momentum into the State Meet! The 200 medley team composed of 2 of our Roughriders (Jackson Rerick & Logan Bjerke) were EDC Champions. Logan Bjerke was also named to the All Conference Team. VEX robotics will host the state tournament this weekend and Mr. Ostgarden looks to have the teams in a great position to make a run at another state title! Finally the Red River boys hockey team capped off their year with the schools 19th state title! The Riders entered the state tournament as the 3rd seed in the east, but turned it up a notch when it mattered most and capped off the title with a 4-2 victory over Fargo Davies. Wyatt LeDuc and Carter Sproule were all named to the All State Tournament Team and Wyatt was also named tournament MVP! Congratulations to all teams that have finished their seasons and good luck to those with tournaments approaching!

The fine arts have also had a successful winter with many amazing performances! The manatones and velvetones have been busy serenading people all winter, while the theatre department just wrapped up their winter comedy “Clue On Stage” and are now prepping for the upcoming musical “Footloose”. We also have many concerts fast approaching with Band on March 1st (7:00pm), Choir on March 7th (7:00pm), and Orchestra on March 8th (7:00pm). All performances will take place in the Red River Performance Hall! Amazing job throughout this year by so many talented Riders!

Student Council recently wrapped up our winter Snow Week and it was a huge success! We kicked things off Monday with Rider Idol 2022! The Northern Lights consisting of Campbell Dorsey, Jasper Ortiz, Claire Huebner, Emma Moe, and Liz Corcoran took home the title and will compete for the Grand Cities title coming up in April. On Wednesday night we held our annual powder puff volleyball tournament that saw the seniors boys take home the championship.

During Snow Week, student council also raised money Giving Hearts Day and more specifically the Grand Forks Giving Tree. Through events like the powder puff volleyball tournament, bucket passing at events, selling teas through the DECA school store, and donating a portion of our dance proceeds, the students raised $2,100! Raising money for such a great cause was definitely the highlight of the week. Thank you to everyone that contributed!

With that, we say goodbye to winter (eventually) and hello to spring! Thank you to the entire Rider Family for all that you do to support our Rider students and community.

With Rider Pride,

Tyler Nelson

Activities Director

Mark Your Calendars!!!

March 14-18- NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

March 23- Early Release at 1pm

March 25- End of 3rd Quarter

Apri 6- Early Release at 1pm

April 15-18- NO SCHOOL- Easter Break

April 20- Early Release at 1pm

May 4- Early Release at 1pm

May 18- Early Release at 1pm

May 30-NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day

June 2- Last Day of Classes/End of 4th Quarter

June 5- Graduation Ceremony 4:00pm Alerus Center

Red River Updates


Spring White Cards will be available for pickup beginning February 1st. All payments should be made through If you need more information, please click the button below.

Spring Sport Start Dates/Contact Info

Track and Field- Begins Monday, February 28th

Any questions, email Jeff Bakke-Boys Track ( or Adam Eckert-Girls Track (

Girls Softball- Begins Monday, March 21st

Any questions email Hannah-Rose Rodriquez at

Boys Baseball- Begins Monday, March 21st

Any questions email Mark Varriano II at

Girls Soccer- Begins Monday, March 28th

Any questions email Jason Heydt at

Girls Tennis- Begins Monday, April 4th.

Any questions email Josh Lunak at

Boys Golf- Begins Monday, April 11th.

Any questions email Nate Olson at

Summer Strength Program

Open to all interested boys and girls grades 7th-1th grades. Click the link below for all information and registration forms.

Summer Football Camp


Counseling Newsletter

Click the link above for information regarding testing, college prep, and other counesling material.


This month was all centered around showing love and promoting good mental health. For Valentie's day, HOSA distributed blow pops with inspirational quotes to each student.

HOSA is planning for the upcoming state conference on March 21st and 22nd at the Alerus Center. The conference is a series of competitions that students can sign up for to present on health topics. We could not be more excited to be able to get the opportunity to be a part of SLC yet another year.

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Math Track- Congrats to our winners and participants!!!

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Vaping Concerns

Grand Forks Public Schools is extremely concerned about the prevalence of vaping devices on campus, as administrators and school resource officers regularly receive reports about their presence. In an effort to aid school officials in preventing these devices from being brought into our schools, beginning on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, we will begin using non-invasive metal detection wands on students who are reasonably suspected of hiding vaping contraband or other items that present safety concerns on their person in a private setting. Families will be contacted by school officials if their student has been suspected of vaping and/or if the wand has been used to rule out the presence of a suspected contraband. Thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts to keep our students and school environment safe.

Attendance Reminders

Click link above for information regarding attendance procedures

Booster Club Updates

See additional information at their page-

District Updates

Parents Lead


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