FIVE YOUNG MEN who are ready for school to start again are Miles Olson, Joey Caliguiri, Chase Bologi, Luke Hettler and Max Nelson, who all attended the Night to Unite BLPD Picnic in the Park. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

School is just around the corner

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Summer marches on and the calendar reminds us that in a few short weeks, Big Lake students will go back to school.
Practice for some fall sports has already started and the district is hosting an information session open to everyone on new rules and information pertaining to concussion Monday (Aug. 18) at 7 p.m. at the high school.
Concussion injuries have been downplayed and misunderstood in the past. New treatment and rules about returning to school  and playing sports have changed over the last few years as awareness of the issue has grown.
Big Lake High School and Big Lake Middle School will host open house Wednesday, Aug. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students and their parents are encouraged to visit, find out their class schedules, locate their lockers and meet their new teachers for the year.
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2 for students in grades 6-9. High school freshmen will have the first day of high school to themselves while they learn what will be expected of them, find their classrooms and think about their long-term goals after graduation. 
Students in grades 10-12 will return to school Sept. 3. A greater variety of elective classes are being offered in the high school, including online learning and college in the classroom offerings.
Parents are reminded the Big Lake Parent Teacher organization has moved to include secondary students this year. Any parent with a child in school is automatically eligible to be come a member of PTO.
Students in grades K-5, will have their assessment days Sept. 2, and 3, which is mandatory for students and their parents. 
The elementary aged students will be tested on their reading ability. Attendance will be taken. Their official first day of school will be Sept .4.
Almost all Big Lake kindergarteners will attend school all day, everyday this year. There is no fee attached for parents this year as state funding has picked up the cost of all day school for the little ones.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and School Readiness has moved to a new site. All early childhood education programs are now located at Liberty Elementary School on the east side of the building.
The Big Lake School District Community Education  fall catalogue is expected to be published within the next few weeks with offerings for all ages as the new school year begins.
Drivers are reminded to be alert for school buses and students on their way to and from school in the coming weeks.


(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)