New Family Information
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (See below)
Permission to Publish Directory Information (See below)
Military/College Release Waiver for grades 10-12 only
The FERPA form should only be signed if you do not want the district to publish directory information, including, but not limited to:
*Student name on sports/activities/graduation programs, or other school publications
*Sports statistics listed in program (i.e. height/weight of players)
*Pictures in programs/yearbook/website
*Honor roll or other recognition printed at school or in newspaper
"Permission to Publish Directory Information" should only be filled out if you have a signed FERPA form on file at the school, but would like to give the school rights to publish specific information.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Aitkin Public Schools! We are a school community that provides for the needs of our students Pre-K through grade 12. Our district has 2 main buildings, Rippleside Elementary which houses grades Pre-K through grade 6, and the Aitkin High School which houses grades 7 through 12.
Our elementary provides many educational opportunities, including art, music, and a science specialist for our students. We also provide educational opportunities through the use of our school forest. We have created an outstanding program in our NutriMan garden that successfully brings fresh fruits and vegetables to our school lunch rooms, creating our farm to school chain of produce.
We provide a wide range of opportunities for our students to continue exploring and learning at the high school level as well. Students have the opportunity to earn over 40 college credits before they graduate from high school. In cooperation with Central Lakes College we offer students the opportunity to be a part of Bridges Career Academies and Workplace Connections program. Students can earn Bridges Career Academies honors in Mass Communication/Graphic Design and in Restaurant Culinary Skills. These credits and honors can be earned without ever leaving our High School building. Our high school still maintains an active Agriculture program, with an Industrial Technology program that helps students build additional skill sets needed to be successful in a wide variety of trades. Our high school is in the process of becoming one of the few schools in Minnesota to be Apple Certified with the innovative use of technology in our building.
Learning also happens outside the regular classrooms. We offer over 18 different activities and clubs, over 15 athletic teams for students to be a part of during their high school careers. The Aitkin Gobblers have a long and proud history of building and supporting our students in the many activities they choose to be a part of while they are a part of programs.
We are proud of the great things that happen on a daily basis within the Aitkin Public Schools community. We are excited to have you a part of it and we look forward to working with you and your family as you move along the path of lifelong learning. “We believe that everyone can learn and experience success”!
I hope you have a great experience as a member of the Aitkin Gobbler community!
Daniel J. Stifter