ISD #1 - Aitkin Public Schools

The Aitkin Public Schools provides public education for students, birth through 12th grade.

Family Matters We are excited for this 3-part informational series designed to bring professional and parents together to discuss topics affecting todays' youth and families. Thanks to a grant from the Aitkin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, we hope to create a night full of community connections and awarene...

Congratulations to Sam and Woody!

The 2019 All National Honor Choir November 7-10 performed at the National Association for Music Education Conference - Representing Aitkin and the State of Minnesota - Woody Rian and Sam Sadlowsky - #nafme2019

[11/13/19]   Shout out to everyone attending the Aitkin Quarterbacks Club meeting. The meeting will be at 7:30 this evening instead of 7:00 p.m. at the 40 Club.

Today Rippleside Elementary had their Veterans Day program! Thanks to the many military veterans and families who came to our school to be apart of the celebration! Thanks for your dedication and service to our country! #WeAreIsd1

[11/12/19]   Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ind. School District 0001 has an opening for:

Special Education Paraprofessional for the following Away Basketball games:
Tuesday, 12/3/19, Milaca
Thursday, 12/5/19, Pine River Backus
Friday, 12/13/2020, Crosby-Ironton
Monday, 1/6/2020, Barnum
Monday, 01/20/2020, Mora
Thursday, 2/13/2020, Pequot Lakes

Apply with letter of interest to Mary Aulie in the District Office by 3:30 pm on 11/26/19 or until filled

Happy Veterans Day to all of our Veterans! Thank you for your service to our Country!

Aitkin High School had a wonderful program this morning in honor of Veterans Day! Job well done Mr. Karelis, the High School Office staff and everyone else involved! Thanks to the Veterans and families who attended. A special award, the Quilt of Valor was presented to our very own high school teacher Andrea DelZoppo for her service in the Army. The program also included speeches by “Voice of Democracy” Essay winners.

Thanks to all of those who served and continue to serve!

At my very First Superintendent Meeting with Paul Bunyan Education District I was handed an award certificate. What a great way to start! Our Special Education team is being recognized by MDE for their work in having no errors in Special Education paperwork for the 2018-19 school year! CONGRATULATIONS to the team and to ISD#1. Great work everyone! #WeAreIsd1

Staff Development day today at ISD#1. James Kath of Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative sharing his expertise with de-escalation strategies with our Staff! Great message! #WeAreISD1

Late night last night! Great season for the Gobbler football team came to an end last night in the section finals by the score of 29-28! Congratulations to players and coaches for a great season! Best of Luck to Esko as they enter the state playoffs.


[10/31/19]   October 31, 2019
Job Posting:
Special Education Paraprofessional Long-Term Sub (Rippleside)
Approximately 6.75 Hour Days
Needed Immediately through December 20, 2019

Persons who wish to apply for this position must fill out an application at Drop off or mail to Mary Aulie, District Office, Aitkin Public Schools, 306 2nd Street NW, Aitkin, MN 56431 or email to: [email protected]

Deadline: Immediately or until filled

Thank You Gloria Curtiss for your years of dedication to Aitkin Public Schools! You have had a positive impact on so many people! We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Aitkin Public Schools is seeking:
Special Education Paraprofessional (High School)
Approximately 6.75 Hour Days
Persons who wish to apply for this position must fill out an application at and mail, or deliver to: Mary Aulie, ISD1, 306 2nd Street NW, Aitkin, MN 56431 or email [email protected]

Deadline: 3:30 pm on 11/15/19

[10/29/19]   Kids Club is looking to fill a position.

Hours: 15-20 hours per week
Applicant must be able to work from 2:45pm-6pm with occasional morning shifts
$12 per hour

Applications can be found at or in the District Office. Please fill out and return to Mary Aulie in the District Office by 11/15/19.

Mail to: Aitkin Public Schools, 306 2nd Street NW, Aitkin, MN 56431
Attn. Mary Aulie or email at [email protected].

[10/26/19]   Great day for Aitkin Gobbler Football! Semi-Final win 22-20 over Nashwauk/Keewatin/Greenway! Puts us into the Section Finals on Thursday night.

Best part of the day was the visit I had after the game with one of the officials. He shared that the teams played some of the cleanest, disciplined football he has reffed all year and our team should be commended! Job well done Aitkin football!

Made this superintendent proud!
Dan Stifter

Congratulations to John Appel on 29 years of driving bus for ISD! Enjoy your retirement! John you have had a positive impact on many people in our community! Thanks for your dedication to your students, their families and everyone you worked with!

The Stump comes “home”! Way to go Gobblers! #WeareISD1

Nice Job Aitkin students! Way to show up for the Tackle Cancer football game! Great cheering section!

You have to love Friday night lights! 28-0 Gobblers 3rd quarter. #WeAreISD1

It was a wet morning as we welcomed our Rippleside students back to school! Thanks to all the staff who were willing to be out in the rain guiding our children and parents. Also a welcome to our new elementary Principal Andy Docken! He was a part of the rain crew outside! Great example of teamwork at Rippleside this morning. Thanks to all involved! #WeAreISD1

Did You hear the GREAT NEWS?? Tyler Bill & Westin Justen won the Tournament in Bemidji on Sunday, They will be fishing in the National Championship in 2020. Kolbe Sahr & Maggie Borseth took 4th Place..

September 14th & 15th We will be fishing a State Tournament on Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids. There is a Tournament in the works at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for October, 2019.

[09/03/19]   Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and the federal LIFELINE Program help make telephone service affordable to low-income consumers.
TAP offers a $7.00 per month discount on home landline telephone service.
The Lifeline Program offers a $9.25 per month discount on home landline or internet service OR on cell phone service.
How do I find out if I am eligible?
Contact your service provider to ask if you qualify. Consumers enrolled in the following programs may already be eligible:
• Federal Public Housing Assistance
• Medical Assistance
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
• Supplemental Security Income
• Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension Benefit
• Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
• Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
• Tribal Head Start
• Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
How do I apply?
Your phone service provider can assist you with the application(s) or contact the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for assistance,
[email protected] or 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782

Congratulations Lainey Sandberg!

Two SMSU graduate students, Alesha Bates of Brainerd, MN, and Lainey Sandberg of Aitkin, MN, were recently recognized for their outstanding presentation at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Research Conference in Orlando, FL in April, 2019.

The title of their award winning presentation was "Calming The Storm Regulating Behavior." Based on their research project during their Master's Learning Community, the two special education instructors designed and developed an effective set of screening tools, activities, lessons and record-keeping system strategies to help teachers work with K-12 students who are struggling with self-regulation and emotional control in their respective schools.

Since presenting in Florida, they have also been accepted to present at the annual Minnesota Rural Education Association Conference in November and have been hired as consultants to teach others how to implement their curriculum.

To learn more about their program, please visit their website at

Congratulations Sheri on 30 years of service to ISD 1. Thanks for all you do for students, staff and the community! #weareISD1

Aitkin Anglers competed In Bemidji on Sunday. We had five boats with 10 kids. We had one boat win the tourney. Fun day and congratulations to the winning team!

Welcome to the new teachers at ISD 1! We are excited to have you on our team!

[08/07/19]   The active shooter training completed today at Aitkin High School was considered a success. All of the agencies involved were able to practice their responses to a critical incident event. Thanks once again to the following agencies: Aitkin Sheriff's Office, Aitkin and Hill City Police Departments, North Ambulance Service, First Responders, Aitkin Fire Department, the City of Aitkin, Aitkin High School, State Responders, Riverwood Healthcare and Aitkin Health and Human Services.

[08/06/19]   Tomorrow Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Aitkin Public Schools in cooperation with local law enforcement and emergency response teams will be conducting an active shooter emergency training scenario at the high school starting at 12:00 pm. The drill will last approximately 4 hours Please refrain from coming to the high school during this time.

This exercise is designed to test and train responders from the Aitkin Sheriff's Office, Aitkin and Hill City Police Department's, North Ambulance Service, First Responders, Aitkin Fire Department, the City of Aitkin, Aitkin High School, State responders, Riverwood Healthcare, and Aitkin Health and Human Services on policies and procedural plans already in place for each agency. This is only a training exercise. Thank You!

Aitkin Public Schools one-day sale! Friday Aug. 2, 2019 8:00 am to noon. Or until gone! Cabinets, wardrobe cabinets and misc items.

Thank you Aitkin Gobbler Football team! You are winners on and off the field!

If you see these Aitkin Football players around town, give them a big high five for a job well done! THANK YOU! This was a big job! Rippleside playground is ready for school to start!

[04/12/19]   Aitkin Schools will start 2 hours late today (Friday, April 12th).

[04/11/19]   Aitkin Schools will be closed on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

[01/30/19]   There will be no school tomorrow, Thursday, January 31. School will resume on Friday, February 1.

[01/28/19]   There will be no school on Tuesday, January 29 or Wednesday, January 30 due to the weather.

Aitkin Education Foundation

Thank you to the Aitkin Education Foundation for their support of ISD #1!

The Aitkin Education Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign to replace the Aitkin High School concert choir’s performance robes.

Aitkin High School has a decades-long history of quality vocal music. Our students excel at their concerts, their spring music contests, and the annual musical each spring.

Please help the Aitkin Education Foundation in their effort to replace the choir robes which date back to the mid-1950s! They have been worn by generations of AHS students! Many repairs have been made to the robes over the years, but the age and condition of the material doesn’t allow for those repairs to continue.

Seventy-five (75) robes are needed at a cost of approximately $150 each, including a garment bag used for storage. Please consider supporting this project. Your donation will benefit students today, and for decades to come.

Checks should be made payable to AEF and can be mailed to AEF, 306 2nd St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431.

Donations are tax-deductible.

[01/09/19]   Friday, February 15th will now be a regular school day.

This will replace Monday, January 7th.

[01/07/19]   Update: Aitkin Schools will be closed today (1/7/2019).

[01/07/19]   Aitkin will be CLOSED today (January 7, 2019). Tonight’s Board meeting will go on as planned.



Tuesday, November 20 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Come and check out the TECHNOLOGY SALE!
AHS - Room 316!

These pictures were taken before the original sale, so some items may be unavailable.

No warranty or tech support services are available....sales are final.

Cabinets for sale at AHS! Use the NW door.

Wardrobes - $10 or $20
Uppers and lowers - $5

Kids Eat Free This Summer at Aitkin Public Schools! Like, share and spread the word!

[05/16/18]   Good Morning-

This morning around 8:45 am we received notification that a gas line was hit across 210 by the Aitkin County building project. For precautionary reasons and under police guidance we evacuated all students and staff to 4th street on the north side of the high school. Police and administration did a sweep of the school to ensure all staff and students had evacuated. Jim Bright and our custodians shut down all fresh air intakes. Students waited cooperatively while the gas leak was capped. Once the leak was capped, representatives from Minnesota Energy did a walkthrough of the High School with a meter to make sure no gas had entered or remained in our building. At 9:15 we received notification that all was clear and it was safe to return to the building. Students were back in class around 9:25 am. I would like to thank our students and staff for the orderly way in which they followed evacuation directions, waited patiently, and returned to the building and learning safely. Should you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Brad Kelvington

[03/06/18]   Aitkin Schools is 2 hours late start today, March 6, 2018. The 4th grade Mall of America field trip is cancelled. The high school music competition bus to Duluth loads at 8:30.

[03/05/18]   Aitkin Schools are closed today, March 5.

Congratulations Aitkin All Starz High Kick on placing 3rd at the State Tournament! Great job to all of our dancers on their performances this weekend.

Unbelievable talent in our State!!!!!
MN State Dance Competitions High Kick results - 1st Frazee Fly Girls, 2nd Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 3rd AITKIN ALL STARZ!!!!!😍😍😍😍💖💖💖💖💖😍😍😍😍

Lots of holiday fun happening around the building this week. Here are our 5th graders helping make gingerbread houses with our 1st graders.

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