District News

Board Meeting

There is a board meeting tonight at 5:00 PM.  Due to the current recommendations on group gatherings, there will be no audience members allowed into the meeting.  The meeting will be live streamed on youtube.  Please join us on the Mustang Minute channel for the meeting.  The Agenda PDF link and the youtube.com link are below.
03-25-2020 Board Meeting Agenda PDF Link


Free Meal Program.
In an effort to provide a more timely service, the cut off time to add yourself to the meal survey in now 10:00 PM the day prior to delivery.  You only need to complete the survey ONE time.  You will keep getting meals till the program ends, or you call the school and remove yourself.


Due to the increasing popularity of the meal delivery program the deliveries will now start at 10:30 am.  The extra time is needed to get the meals delivered in a timely manner.  Pick-ups also start at 10:30 am.

Wave by

On Wednesday the 25th, the Elementary Teachers will be out and about.  They are leaving the school at 1:00 pm and driving all around town to share a wave with their students.  They are starting at the south end of town (Karma's) and then heading north. They will do the middle part of town on the way back to the school.  So watch for, and wave to your teacher when you see them pass.

Getting Ready

As we move into an online teaching program, it is imperative that all students have access to the tools they need to succeed.  Elementary is using Class Dojo and the High School is using Microsoft Teams via their K12 email accounts.  If your student has not had contact with their teacher yet, it is imperative that this is corrected ASAP.  Please contact the school if your student has not had contact with their teachers yet.



To: Students and Families of Surrey Public School
Surrey School will be providing students with free meals.  If you would like to receive these meals, please take the survey below.  If you do not wish to participate, you need not complete it.



1)Once you have requested meals, you will remain on the list until we hear any differently from you.  You will not have to re-survey unless we need more information at some point.

2) The Survey will be checked each day at 10:00 PM the day prior to look for any NEW requests.  Any new requests after 8:00 will be put into the next day plan.

3) If you have requested meals, but are going to be gone and won’t need a meal, PLEASE contact the school by 8:00 AM that day.




As you have probably heard, the governor canceled school through the end of March. He also granted a waiver once again, so those days will not have to be made up. School leaders across the state are asking that he provide us with information next week as to re-opening or continued closure beyond that time. Earlier decisions will help schools and families to plan. A reminder that there is a 2nd survey on the website geared specifically to providing meals for children. Please take advantage of this service, and fill out the survey.  If you sign up for the service, you will receive a phone call Monday morning with more specific information.


We appreciated everyone’s assistance in picking up student belongings on Thursday. It was hectic but went as smoothly as it possibly could have! We can’t thank teachers and paras enough for the massive group effort that went into making that happen!!  We apologize for the short notice for families, but as you can imagine, that is how quickly the situation changes, and how quickly we are having to make decisions. As of now, we cannot let non-staff into the building, so if you missed the pickup, or find there is something else your child must have, you can call the school and make arrangements for it to be bagged and set outside for you to pick up.


Teachers have been busy planning, preparing, and delivering on-line learning for their students. We will begin on Monday (3/23) but want to let you know that we are planning on this first week being a slow roll-out, with a lot of trial and error!  What we basically hope to accomplish is to see how the connections work going back and forth between students and teachers, and what we may have to do to make it more effective. That being said, please be patient and bear with us!!  A huge shout out to the teachers who have been working so hard and helping each other try to figure out how to do this huge undertaking. And special thanks to Mr. Gorthy, our “techmaster” for working with everyone, and answering a thousand questions every day (and quite frequently into the night!).  Thank you to the janitors who have been working non-stop to clean and sanitize the building, as staff will continue to be there each day. And thank you to the kitchen staff who have fed us and will be working to provide meals for kids as needed.


Have a good weekend…. maybe a chance for everyone to relax and catch a breather for a few hours from all the craziness of our lives right now. Take care and stay well!


David Gerding

Debbie Hansen



To: Students and Families of Surrey Public School
Surrey School will be providing students with free meals.  If you would like to receive these meals, please take the survey below.  If you do not wish to participate, you need not complete it.



To: Staff, Students and Families of Surrey Public School

We have received word from the Governor’s office that all North Dakota schools will be closed next week until further notice.  Surrey School will close the remainder of March. As more information becomes available, decisions will be made about remaining closed or re-opening after that time.  Staff will continue to work to develop and deliver off-site learning for our students. Please continue to monitor the website for information.

David Gerding

Debbie Hansen


If you have not already done so, Please complete this SURVEY to help us better serve your family

Survey Link




To: Staff, Students and Families of Surrey Public School

Yesterday the governor announced that North Dakota schools would be forgiven the time off for this week.  What that means is that we will not be required to make this week up.  However, please note, at this time that only refers to this week, and nothing has been announced if we should end up with extended closures.

All staff will be at the school this week.  There are 2 scenarios we will be working to prepare for as we are given information from the state. Plan A prepares for students returning to school on Monday (3/23). In plan A we will be cleaning and sanitizing the entire building, as well as cleaning and sanitizing buses. We will also be re-arranging classrooms and schedules to allow for the recommended distancing between people. Plan A will also include information about community access to the school.  Plan B is to prepare for extended closure if that should come from the governor.  In plan B we will be preparing for on-line learning, as well as providing meals to students as needed.

Please continue to follow the school website for information and updates as they occur.


David Gerding

Debbie Hansen


To: Staff, Students, and Families of Surrey Public School

The governor has decided to close all North Dakota K-12 schools for the week as a preventative measure. During this time there will be no school activities-large or small.

As of this morning there is a lot of uncertainty.  Surrey School leaders have met and will continue to meet to plan for many wide-ranging scenarios including the possibility of an extended time out of school.

As the day progresses and more information becomes available, we will share more information with you as well. At this time, these are some of the events that have been postponed or canceled at Surrey School:

                  *Prom- postponed until further notice

                  *ASE program-canceled for March

*High School Music concert-canceled

*Preschool Screening-postponed

*Gearing up for Kindergarten-canceled

*Class field trips that involve travel to high-risk locations, contact with high-risk    populations, or exposure to large groups are postponed or canceled. Rescheduling will be addressed on an individual basis.

The school website contains a link to a survey about providing meals and on-line learning should this become an extended time out of school. We ask that you fill out the survey as soon as possible to help us in our planning process.

Please continue to monitor the website for any further information.

David Gerding

Debbie Hansen

Important Safety Update

As you may know, there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus within Ward county.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidance for schools to plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).  Surrey School is working together with state and local health departments, as well as area school districts to provide information and help ensure safe and healthy learning environments. We are monitoring the situation and we are planning our response to the health and academic needs of students in case of an outbreak.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.  If you develop symptoms, call your health provider and tell them about your recent travel or exposure.  There is also a hotline you may call at the ND Health Dept for questions and information. That number is 1-866-207-2880 and is available 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Guidance from the ND Dept of Health includes:

*wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

*avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

*cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away

*clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces/objects regularly

*get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and eat healthy foods

*avoid close contact with those who are sick


Surrey School District takes the safety of our students and staff very seriously. We will continue to monitor the situation, work with state and local health officials and follow recommended guidance as it becomes available. We have posted coronavirus information on our school website, or you may go to the Centers for Disease Control website at cdc.com for additional information.


Mr. Voiles

Mr. Gerding

Mrs. Hansen

Some Helpful Information

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19):

What to do if you are sick: 

Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

Temporary School Board Position
Surrey Public school has a temporary school board position open until the school board election on June 9th.  If interested please contact Surrey Business Manager, Twila Gantzer at 701-838-3282.

School Board Election

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 the annual election will be held at the Surrey City Hall for the purpose of electing three members to the Surrey School Board.  The polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. Candidates must file a Statement of Candidacy with the school business manager by April 6, 2020 by 4pm.

Elementary News

Dear parents and students:

Here is some information on the coronavirus for students and how we can help them understand.  Ways we can show support for our children who can become worried about it.  Trying to keep things as normal as possible will help our students to not panic about the change in their day. I will be available to students and parents by class dojo or my email:Rachael.ritzke@k12.nd.us. I will be monitoring my messages and will get back to you as soon as I can.


Thank you, 

Miss Ritzke 


High School News
High School Music Concert Cancellation

Due to NDHSAA recommendations, Monday's High School Concert has been canceled.
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2019-2020 SPS Full Year Calendar
* Items have been added

Mar 19th – End of 3rd Quarter
Mar 20th – Class B Day – No School
Mar 28th – Prom
April 8th – PD Early Out 1:00 pm
*April 8th - Board Meeting 5:00 pm
April 10th – Easter Break – No School
April 13th – Easter Break – No School
April 13th – Storm Makeup Day 1 TBD
* May 3rd - Sports Banquet 4:30pm
* May 7th - 5th & 6th Spring Concert - 7 pm
*May 13th - Board Meeting 5:00 pm
May 21st – End of 4th Quarter
May 21st – Last Day of School
May 22nd – Storm Makeup Day 2 TBD
May 24th – Graduation
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