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Welcome to the Ada-Borup School District


We offer you our warmest welcome to the 2014-15 school year. Ada-Borup High School is proud to have a long history of academic, athletic and extracurricular achievement. Our dedicated staff will support and guide you to challenge yourself and meet your academic goals. ABHS is rich in Cougar pride. Take advantage of opportunities to get involved in school activities, whether on the athletic field, in the performing arts, or by joining in a club of interest. Your high school years will be all the more memorable as you take an active role. This is your opportunity to contribute to Cougar traditions.

Have a wonderful year and demonstrate your
Cougar Pride!

News and Announcements

Ada-Borup ISD #2854 Back to School 2014-15 Information

It is extremely hard to believe, but the start to the 2014-15 school year is just around the corner!  Back to school letters are going out in the mail today and the fall sports season is already starting its second week.   Several items of interest are listed below.  PLEASE feel free to call the ABHS office at 218-784-5300 or the AB Elementary office at 218-784-5303 if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


Mike Kolness - Supt of Schools

  • Bus Routes - Please click on the following link for the 2014-15 Ada-Borup bus routes and feel free to contact Craig Vanderlinden at 218-784-5311 if you have any questions or concerns.   Bus Routes

  • Ada-Borup High School Back to School Letter - Please click on the following link to read the 2014-15 ABHS Back to School Letter.    The letter contains important information about the start to the new school year, etc.                Click Here for the ABHS Letter

  • Ada-Borup School District #2854 Bullying Prohibition Policy - The Ada-Borup Board of Education adopted an updated “Bullying Prohibition Policy” at their regular meeting on June 23, 2014.  The updates to the policy were in response to new legislation passed last spring in St. Paul.  The purpose of policy is listed below and the entire policy can be reviewed on the district website.  Continuous training of staff, students and parents will be a part of the process and any acts of bullying will be handled quickly and thoroughly.  Please click on the following link to review the entire policy.          Ada-Borup ISD #2854 Bullying Prohibition Policy Link

Ada-Borup FCCLA Students Perform Well at National Conference

August 10, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, TX- More than 7,500 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in San Antonio, TX, July 5-12 for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.

This conference was themed “Soar” and challenged members to reach for the sky and soar to new heights. FCCLA members nationwide attended outstanding workshops, took part in a variety of competitive events, visited vendor exhibits, and explored the many “must see” sites of San Antonio, proving everything is truly bigger in Texas!


Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects. The Ada-Borup FCCLA chapter traveled to San Antonio; student attendees included Elizabeth Birkemeyer, Ella Rockstad and Brooke Ruebke.


Another workshop was on “Cyber-Seniors” a documentary and social impact campaign for youth to help seniors get online.  Today’s hyper-connected youth make great digital mentors to seniors who often face diminishing social circles due to mobility challenges or friends passing away.

Over 4,200 fellow FCCLA members competed in STAR Events. Elizabeth Birkemeyer, Ella Rockstad and Brooke Ruebke just completed their freshman year at Ada-Borup High School, will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Minnesota to encourage peers to discover their potential, set targets for their future career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.

Elizabeth the daughter of Jim and Bernadette Birkemeyer, received a silver medal in Chapter Service Display one of 28 national STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants.  Elizabeth’s project was entitled Light it up Blue and it focused on autism awareness, she spearheaded a chapter spaghetti dinner fundraiser networking with the Ada-Borup Community Education program featuring Jacob Nelson's musical ensemble.  The money raised, $800 was used to purchase educational equipment for students affected by autism in the Ada-Borup School District.

Ella the daughter of Erik and Gretchen Rockstad, and her partner Brooke the daughter of Chuck and Tammie Ruebke received a silver medal in Chapter Service Portfolio one of 28 national STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events available to FCCLA students. Their medals were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants.  

Their project, entitled Rice Pack Ice Pack involved them spearheading a project for the chapter where they made and donated rice packs for Essentia Health Rehabilitation Department for individuals unable to purchase their own heating pad or rice pack.  The rice packs are microwaved for 1-3 minutes and provide 30 minutes of warmth and relief for sore, tense or tired muscles.  A couple of elderly people in the community commented they like them just to warm up the foot of their beds at night.  The girls also made 10 rice pack ice packs for the elementary students who might need some soothing after an injury sustained at school.  Their project initially was a display and they converted it to a portfolio for the national competition.



The girls were accompanied by their adviser, Barb Spilde, and parents Bernie Birkemeyer and Tammie Ruebke also attended the conference. The group was able to take in many of the San Antonio sites including the famous Riverwalk, The Alamo, Towers of the Americas, LaVillita, Market Square, a riverboat cruise, horse drawn carriage ride, Six Flags and the FCCLA Gala, as well as many fine eateries.  The group were also able to fit in a day at South Padre Island on Whitecap Beach to enjoy the sun, waves and ocean water!



The group would like to thank the Ada Young Leaders, Ada Knights of Columbus, Ralph’s and the Ada-Borup School District for their financial contributions towards the girl’s trip and leadership conference.





Ada-Borup Value Definitions Workshop Summary Report

With the assistance of two representatives from Johnson Controls Inc., the Ada-Borup School District conducted their second round of “Value Definitions Workshops” with students, staff and community members. 

The primary objectives for the meetings were to review data collected at prioritization workshops held on April 16, 2014 with teachers, board and administration, senior students and public stakeholders.  The representatives from Johnson Controls Inc. met with three groups and reviewed the data collected on April 16th.  They also prioritized the lists and made gave a snapshot of the needs of the Ada-Borup School District.

Please click on the following link to access to the complete report.

Ada-Borup ISD #2854 Value Definitions Workshop Summary Report

Ada-Borup Elementary Students Complete Beautiful Art Project

Ada-Borup students in grades 4-5-6 just completed a beautiful mosaic art project that will hang in the entrance of the Ada-Borup Elemenatary School.  Ada-Borup Art Teacher, Lisa Ruebke planned the design and the students started working on the project in December.  It looks amazing and everyone did a SUPER JOB!  A big thanks go out to Mrs. Ruebke, Mrs. Sipe, Mrs. Jordan Johnson, Mrs. Stoen, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Luanne Visser, Mr. Sam Marek and the students for all of their efforts!  The project was made possible by a grant from the Dekko Foundation.


You are able to watch the HS and MS Holiday concerts at any time on the USTREAM.  Just click on the link below and then select the recorded show.

Exciting News - We are live streaming all our home basketball games.  Just follow this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adaboruphs or you may go to USTREAM and search Ada Borup HS to find our channel.

Ada-Borup High School named to US News list of "Best High Schools"

Ada-Borup High School was recently named to the list of "Best High Schools" by US News.  The school was also named to the list in 2007, 2008 & 2010.  Congratulations to all of the students and staff on the recognition.  Please click on the following link for more information.

        Click here for link to US News list of Best High Schools