School Office

Welcome to Rice Elementary! Our community school is located about 12 miles north of Sauk Rapids in the small dynamic city of Rice, Minnesota. Our school serves 360 students in early childhood through grade 5 programming. Rice Elementary is a community school that works with students and families to create the finest quality educational experiences possible. Our dedicated and highly skilled staff work hard to meet the individual needs of each student within an inviting, safe and caring school environment.

Academic excellence, along with an exceptional focus on math and language arts, drives our educational programming. We strive to meet the educational needs of all students through updated curriculum—such as Houghton Mifflin’s Math Expressions and Language Arts Journeys—and purposeful, intentional and data-driven decision-making about each learner’s progress.

Rice Elementary takes great pride in the strong support that our community offers. We are committed to fostering these relationships and growing new relationships with those who may be new to our community.


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Message from the Principal

The staff at Rice Elementary is dedicated, hardworking and appreciates the opportunity to serve the Rice community! We are focused on maximizing learning opportunities for all students and preparing them for their on-going educational journey. We take this responsibility very seriously and strive to always do what is best for kids. Thank you for your partnership and support as we make a difference for every child, every day. 


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P.A.T.H. of the STORM School Program

Rice Elementary offers a positive behavior support program that reinforces and empowers staff and students to give their personal best in all aspects of their day: hallways, cafeteria, large group activities, bathroom, playground and bus. 

Throughout the academic day, students and staff are encouraged to display P.A.T.H. behaviors, and the program is reinforced with P.A.T.H. tickets. P.A.T.H. of the STORM focuses on four areas: 

Prepared
Accepting
Trustworthy
Helpful
  • Be ready at all times

  • Allow others space

  • Be safe at all times

  • Be a kind friend

  • Be respectful

  • Be kind and listen

  • Accept all outcomes

  • Wear mask properly

  • Social distance

  • Clean up messes 

  • Sanitize and wash hands often

  • Follow directions

  • Speak well of others

  • Do school work to the best of your ability

  • Be polite, use words like “please” and “thank you”

  • Voice levels 1 or 2

  • Keep little problems little

  • Walk on the right side of the hallway

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School Hours 

8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Office Hours 

7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Monday–Friday

Principal Sue Paasch stands in front of Rice Elementary

Office Team

SUE PAASCH
PRINCIPAL
Phone: 320-393-2177
sue.paasch@isd47.org


JEN MAIER 
OFFICE MANAGER
Phone: 320-393-2177
jenny.maier@isd47.org