Award Year: 2013

Winsted Elementary School

431 4th Street North
Winsted, MN, 55395-0160

(320) 485-2190

Jennifer Olson, Principal at time of Nomination

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

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Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment that recognizes diversity, instills life-long learning skills, and nurtures each individual’s unique potential, talents and self-worth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Winsted Elementary offers low class sizes and a variety of experiences for preschool through fourth grade students. Students receive instruction in core subject areas as well as a balance of physical education, art, and music. Staff have been trained in the Responsive Classroom model, and we use it school-wide for common language and expectations. Our expectations are high for students. In offering a range of support between special education, title one, traditional classroom and extension support, all of our students are met at their academic levels. We utilize solid curriculum to meet and exceed the standards set by the state, and continually work to integrate technology in our classrooms.

It is our belief that purposeful instruction, caring dedicated teachers, intrinsically motivated students and a supportive community each play a role in our nomination for Blue Ribbon status and our students’ success.

Parents and volunteers are involved daily and are an integral part of supporting and enriching our learning community, assisting in small group activities, supporting student learning and the instructional development of our school as a whole. We also have a strong partnership with our district’s schools and outside community agencies that not only offer learning opportunities for our students, but also allow us to bridge the gap in our community. It becomes increasingly important for us to promote positive relationships.

Above all, our students have a passion for learning. Although motivated by dedicated, knowledgeable and hard-working staff, our students have an interest to learn more, and most often a willingness to push themselves to a higher level academically and socially. Winsted Elementary is a great place to call home for students and staff.