Award Year: 2015

Plainview-Elgin-Millville 4-6 School

210 2nd Street, SW
Elgin, MN, 55932-9691

(507) 876-2213

Mr. Clark Olstad, Principal at time of Nomination


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Vision - Empowering All Learners For LifeMission - Create a challenging, caring, and structured educational environment that empowers all learners to achieve their full potential in society.

Student Demographics
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students loading food they collected for the local food shelf.

Students loading food they collected for the local food shelf.

“The challenge of every organization is to build a feeling of dependence on one another, because the question is not how well each person works, but how well they work together.” -Vince Lombardi

There are several key components that contribute to the overall success of our school system. Emphasis on creating and maintaining Professional Learning Communities, aligning curriculum, creating common assessments, and identifying state standards at each grade level for math and reading have been the four most significant changes over the past three to five years. Teachers have always worked incredibly hard at our school but we now believe we are working “Smarter” in regards to clearly understanding state standards and strongly committing to ongoing collaboration with colleagues to improve student learning.

We also recognize this nomination is a tribute to our supportive and engaging parents, involved families, and most importantly our students. Our students are fantastic and highly motivated.

The quote above from Vince Lombardi illustrates our mindset at P-E-M. It is never about one individual or one school building. It is about all of us -- every individual from a child’s home to a child’s neighborhood to a child’s classroom to a child’s community -- working together towards the common goal of helping our kids learn the most and the best that they possibly can. Every day P-E-M demonstrates the power of collaboration, cooperation, and imagination.