Award Year: 2017

Hoover Elementary School

1524 Hoover Drive
North Mankato, MN, 56003-2631

(507) 388-5202

Mr. Dan Kamphoff, Principal at time of Nomination

Mankato Public School District

School Website


Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 10%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 37%
Hoover staff greet students and families at community parks with the Welcome Wagon

Hoover staff greet students and families at community parks with the Welcome Wagon

Success soars at Hoover Elementary School because relationships with students come first. We believe in the power of building connections and engaging all students in our school. Students feel proud to be Hoover Huskies, are invested in their learning, know they are cared for, and positively contribute to our school community.

Many of our practices put relationships at the forefront. For example, every fall before the school year starts we begin building connections with our students and families with our Welcome Wagon. This strategy brings our school staff, in a big yellow school bus, out to our neighborhood parks. We use this evening to build excitement for the school year and begin forming relationships with families and students. This is also a great example of community partnership as our local transportation company donates their time and resources to this event.

Connections are created with our students all year long by utilizing programs such as invisible mentors, and a community based mentors partnership with the local YMCA. We also partnered with local organizations such as Kiwanis to connect adults and students around reading. During the school day our practices are grounded in relationships. Morning meetings, pride packs, husky huddles, and 4 at the door are some examples of the practices we use to build purposeful relationships with all our students. Strong relationships can be used to increase engagement. These relationships don't just happen. We intentionally shape our school culture to include and value these relationships. The time is now to get connected. The time is now to soar at Hoover.