Award Year: 2017

Robinson Elementary School

5216 Forest Avenue, Suite A
Laona, WI, 54541-9375

(715) 674-2143

Mr. Larry J Palubicki, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Laona School District

School Website


The School District of Laona, together with family and community, will provide our students the educational opportunities to become productive citizens in today's society.

Student Demographics
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Native American: 9%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 44%
Exploring the outdoor habitats at our school forest

Exploring the outdoor habitats at our school forest

Robinson Elementary continues to take pride in its traditions, programs, and history. The Laona School District has been a central part of the community for over 100 years. There has always been strong parental involvement in school activities. The community has passed referendums to keep the school operating along the way. There has also been support for athletic programs. Trophies around the school date back to the 1940s. The public and school libraries have been combined for many years and celebrated their centennial last year. The School District of Laona has the oldest school forest in the state of Wisconsin. Each year, we celebrate School Forest Rededication Day on Arbor Day by taking students to the school forest and planting new trees. Many community groups, including the U.S. Forest Service, participate in this event.

As an elementary school, we value building relationships with our staff, students, parents, and community. We host a number of Family Fun Nights throughout the school year to provide parents and teachers the opportunity to share valuable student and school information. Our parent-teacher conferences have an attendance rate of over 90%. The Laona School District has a very supportive and active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that fundraises and donates all of the proceeds to class field trips, artists in residence, student of the month awards, and student incentive programs. There was a need in our community for child care, so a daycare was opened in the school. The Laona Learning Center started with 10 children in 2013 and now has approximately 30 children.

In terms of academic development, our school's Response to Intervention (RtI) program screens all children three times a year and identifies not only struggling learners, but also students who are exceeding expectations. We use NWEA's MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) testing along with Fountas and Pinnell's Benchmarking kits. All of our data is housed in Educlimber, our data management system. This system allows us to make data-driven decisions at our weekly RtI meetings and analyze trends. We have great collaboration between the regular and special education teachers and the interventionist. We have set aside days quarterly to formally meet and discuss strategies and goals for individual students. The past four years we have been working hard as part of the SOARING (Students with Disabilities Outcomes and Achievement Resources IDEA Network Grants) program. This program strives to close gaps between students with a disability and students without a disability. Through professional development, family involvement, collaboration, and a "push-in" approach to services, we have significantly closed gaps in this area.