Award Year: 2018

Maple River East Elementary School

126 Higbie Avenue SE
Minnesota Lake, MN, 56068-0218

(507) 462-3348

Mr. Jon Lewis, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Maple River School District

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Dedicated to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.

Student Demographics
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 53%
Students enjoyed water themed games after meeting their reading goals.

Students enjoyed water themed games after meeting their reading goals.

Our long-term success at Maple River East Elementary School comes from our staff's ability to work with students and parents to meet the individual needs of all students. We feel that collaboration between the home and the school play an integral role in the development of each student.

Our goal is to always challenge our kids to be the best they can be. This includes preparing them to succeed in their academic lives as well as helping them overcome any personal challenges. Goal setting starts with the student and teacher creating personalized goals which are then shared with their parents. With this knowledge, parents can create their own goals to help further their child's educational development. For example, goals can range from creating a time and place for homework, studying math facts to discussing the school day with students each night. This collaboration method has proven to be a valuable activity for our teachers, parents and students to rally around.

Over the years, the school's most valuable resource is our staff. Our teachers are dedicated and driven to do their best each and every year. With their background in curriculum, they work collaboratively during Professional Learning Communities and in staff meetings to improve the quality of education for all students. For example, when resources are developed or found, they are shared among all staff. Analyzing the data from each resource is a critical step in determining which pieces of information are most important to our team's success in the classroom.