Award Year: 2019

Bayfield Elementary School

300 North 4th Street
Bayfield, WI, 54814-5001

(715) 779-3201

Ms. Melissa Giesregen, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Bayfield School District

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The School District of Bayfield will support the educational and developmental growth of each and every student while utilizing available resources in a respectful and prudent manner.

Student Demographics
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 80%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Students learn cultural history and geography of the Apostle Islands.

Students learn cultural history and geography of the Apostle Islands.

The Bayfield Elementary School is located in a rural picturesque area on the south shore of Lake Superior. We have a K-5 School on Madeline Island and a K-12 School situated atop the beautiful hills of the City of Bayfield. Approximately 80 percent of the students that attend the K-12 campus come from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Nation. A unique mix of teaching and learning approaches create a vibrant educational opportunity that prepares each child to be an active and engaged citizen. All staff have a commitment to create a bond with students and families. The whole school community embodies a sense of shared leadership, respect, trust, and responsibility for teaching and student learning. As our principal says, "Utilizing the perspective of all stakeholders helps us begin to understand issues in new ways, gain support for new directions, and sustain change. Everyone has a shared sense of equal responsibility in improving outcomes for ALL students."

One of the most valuable instructional practices that we have implemented within our school district that has a profound impact is a systems approach. At Bayfield Elementary, we use a holistic approach to problem solving. We focus on unity and shared purpose by looking at the whole rather than functioning in isolation. At Bayfield Elementary we are living and learning at the edge of the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior where staff, students and families are SUPERIOR!