Award Year: 2021

Barnesville Elementary School

310 5th Street SE
Barnesville, MN, 56514-0189

(218) 354-2300

Mr. Todd Henrickson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Barnesville School District

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Working Collaboratively to develop responsible students in an innovative environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Three of our Kindergarten students working on an art project.

Three of our Kindergarten students working on an art project.

Barnesville Public School is a rural district in the heart of lakes country, located 25 miles from Fargo-Moorhead. Barnesville is the ideal community to enjoy small town living with the benefits of a metro area.

In 2012, Barnesville made the decision to become a 1:1 iPad school. It was a shared belief that technology was/is an important component in an ever-changing world for which students need to be adequately prepared. The transition to iPads did not happen overnight. It took effort and training to become comfortable enough to incorporate them into our daily educational process. The experience we gained throughout these years made our transition to distance learning during the spring of 2020, a much more successful one. With a solid foundation for distance learning in place, teachers were able to focus their attention on creating digital lessons and spend less time educating themselves on operating specific programs.

Along with the strides made in the area of technology, the most important factor in our overall success as a school has always been our incredible staff. As new and unforeseen challenges arise, solutions are discovered. Through teamwork and perseverance, we have had a very successful year despite all of the obstacles in our way. Our staff has done an outstanding job accommodating our students for two simple reasons - they are dedicated professionals and they care about their students.