Award Year: 2022

Wink Elementary School

PO Box 637
Wink, TX, 79789-0637

(432) 527-3880

Mr. Lance Wineinger, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Wink-Loving Independent School District

School Website


The mission of the campus is to prepare students to deal with the present and the future in three areas. Students need to have a fundamental knowledge of academic skills, to use critical thinking skills, and to have the skills to be productive, responsible citizens who exhibit pride in our American Heritage. In achieving these objectives, the faculty and staff are accountable for providing quality and equitable instruction. We feel that these objectives will prepare our students for a lifetime of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Wink Elementary, Flags and a West Texas sunrise

Wink Elementary, Flags and a West Texas sunrise

Wink Elementary is in a very fortunate position. The school system is the heart of the small, West Texas community. Parental involvement is readily available and it is used to help with the education of all students.

Wink Elementary has spent the last four years examining curriculum and best practices for teaching and learning. Many gains have been made in the areas of reading and math. A balanced literacy program has been added to ensure the students are reading at or above grade level. Currently, 98% of students are reading at or above grade level. A vertically aligned math curriculum has been installed to meet the demands of state accountability. Since implementation, state testing scores have more than doubled in some areas.

The teachers at Wink Elementary have high academic expectations, and the students always rise to the challenge. Students in prekindergarten through sixth grade have an electronic device, and teachers have the students use these to enhance learning. During COVID shutdown, this allowed teaching and learning to continue at home. While it's not as effective as face-to-face learning, the students continued to show growth during the months of shutdown. The community, parents, grandparents, teachers and students are all very proud to be Wink Wildcats. This school and community pride allows for the students of Wink Elementary to excel everyday in and out of school.