All K-5 elementary schools offer strong curriculum that integrates technology and is adapted to the individual learning needs of students.
Students receive instruction in language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, media and health/physical education.
In 2012, the school board approved a proposal making all of our K-5 elementary schools the first district-wide E-STEM schools in the state of Minnesota. E-STEM stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Available to all K-5 students, E-STEM is an interdisciplinary approach to instruction and learning focused on inquiry and real-world problem solving in the 21st Century, applying hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematical practices with projects and field experiences related to the environment.
Our district is also home to the Spanish Immersion Program at La ola del lago at Grainwood which offers a full day of core curriculum in Spanish to students in grades K-5.
The immersion classroom is similar to a traditional one, except all classroom instruction is in the Spanish language. In the classroom, the teacher speaks the Spanish language the entire time using expressive tones, exaggerated gestures, facial expressions, and many visual aids. To draw students into using the language, teachers often use songs, useful phrases, chants, and rhymes and carefully structure the day with familiar routines. For more information, visit Spanish Immersion.
Jennie Akerstrom Zumbusch
Director of Assessment, Evaluation & District Improvement
Director of Student Support Services
Dan Edwards, Ed. D.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Administrative Assistant to Assessment and Equity
Administrative Assistant to Learning, Achievement & Innovation