Welcome back Mrs. Kelsie Kluender! Today is her first day as the Advisor for the Frog classroom and we are thrilled to have her here at MNCS Elementary! Here is a little more about Mrs. Kluender: "After graduating with my license to teach K-6 Elementary Education, I spent 2014-2021 teaching at the Teacher Lead Project-Based School, Minnesota New Country School, as their 1st and 2nd-grade teacher/Hedgehog teacher. During those seven years, I taught a group of 18 students in both 1st and 2nd grades. This mixing of grades in one classroom helped me learn how to differentiate for a large range of student needs and teach each student their individual strengths and weaknesses. I played a key role in introducing many new curriculums for use in my school. I was a member of the school board for two years and also sat on the school’s finance team, Q-Comp team, Supporting Students Together team, and the Project-Based Learning team over the past 7 years. While on the Project-Based Learning team our school was published two years in a row and also had the opportunity to speak at Gustavus College in St Peter, MN to share the meaning of “Project-Based Learning”. I have had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and academic learning stages over the past 20+ years. What has stuck with me about educating students, is that all students are different and differentiation is key. What I have learned from being the only 1st/2nd-grade teacher in a school, is that having a team of educators to collaborate with is an essential tool to use to successfully meet the needs of individual students. My experiences during my student teaching in a Kindergarten classroom, in a seventh and eighth grade English setting, clinical experience in grades 2, 4, 6, and in special education have prepared me to meet a wide range of needs and ages, improve my classroom management skills as well as my ability to get to know my students. I am an organized person who not only keeps my personal space in order but also has high expectations for my students to do the same. I am excited to help start this new adventure together!"
4 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Welcome back Mrs. Kelsie Kluender! Today is her first day as the Advisor for the Frog classroom and we are thrilled to have her here at MNCS Elementary!
Kelsie enjoys canning as well. Here she is pictured with her mom after they canned 10 + cans of pears for her mom's pear tree!
Kelsie loves to travel with her husband!
Santa Claus is coming to...MNCS! The Frog and Woodland Critter students recently had a surprise guest! They recently wrote and sent a letter to Santa Claus, and Santa ended up showing up to our school to hand deliver the letter with some gifts for our students and Advisors. Students were filled with excitement and was such a special surprise! THANK YOU Santa for visiting and making our student's day! With the holidays fast approaching we want to take a moment and extend thanks to all members of our MNCS community. We are a community of amazing students and their families, and of devoted staff members with a passion and commitment toward providing a positive learning environment and fun project based learning experiences to all our students. We look forward to the year ahead and the lasting influence this past year has been with memories made and fostered friendships. To our parents and guardians, you have been such a critical part this past year and we are grateful for you all and your partnership in your student's learning journey! To our wonderfully creative, talented, inquisitive, and positive students, thank you for a job well done! This new year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges, and so much more fun!!!
5 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Santa Claus is coming to...MNCS! Thank you Santa for visiting and making our student's day!
Santa Claus is coming to...MNCS!
MNCS students recently wrote Santa a letter and he hand delivered the letter back along with some festive gifts!
Santa brought our students and Advisors some gifts!
Santa Claus brought our students and Advisors some gifts!
No School - Winter Break December 22 - January 2 We will see everyone back on January 3 Happy Holidays!
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winter break
Reminder: There is an early release on Thursday, Dec 21, leading us into Winter Break! Elem 1:00pm HS 1:10pm
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early release
High School Presentation Night is tomorrow, Thursday, Dec 14 starting at 5:00pm. Come support our students and all their hard work!
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presentation
Happy Rainbow Tie Dye Spirit Day at MNCS! It was a sea of vibrant colors today and peers dazzled each other with wearing their assigned class color to make a magnificent giant MNCS rainbow! Staff participated and wore tie dye and we all came together to take a colorful group photo! Sometimes all you need is a little splash of color...
6 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Happy Rainbow Tie Dye Spirit Day at MNCS! It was a sea of vibrant colors today and peers dazzled each other with wearing their assigned class color to make a magnificent giant MNCS rainbow! Sometimes all you need is a little splash of color...
We had some fun with a funny face picture!
What a WONDERFUL Pajama Day at MNCS Elementary!!! So many students participated in wearing their coziest and festive pajamas today for a fun and comfy day of learning! Some students were able to bring in their cuddly stuffed animal friends for the day as well in celebration. Thank you for the support of the parents for helping their kids get ready this week with all the fun and creative outfits! We've had a blast so far and what a great show of MNCS pride by students and staff this week!
6 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
What a WONDERFUL Pajama Day at MNCS Elementary!!! So many students participated in wearing their coziest and festive pajamas today for a fun and comfy day of learning! Some students were able to bring in their cuddly stuffed animal friends for the day as well in celebration. We've had a blast so far and thank you to all the students and staff who participated! Thank you for the support of the parents for helping their kids get ready this week with all the fun and creative outfits too! What a great Spirit Week so far!
Pajama Day excitement!
Students in the Critter classroom were able to bring a stuffed animal friend!
Students in the Critter classroom were able to bring a stuffed animal friend!
Pajama Day!
What a wonderful Pajama Day at MNCS!
Some awesome dragon pajamas!
Pajama Day and making some fun festive holiday decorations!
Students wore some festive holiday pajamas!
What a wonderful Pajama Day!
Today is dress like your favorite animal day for our MNCS Elementary Spirit Week!!! It's a zoo in here today! From an array of different types of cats, dogs, deer, bear, and even unicorns! Staff members and students both participated in well thought out costumes today and was wonderful to see all the creative ideas and enthusiasm. What a great way for our school to come together as a community and show some school spirit in a fun and positive way- way to go MNCS Elementary!
6 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Today is dress like your favorite animal day for our MNCS Elementary Spirit Week!!! It's a zoo in here today! From an array of different types of cats, dogs, deer, bear, and even unicorns! Staff members and students both participated in well thought out costumes today and was wonderful to see all the creative ideas and enthusiasm! What a great way for our school to come together as a community and show some school spirit in a fun and positive way! Way to go MNCS Elementary!
MNCS Elementary Spirit Week: dress like your favorite animal day!
Some students dressed like their favorite mystical animal- unicorns!
Two students dressed up as their favorite pets, their dogs!
There was even a moose!
A cute and sparkly cat!
MNCS Elementary dress like your favorite animal day for Spirit Week!
Reminder! We have an Early Release this Wednesday 11/29 Elem 1:00 HS 1:10
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early release
No School Nov 23 & 24 for Thanksgiving Break! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
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no school
Reminder! We have an Early Release this Wednesday 11/22 leading us into Thanksgiving break! Elem 1:00 HS 1:10
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Vertical Endeavors is always a blast!
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climbing
climbing
climbing
climbing
climbing
On Friday a group of students went to visit the Vet program at the UofM to learn about it and see some fun animals!
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vet
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If you are interested in being part of the Archery Team this year, students MUST attend the meeting on Thursday, Nov 16 at 2:00pm in the Conference Room. Email Reta at [email protected] only if you can not make the meeting.
6 months ago, MNCS High School
archery
Let's make butter! The Frog students recently had a fun time whipping butter into shape! Last Friday they did a science activity and all that was needed was cream, a bag, and some elbow grease! The goal was achieved as students put the cream in a bag and shaked their way, watching the butter form. Voila, a tasty batch of homemade butter! The experiment was a hit with our students and proved to not only be a tasty science experiment but allowed the students to have fun and dance around in the process!
6 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Let's make butter! The Frog students recently had a fun time whipping butter into shape! Last Friday they did a science activity and all that was needed was cream, a bag, and some elbow grease! The goal was achieved as students put the cream in a bag and shaked their way, watching the butter form. Voila, a tasty batch of homemade butter! The experiment was a hit with our students and proved to not only be a tasty science experiment but allowed the students to have fun and dance around in the process!
Students had a fun science experiment making butter!
Making butter...
Watching the butter form...
Making butter...
What a fun science experiment making some butter!
What a fun butter making activity!
The results were delicious!
Some more pictures of the MNCS Halloween fun last week...
7 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
MNCS Elementary had a blast going trick-or-treating last week to local Henderson businesses-  we greatly appreciate all of our local community members who brought smiles to our students faces and a bag full of Halloween goodies!
MNCS trick-or-treating!
Happy Halloween!
Some more Halloween fun...
MNCS Trick-or-Treating!
MNCS Elementary Critter students carved and painted pumpkins that were donated by our local hardware store! The top three designs won some amazing prizes and was a lot of fun for our students! Thank you True Value in Henderson!
Thank you to our local Henderson community for participating in our annual trick-or-treat event!
Thank you to our local Henderson community for participating in our annual trick-or-treat event!
Thank you to our local Henderson community for participating in our annual trick-or-treat event!
Happy Halloween!!!
No tricks- all treats!! The MNCS Elementary Annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Street was a blast last week! Ghosts, superheroes, favorite movie characters, literary heroes, sport stars, and some furry animal friends were all present this year! Whether dressed in cute, funny or spooky costumes, both the students and staff enjoyed and exhibited the Halloween spirit! Over fifteen of our local Henderson businesses participated in the trick-or-treat event, handing out treats to our students. We greatly appreciate all of our local community members who brought smiles to our students faces and a bag full of Halloween goodies! Thank you for the Halloween fun!
7 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
No tricks- all treats!! The MNCS Elementary Annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Street was a blast! Ghosts, superheroes, favorite movie characters, literary heroes, sport stars, and cute furry animal friends were all present this year! Whether dressed in cute, funny, or spooky costumes both the students and staff enjoyed and exhibited the Halloween spirit! Fifteen of our local Henderson businesses participated in the trick-or-treat event, handing out treats to our students and we greatly appreciate all of our local community members who brought smiles to our students faces and a bag full of Halloween goodies! Thank you for all the Halloween fun!
Thank you to the Henderson Public Library for handing out Halloween treats to our students!
MNCS Trick-or-Treat Halloween fun!
MNCS Elementary Trick-or-Treat Halloween fun!
It was a day of eerie delights and bewitching surprises...Happy Halloween!
Thank you to all our local Henderson businesses for participating in our Trick-or Treat event!
MNCS Elementary visiting the High School to trick-or-treat!
No tricks- ALL treats!!!
Trick-or-treating down main street...
MNCS trick-or-treating down main street...
On Friday a group of High School students went out into the world and did some community clean up service!
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community service
community service
community service
Some more pictures and of the ceremony to award the top three places...Everyone did such a great job!
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pumpkin carving
pumpkin carving
pumpkin carving
Pumpkin carving
1st Place Winner "Dragon the Dragon"-Congratulations!
2nd Place Winner "Wishing"- Congratulations!
3rd Place Winner "The Horror House"-Congratulations!
Ceremony to announce the winners for our amazing pumpkin decorating contest!
Ceremony to announce the winners for our amazing pumpkin decorating contest!
Ceremony to announce the winners for our amazing pumpkin decorating contest!
Pumpkin fun for everyone! With Halloween fast approaching, this year we challenged our older students to come up with the most amazing pumpkin carving imaginable! They could choose their own clever way to decorate a pumpkin. The options were limitless and the results proved how creative our MNCS Elementary students are. Some carved spooky characters, some used props, some were painted vibrant and colorful, some showed precision and detailed artwork...the inspiration was limitless! The competition was fierce, and the judging was terrific with the help of some fellow High School friends! First place was "Dragon the Dragon" which showed some impressively colorful painting skills, second place was "Wishing" which had a detailed black cat perched on a ledge, and third place was "The Horror House" which features strong attention to detail and structure in the form of a mini pumpkin house.  Thank you to all MNCS students for your pumpkin submissions, everyone did an amazing job!!!
7 months ago, Brianne Fuhrmann
Pumpkin Fun for Everyone! With Halloween fast approaching, this year we challenged our older students to come up with the most amazing pumpkin carving imaginable! They could choose their own clever way to decorate a pumpkin. The options were limitless and the results proved how creative our MNCS Elementary students are. Some carved spooky characters, some used props, some were painted vibrant and colorful, some showed precision and detailed artwork.. the creativity was limitless! The competition was fierce, and the judging was terrific with the help of some fellow High School friends! First place was "Dragon the Dragon" which showed some impressively colorful painting skills, second place was "Wishing" which had a black cat perched on a ledge, and third place was "The Horror House" which features strong attention to detail and structure in the form of a mini pumpkin house.  Thank you to all MNCS students for your pumpkin submissions, everyone did an amazing job!!!
Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin Painting
Pumpkin Painting
Pumpkin decorating...the creativity was limitless!
A pumpkin walk through "The Pumpkin Gallery"
The amazing finished pumpkins!
The amazing finished pumpkins!
The amazing finished pumpkins!
The amazing finished pumpkins!