Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The annual school Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in the Lester Prairie Media Center.  To earn a spot in the school bee you had to be one of the two top scorers in your grade.  All students in Grades 5-8 in Lester Prairie participated.  The following students represented their grade at the Bee:
Grade 5:  Delaney Sebora and Riley Haas
Grade 6:  Alexis Langenfeld & Zach Jackson
Grade 7:  Logan Krone & Myranda Hentges
Grade 8:  Dylan Ruzicka & Erik Hentges

After many grueling rounds a school champion was crowned.  The winner was Delaney Sebora with Myranda Hentges earning second place honors.   Delaney will represent Lester Prairie at the Regional Bee in Redwood Falls on February 10, 2015.  Each participant received a $20.00 gift card from Barnes & Noble for their efforts.  As in the past, the Lester Prairie Booster Club provided the necessary funds.

The years pronouncer again was Cathy Houg.  Judges were Jeremy Schmidt, Sarah Wojciechowski and Dave Klitzke.  The photographer  for this event was Kim DeBruyckere.

Good luck Delaney in the Regionals!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lester Prairie Students Participate in WE DAY CELEBRATION

Star Tribune Photo of LP Students-Read the full article below


Students had raised money for homeless youths, food for the hungry, goats for women in Kenya and countless other causes over the past year. Their payoff came Wednesday, when 18,000 like-minded Minnesota youths packed the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the second annual We Day celebration.
The energetic crowd cheered with approval as more than a dozen speakers and celebrities urged them to continue their work, part of a global movement advocated by We Day organizers.
“We all have personal challenges, those that keep us up at night,” said Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda in the mid-1990s told them. “But we still show up to serve others.”
Since the first We Day Minnesota last fall, students from more than 550 Minnesota schools have participated in one local and one global service project — which in turn gave them a ticket to the We Day celebration.
They volunteered 167,000 hours of community service and raised $378,250 for causes both local and global, said Dean Phillips, state co-chairman of the event.
Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Nov. 12 We Day Minnesota, in honor of the volunteer blitz. National Basketball Association legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson offered words of encouragement — and announced a surprise $1 million donation to build schools in Africa.
Kweku Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, told the packed center that his grandfather paid tribute to the “heroism of youth” the day he was released from prison. He called upon the “young lions” present to set forth and make the world a better place.
In the crowd cheering from the bleachers was Vivianna Russ, an 11-year-old from Minnetonka Middle School West.
“The people here are so inspirational,” she said. “Everyone has gone through their own struggles in life. And they’ve all recovered. It’s pretty amazing.”
Kyaw Hywe and Yussef Elsawy, both children of immigrants attending Humboldt High School in St. Paul, said it felt good to be able to give back to their communities through a food drive.
“It tells the world we can make a difference,” said Elsawy.
From Farmington to Kenya
Their stories were among hundreds represented in the bleachers. For example, Farmington High School and the Farmington School District raised over $10,000 to build schools in Kenya.
Johnson High School in St. Paul participated in the “We Scare Hunger” food drive, an anti-distracted-driving campaign, a blood drive and more.
St. Paul City Middle School collected food donations, volunteered at Bethel Nursing home and collected more than $500 to support a school in Ecuador.
“Today’s generation of young people, the Me to We generation — have the power to create and lead real systemic change through We Day,” said We Day co-founder Craig Kielburger.
“Over 200,000 students coast to coast, from 5,000 schools, earn their tickets to We Day by committing to take action on local and global causes they care about. They are truly moving the needle on some of today’s most important issues.”
Kielburger and his brother Marc Kielburger, of Canada, created Free the Children in 1995 when they were just in middle school. Over the years, it mushroomed into a national Canadian youth movement, packing auditorium-sized events for student volunteers.
The group expanded from its Canadian base to the United States last year. Minnesota was among its first venues, given its national status for community volunteerism.
Teachers see difference
Phillips, the Minnesota co-chair, said an unexpected result has been that teachers are reporting renewed inspiration as well.
Bev Antilley, a teacher at Minnetonka Middle School East, agreed. She said she was surprised by some of her students’ generosity.
“It lets you see the good in the kids, to see them in a different light,” Antilley said.
A news conference during the event drew a variety of student reporters. One was Aly Swanson, a sixth-grader from Wells, Minn. She addressed her question to Kielburger and actor Martin Sheen, who is known for his social and political activism and is a veteran of 12 We Days nationally.
“I live in a town of 2,000 people,” Swanson said. “How can I make a difference?”
Kielburger responded that she could start a service club at school, and that the Minnesota We Day chapter would give her the tools. She could start a “We Scare Hunger” campaign, or a “We Are Silent” campaign to call attention to bullying. She could call the state office, bring in a speaker.
Sheen told the young reporters that he had to overcome two “traumatic” experiences in order to participate in We Day — flying in an airplane and speaking in front of an enormous crowd.
“You have to find in yourself another person,” Sheen said.
That message, of rising above one’s own individual needs to help others, resonated throughout the daylong celebration.
“No government or individual can solve all our problems,” said Phillips. “But an army of thousands of young people around the world can make a difference.”

Friday, November 7, 2014


The 2014 Fire Prevention Poster winners are as follows:

 Kindergarten - Mrs. Smith - 2nd Place -Savanah Dammann, 1st place- Alivia Otto, 3rd place - Ayla Bebo
 Kindergarten - Mrs. Kramer - 1st Place - Brielle Christen, 3rd Place - Maggie Manthe, 2nd Place - Dillon Moy
 First Grade - Miss Murphy - 2nd Place- Sybil Tervo, 3rd Place - Gael Lopez, 1st Place - Averi Tritabaugh
 First Grade - Mrs. Brande l- 3rd place - Michael Albers, 2nd Place - Juliana VanZanten, 1st Place - Harrison Engen
 Second Grade - Mrs. Roth - 1st place - Jayden Albers, 2nd Place - Morgan Feltmann, 3rd place - Lydia Lemke
 Second Grade - Mrs. Bayerl - 3rd Place - Kaden Otto, 1st Place - Grace Bayerl, 2nd Place - Miranda Mallak
Third Grade - Mrs. Anderberg - 2nd Place - Megan Tonn, 1st Place - Lily Parrott, 3rd Place - Emma Eckstein
Third Grade - Miss Edlund - 2nd Place - Mason Kutz, 3rd Place - Amelia Meyer, 1st Place - Ava Heimerl
Fourht Grade - Miss Kramer - 3rd Place - Sarai Montano, 2nd Place - Tanner Scheevel, 1st Place - Brooke Heimerl
Fourth Grade - Mr. Kley - 3rd Place - Destiny Moorman, 2nd Place - Chloe Engelke, 1st Place - Brooke Albers
Fifth Grade Ms. Houg - 1st Place - Lindsey Vega, 2nd Place - Trevor Tonn, 3rd Place Jack Behning
Fifth Grade - Miss Kraemer - 1st Place - Riley Haas, 2nd Place - Layne Teubert, 3rd Place - Jenna Heimerl
Overall Winners - Grades 4th & 5th Winner, Lindsey Vega, Grand Champion - Lydia Gueningsman, Grades 2nd & 3rd - Grace Bayerl, Grades K & 1st - Averi Tritabaugh

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NED Show Visits LP

Never Give Up, Encourage Others, Do Your Best was the message Lester Prairie students heard when the NED Show came to town!  Lester Prairie students and staff attended a lyceum sponsored by the NED Show.  The NED Show utilizes magic and yo-yo tricks to tell the story of NED, who learns along the way to follow these three simple messages to have success and enjoy life.  Kelli Machemehl, a paraprofessional at Lester Prairie Schools stated, "I thought the NED show was great!  (A) good message and very entertaining for everyone." Other staff members agreed, including Lester Prairie Promise Fellow Lyn Anderson, "Kids will always remember what NED stands for."  The lyceum was related to the current positive behavior initiatives and anti-bullying campaign.  

The program was followed by the Club's Choice Elementary Fundraiser "Toss Your Cookie" contest.  Students were selected based on the number of items they sold during the elementary fundraiser.  The winner of the contest was Broc Matthews who won a $15 gift card and a stuffed cookie toy.  The fundraiser each year is set up by LP Parent's for Education and this year raised its largest amount of money yet.  Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward purchases for the benefit of students and have included iPads, musical instruments, upgrades to the library, books, a Lego learning set, and many other wonderful items directly related to student learning.


Lester Prairie School District held their first quarter Bulldog Bark drawing recently.  Students were identified by staff and community members for outstanding acts.  All students who are recognized receive a Bulldog Bark which are on display in the cafeteria hallway.  Students receiving a Bulldog Bark were eligible to choose from prizes including gift cards, a personalized MN Gophers Men's Basketball Autograph Book, and other larger toys and prizes.  The LP Foundation for Education grant was used to purchase many of the prizes earned throughout the year.  Additional prizes were awarded from receipt turn ins at Prairie Market.  First quarter winners were given prizes for helping other students, being polite, and respect.  These character traits are identified in the Lester Prairie PBIS plan and align with the LP Anti-Bullying Program.

 Logan Aagard, Carter Sheehan, Caleb Sebora, Trisha Nyberg, Hayden Theis
 Kalya Lorentz, Evan Lee, Matt Schmidt, Cole Tonn, Paige Bayerl
 Front Row- Claire Thompson, Olivia Radtke, Erica Kolander  - Back Row - Axel Bahena, Anah Lee, Charissa Johnson, Michael Albers, Not pictured - Averi Tritabaugh
 Lindsey Vega, Riley Haas, Layne Teubert - Not pictured - Allison Knoll

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lester Prairie Boosts Strong Test Scores

Lester Prairie Elementary and Secondary School showed great results and improvements on statewide assessments.  The MMR scores are in and test results released to the public. Lester Prairie has some impressive strengths within both the elementary and secondary school.  The District graduation rate exceeded the state target for the third year in a row. School Superintendent Mike McNulty stated, “Our entire staff and community has worked hard to teach and raise young people who are geared to excel, and our school staff will continue to put the complete education of our young people first.”  Lester Prairie did not qualify for the graduation rate score in the previous two years due to graduating class student count size.  Students scored nearly 10 points higher in math and 15 points higher in reading throughout the district compared to their target scores in LEP.  District scores for special education were leaps and bounds above the state average with an index rate of 61 compared to a target of 33.  In reading, the district scored 2 points higher than the targeted score for the 3rd consecutive year.  

Lester Prairie Elementary students were above the targeted scores in both math and reading.  Students in the free/reduced lunch category also scored well above the math and reading targets to meet the proficiency category on the 2014 AYP results; a 2014 rate of 58.33 compared with the target of 48.23. Lester Prairie Elementary obtained Celebration School status following the release of the 2012 testing results and was also recognized as a Reward School.  In 2013 the elementary scored 43.06 points and the designation for 2014 was 48.72%.  Each school was also given a focus rating with Lester Prairie receiving all 50 points in focused proficiency and an overall Focus Rating score of 67.08%.  This particular score excludes all test scores but the ALL and WHITE categories.  

Lester Prairie Principal Jeremy Schmidt stated, “We are very happy with where we are as a school.  The areas we have improved on have been our areas of focus over the last couple of years.  It is very difficult to compare scores as the MDE continues to change scoring and the statewide assessments, but Lester Prairie as a whole has always scored well.  While the changes last year were minimal, this coming year may provide major changes, particularly in special education.  We are prepared for this change as special education students in LP have taken the same MCA assessments as their peers in the regular education setting.”

While the Lester Prairie Elementary School exceeded targets for proficiency, the High School scored just below the target, narrowly missing by .47 points.  However, Lester Prairie High School improved its MMR score by obtaining a 60.73, much higher than the 2013 MMR score of 30.17.  The 2014 designation comes from the average of these two scores resulting in a 51.94%.  The score would place Lester Prairie High School in the Celebration Eligible category, a placement restricted to schools that offer Title One services, which Lester Prairie High School does not. The high school received a Focus Rating of 43.15%.  

Further information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education website.  “The high school has had a great jump in what has been good scores in previous years,” according to Schmidt.  Adding, “we have had a slight dip in recent years in the middle level scores, this is a commonality throughout the state, but when students leave Lester Prairie School District, they are in a wonderful position to be prepared for whatever avenue they choose following graduation.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Lester Prairie Elementary students held their 2nd annual Olweus Anti-Bullying Campaign Kickoff.  The event took place during three days of events from October 1st-3rd.  The event coincided with the well publicized Anti-Bullying month of October.  Events the students participated in were creating hand cut-outs for the "Take a Stand, Lend a Hand" bulletin board.  The students also played Cool to be Kind Charades.  The ideas for the charades came from upper elementary classrooms and students.  The final station was creating a snack mix and reading.  During this station students read with multi-grade friends and discussed with staff members how we are all different and unique, just like a snack mix, and we can do great things together.  
Planning for the event took place during monthly meetings and througout the summer with the Olweus Committee.  The elementary staff also performed and led a cheer showing their united front against bullying.  Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange during the festivities.  Orange is also encouraged to be worn during the Olweus Orange Days which are every other week on Tuesday's throughout the year.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

EL/ Title I night a success

We had a fun EL/Title I night on September 30!  Students brought their friends and family to school, and we ate a potluck dinner.  Outside we played soccer with two teams.  We had an awesome attendance of 70 people that joined us for the evening.  


Friday, June 20, 2014

Lester Prairie Ambassadors participate in Hutchinson Water Carnival Parade

The Lester Prairie Ambassadors participated in the Hutchinson Water Carnival Parade on Sunday June 15th.

Maggie Krull and Ashle Lukes

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Experience life-changing growth.
Become a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Lester Prairie Elementary!

Whether you’re looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you’re ready for the next thing. Become a part-time (20 hours/week) Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Lester Prairie Elementary and start creating meaningful growth in our students.

We are looking for people who are dedicated to our school and the Lester Prairie community. By joining Minnesota Reading Corps, you can be one of more than 1,000 trained literacy tutors placed in schools across the state. Tutors are parents, grandparents, recent college grads, and mid-career professionals. You will guide students toward becoming successful readers by third grade, see real results and make a lasting impact in our students’ lives, as well as in your own career. You’ll not only tutor students who need extra support; you’ll also make a meaningful connection with the school and our community.

During your eleven month of service as a part-time Minnesota Reading Corps tutor, you’ll receive extensive training, support and professional development opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive a living stipend of about $263 biweekly and an education award of $2,822.  All necessary training is provided and no licensure is necessary.

Learn more and apply at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org.

Strong preference is given to tutors who can start serving August 10, 2014. Send questions to recruitment@servemnaction.org or call 866-859-2825.

Andrew Mueller
Program Coordinator
Minnesota Reading Corps