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BY: cheryl summer on May 16, 2017

Grace Valen and Ethan Dekam have been named speakers for the 2017 Owatonna Senior High School Commencement to be held on June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fo...

BY: cheryl summer on May 11, 2017

Below are important dates to remember: Graduation Speaker tryouts - Monday, May 15 Pops Concert - Tuesday, May 23 @ 7:00pm - OHS Gym Academi...

BY: cheryl summer on May 11, 2017

Summer School dates and locations are listed below.   ALC Summer School Dates: June 12th- June 30th       &nb...


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Construction Update - Jan 26, 2017

  • Willow Creek: North addition roofing is almost complete, most of the brick is in place and concrete is being poured. The south addition (office) is getting started.
  • Owatonna Middle School: Coming soon are roofing projects and pouring of the upper level floor. 
  • Lincoln and McKinley Elementary Schools: Thanks to staff input for the classroom, gym and secure entrance additions, outside ground preparation should start in early May in preparation for summer construction. Work will continue into the 2017-18 school year, but every effort will be made to keep construction away from instructional areas.


Calendars Updated! - Apr 11, 2017

At the April 10 board meeting, the board approved the 2017-2018 final calendar as well as the preliminary 2018-2019 school calendar.  The calendars are posted on the school district website under "Info & Links."  Click here to view them.


Leadership Staff Changes for Fall 2017 - May 9, 2017

Building additions and school names are not all that is changing in Owatonna Public Schools for fall 2017 – there are a number of staff changes as well, effective July 1.

  • Michelle Krell will be the district’s new Director of Teaching and Learning. Michelle has served as principal of Kasson-Mantorville Elementary and Middle Schools and Waseca Elementary School; interim principal at Owatonna’s Washington Elementary School; and teacher in Owatonna and Medford school districts. Michelle is replacing Amy LaDue who has taken a position with the Eastern Carver County Schools.
  • Melodee Hoffner will leave her position as principal of the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) to become Principal at Wilson Elementary. Her background in counseling, working with diverse student populations and excellent leadership skills will be assets at Wilson. Melodee replaces Amy Young.
  • Amy Young will be leaving her position as Wilson Elementary Principal to become the district’s ELL Coordinator. Amy has a background in multi-lingual learning and her skills will be invaluable as the district works to close the achievement gap. Amy replaces Jayne Jacobson.
  • Jayne Jacobson, former ELL Coordinator, will become an intervention teacher at Wilson. This position will enable Jayne to work directly with students on equity and academic issues, which is her passion.
  • Jim Kiefer will leave his position at Willow Creek Intermediate School to become Principal at the ALC.  Jim’s ability to build strong relationships with students will help with a mobile student population at the ALC. Jim replaces Melodee Hoffner. Thanks to community support for last year’s referendum, this fall Willow Creek Intermediate will be renamed McKinley Elementary School and Justin Kiel will remain McKinley’s principal.
 “It’s valuable to change leadership in positions every so often and build on individual staff strengths,” said Superintendent Pete Grant. “It ensures we periodically provide fresh perspectives, give our staff professional growth opportunities and provide staff the chance to share their wisdom in new environments.”


2017-2018 School Hours - May 23, 2017

At the May 22, 2017 school board meeting, the board approved new school start times beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  The new school start times will improve the student experience and maximize programs.  The school hours beginning in the fall of 2017 are:

Grades K-5:  7:55 am to 2:25 pm

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