2023 Year in Review + Thank You!

At School District 197, we have so much to be thankful for. From our amazing students and dedicated staff to innovative academic opportunities and close-knit communities—we’re reflecting on some of our favorite moments of the school year below. Thank you for the wonderful school year—so far!

Two Rivers High School

Friendly Hills Middle School

  • Eighth Grade AVID students attended a College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center to learn more about colleges.
  • Hosted a movie night for students with the screening of "A Million Miles Away" in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • WEB Leaders helped with another successful start to the school year, helping new students get to know their fellow classmates.

Heritage E-STEM Magnet School

  • Heritage has ordered a new 40-gallon jellyfish tank thanks to a generous donation by local author and district parent Julie Schanke Lyford.

  • Science teachers are helping students raise trout in the classroom—starting with eggs and then releasing the trout in the spring.

  • Heritage orchestra students had the experience of working with Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) conductor Dan Mollick.

Garlough Environmental Magnet School

A newly formed fourth-grade Student Council at Garlough promotes caring relationships, student engagement, and leadership opportunities. The student leaders, nominated by their peers, came to school a day early to help build relationships with kindergarteners.

Mendota Elementary School

Mendota Elementary staff, students, and families hosted their 2nd Annual Craft and Bake Sale in the Mendota gymnasium. The entrepreneurial component of the event provided a platform for students to showcase their creative skills and also taught valuable lessons in marketing and financial literacy.

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School

Last week, Moreland kicked off their large-scale community mural through a school-wide residency project! Professional muralist Greta Mclain visited every class at Moreland to start brainstorming what they want the mural to look like and what they want it to say. 

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School

Pilot Knob fourth graders visited US Bank Stadium for their Vikings Voyage program. Students learned about the STEM careers that are part of the Vikings organization and participated in fun STEM activities like a rocket launch and play coding.

Somerset Elementary

To kick off National Bullying Prevention Month each year, Somerset students spread kindness in chalk! Students covered the sidewalks outside of the school with messages of love, peace, hope, kindness, and acceptance with the intention of bringing smiles to the faces of those who need it most!

Early Learning & Family Resource Center

Students at the Early Learning & Family Resource Center have been enjoying their brand-new outdoor play space! This space is in addition to the playground—giving our youngest learners more opportunities to be outside in the grassy, open play space. 

Branch Out Transition Program Frosty Land Boutique

School District 197's Branch Out Transition Program hosted its annual Frosty Land Boutique last week. The event featured crafts, gifts, and baked goods made by the program's students, staff, families, and supporters. The funds raised through the boutique will be used to fund program activities and purchase supplies for future boutiques. Great job, students and staff!

District-Wide Highlights