District 518 column: A quarter of the way done

Lots of activity is happening in all of the district's school buildings.

Prairie Elementary building
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WORTHINGTON — We are nearing the end of our first quarter of school on Friday. The late summer and early fall really have flown by with many successful events and activities in each of our school buildings. The biggest success was the opening of the Intermediate School to over 670 students and growing. Our staff worked hard to get their classrooms arranged and have now settled into making memories and learning.

At Prairie Elementary, a couple of new spaces have already been created for students to learn and enjoy. The STEM program planted garden seeds last spring of vegetables and flowers. The students returned to a bountiful harvest and enjoyed learning more about each of the plants. And the Discovery Room is in full operation with its second topic, A Lakota Village, ready to be enjoyed by students. The Discovery Room has many volunteers and staff who have come up with topics, each displayed for six weeks, that is like a children’s museum experience. Each classroom gets to visit and enjoy learning and playing in a fairy tale, Lakota Village, pirate ship, and more to come!

Worthington Middle School, with its new administration and vision, has also made some changes. A talented staff member is working with WMS students and staff to record a podcast “From the Middle” that is broadcast at the beginning of each week. The entire staff is trying to connect more with students by honoring those who do special things with a “good news call of the day”. Students and staff can be nominated based on a good deed, positive attitude, special donation, and much more. A special phone call may be made to their parents, telling them of the great things their student is doing at school.

The completion of the new Community Education Center in January will be a joyous occasion of more space and capacity to provide many new opportunities for students, families and staff. The Early Childhood programs currently have 125 students enrolled and will grow to 157 by mid-November with the return of a staff member. We can hardly wait to see our students in the new facility, which was built specifically for Community Education needs.

The district management of WGTN-TV3 took place in July and a lot of activity and new initiatives have come forth with a focus on our community and school district. Interviews, features of local parks, returning to interviewing individuals from FORWARD Worthington, the Nobles County Historical Society, Center for Active Living, the Nobles County Library, and more have happened in a short time. We have many more things coming that locals will enjoy hearing about!


Worthington High School has enjoyed the return of local greeters to greet our students and staff. They are amazing volunteers who do so much good with their hellos and smiles.

We were thrilled to see the volleyball team upset a seeded team recently. Our Trojan Boys Cross Country team did extremely well and have two runners competing in the Minnesota State Cross Country meet this Saturday.

We were pleasantly surprised by how well our Boys Soccer team performed this fall. After losing 16 seniors, the vision of a “rebuilding” year was in place, but surprisingly did much better than we ever dreamed. They went to the Minnesota State Soccer tournament and lost to Richfield last week. We look forward to the talent still on the team for a successful year again next year.

We appreciate your support of the efforts of District 518! Enjoy the rest of the fall!

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