End of Year Wrap-up

From the passing of our district referendum back in November to the girls dance team winning back to back state championships in February to all the chaos that COVID-19 has created, and everything in between, this school year has DEFINITELY been one for the history books!!

#WeAreLQPV #InThisTogether

New logo!

We are proud to introduce the new LQPV district logo!!

Over the past several months, the LQPV Marketing Committee has been working with a branding specialist to develop the brand of Lac qui Parle Valley Schools. The committee dug deep into our district’s core values of unity and pride. After numerous hours of hard work and several rounds of edits, they are excited to release a logo that truly lets us “Soar As One”!!

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Elementary School Renaming

In an effort to further achieve our goal of unity, we would like to engage the community in developing ideas for the renaming of our elementary schools. Our current names reinforce the feeling of division and separation by only naming some of the communities represented within the school district. It is the goal of the committee to assist in unifying our communities by renaming our schools to represent the whole district. We feel that a renaming project coincides with our rebranding efforts.

If you have a name suggestion, click the link below and tell us your idea! The marketing committee asks that all suggestions represent the ideals of unity and togetherness. You must submit an idea for both the Appleton-Milan and Madison-Marietta-Nassau elementary buildings. The contest will run until Saturday, May 23rd. The committee will then narrow the options and once more ask the public for feedback on the top suggestions. If your name idea is selected as the final winner, you will receive an activity pass for the 2020-21 school year! (If there are multiple winners, one will be randomly drawn.)

This link is also available on our website,, and advertised on KLQP radio. It will also be available in the Western Guard and Appleton Press, along with a cut-out paper submission form. If you want to see the names remain the same, please put that as your name suggestion. Regardless of name selection, the school board has asked for the elementaries to be prefaced with Lac qui Parle Valley.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Message from 5-12 Principal, Scott Sawatzky:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and what better time to reach out to others to show support. COVID-19 has impacted each of us in different ways. Some may have lost friends or loved ones. Others may have personally encountered the symptoms of Coronavirus. For some, it is the isolation and being away from friends, family, school, and community. Regardless, COVID-19 has certainly reared its ugly head and transformed the world as we know it.

We can focus on the things that COVID-19 has taken away from us. That is easy and will likely pull us deeper into a dark time. However, I would encourage us to try looking at this through a different lens. What has COVID-19 given to us? For me, it has given me more time with family and an appreciation for being able to be around them more often. It has allowed me to not take the small things in life for granted, such as being able to drive to my parents house so they can spend time with us. It has reinforced my desire to be in education, and I realize how lonely the profession is without students’ smiling faces in the hallways. Lastly, it has reminded me that this world is full of good people. Not only people on the front lines, but every community member that is doing their part to flatten the curve and hopefully save lives.

I do look forward to the day that COVID-19 is behind us. It has been a tough time for everyone. I challenge everyone during this month of May, to help impact the mental health of those around us by acts of kindness, patience, support, and positivity. We are in this TOGETHER!

Message from Appleton-Milan Elementary Principal, Maureen Heinecke:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Schools talk a lot about the Mental Health of our students and how important it is to reach out to and connect with our students. Before any learning can happen, we must ensure their safety and well-being are at the forefront and that their basic needs are being met. However, during this time of CoVid-19 and Distance Learning, educators are also at risk of compromised Mental Health. It is important, now more than ever, for educators to take care of themselves because if we don’t, we won’t be at our best for our students.

Some self-care tips for educators in the workplace include the following:

  • Stay organized.

  • Break down large tasks into smaller steps.

  • Delegate when possible.

  • Find support from other educators.

  • Don’t procrastinate.

Some self-care tips for educators outside of the workplace include the following:

  • Relax. This can include meditating, practicing yoga, or getting a massage.

  • Eat right.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Exercise.

  • Be kind to yourself!

Be good to yourself and everything else will fall into place!

Check out the Positivity Challenge below, provided by MMN Principal Kipp Stender!

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Virtual Field Day! (K-6)

Hello Families,

In this interesting year, it is unfortunate that we will not be able to hold our traditional style Field Day together. However, we are going to hold a virtual field day on May 15th, 2020.There will be no educational instruction on this day for grades Kindergarten-6th grade. Families, here is how you can participate.

Check out this website and download the OPEN National Field Day information. You will see that OPEN is celebrating National Field Day on May 8th but LQPV is planning theirs for May 15th. Here is the information:

1. Download/print the OPEN National Field day information

2. Practice the events using the practice plans and event cards. Video demonstrations are present. Equipment lists are also given. Do as many events as you wish.

3. Send pictures to your classroom teacher. Avoid videos due to the length of them.

Check out the video below and remember to have FUN!!

Mrs. Tostenson, Mr. Voorhees, Mr Stender, Mrs. Heinecke & Mr Sawatzky

Distance Learning

COVID-19 threw us an unexpected curveball this year. We want to thank all the students and parents for staying strong and sticking it out through this tough time. We know it hasn't been easy. We know everyone has been faced with challenging obstacles to overcome. We know that everyone is trying their best. We want you to know, we appreciate YOU!!

#WeAreLQPV #InThisTogether

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2019-2020 Sports Recap

The fall season had some exciting moments. The CC boys team won the section and had a nice showing at state. The volleyball program went on the road in the first round of the playoffs and defeated the Blackjacks. In the snow and wind, the football team won the final home game of the year, then made snow angels in the endzone. The girls tennis team had a nice season before losing to a difficult Minnewaska group in the second round of team sections. We now Co-op with Monte and D-B for girls' swimming. There were five girls from LQPV involved with the program.

The winter season also had some thrilling moments. The LQPV/D-B Shadows won the State in Jazz and High Kick, for the second year in a row! The girls basketball team won their first-round playoff game but lost to a tough Lakeview team in the second round. The boys basketball team made a nice run in the playoffs before losing to a feisty CMCS club. Team United was young at many of the weight classes but had a nice season.

The spring season was all planned and people couldn't wait. The umpires were hired, the workers were lined-up to cover the events, and the concession stands were going to be stacked with goodies. Unfortunately, Co-Vid 19 made its presence known to the world, so we had to send everybody home and wait to see what would happen. The thought that there wouldn't be any activities became a reality. So now the baseball and softball fields are empty, the track and field events aren't taking place, the golf course won't be filled with parents getting their much needed steps, and the tennis courts won't have nets a while longer.

Thanks for all the help, and support to make these things so memorable! We will SOAR through this AS ONE!

-Tony Smith, Activities Director

End of Year Dates

Elementary Schools

May 15 --Virtual Field Day K-6

May 22-- Last Day of School

May 22-Appleton-Milan Parade. Appleton 10:00 am, Milan 10:30, Holloway 10:50. Ice Cream at F&M Bank on Main Street immediately following parade.

May 22-- MMN appreciation parade 5:00-5:30 p.m.

**All awards will be mailed, and there will be no 4th-grade graduation ceremony. Watch for a video.**

May 29-- Parent input forms due-MMN (Available on our website)

Middle School

May 15-- Virtual Field Day K-6

May 22-- Last Day of School (Virtual Awards Ceremony, posted on social media)

High School

May 20-- Last Day for Seniors

May 22 --Last Day of School

Weekend of May 23 --Graduation (further details coming soon)

*Return of items (textbooks, chromes, and other materials) is still being worked out. Please stay tuned for further information.

*Summer Rec and Summer Sports Camps/Trainings are still TBD. Check our website and social media for updates.

*Construction will be taking place at all three buildings this summer. We ask that you do not enter the buildings without prior authorization. Watch for updates!


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