Prairie Winds PRIDE Update


Prairie Winds PRIDE Update #1 - September 23, 2016

PWMS Community - Welcome to the PRIDE Update!

We are officially open for learning at Prairie Winds! Enjoy the first official edition of the Prairie Winds PRIDE Update!


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PWMS Celebrates the First Day of School with a Ribbon Cutting Event

The first day of school was a huge success at PWMS! The excitement could be felt throughout the building. To start the day, all staff and students were invited into the gym where they celebrated the opening of Prairie Winds with a ceremonial ribbon cutting event. Superintendent Sheri Allen, Greater Mankato Growth Ambassador Marsha Danielson, and Principal Steve Rustad spoke to the students. This event was a great way to kick off a historic day for Mankato Area Pubic Schools.

PWMS Public Open House is a Success!

Prairie Winds hosted a public open house on September 15th. Hundreds of community members came through the building. PWMS students were front and center throughout the event. Students Sadie Burns and Tommy Braswell spoke at the event, sharing their favorite parts of Prairie Winds with the crowd. The orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Urness, played throughout the evening. Students from 7th and 8th grade worked with AVID teachers Ms. Kozitza and Mrs. Buttell as tour guides for the event. The event was a huge success! The picture for this article is used with permission from The Free Press.
Click here to read the article from The Free Press about this event.

A video of the community open house is posted below this article.
Prairie Winds Middle School grand opening

6th Graders Experience Mahkato Education Day at Prairie Winds Middle School

Dakota communities and Mankato District 77 have co-sponsored an educational program which provides Mankato area sixth grade children, teachers and parents the opportunity to learn about and experience southern Minnesota history and heritage. This opportunity occurs through a unique direct-cultural exchange education program held each year in September in conjunction with the Mdewakanton Dakota Wacipi (dance; gathering). Mdewakanton Dakota and other tribal peoples gather in Mankato to teach the children, teachers and parents about their culture and their meanings. The picture for this article is used with permission from The Free Press.

Click here to learn more about Mahkato Education Day.

Prairie Winds Students Participate in WE Day!

A group of PWMS students attended the WE Day field trip to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN on Tuesday, September 20. Students earned their way to We Day by volunteering their service as Community Open House tour guides at PWMS on September 15. WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities and kicks off a year of social action. WE Day and the WE Movement empower students to transform lives—including their own.

To find out more about MN WE Day visit the following link:


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  • Drop Off and Pick Up - Please remember to pull up as far as you can in the right lane before dropping off or picking up your student. Also, remember that at no time should a student be dropped off or picked up in the left lane.
  • Contacting Your Student - If you need to communicate with your students, please do not call or text them on their cell phone. Students are expected to have phones powered down and put away between 8:05 and 2:55. If you need to contact your student, you can either contact the school or email your student directly. If you plan on emailing your student, please let them know that you will be communicating to them through email so that they are checking their account. Please do not wait until the end of the day to contact the school if you have a message. It is extremely busy in the office at the end of the day and it is difficult to get the information to your student.
  • Health Office Note - Please contact the health office if you think that your student needs to come home because they are ill. If your student contacts you through email and tells you that they are ill and need to come home, please tell them to visit the health office so that nurse can help them. If a student does need to come home because of illness, the nurse will contact the family.
  • Food and Snacks at School - Students are only allowed to eat in the commons area. Please do not send birthday treats or candy with your student to share with other students. Due to our healthy schools practices and because of allergies, we do not want treats sent to the school at any time.
  • Building Hours - As the weather gets cooler, please remember that the building is not open for students until 7:30 am. If a student is dropped off earlier than 7:30 am, they will be expected to wait outside. All students should be picked up by 3:25 pm. If your student needs to be at school later than this, please sign them up for the after school program Connections. Click here for more information about Connections.
  • "Like" Us on Facebook! - Click here to visit the Prairie Winds Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

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Prairie Winds PTO Meeting

Monday, October 3, 2016

Prairie Winds Middle School Commons


*PTO meetings are on the first Monday of the month. There will be no PTO meeting in January.

Lifetouch School Picture Day

Monday, October 10, 2016

Prairie Winds Middle School

Flyers will be sent home with students

*All students are expected to have a picture taken regardless of whether they are purchasing pictures.

Prairie Winds Middle School

Assuring Learning Excellence and Readiness for a Changing World

Steve Rustad - Principal

Monde Schwartz - Assistant Principal