Mensaje del Superintendente, Sr. Landgaard

Estimados estudiantes y familias,

Al igual que ustedes, estamos estupefactos y entristecidos por la noticia del tiroteo en la escuela primaria Robb Elementary en Texas. Compartimos la angustia que todos estamos sintiendo por las familias que han perdido un ser querido a causa de este acto de violencia irracional.

La escuela debe ser por todos los medios el lugar donde los estudiantes se sientan completamente seguros y protegidos. Nuestro personal se dedicará a garantizar que se pongan en rigor las medidas de seguridad y como una medida de precaución adicional, hemos solicitado a la policía local que, por el resto de la semana, aumente su presencia dentro y en los predios de nuestras escuelas.

Sabemos que los niños y adolescentes procesan este tipo de noticia de varias maneras, los consejeros están disponibles en cada una de nuestras escuelas para ayudar a los estudiantes que puedan necesitar apoyo adicional.

Únase a nosotros para que en los próximos días mantengamos en nuestras mentes a los estudiantes, empleados y familias del Distrito escolar de Uvalde.


John Landgaard, Superintendente

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Message from Superintendent Landgaard

Dear Students and Families,

Like you, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas. We share in the heartbreak we are all feeling for the families who have lost a loved one due to this senseless act of violence.

School should and must be a place where students feel completely safe and secure. Our staff will be diligent in making sure that safety measures are taking place. And as an added precaution, we have asked out local law enforcement to have an increased presence in and around our buildings for the remainder of the week.

We know that children and teens process this news in a variety of ways. Counselors are available at each of our school buildings to assist students who may need some extra support.

Please join us in keeping the students, staff, and families of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in our thoughts during the days ahead.


John Landgaard, Superintendent 

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Education Minnesota Worthington Awards

EMW met for their annual awards event to honor fellow staff members with being the Outstanding Member of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and retiring members. They also select an individual, group or organization to be the Friend of Education. They honored the following:

EMW Friends of Education 2022: ISD 518 Paraprofessionals

EMW Outstanding Member of the Year: Rebecca McGaughey

Retirees: Paula Stock and Tom Woods

Teacher of the Year:

Runners Up: Chelsea Wintz – 8thgrade mathematics (WMS) and Rebecca McGaughey – 7thgrade English/Language Arts (WMS)

EMW 2022 Teacher of the Year: Patrick Mahoney – High School Social Studies (WHS)

Nomination paragraphs for Teacher of the Year:

Written by Stacy Sauerbrei (High School English/Langauge Arts) about Patrick Mahoney:

No doubt, Patrick Mahoney is the most positive person I have ever been around. Whenever I ask students to write about their favorite teacher, his name is always near the top of the list. (Most of the time, it is on the top.) It’s no wonder, because Mr. Mahoney is dedicated to and passionate about the art of teaching—and all the kids will tell you, “We love Mr. Mahoney.” In addition to being a very talented educator, Patrick Mahoney is constantly looking for new platforms to connect with young people: he has coached, he is an advisor, he works with credit recovery at the Learning Center, and he is a leader in the Intro to Education program—the list goes on. And so does his unending energy. I nominate Patrick Mahoney because his example personifies what is right about education. Although there are many, many great professionals in this district—all of whom deserve recognition—the time is right for Patrick Mahoney to be our “Teacher of the Year.” When I asked a group of teenagers to describe Mr. Mahoney, these were their words: “Encouraging. Understanding. Caring. Outgoing. Supportive. Awesome. Nice. Welcoming. And Fun!” Worthy accolades for a deserving teacher. He would represent us well. 

It was a great night to be together, along with celebrating the many positive staff members that make up District 518. Congratulations to those honored.

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Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award

Patrick Morphew, Worthington District 518 Accountant for 29 years, was presented the 2022 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award by the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO). The Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award recognizes and celebrates the overall contributions of Minnesota school business officials to their districts or organizations, their communities, and the profession. This specific award is intended to honor the cumulative accomplishments in their career in school business roles. One Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award is given each year to a worthy recipient at the MASBO conference. Patrick is the 7th person to be honored with this award.

And as the recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award Patrick will also receive a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to students in his home school district.

Patrick has been working as the Worthington Independent School District 518 Accountant since 1993.

Worthington District 518 is proud of Patrick’s exceptional work, trustworthy character, and willingness to share his talents and skills locally and across the state. District 518 appreciates and values of his contributions. We are honored to have a valued employee like Patrick as part of our staff and team. Congratulations to Patrick!

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No School – April 15 and April 18

All District 518 schools and offices will be closed on Friday, April 15. No school on Monday, April 18. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 18. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 19.

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Early Out – April 14

All District 518 schools will dismiss early on Thursday, April 14
Prairie – 12:20
WMS – 11:55
WHS & LC – 11:30, students may stay for lunch until 12:00

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New Student Registration

All K-12 Registrations for District 518 will take place at District 518 Commnuity Education (West Learning Center), 117 11th Ave, Rm #136 as of March 15, 2022

Documents needed to register a new student:
* Birth certificate
* Immunization records
* Power of attorney (if applicable)
* Information from previous school (if transferring)

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 507.376.6105, or you can send an email to

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No School – March 21

There will be no classes for District 518 schools on Monday, March 21. Offices will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 22.

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Schedule for Make-Up Days

Monday, February 21 and Monday, April 18 will be full school days for all District 518 schools. Wednesday, June 1 will be a teacher workday.

Please keep checking back in case of further updates.

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Early Out Friday, February 18

All District 518 schools will dismiss early on Friday, February 18
Prairie – 12:20
WMS – 11:55
WHS & LC – 11:30, students may stay for lunch until 12:00

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