Principals' Corner

Greetings Wonderful Families,

It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Principal at Hiawatha Community School for the past 8 years and my other 26 years with other Minneapolis Schools. We have accomplished great things in the past 8 years and I am sure that there are many great things ahead for this dynamic school community.

With that said, I have decided to retire after 34 years with Minneapolis at the end of this school year.

I have enjoyed working with your children, our incredible staff, and this wonderful community. I have so many wonderful memories and will continue to have great times/memories to the end of this school year. I will have more to share at the end of the school year in regards to my departure from Hiawatha Community School.


Deb Regnier

 In other Hiawatha School Community News:

Our Reading Olympics was a HUGE Success! Our students read an incredible amount of minutes each night during this time. I heard over and over again from parents that this promotion of reading really helped children become better readers and they could hear it at home as children read to them. That is the best news we can hope for!

February also brought us more devastating news from our friends in Florida. We want to assure our families that we take safety of our students and staff very important. We have emergency plans in each of our buildings and we participate in emergency drills during the school year. This year, we have had 2 lockdown drills, 2 fire drills, and 1 evacuation drill. We will be practicing another “code Red” drill in the very near future. The drill takes about 5 minutes in which the building is secured and all classrooms remain locked with designated staff that move through the hallways and check that all safety procedures are in place. During a drill, Teachers have students move to an inside corner in the classroom away from windows and doors and remain quiet. All normal classroom activity stops. Our staff uses developmentally appropriate language with the children to ensure they understand the seriousness of the drill but are not frightened. We practice these drills because in the event of a real emergency, we want to make sure our students and staff know what to do. We encourage you to talk with your children at home about this practice.  Also, you may know that our outside doors are always locked during school hours and students/families/visitors must buzz in to gain access in the buildings. There is a brief time in the morning at arrival time and at dismissal time that doors are open. If you have any further questions, please reach out to us.

We received our school budgets and allocations for classrooms. We are working on maintaining what we currently have at each of our schools. We looked at parent surveys and will try to use the “top 5” reasons for attending Hiawatha Community School as a guide as we work through the budgets. As we move through the budget process, we will meet with our Instructional Leadership Team(ILT), Site Council, staff, and Area Superintendent Laura Cavender.  Our students deserve nothing but the very best that we can give them and we will work hard to see that they do.

There are many exciting events coming up this month of March- please check out the Important Dates section of the Newsletter.



Principal Regnier and Principal Oldenburg