Principals' Corner

Dear Hiawatha and Howe Families,

Spring Break is upon us! March flew by with fun events, wonderful presentations, and a lot of excellent learning opportunities. Over spring break we hope everyone has the chance to get some rest, read each day, unwind a bit, and get ready for an event filled spring.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. McGowan, Mr. McGowan, and Ms. Waters for all of their hard work in preparing our students for the drama presentation. It was fun watching our students sing and preform “Husky Pride” for their peers, family, and staff.

A few Howe students have already begun taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) the week before break. Following spring break, the first week we will use to get back into our routines. Assessments will begin again the week of Monday, April 15. There is a link to the testing schedule on the Hiawatha webpage On test days especially, we ask students get plenty of rest the night before, a good breakfast, and come with a positive “can-do” attitude. We are excited to see how our student perform on this assessment. Please see us with any questions.

On a concerning note, I want to bring your attention to the Momo Challenge. Attached to the newsletter is a flyer outlining the concerns the Momo Challenge poses for our students both at school and in your homes. Before seeking this information out for yourself, please be forewarned of the disturbing images and messaging you will encounter. As always, staff are diligently monitoring student internet use, but also being mindful regarding conversations about sensitive topics such as Momo. 

We are planning to send report cards home on April 12th. Please take this opportunity to sit down with your student and reflect on their learning this year.

School Sprit Week will be April 8th-12th. Our fifth grade Student Leadership Group has selected themes for each day of our first week back. We look forward to everyone showing their Husky Pride!

There are a number of events which we hope to see you at this April. Be sure to check out the “Important Dates” section of the newsletter to find some fun ways to connect with us here at school.

Again, we hope you have an enjoyable Spring Break, and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful students back on Monday, April 8th.




Principals Oldenburg and Pang