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"First Grade Friends"

Superintendent's Note Pad
By: Jim Amsden, Sibley East Superintendent,
March 16, 2018

Subject: Regarding School Safety

Click HERE to read the Note Pad Feature


Sports Forms
You will need to click on the link.  This will take you to a list of athletic forms.  You will need to use the first two forms on the list.



Middle School Youth Development Council
Fundraiser. Monday, March 26th
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Flyer Link


Sibley East Elementary Students Compete in the
Annual Science Fair

Pastor Scott judging Science Fair project and visiting with the presenting student

Pastor Scott was one of the Sibley East Elementary School Science Fair Judges

What is a Science Fair?

Science Fairs encourage participants to answer a scientific question or perform a scientific task which they have developed themselves. The purpose is to generate excitement for the sciences. Students are challenged to present their findings with an eye catching display.  We congratulate all the participants for their efforts!




Mr. Harter's
Principal Update


Co-Curriculars are doing well at Sibley East!


The Winter season has been a successful year for the co-curricular activities at Sibley East High School!  Our boys’ basketball team recently played in the sub-section championship game on Monday (3/12/18); they finished with a record of 20-9; the girls’ basketball team earned  a home play-off game for the first time in many years; they finished high in the conference and provided much excitement for their fans. The Sibley East Wrestling team qualified ten wrestlers for the state tournament; with Dayne Morton bringing home the state championship.  On the more academic side, the Sibley East High School Knowledge Bowl team recently qualified two teams to compete in the Regional meet. On this past Saturday (3/10), Sibley East hosted a two-hundred student speech meet which is something that we have not done for a long time.  


All of these activities are just a part of the experiences that are provided for the students of Sibley East.  As I am sure everyone knows, there is more to co-curricular activities than making a basket or cheering for the local team.  The research indicates that students who are involved in school activities are more likely to be better students and score higher on standardized tests such as the ACT and the SAT.  Additionally, the research shows that there is a strong association between student involvement in extracurricular activities and improved attendance and behavior.

The experience of following your fellow class mates as the school’s teams participate in tournament games is something that students will never forget; after graduating from high school it is  never really the same. So I hope to see not only the students but as many fans as possible continue to cheer for the Sibley East Teams!




Mrs. Marten's


Sibley East Elementary students have had a variety of different activities these past few weeks.  The student council, under the supervision of Megan Koepp and Juliann Shaw, has been working diligently with the student body to recognize Random Acts of Kindness.  When someone witnessed someone doing a kind act, they filled out a kindness slip for that person.  If you were the one receiving the kindness slip, they placed it into a kindness bag in their classroom.  Each day a student council member collected the slips and the one winner drawn out of the bag received a Sibley East pencil. 

The physical education department, Chad Johnson and Brian Biermann, started their swimming and bowling units on January 29th.  Swimming is held at the Sibley East Pool in Arlington school and the bowling is held at El Toro Bowl in Gaylord.  Each class will bowl two times in eight days and swim six days. Sibley East School does provide swim vests and other floatation devices if needed. 

Birthday Club celebrations have been going super well and students have counted ahead to the day their birthday month is celebrated.  Mary Beth Schwirtz, the Dean of Students, plans a “special birthday meal” on the last school day of month recognizing each student who had a birthday during that month.  Students sit at a special table that is festively decorated for the occasion.  A slide show presentation acknowledging each student is featured on the large screen in the commons area where the entire student body eats and sings “Happy Birthday”.  What students seem to enjoy most?  The dish of ice cream with sprinkles that is offered to them for dessert brings the biggest smiles.

A big thank you goes out to the Gaylord Police Department and the Sibley County Sheriff for their participation in a reading activity that the third grade teachers, Steph Schultz, Melissa Podratz, Kara More, and Melissa Jennings, planned for their students.  In connection to a non fiction story the students read in reading class called “Aero and Officer Mike -Police Partners”, Officer Tony Padilla and his dog Caesar and Sheriff Andrew Hayden and his dog Turner were brought into the school where they demonstrated how dogs stiff out narcotics and find missing people.  They also Face Timed Ms. Jennings cousin, Rebekah, from North Caroline.  Rebekah spoke to the students about how she actually trains K-9 dogs.    She explained the process they use when selecting dogs as well as where the dogs come from.

If you have something interesting you would like to share with our students that would enhance our curriculum, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  You can contact the school at 507-237-3314. 

Summer Care with Junior Wolverines

It is time to start thinking summer!  Do you know where you child will go for care during the summer months?

Junior Wolverines, Sibley East's School Age Care program, will be open daily during the summer from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..   Our program is open to all students in grades K-5!  

We are planning many fun activities with Community Ed, including trips, summer rec, and possibly even swimming lessons.  

If you would like more information, or wish to register, please contact Apryl Deno at 507-237-3351 or email .  The registration deadline for summer care will be May 4th, but register early to guarantee a spot!