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Welcome Back, Wolverine Families!!!

Important Information for Students and Families
for the 2018-19 School Year


Superintendent Jim Amsden

Picture of Superintendent Jim AmsdenI would like to welcome all students and families to Sibley East Schools for the 2018-2019 school year!

We are extremely proud of the opportunities our district is able to offer students and adults.  Sibley East Schools along with district residents have invested in outstanding district facilities that provide an excellent instructional environment.  Most importantly, our staff and employees are dedicated to ensuring all students have the best experience possible while they attend school at Sibley East.

Students and families will find a commitment to strong instructional programming Pre-K through adulthood. 

Pre-K Programing includes; Cub Care Childcare and a 4 Star Parent Aware pre-school programming for 3 and 4-year olds that is aligned to Kindergarten readiness skills.

K-5 students receive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities across all grade levels, a BOOKS Program to expand literacy skills, SMART multisensory programming to enhance critical readiness skills, licensed art and music instruction and everyday physical education instruction.

6-12 students receive core instruction in science, math, English/language arts, and social studies. Sibley East maintains a wide array of elective courses in the arts, music, business, technology, agriculture, foreign language, health occupations, AVID, and the sciences. Students are able to participate in athletic programs, organizations/clubs such as FFA, HOSA, Knowledge Bowl, Art Club, and Drama productions. Students wanting to obtain CollegeNow options can take elective courses from Sibley East staff that offer over 35 college credits through Southwest Minnesota State University.

Adult learners and school age students have learning and recreation activities available through outstanding Community Education and Recreation programming.

These programs demonstrate a District commitment to life- long learning opportunities for all of our district residents.

Our schools are further set apart by tremendous community support, dedicated staff that puts students first, and a student community that is committed to learning and personal growth. 

Please take every opportunity to engage in school activities, volunteer positions, and supporting our students throughout the school year. Everyone has something to offer to make our academic, extra-curricular and community education programs successful.  Strong community support and involvement are what make our students and school district healthy and successful!

High School and Middle School Principal Steve Harter

Picture of High School and Middle School Principal Steve HarterConstruction is done!

I am sure there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year but the one that will be the most noticeable will be the lack of construction and construction workers in the building this year. After nearly three years of demolition, construction and remodeling the project will finally be ready for the start of the 2018 school year! The gem of the project is the new 600-seat theater; please stop in during the week prior to the start of school to take a look; you will be impressed.

Some of the upcoming school activities/events include: Schedules will be mailed to students in grades 7-12 sometime during the first week in August. The dates for students to make schedule changes will be August 13th and 15th (from 8:00 - 3:00). Sixth grade orientation is scheduled for August 29th at 5:00; at this orientation the sixth-grade students will receive their schedules and have a tour of the building. Also, on August 29th, the annual device checkout will start at 4:00 and conclude by 8:00.

Elementary Principal MariLu Martens

Picture of elementary principal MariLu MartensChanges and Opportunities!

I’d like to welcome all of our families back to school for the 2018-2019 school year! 

This is going to be an awesome year.  Our faculty will have 6 new faces this year.  Korine Schuette will be taking over our STEM classes, Mariah Choudek and Scott Theis will be new to the special education department, Mackenzie Mrkvicka will be teaching 5th grade and Kirsten Guentzel will be our new physical education teacher.  In addition to that, Michelle Halverson will be our new school social worker.  We are excited to add such a high caliber of staff to Sibley East faculty.    

Also new this year will be a change in the student “Pick-up and Drop-off” procedure on the south side of the building.  (The north side will remain for busses only). We are asking parents to not park along the curbed area next to the school.  This will be for dropping off or picking up students.  Parents should not leave their car unattended.  We believe that this will improve our arrival procedures and keep our students as safe as possible.   As always, we do encourage students to arrive between 8:00-8:10 a.m. each morning, unless families are participating in our Cub Care program.  

We invite you to become an active participant in our school community. You can become involved through volunteering, joining the PCO (Parent Community Organization), or attending and supporting school events.  Research clearly shows that when parents participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for the child.

Bussing arrangements for the school year are pending and further information will follow. 

September 4th and September 5th have been set aside as our back to school parent/teacher conference time.  Regular elementary classes will begin Thursday, September 6th.  Each child and parent will have a scheduled 15-minute conference to meet privately with the classroom teacher.  The teacher will explain expectations of the classroom and discuss the curriculum.  This will be a time for you, your child, and the teacher to get to know each other and to learn about the exciting things happening at that grade level.  Please call the school office at 507-237-5511 if you haven’t received a conference letter. 

Together we can make school year 2018-2019 a super opportunity for our students. 

Athletic Director Randy Walsh

Picture of athletic director Randy WalshFall will be busy!

Sibley East offers several sports in the fall for students in grades 7-12. We have girl’s tennis, girl’s volleyball, boys and girl’s cross country, football, and cheerleading.

The fall sports season will kick off with our athlete/parent/coach meeting on Tuesday, August 7 at the high school in Arlington. Registration will begin at 6:00 with the meeting beginning at 7:00. This is a mandatory meeting for all students that are participating in a fall sport. Practice for 9-12 football, 9-12 volleyball, 7-12 tennis and 7-12 cross country will begin on Monday, August 13. Practice or 7-8 football and 7-8 volleyball will begin on Monday, August 27. There may be opportunities for 7-8 volleyball to attend some earlier practices.

Tennis will open their season on August 17 at Mankato East. Cross Country will have a jamboree at NYA on August 21 and have their first meet on August 28 at Mankato East. A/B/C Volleyball has their first game on August 28 at GFW. Football travels to St. Peter for their season opener on August 30. Junior high football and volleyball will have their first events on September 6. Complete schedules can be picked up at the fall meeting or in main office in Arlington and Gaylord.

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Fine Arts Schedule, 2018-19, James Callahan and Lenore Strouth
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Food Service Director Jodi Sprandel Johnson

Picture of food service director Jodi Sprandel JohnsonDoes your child have special dietary needs?

For special diet requests, please contact me, Jodi (Sprandel) Johnson, the food service director at or 507-237-3320. You will also need to complete and return the Special Dietary Accommodation Request form on the following link and then submit it to the school nurse:

Dietary Accommodation Request

For information regarding menus, meal prices, qualification information for free or reduced lunch prices, or procedures for putting money into your child's meal account, please check the left navigation panel "Quicklinks" on this page.



Health Services District Nurse Nancy Hislop, R.N., PHN, Licensed School Nurse

picture of school district nurse Nancy Hislop. RN, PHN, Licensed School NurseVery Important Health Requirements

As you are busy getting ready for the coming school year, please remember the following:

  1. Make sure your son or daughter’s immunizations are up to date.  Most students should be receiving immunizations as they enter kindergarten and seventh grade.
  2. If your son or daughter needs accommodation for food allergies/sensitivities, the federal school lunch program requires forms to be filled out by the student’s physician.
  3. If your son or daughter has any chronic health conditions, please be sure the health team knows.  We want to be ready to take the best possible care of him or her!
  4. If your son or daughter has asthma, diabetes, a seizure disorder, or severe allergies with risk of anaphylaxis, please have your doctor fill out an Action Plan for us.  New Action Plans are needed each school year.
  5. If your son or daughter requires prescription medication during the school day, we need a doctor’s order on file.  New orders are needed each school year.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way.  Contact me at

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Hispanic Outreach Worker Soraida Palacios


I am Soraida Palacios, the Sibley East Hispanic outreach worker. I am responsible for connecting with Spanish speaking individuals within the Sibley East school district, enabling them to access necessary information. I am available to translate and interpret for school staff and families. I provide information about resources within the community and assist families in accessing services. I work as an advocate and liaison for families, helping students be as successful as possible in the school setting.

Please note:

  • You can view the Sibley East website in Spanish as well as English. To view in Spanish, go to the bottom of the web page and click on "Select Language".

  • Individual document files within the website do not automatically convert to Spanish. As such, we try very hard to have the document available in both languages. If you should find a document on the site that does not have a Spanish version, please let me know and I will help correct the problem.

Please contact me at if I can be of assistance.

Hola, Soy Soraida Palacios, la trabajadora de ayuda a la comunidad Hispana de Sibley East. Soy responsable por conectarme con personas de habla hispana dentro del districto escolar Sibley East, permitiendoles acceder a la informacion necesaria. Estoy disponible para traducir e interpretar para el personal de la escuela y las familias. Brindo informacion sobre los recursos dentro de la comunidad y ayudo a las familias a acceder a los servicios. Trabajo de intermediario y tambien con abogar por las familias, ayudando a los estudiantes a tener el mayor exito posible en el entorno escolar.

Tenga en cuenta:

  • Puede ver el sitio web Sibley East en español así como también en inglés. Para ver en español, vaya a la parte inferior de la página web y haga clic en “Seleccionar Idioma”.

  • Los archivos de documentos individuales dentro del sitio web no se convierten automáticamente al español. Como tal, tratamos muy duro de tener el documento disponible en ambos idiomas. Si encuentra un documento en el sitio que no tiene una versión en español, hágamelo saber y le ayudare a corregir el problema.

Por favor contáctame en si puedo hacer de ayuda.


Transportation Director Lanny Woods


Bus Schedule Information Coming Soon!


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Image shows Sibley East Drama, presenting The Wizard of Oz, Aug 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., SE H.S. Auditorium. Tickets available at the doors and online, $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 children under 5

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Free meals for for kids up to 18 at Sibley East Elementary
Gaylord Information:
Monday - Friday, June 1 - August 24 (Closed July 4)
Breakfast 7:45 - 8:45
Lunch 11:00 - 12:30


Junior Wolverines Registration Now Open


Registration for Junior Wolverines Before and After school program for school year 2018-2019 is now open.

Please find the registration form under the School Age Care link at the top or contact Apryl Deno to register at 507-237-3351 or

Junior Wolverines is proud to announce that we are fully certified through the Department of Human Services. This certification goes to programs that demonstrate high quality of care!


Yearbooks have arrived!

The 2018 Sr. High yearbook has arrived.  They can be picked up in the high school office or at the sports registration meeting.
Extra yearbooks are available for $67.50



Sales will begin at back-to-school events at both campuses and
end September 7 to ensure delivery prior to homecoming.