Willow River Area School is committed to providing the best possible education to all students who enter through our doors. Our staff, parents, guardians, and board of education members make up one team, devoted to the success of our students. We do our very best to stay relevant, adjusting to the needs of students in all grades and from all backgrounds. You have our guarantee that we will place the needs of your child above anything else.
Recently, our staff had the opportunity to travel to Cloquet Middle and High School to participate in Gathering of Great Minds 2018. This event, sponsored by the Northeast Area School Consortium, provides an opportunity for educators in the surrounding area to come together and share ideas to improve teaching methods and learn exciting ideas to interact with our students. Each year the consortium invites a guest speaker to impart their words of wisdom to the crowd of educators. This year’s guest was George Couros. He is a learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant. He is also the author of The Innovator's Mindset and believes we need to inspire our kids to follow their passions, while letting them inspire us to do the same. His message, along with the other breakouts sessions and discussions, were invaluable to staff and provided ideas and methods for them to implement within their classrooms. I am a big supporter of collaboration, especially within education, as we can learn so much from each other. The staff at Willow River are dedicated to our students and work hard to build relationships with each and every child. We feel these relationships will encourage inspiration within students and promote learning.
Willow River also has a team of dedicated special education staff who work diligently to make their students feel welcome, important, and capable of learning. The team uses all the techniques at their disposal to ensure each individual student’s needs are being met. The team relies on scientifically-based or evidenced-based instructional resources when teaching students. They truly go above and beyond for their students.
As we start our third quarter, I want to remind everyone to mark their calendars for our next Parent-Teacher conferences. We offer two separate nights for conferences, Tuesday, February 27, and Thursday, March 1, and they will run from 3:30 to 6:30 pm on both evenings. Please take this time to visit with your student’s teachers and get an update on the wonderful events happening in their lives at Willow River. While you are here, please stop and visit the Book Fair, sponsored by our Parent Teacher Organization. The book fair will be set-up in room 100, right inside the main entrance, and will run from February 21 through the March 1.
Spring Break is just around the corner on March 5 through March 9, 2018. Please continue to support our students by attending an event, game, or other school activity. Go Rebels!
Before coming to Willow River Area School, Mr. Peel retired from active military service in 2009. He began his educational career at Hinckley Elementary, where he taught 4th and 6th grades, and then was a Dean of Students for 5 years.
Mr. Peel earned his Bachelor's degree from Moorhead State University, and he obtained his Master's degree from St. Scholastica. He attended St. Mary's University for his Principal and Superintendent licenses.
Mr. Peel loves all outdoor activities and spending lots of time with his wife, Melinda, and children: Raechel, Renae, Natalie, and Will.