Principal’s corner

Principal Troy Winzer

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Principal’s corner 2016-10-27T16:02:14+00:00
Troy Winzer

Welcome to Minnehaha!

Minnehaha has approximately 550 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. We have a growing, diverse school community made up of students and families from many different backgrounds and experiences.

At Minnehaha Elementary, we place a huge value on relationships between all stakeholders—students, staff, parents and families. We recognize that students do their best in an environment where they have adults who truly care about them and they feel safe and supported—academically, emotionally and socially. We also understand that we all are in this together as a team—school and home working hand in hand.

At Minnehaha, we follow the Big 3: Be safe, be respectful and be responsible. We also use and teach a social skills curriculum known as Stop & Think, which focuses on teaching students interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills. We apply concepts of restorative practices to help students see conflict and problems as opportunities for learning.

In my second year as principal here, I look forward to building on the work from last year. Our staff will continue to work collaboratively and diligently in providing instruction that is rigorous, aligned and reflects the best practices of today’s standards and assessments.

It is our goal that Minnehaha students will become lifelong learners who are competent, positive and responsible citizens who are ready for college, careers and life.

Go, Chieftains!

Principal’s updates

Oct2017

October 13, 2017

Minnehaha parents & families, Next week – Oct 18, 19, 20 – are Parent Teacher Conferences for all Vancouver School District elementary schools.  Wednesday (Oct 18) is a 2-hr early release – many teachers (but [...]

Sep2017

September 15, 2017

Minnehaha Parents & Families,   It’s been a wonderful first few weeks here at Minnehaha as the 2017-18 school year has begun with wonderful energy and excitement – albeit some unusual smokiness & late buses! [...]