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


February 3, 2017

Minnehaha parents & families, Happy February!  Hopefully you are feeling up-to-date and informed about the upcoming VPS bond.  To that end, I wanted to share one last general reminder/overview of the bond measure (Proposition 2) [...]


January 6, 2017

Minnehaha parents & families,   Welcome Back!  All of us at Minnehaha hope you and your families had a wonderful, fun-filled Winter Break, and wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2017! There is [...]