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Tis the Season for Gratitude and Celebrations

Hopefully, everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and you were able to have some family time and express gratitude.

Gratitude has been a theme at All’s Well and is something we at ONE10 totally support. Finding ways to show gratitude has been scientifically proven to give you benefits. We at ONE10 wish to offer sincere gratitude to our students, parents, staff, and community for all they do to make Waconia Public Schools a great place for kids!!

As you gear up for the holidays may you find ways to celebrate in a welcoming and inclusive way for all. We have been training our staff with cultural competency work and our most recent Unconscious Bias training helps us all to reflect on how we best welcome all. Over this holiday season, ONE10 will be doing our best to make sure all are included with our celebrations and that we keep a balanced approach to doing so. Happy Holidays!

Explore Wild Ideas

This is our second year of “Explore Wild Ideas” when we gather great ideas from staff through a crowdsourcing process. This process brought us 54 submissions last year in which we had about 10 move forward to enhance our school, such as, the senior walk, sidewalk lights for safety at one building and a new sidewalk at another. We use the Human-Centered Design process to refine the bigger ideas. Those bigger ideas from last year are scheduled to go through the process on Monday, December 9. We are looking forward to all the great ideas submitted this year that will help make our school district even better. As one of my favorite quotes states, ”The smartest person in the room is the room”.  We really appreciate all the great ideas from staff.

Flex Learning Days being Explored

ISD 110 is exploring Flex Learning Days. Many other school districts in Minnesota have implemented Flex Learning Days to help when school is canceled due to weather. A ONE10 design team researching ideas from other districts and putting together an initial pilot to look into the options. We will be communicating with staff, students, and parents what this might look like in the near future, but for now, we are just in the conceptual planning stages. Hopefully, we have a couple of months before we are at a third weather cancelation day. Warm thoughts!

Crisis Communication Enhancement Planning Continues

This year one of the learning goals in our strategic roadmap operational plan is to enhance the communication for crisis events. There is a design team that has been exploring many options to enhance our crisis communication to staff, students, parents, and the community.  We continue to make great progress in this work and are very close to selecting a software company that will provide us an app that can help centralize and drive all our communication needs (internal, external, first responders, emergency personnel). The advanced technology that is available is amazing and it comes at a reasonable price. We are able to bring this safety and security technology to Waconia by utilizing “safe schools funds” that we received from the state. We will be ready to report on this work and demonstrate the vast capabilities in the spring.  

Check out the upcoming events at our schools: 


12/20 Winter Parties


12/6 Ugly Sweater Day

12/13 Red/Green (or any other Holiday colors of your choice)

12/20 PJ Day (winter celebrations)  


12/6 Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses are being constructed 

12/20 Grade 1 through 5 Winter Paries 


12/10 WMS Choir Concerts 6PM

12/11 7th Grade to Guthrie to see A Christmas Carol

12/17 WMS Band Concerts 6PM

12/18 7th & 8th Grade Band to perform at Southdale Mall


12/6 Yuletide Festival’ 7PM Performing Arts Center

12/7 Winter Formal, 8PM 

12/7 Snow Queen performed by River Valley Dance 6:30PM 

12/15 Lorie Line, 3:00PM 


Have a Great Weekend!

We are ONE10!!

Video produced by Wildcat Media Productions
Link to Dec. 9 School Board Meeting Agenda
Link to December Leadership Highlights
HERO's Coalition December Newsletter
Waconia Public Schools is currently seeking applicants for multiple positions. Use the link below to view open positions, and share with people you know.
ONE10 Job Openings
Holiday Shows at WHS Performing Arts Center

WHS Yuletide Festival
7:00 PM  FREE Admission

The Snow Queen
presented by River Valley Dance Academy

Dec. 7
6:30 PM
[Get Tickets]

Lori Line
The 30th Year Anniversary Celebrating Christmas

Dec. 15
3:00 PM
[Get Tickets]
Newsletters from our Schools

Bayview Elementary
Laketown Elementary
Southview Elementary
Waconia Middle School
Waconia High School
Community Education
Making Weather Related Decisions
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