What Makes K-W Great!


As we prepared for the launch of our new website in 2017, the concept of a Twitter hashtag emerged.  Staff and community members spontaneously responded to the trial run of #whatmakesKWgreat by tweeting their positive observations about our school district.  This simple idea has grown over the past year.   It is now the source of the dynamic updates on our homepage.  It tells the story of how we strive everyday to be a model, rural school district. 

“What makes K-W great!” is an exclamation, not a question.  While the trend across the country is to try to make big schools act more like small ones, we already have that mastered.  Technically, the Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools offer overlapping layers of bonding social capital.  In simpler terms, our students have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive range of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities with very few restrictions.  If a K-W student wishes to take a class, join a team, or participate in an activity they can.  A K-W student will regularly see their peers, school staff, and community members in multiple settings, which adds value to their educational experience. 

Layers of positive relationships make K-W great!  We are the Knights and we have blended Kenyon, Wanamingo, and parts of the surrounding area into a culture that is symbolically represented by the traditional strengths displayed within a Knighthood.  A Knight is not gender specific.  Knights learn from their adult and upperclassmen role models about the core values of respect and service to others.  Our Knights strive to be the best that they can be.  They take pride in their school, their community, and are held to high standards.

Here are just a few examples from 2016 which demonstrate the merit of our approach to personalized, comprehensive education:

  • 100% on time high school graduation rate
  • 100% participation of eligible students in post-secondary placement tests
  • Significant closing of achievement gaps in reading as measured by standardized tests
  • State Class A Wrestling Tournament – First Place
  • State Class AA Volleyball Tournament – Third Place
  • State Class A Track and Field Tournament – Individual qualifiers and place winners
  • Hiawatha Valley League, baseball & volleyball, Mid-Southeast West District, football – First Place
  • Minnesota State Fair Future Farmers of America Overall Premier Exhibiting Chapter – Third Place
  • Regional Robotics Competition – 26th place out of 60 competitors.
  • All State Band - Individual recognition


The theme for this school year “We’re glad you’re here” honors the contributions from all of our Knights that make K-W great!

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