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 out 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 around 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 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 see their peers, school staff, and community members in multiple settings with regular frequency, 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 upper classman 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 2016-2017 that demonstrate the merit of our approach to personalized, comprehensive education:

  •  100% participation of eligible students in post-secondary placement tests
  • 99% on time for high school graduation rate
  • Over $200,000 worth of competitive post-secondary scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017.
  • State Class A Wrestling Tournament – Fifth place team and two individual state champions.
    • State Class AA Volleyball Tournament – Third place team.
    • State Class A Track and Field Meet – Two individual qualifiers, and one state champion.
    • Conference or Sub-Section Champs in football, volleyball, girls’ basketball, wrestling, baseball.
    • Minnesota State Fair FFA Overall Premier Exhibiting Chapter – First Place, State Vice-President.
    • Regional Robotics Competition – 19th place out of 60 competitors.
    • All State Band – One individual recognition.
    • All State Choir – Two individual recognitions.
    • National FCCLA Competition – Two silver medal winners
    • All-State Speech – One sixth place medal winner. 

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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