Luverne Elementary School

After 40 years in the classroom, Luverne Elementary teacher Sue Hup announced that the 2019-20 school year would be her last. Hup holds a picture of her current first-graders, whom she’s been teaching virtually since March.
If success is measured in numbers, Sue Hup’s 40 years with students earns the Luverne Elementary teacher a gold star for achievement. At the end of the 2019-20 school year, she is looking for success in retirement. Hup is leaving students this week in a way she couldn’t imagine when she started her...
Luverne Elementary School counselor Marie Atkinson-Smeins introduces Ally, a 7-year-old golden retriever/Labrador mix, to Jill Wagner’s kindergarten students Dec. 18. Ally is the first therapy dog in the district.
Luverne Elementary’s 517 students are learning some obedience skills this month through a special instructor. Ally is a 7-year-old golden retriever/Labrador mix and is an approved therapy dog for the school. Her owner, elementary counselor Marie Atkinson-Smeins, spent months certifying her through...
Fifth-grade students share stories Monday morning in the Luverne Elementary Commons for the first Veterans Day Coffee and Treats Open House organized by the newly formed elementary student council. The council invited area veterans and their spouses to what adviser Amy VonHoltum said will be an annual event.
Real-life lessons were learned Monday morning at Luverne Elementary School during the first student-led Veterans Day Coffee and Treats Open House. Members of the newly created elementary student council followed through with suggestions given last year by students in Amy VonHoltum’s class. Each...
Luverne Elementary kindergarten students presented six songs for the “Music and Me” program Thursday afternoon in the school gymnasium. Director Shirlee Gilmore told audience members that the program gives “a little peek into what we have learned this year.” The 86 students demonstrated group...
Luverne Elementary School students in Brooke Van Essen's third-grade classroom demonstrate their new flexible seating options that they received courtesy of a Monsanto grant through "America's Farmers Grow Communities."
Rock County farmer Jared Pap has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation to Luverne Elementary School from Monsanto’s program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Luverne Elementary will use the funds to create a flexible seating classroom, a research-based seating system that allows...
Preston Gunderson of Youth Frontiers, Minneapolis, leads Luverne Elementary School fourth-graders in an exercise during Thursday’s Kindness Retreat in the Blue Mound Banquet Center.
Luverne Elementary School fourth-graders learned lessons in kindness Thursday during an annual Youth Frontiers retreat at the Blue Mound Banquet Center. Leaders Hannah Tjoflat and Preston Gunderson talked to students about why and how to make kind choices, how words and actions affect others and...
This photograph, taken shortly after the June 2014 flood, shows the lake drained and beach washed away. Since then the lake and shoreline has become marshland.
The future of the Blue Mounds State Park water recreation hangs in the balance as park officials consider how to address the flood-ravaged dam that was destroyed in 2014. An open meeting next week will allow the public to provide input on alternatives to restoring the site and to learn about issues...
Luverne fifth-grader Harley Wendland practices his newly learned graphic design skills.
Luverne Elementary fifth-graders had a lesson in graphic design Friday and now have the opportunity to compete in a T-shirt design contest for the upcoming Cardinal Dash 2016. The spring running event, in its second year, is a primary fundraiser for Parents Partners in Education. “After last year’s...
Morgan Sommers (center) works for the American Red Cross and returned to Luverne Friday to present The Pillowcase Project to fifth-graders. Sommers graduated from Luverne in 2011 and was assisted by Jonathan Gacke (left) and her brother, Joe, both LHS 2015 graduates.
Morgan Sommers returned to Luverne Friday morning armed with more than 80 white pillowcases. Sommers, an LHS Class of 2011 graduate and local disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross, instructed fifth-graders at Luverne Elementary School about preparing for emergencies. Being ready...
Luverne’s Parents Partners in Education (PPIE) completed a unique fundraiser Friday, April 24, in a fun run around the Luverne Public School’s ball fields. This was the first year the group organized the event that had kindergarten through fifth-grade students request pledges from community members...
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