Luverne Elementary

Zoe DeBates
Zoe DeBates recently began her new position as Child Guide at Luverne Elementary School. “I’m really excited to be involved and helping the community in this new role,” DeBates said. The 2019 Luverne High School graduate replaced Lisa Dinger, who retired Aug. 1 after being in the position for 20...
First-graders
Luverne Elementary first-grade students performed “Pajama Party” for their very first singing program for parents and friends Friday afternoon in the school’s performing arts center. Director Beth Capistran told those in attendance that the students began practice six weeks ago, spending 25 minutes...
Nebraska author Julia Cook talks to her two chihuahua dogs, Tommi and Kirby, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, in the Luverne schools’ performing arts center with elementary students in the audience. Cook’s shirt, which reads, “Nice is the New Cool,” was purchased at a downtown business and fit into her focus of showing young readers how to be lifelong problem solvers.
Visiting children’s book author Julia Cook connected with Luverne elementary students Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the performing arts center. With her two chihuahuas named Tommi and Kirby, she offered once-you’re-out-of-high-school advice. “You don’t have to like to write but if you know how to do it...
The second-grade classes of Kelly Bergan, Laura Louwagie, Lori Nath and Kristin Schomacker take the stage performing “Russian Dance” as music teacher Morgan VanHolland directs. The students’ performance of “The Nutcracker (in 20 minutes or less)” was the first elementary music program in the new performing arts center. Did the students meet the 20-minute timeframe? Yes.
ormed their first holiday music program in the school’s performing arts center Thursday afternoon, Dec. 16. The 86-member second-grade class took the stage first with “The Nutcracker (in 20 minutes or less).” Students challenged music teacher Morgan VanHolland to read the narrative quickly as they...
Enjoying their Respect Lunch are second-graders from Laura Louwagie’s class. Parent Ashley Carlson (back, center) ate lunch with (from left) Garrett Carlson, Brody Aanenson, Brielle Churchill, Axel Scarset and Ryleigh Barnett.
Students at Luverne Elementary donned their Sunday best and practiced their dinner table manners Friday at the Parents Partners in Education-sponsored Respect Lunch in the school commons. Instead of the regular cafeteria-style service, kitchen staff prepared a sit-down dinner where the students...
Fourth-graders (from left) Nolan Dekam, Allison Beyer, Summer Mollberg, Ty Kopp, Will Gehrke, Makenzie Smith, Gracyn Woodley and Naima French learn about ATV safety from FFA’ers (from left) Chris Aning, Harrison Uithoven, and Lucas Hansen
Luverne High School FFA students hosted Farm Safety Day presentations Monday for Luverne Elementary fourth-grade classes. More than a dozen stations were set up along the gravel road west of the elementary school leading to the ball diamonds to show the operations and potential hazards of farm...
Kindergarten students perform the “Carnival of the Animals” Friday morning with Luverne Elementary School music instructor Morgan Van Holland (back, far left). A video featuring each classroom will be released this week in lieu of a public concert.
Spring traditionally is a busy time in the Luverne Elementary music department. However, this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, choral instructors Morgan Van Holland and Beth Capistran and band instructor Angie Swenson have taken a different route by assembling a video. “We chose a musical area...
Eli Ripka shows his message that reads, “Work hard and be kind.” He said he planned to do just that on Monday.
This week, Feb. 1-5, is National School Counselor Week with the theme "School Counselors: All in for All Students.” It highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Luverne Elementary School Counselor Marie Atkinson-Smeins is...
Second-grade teacher Laura Louwagie explains how gifts made by her students at Luverne Elementary will be wrapped during class Dec. 14. Luverne Elementary operated under a hybrid-learning model where students attended in-person classes every other day. The lower number of students on a daily basis allowed students to be six feet away from each other.
When Luverne Elementary students and staff return to school after the holiday break Jan. 4, in-person instruction will be a welcome relief. “We know the safest place for students is in school,” said Principal Stacy Gillette. “Going to school is normal.” She said school routine provides mental and...
Luverne School Board members put hiring on hold last fall due to budget concerns, but Elementary Principal Stacy Gillette is requesting the addition of a first-grade teacher. She said enrollment in kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms is averaging 20 to 22 students, and first-grade numbers...

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