• Principal Doug Anderson

    NRHEG Elementary Principal
    Doug Anderson

    Education:
    *Graduate of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) High School
    *Attended Willmar Community College (A.A. Degree)
    *Graduate of St. Cloud State University (B.S. Degree~Elementary Education)
    *Graduate of Saint Mary's University (M.A. Degree~Instruction and Curriculum)
    *Graduate of Saint Mary's University (Administrative Specialist~K-12 Principal)
    *Adjunct Faculty for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 

    Family:
    *Wife
    Julie, Pediatric Home Services Nurse, South Central MN, and Southern Metro Area
     *Sons
    BrettVice President of Nursing Services, Ecumen, Inc., Daughter-In-Law Gabbi, Community Director, Avidor Living, Edina
    Adam, MSU Mankato Law Enforcement Graduate, St. Peter Security Hospital-Security Counselor, Member of the Army Reserves

     Welcome to our NRHEG Elementary website! I am excited that you have found your way to our school's elementary page. On our website, you will find information about our elementary school, staff, student information, and building initiatives.  This page provides you with a snippet of information about our school, our amazing students, and very qualified and caring staff!

     I am beginning my tenth year as Principal at NRHEG and I look forward to continuing the mission of our building and district.  I have been blessed to be a part of the NRHEG Community during these ten years!

    NRHEG Elementary School is a PreK-5 building dedicated to educational excellence to ensure that all students achieve their full potential. In partnership with families and our communities, we provide a well balanced, integrated, character building curriculum based on diverse and individual student needs within a safe and nurturing environment.  Our current initiatives include PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), RtI (Response to Intervention), PLCs (Professional Learning Communities), Bullying Prevention and Increased Student Achievement and Growth for All.  Our staff members are dedicated to providing a quality, well-rounded education to all students.  Each of these initiatives will occur while we continue to strive for student growth and achievement.

     As the Building Leader, I will have the following objectives and goals for the 2019-2020 school year. Our elementary building goals will include:

     *All students will show academic growth, to their full potential, in all areas. Our staff will have an increased focus on reading and math instruction. Response to Intervention will continue to be included in our daily schedule for both reading and math.  We will provide our students with a Balanced Literacy Program (whole group instruction, small group instruction, Guided Literacy groups, intervention, and enrichment).

    *We will continue our focus on supporting and refining our Professional Learning Communities (PLC Teams).  Nancy Remmert, Educational Consultant will continue her work with our teaching staff throughout this year providing district leaders and staff guidance, training, and support in doing the work of a Professional Learning Community, including the development of a guaranteed and viable curriculum in ELA, K-12.  We will also work with Instructional Coach Kelsey Routh who will support us with literacy instruction and academic improvement in our classrooms.  We will continue to focus on the Four Big Questions as related to our PLC/Department Teams:

    ~What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals and Expectations)
    ~How will we know they are learning? (Assessments)
    ~How will we respond when they don’t learn?  (Intervention)
    ~How will we respond if they already know it?  (Extension and Enrichment

     *All students will develop and show appropriate use of tools and skills to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and positive contributors to society.  We will continue to incorporate technology (computers, i-Pads, and Chromebooks) into our everyday learning.  Each student will have an iPad/Chromebook available for their use.  Our fourth and fifth-grade students will use Chromebooks rather than i-Pads this year.  This technology is used for intervention and extension with all students.

     *We will continue to focus on the successful implementation of our reading and language arts curriculum to all PreK-5 students.  This year we will be implementing the Fountas and Pinnell literacy program to our students. We will devote 150 minutes of our day to literacy instruction.

     *All students will develop the qualities of character necessary to contribute to a safe, community-minded environment. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) will be a part of our programming.  This is Year Seven of PBIS in our school.  The Bully-Free curriculum is used weekly in each classroom and we will continue to provide activities with our No-Bully program.  Solution Teams will be emphasized this year with our students.  

     *We will use innovative and research-based instructional practices and assessments to identify individual student needs and increase academic proficiency. Grade level teachers and departments will continue the development and implementation of common summative assessments in Reading/Language Arts.   Math Common Assessments are used quarterly in the classrooms and are part of our pre and post assessment strategies.

     *We will develop skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, collaboration, self-direction, and invention to promote proficiency across the content areas and to enhance student lives.

      *We will support and work diligently to support the District goal of achieving a 97% graduation rate.

    I continue to look forward to working with the students and families of our district. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Again, Welcome to NRHEG Elementary School!

    Sincerely,

    Doug Anderson, Elementary Principal
    danderson@nrheg.k12.mn.us
    507-684-3181

    Mission Statement:  
    Empowering students with knowledge and skills to succeed.
    VisioStatement:  
    To be the school district of choice, inspiring excellence in academics, arts, and activities.