HLWW School District

The HLWW administrative team includes Activities Director Scott Berning, Community Education Director Margaret Marketon, Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig, Elementary Dean Kelli Westling, Superintendent Brad Sellner, Elementary Principal Jennifer Olson, High School Principal Jason Mix, and Special Education Coordinator Linda Wharram.

HLWW School District

Information updated October 2018

By Brad Sellner

Independent School District 2687, serving the communities of Winsted, Waverly, and Howard Lake, is dedicated to providing a high-quality education for its youth. With that commitment, we strive for excellence and opportunity for each student in every offering and activity of the school district.

The district comprises an area of about 115 square miles, primarily in Wright County, with a portion located in McLeod County, and a small portion in Carver County. District 2687’s 9-12 high school and 5-8 middle school are located between Howard Lake and Winsted on Wright County Road 6. The k-4 elementary and preschool facilities are located in Waverly and Winsted.

HLWW High School was honored by being named one of “America’s Best High Schools” by US News and World Report (2016).  Out of over 21,000 high schools, HLWW High School was ranked in the top 11 percent in the nation.  HLWW High School earned a Silver Medal.

Both Humphrey Elementary (2012) and Winsted Elementary (2013) received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education. Winsted Elementary has also been recognized as a Minnesota School of Excellence in 2014, and as a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.

Some of the highlights of our district are:

  • A district-wide enrollment of over 1200 students in k-12 shows our school continues to grow.
  • Small class sizes and an environment that fosters good teacher-student-parent relationships and allows for individualized attention to students. Small class sizes help create an opportunity for all students to participate in activities, too. This allows children to work with other community members, connecting and making long-lasting friendships.
  • Teachers and staff are kind and caring, so kids feel protected and safe as they learn.
  • Safe and convenient bus transportation is provided to all resident students and some non-resident students.
  • A strong focus on academics at all grade levels is proven by ACT scores which are consistently at, or above national and state averages; graduates qualify for colleges of their choice. Elementary and middle schools help prepare students for high school and beyond.
  • An excellent music program, including annual elementary musicals, is offered. Middle and high school students (Grades 5-12) can continue in music, through band, choir, jazz, and pep band, marching band, and individual band lessons. Top honors are won by large groups, ensembles, and soloists each year.
  • A strong Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program offers school-year and summer activities that are fun and educational, and services such as early childhood screening, parent and child activities, parenting information, and new baby welcome packets.
  • Educational, nurturing, and fun preschool for 3 to 5 year-olds is located at Humphrey Elementary in Waverly, and at Winsted Elementary. The curriculum has a focused approach on learning and a strong emphasis on literacy skills. Transportation provided; scholarships available.
  • School Age Care (SAC) is available for students grades k-6 before and after school and some non-school days, located at the new middle school through HLWW Community Education; providing homework assistance, fun activities, and convenience for busy families. Transportation to SAC is available to and from all schools in our district.
  • HLWW Community Education activities, education, recreation, and special events for birth to age 5, youth k-12, and adults, are ongoing.
  • Indoor track, gym, and fitness center memberships are offered to students, adults, families, and seniors through Community Education.
  • Adult volunteer program makes it easy for parents and community members to volunteer in the classroom, help with school activities, and work on projects in their homes.
  • Our middle school, grades 5-8, provides a supportive transitional environment in which students can achieve their full potential through a variety of exploratory opportunities. Also, an enriching advisory program is offered to meet students’ needs. The middle school facility provides a quality educational setting, and Smartboard and Chromebook technology is used in all classrooms.
  • HLWW offers a strong foundation of high school courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, technology, and healthy living, complemented by a wide array of electives, such as EMT-first responder, where students can earn first responder certification; CSI: classroom (forensic science); animal science; floriculture; Desktop Publishing; pottery; Spanish; music-choir and band; nursing; and many more.
  • A superb high school advisory program (Ramp Up To Readiness), guides students on post-high school planning, career choices, college application, and other “real-life” skills needed to succeed in today’s world.
  • A wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and College In the School (CIS) courses in agriculture, Spanish, and mathematics are available in the high school, as well as technical college credit courses that are available through our partnership with Wright Technical Center in Buffalo.
  • HLWW High School offers a nationally-recognized FFA program that includes consistent state and national award winners. HLWW FFA was named the premier chapter of Minnesota in 2007 and 2017. In 2010, HLWW FFA worked on an addition of a greenhouse to the school and was a farm-to-school grant recipient.
  • An alternative learning program (ALP) was formed for students in grades 9-12, to help them reach graduation standards and achieve credits using an online curriculum, and is housed at the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) in Howard Lake.
  • Boys’ and girls’ sports teams encourage participation and achieve success. Middle school sports focus on fundamentals and skill-building; high school athletics include baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf, track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, football, cross country, and softball. There is an opportunity for all kids to participate.
  • High school extracurricular activities meet a wide range of interests, including dance, Knowledge Bowl, student council, National Honor Society, speech, clay target, drama, yearbook, Letter Club, broadcasting club (KLKR) and more. The outstanding drama department hosts an annual musical production and is a frequent state Honor-winner in one-act competition, including highest honors.
  • Many technology upgrades and advancements are in place. Smartboard systems are used in classrooms around the district. Wireless capabilities have been added throughout all district schools. Google Chromebooks are provided to all 9-12 students at the high school and ALP.
  • HLWW has involved, caring parents and supportive community members. School events are well-attended by parents, grandparents, and friends; parent advisory committees, traveling sports teams, field trips, Laker Pride, and district curriculum advisory committee, etc are offered. There are many opportunities for parents and community members to be involved and to support students.
  • Special activities to expand student interests and experiences, such as student councils, after-school activities, English learners, special programs to assist and encourage healthy students, sixth-grade Deep Portage outdoor experience, fourth-grade fishing expo, and many others are available.
  • A generous, supportive community awarded more than $46,000 in 2017-18 for local scholarships to graduating HLWW seniors.
  • Our schools have the financial strength to further improve the learning environment. New and remodeled facilities exist throughout the school district; elementary schools (2007), high school (2008), middle school (2015), and MAWSECO (2015). In 2009 and 2011, through much community support, the local levies were renewed for a period of 10 years.

We have the programs, staff, and opportunities that children need for education, development, and growth.

The wisdom of our experienced staff, and the enthusiasm of our new staff create a learning environment for student success. Many of our staff members are returning to college to earn their master’s degrees.

We’re proud of our school district and how we make the grade for the families of this community every day.

Contact us at 320-543-4646 with any questions, or for more information, check our website at www.hlww.k12.mn.us.

Contact numbers

HLWW District Office                 
Superintendent Brad Sellner
Secretary Marilyn Greeley

HLWW High School
Principal/Curriculum Director Jason Mix
Secretary Sandy Stallmo

HLWW Middle School
Principal/Staff Developments Director Jim Schimelpfenig
Secretary Laurie Nelson

Humphrey Elementary School
Principal Jennifer Olson
Secretary Terry Knuth

Winsted Elementary School
Principal Jennifer Olson
Secretary Julie Stifter

HLWW Community Education
Margaret Marketon