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Golden Lake Elementary prepares students for life by inspiring them to grow academically, emotionally and socially.

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12th Annual Golden Lake Go-Around

A grand “thank you” goes out to our GLE community for making the 12th annual Golden Lake Go-Around an amazing success. This year we raised almost $9500. The big project this year will be constructing an outdoor classroom. This will present exponential opportunities to bring Minnesota’s outdoor education to our Golden Lake students. Minnesota’s outdoor learning possibilities are amazing can bring life-long learning to our students. We are excited to start this journey next spring. A special “thank you” goes out to Becky Kingsbury (and family) who has graciously chaired this event for four consecutive years.

Golden Lake Undergoes Major Construction this Past Summer


Welcome to the start of another exciting school year. Thank you for your support. We are proud to open Golden Lake this year after a summer long renovation. Our classrooms and building will be ready to safely host the beginning of our school year. We may have a few minor items left to install, but nothing that will impact the classroom learning or safety of our students. We are grateful and appreciative of your support. Here are some of the new features at GLE:

-New Boiler System                                        -New Cabling throughout building

-New HVAC components                                 -Resurfaced Roof

-Enclosed Library on Two Sides                      -New Phone System

-Enclosed Upstairs Classrooms                       -New P.E. Office

-New Student Bathrooms                                -New Tuck-Pointing on Exterior of Building

-New Ceiling Tile in Lower Classrooms          -New Flooring in Commons Area

-Painted Student Lockers                                -New Master Clock System

-New Cafeteria Tile and Sound Panels           -New Electrical System where necessary

-Refinished and Painted Gym Floor                -New Railing throughout building

-New Cabinetry                                               -New Drinking Fountain Stations

-New Security System (visitor entry point, cameras, etc.)


We have also partnered with the city to resurface School Road in front of our building and add a sidewalk. We are proud of the work that has been completed.


Looking Foward to Partnering with You

Welcome back to the start of another exciting school year. We are proud of the new features within our building that will enhance our learning environment. We are also proud of our positive relationships will have built with our students and families. The start of the school year can bring some anxiety, procedural changes, and new faces. All of these take a moment to adjust and adapt. Our students at GLE are very special and we take great pride in their documented success. This success comes in many forms and for many reasons. As a fellow parent I ask myself, “What are some things I can do to provide the best opportunity for my children to have a successful school year?”

  1. Be Involved and Responsible – Know your child’s teacher(s) and how procedures work in their classroom. Attend Parent Orientation, Conferences, and other school events.  

  2. Proactive Communication – If something doesn’t sound right, please seek clarification. Student’s perception is reality, but at times needs guidance from care takers and staff.

  3. Attendance – Please make sure your child is at school and on time. Chronic absences have significant negative impact on your child’s success.

  4. Attitude – Our children develop their attitude directly from their parents. What is your attitude towards school? Your child’s will be similar.

  5. Check Your Child’s Backpack Every Night – Homework, teacher communication, and other pertinent information comes home throughout each week.

Everyone in the end has the same goal. We all want the very best for your child. We look forward to partnering with you for another school year.

Reward School (pdf, 81 KB)

Golden Lake Earns State’s Highest Honor and Named “REWARD SCHOOL” by MN Department of Ed. for Third Consecutive Year

This month the MN Department of Education released the latest round of school ratings. The ratings are called Multiple Measurement Reports (MMR). The ratings are based on the state standards tests in reading and math called the MCA. Students in grades 3-5 take these tests each spring. The MMR rating is measured within three categories:

Proficiency = This measures the number of students who meet grade level standards on the MCA assessment. We scored a perfect rating based upon our students’ proficiency rates.

Growth = This compares each student to his/her growth from year to year. It also compares your student to other students who received the same score in the prior year and measures their growth respectively. GLE students grew more than other students around the state.

Gap Reduction = This compares the state average test scores to our sub-groups. Examples of sub-groups are ethnicity, special education, free & reduced lunch, etc. It compares your sub-group scores to overall state averages. It will determine if the achievement gap is being closed in these sub-groups.  GLE is closing the achievement gap.



Because of this high performance we have been named a “Reward School” by the department of education. This recognizes the state’s top performing title schools. We have a high level of students at grade level, a high level of students earning high growth on an annual basis, and we are closing the achievement gap at GLE. Be proud and excited to have your child attending one of the highest performing schools in the state of Minnesota.  It is a recognition that is well deserved through diligent efforts, sound academic planning, and a wonderful partnership with our parents and community. If you would like more details about our school’s performance don’t hesitate to contact me. You can also get information from the Department of MN education website.  

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Our Golden Lake community is excited to continue our legacy and outstanding success.Golden Lake continues its rich tradition as we prepare students for life by inspiring them to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

Based on our latest data, Golden Lake Elementary remains a “top notch” learning institution. We are recognized as a Reward School by the MN Department of Education. Our results show math and reading scores that are far above state averages and neighboring districts. In fact our MMR score is in the top 3% of all schools in the state of MN. This is based on the state standards test called the MCA. Not only do our students score at a high proficiency level, they also grow at a rate higher than average. We are proud to share these amazing results as high achievement embodies the work and success of Golden Lake Elementary.

Not only does Golden Lake offer programs that result in academic growth, it also intentionally focuses on the whole child. This includes its focus upon social and emotional growth in addition to its high achievement. Programs range from embedded lessons in the general classroom to small groups that focus on individual topics. The mission of these programs is to address social and emotional needs so students can be “ready to learn” in the classroom. Other programs that share these goals are our mentorship program, ready buddies program, and after school programs.

Our Golden Lake family wishes you a wonderful school year ahead. As always, don’t hesitate to call and ask about any of our school offerings or programs.

In Partnership,

Mr. Gerst

Golden Lake Elementary Bus Routes (pdf, 48 KB)

Students are to arrive at bus stops approximately five minutes prior to scheduled stop time. Bused students may walk up to 1/2 mile to a bus stop (if the bus stop is more than 1/2 mile from your home, please call the transportation office at 612-789-5143).