Welcome Letter!

sdWelcome by Superintendent Beth Giese Ed.S.

Welcome to Cannon Falls Public Schools, I feel honored to be the Superintendent of this amazing school district!

Each year we bring even more focus on Cannon Falls Schools as a learning organization that prepares our students for success in the 21st Century. Through strategic planning for curriculum and instruction, we will explore connections between the way students use technology for learning, and instructional techniques that engage them in authentic learning.

The vision of Cannon Falls Public Schools is to create a safe learning environment that promotes high student achievement in away that all students are excited about learning.  The vision also includes managing and utilizing resources efficiently, expecting our students to be good healthy citizens, and creating and maintaining productive educational relationships with members of the community and ISD 252.

At Cannon Falls Area Schools will promote high student achievement that stresses successful positive experiences for all of our students.  The district supports staff development activities such as professional learning communities, developing and aligning curriculum to state and national standards, and workshops that further enhance educational opportunities for students and staff.

Elementary School

There are 500+ Elementary students Pre K-5th grade in our elementary.  The student to teacher ratio is 19 to 1. Our local School Board has made it a priority to keep class sizes low and balanced so that all students have the opportunity to grow.  63% of teachers on staff hold a Master’s in education, with numerous others work on more specific licensures. Throughout the elementary buildings you will also find only “highly qualified” certified para professionals. In addition to the teaching staff we have a full time social worker,school psychologist, speech, special education and reading specialists for your child’s needs.

Students in 4th and 5th grades are part of the one to one technology initiative. The nature of student experience outside of school is changing and Cannon Falls Elementary students will lead the way on their technology experiences. The district’s number one initiative is Technology and research shows that one-to-one computing increases student success.

Cannon Falls offers All Day Every Day Kindergarten to all students.

Specialized programs include physical education (every day), art, music, and media. Instrumental lessons and band are offered to 5th grade.  Robotics and Math Masters along with a multitude of athletics keep all elementary students involved in their community!

Middle School/ High School

Cannon Falls High School offers a wide array of elective course offerings in art, agriculture, business, and industrial technology to students as well as AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP Government, AP Biology, AP Literature, and AP Composition.  Advanced courses in Calculus, Physics,and Modern and Classical Humanities provide students with the knowledge to take AP tests also.  Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of over 20 courses offered through interactive television with our WETC partnership.  Approximately 60% of students in grades 6-12 participate in our excellent co-curricular band and choir programs. Supplemental support programs and credit recover programs are also offered to students in grades 6-12

In 2012 Cannon Fall High School ranked in the top 20 high schools in the state with a Multiple Measures Rating of 95.02% from the Minnesota Department of Education.  Each year approximately 80% of Cannon Falls High School graduates attend some type of post-secondary education program.

In 2014 students in grades 6 and 9 will bethe first to participate in the districts 21st century skills initiatives with one to one access to tablet devices.  Cannon Falls HighSchool students will also participate in University of Minnesota sponsored Ramp-Up to Readiness, a college and career readiness programs offered to all students.

Through the Cannon Falls Housing Initiative students are offered the opportunity to take classes to learn how to build a home.  This program both promotes skills for the students but offers low cost housing for future residents of the Cannon Falls District.

Co-Curricular Activities

Cannon Falls High School is a member of the Hiawatha Valley League Conference and our athletes  compete in a wide range of sports and activities. Boys’ sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,Golf, Soccer, Track and Field and Wrestling.  Girls’ sports include:Basketball, Cross Country, Dance line, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis,Track and Field, and Volleyball.  Students may also participate in Cheer leading, Competitive Weightlifting, and Trap Shooting.  Cannon Falls also offers cooperative agreements with neighboring schools for other sports including Alpine Skiing, Gymnastics, and Swimming.

Cannon Falls High School also offers a wide variety of competitive fine arts,clubs and activities such as Business Professionals of America, Debate,Knowledge Bowl, Math League, National Honor Society, One Act Play and Speech. Students are also involved in FFA, Interact, School Musical,School Newspaper, SADD, Student Council, and Yearbook Staff.

A wide variety of bands and choirs are offered to our students. Students may choose from Symphonic Band, Pep Band, and Steel Drum Band.  Concert Choir and Jazz Choir are also offered to students.

Over 75% of our High School students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity.

Community Education

Community Education promotes lifelong learning through a variety of activities, camps, classes and experiences.

Early Childhood Family Education is often a child’s first school experience. ECFE consists of a parent-child activity, parent education and child education.  A variety of classes are offered to families with children ages birth-age 5.

Cannon Falls Preschool has been rated a 4-star program by Parent Aware.  We offer both full day and half day preschool options for parents as they prepare their children for kindergarten. Our fully licensed staff follows the High Reach Curriculum and have recently implemented iPads into our 4-year old classrooms.

Many sports, camps and leagues are offered for children of all ages including baseball, basketball, cheer leading, dance, track and field,and volleyball.

Children have the opportunity to participate in many youth enrichment activities throughout the school year. 
Classes and experiences such as acting, baby sitting, drawing, driver’s education, engineering, fencing, and math and science clubs are all staples in our course catalog.

Cannon Falls Community Education also provides learning experiences for adults.  Many bus trips are offered over the course of the year, computer, gardening, and fitness classes are very popular.  Cannon Falls belongs to the Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education Consortium that offers GED® classes and testing, English classes, computer literacy, and career preparation classes.