Welcome Norman County West staff, parents, community members and especially students!!!!!

My name is Mary Niklaus, Norman County West Pre-K - 5th grade Principal.  

As you know, the mission of our school district is "to build caring and contributing members of a community in an environment that challenges ALL students to meet their greatest potential."  This is our goal as educators each and every day!  As most of you who know me have heard me say, "Every minute counts!"  This is truly my belief that we need to make each and every minute valuable and important to the learning and growth of the students that walk through our doors.  They are what matters most!  

This year our school theme is Adventures Await!  We believe that through hard work, planning and listening to our students and families we can create amazing learning opportunities for our students.  The "Adventures" we will focus on this year include bringing many, many more literacy activities to students and families and hands-on 21st Century learning in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  Our new STEAMmaker Studio is just the place that will build students excitement in problem solving, collaboration, innovation and 21st century learning opportunities each day.  We can't wait to show you the amazing learning that is happening in these 'Adventures!!!!!!!"

I have been with the Norman County West School District for the past 30 school years.  My roles have changed over the years from kindergarten teacher to reading specialist to testing coordinator to curriculum specialist to now my 6th year as elementary principal.  I have great pride in  knowing that the parents, community members and staff have a strong commitment to our schools and our children.  We are a family who works together with our children as our first priority!!!!!!

We are also working very hard to communicate with our families and stakeholders through social media!  We post daily pictures and updates about student activities and what is happening in our school.  Please follow us on Facebook @NCWActivities, on Instagram @NCWActivities and on Twitter @NCWActivities!  Our following is growing by the day and we love being able to tell all the "Adventures" happening at NCW!

I encourage you to contact me by phone or technology or stopping in!  We want to build our lines of communication so that we can provide a world class  education for the children of Norman County West!  Thank you for supporting us and joining us as our Adventures Await!!!!!!



Telephone 218.861.5800

mniklaus@ncw.k12.mn.us