GFW Administrative Team
Email Mr. Horton
Principal, Elementary (G)
Email Mrs. Thompson
Email Mrs. Elmer
Principal, Jr/Sr High (W)
Email Mrs. Galetka
Email Mrs. Burns
Email Mrs. Schiro
Email Mrs. Winch
Email Ms. Heine
Email Mr. Sellner
Email Mr. Werner
Email Mrs. Pierson
Food Service Director
Email Mrs. Walter
Email Mr. Johnson
GFW Elementary School
323 E. 11th Street
Gibbon, MN 55335
Fax: (507) 834-6264 (District Office)
1001 N. Cottonwood Street
Winthrop, MN 55396
GFW Vision Goals:
Community members are involved with school issues and activities.
Business partnership, input, and support is encouraged
Each student assumes responsibility for learning to the best of his/her ability.
Students are accountable for their actions and use school resources in a responsible manner.
Students understand and respect others including those who are culturally diverse and of different family structures.
Positive and helpful changes occur to assure a safe, caring, learning environment for all students.
Staff will be models for lifelong learning.
Clear and open communication takes place among staff, students, and community.
Parents/guardians provide a nurturing and safe environment.
Parents/guardians are responsible and accountable for their child’s education and behavior.
The communities of Gibbon, Fairfax, and Winthrop began sharing educational resources in 1987 and established the GFW School District in 1992. Still remembering the proud heritage of America’s heartland, the GFW Schools are renowned for extraordinary educational programs, unequaled by schools of any size.
GFW is recognized as a regional model for community-based education. Site-based teams of parents, students, community members, and staff are charged with decision-making at each school. The PreK-5th grade Elementary School is located in Gibbon and the 6th-12th grade Junior/High School is in Winthrop.
Over 700 students are served in a safe and secure environment. The GFW facilities are attractive, up-to-date and very well maintained.
Nestled in the prairie of south central Minnesota, GFW students use progressive technology applications to access educational resources from around the world. Parents cite small class sizes, school-aged childcare, early childhood programs, and co-curricular programs as the desirable features of the school district. Still responding to the rich promises of the land, the GFW communities enjoy a quality of life that cannot be matched by larger cities.
The Minnesota Report Card gives you easy access to understandable district and school data. This tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to important information about schools to help them make decisions and be engaged in the education of Minnesota students. Choose from several reports to learn more about the state of education in your local district, a specific school, or the state as a whole.
GFW will also be using the Campus Messenger system to communicate snow day information. parents can receive a phone call when there is a snow day, a late start, or an early dismissal. To sign up for Campus Messenger, contact Wade Werner at 507-207-2207.
School closing or late start announcements are also submitted to the area media WCCO Radio, KNUJ Radio, KLGR Radio, WCCO 4-TV, KMSP 9-TV and KARE 11-TV. The GFW website top message bar and Campus Messenger are the quickest and most accurate ways to obtain special announcements about GFW.