Northern Mission Statement

The mission of the Northern Elementary is to ensure access to a healthy, safe, and comprehensive educational program, encourage a positive and orderly school environment, empower students to reach their highest personal potential, enrich social relationships,
citizenship, respect, and sense of community,
and embrace life-long learning.


About Our School

Northern Elementary students are filled with hope, optimism, and enthusiasm. Every student brings his or her imagination and creativity to succeed each and every day.  As a Northern community, we sing together, play together, and discover together!  The hallways, classrooms, playground, library, cafeteria and gymnasium are filled with laughter and learning.

The Northern Timber Wolf is characterized by its dedication to a social unit, keen sensory abilities, and excellent communication skills. Territorial in nature, the Timber Wolf has the ability to remember, associate events and learn.  Students at Northern have dedicated themselves to the Northern Pack!  Our mascot represents the perceptive, intelligent, and sensitive students of our school. 

Northern Elementary School is located over the bridge on State Highway 71.  Historically, the original school building began in 1946 with just over 2,000 square feet of space. Over time, four building additions were added from 1958-1992 to improve the school as it stands today.  Northern students not only benefit from a well-maintained school building, but an excellent outdoor environment as the school is surrounded by Bemidji’s beautiful lake region.  As our mascot the Timberwolves will reveal, we are a school community built on loyalty, commitment, and family. We Howl for friendship as hard working, optimistic, wonderful learners.  Northern students are committed to being Peacemakers not Peacebreakers!

Northern Elementary serves students in K-3rd grade.  Presently, we are a three/four- section school encompassing 350 students.  We have 15 core classroom teachers, two special educators, one interventionist, along with art, music, and media specialists.  We also support the needs of our students with many dedicated paraprofessionals.  Northern students are immersed in a highly comprehensive, activity-based curriculum.  We address our curriculum through My View reading, Math Expressions, Fusions Science, and numerous other support systems. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments identify student growth to set goals.  Northern’s MCA results are reviewed annually to improve instructional practices focused on the Common Core and Minnesota Standards.  AmeriCorps offers Reading Corp tutors for individual reading instruction.  Northern Elementary is proud of our tradition of educational excellence.


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