Empowering Students

As an educational system, preparing students to be successful and independent after high school is at the forefront of our focus. Empowering students to be productive young adults goes far beyond the classroom; it is a collective effort that involves educators, parents, students and the community at large. It is about recognizing the unique abilities, strengths and potential that each student possesses.

Supporting students to reach their full potential looks different for everyone. Students may need individualized and unique support to achieve independence. Sometimes this comes in the form of paraprofessionals or teachers and sometimes it’s from their peers. There are many extraordinary and empowering ways that I’ve seen peers support each other over the years throughout Annandale Public Schools. At the elementary level, we’ve had parents and teachers read ‘About Me’ stories to educate classmates about a particular student’s disability and/or unique medical needs. When students know more about their peers, they embrace their differences and seek out what they have in common. As students get older, they are empowered and encouraged to take the lead in educating their peers about their unique needs. A few weeks ago, a student at the high school set up a booth to educate his peers about ‘White Cane Awareness Day’. He handed out pens that he had made to look like white canes and he described to his peers and staff how he uses his white cane to safely navigate his environment. There were lines of students outside his booth, wanting to learn more. It was so inspiring to see him talk to his peers about being blind and using a cane. He was so proud of himself and his peers were engaged in learning more about him. Click here to continue reading.







Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, November 7 - No School: Staff Development Day
  • Wednesday, November 8 - AES Book Fair
  • Thursday, November 9 - AES Book Fair
  • Monday, November 13 - AMS After the Bell Starts
  • Monday, November 13 - AHS Parent Advisory Council
  • Monday, November 13 - AHS Band Concert
  • Thursday, November 16 - AES All Pro Dads
  • Friday, November 17 - AHS Fall Play
  • Friday, November 17 - Early Childhood Screening
  • Saturday, November 18 - AHS Fall Play
  • Thursday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 27 - Safe Communities of Wright County
  • Monday, November 27 - School Board Meeting
  • Monday, December 4 - 7th/8th Grade Conferences
  • Monday, December 4 - AHS Choir Concert
  • Tuesday, December 5 - AMS Choir Concert
  • Wednesday, December 6 - AES Unity Day
  • Wednesday, December 6 - Cardinal Buddies Starts

Community Education

Annandale Community Education provides opportunities for our communities and surrounding areas! Find something that suits you by browsing our online catalog of classes, camps, trips, and more!

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Frosty the Snowman & Cupcakes Family Night

Wednesday, December 6

From 6-7:15PM


Grab the whole family and join KidzArt for a fun family painting event. Everyone will create their own painting of a snowman on an 11" x 14" stretched canvas. Enjoy a delicious cupcake while your painting dries. All supplies and food are included in the fee. Fee is per person. Registration Deadline: November 30th. Click here to register!

Resource Training and Solutions will host the 13th Annual Educational Support Staff (ESS) Banquet and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center to recognize educational support staff in our region.  

Our district will be recognizing four staff members who go above and beyond, create a positive learning environment, and demonstrate a strong work-ethic and conscientious attitude each and every day. Please help us congratulate this year's winners;

  • Katie Stewart, Custodian at AES
  • Laura Dolan, Special Education Paraprofessional at AES
  • Sarah Mjelde, Administrative Assistant at AMS
  • Rita Moravec, Administrative Assistant at AHS

Congratulations to our recipients!

Annandale Elementary News

Reading is for Everyone! AES Hosts Book Fair

We are having a book fair at Annandale Elementary School which will be open for families during AES Conferences on November 2 & 9 from 3:00-7:00PM and November 8 from 3:00-5:45PM. Can't make it to the fair? Shop online! All orders ship to your home and book-only orders of $25+ ship free. At the book fair, customers will have the opportunity to round up their total to donate for local students to receive a free book.

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Our elementary Physical Education classes have been having a blast with a variety of different units. Pictured Below: Two students building a tower before they use their skills with a frisbee to knock it down and two students enjoying a Glow Party with games!

This year's Vocabulary Parade was a big success! Students in the second grade have the opportunity to choose a vocabulary word and then come dressed as that word. Our students are always very excited to show their creativity to the rest of the school in the Vocabulary Parade through the elementary halls. Pictured Below: Two of our second grade classes in their vocab costumes.

Through the generosity of volunteers, Cardinal Cruisers has been able to provide students in the Annandale area the chance to try out this wonderful sport that many would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. Cardinal Cruisers is offered to all children from 1st Grade - 12th Grade. Many continue to improve their skiing or snowboarding skills at Powder Ridge and other resorts throughout the world...even competitively, as well as continue to enjoy this sport for many years to come. We are happy to share this experience with your children. Club will meet for six Mondays starting on December 4th - Monday, January 22nd with a bonus night on Monday, January 29th.


December 2, 2023

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Middle School Minutes

On Friday, October 27, we held our October Cardinal Cash Assembly. Our hoodie winners were:

  • Grady Allerson (6th Grade) who was recognized by Mrs. Schulte for helping a classmate carry his things to class when they were on crutches.
  • Emily Smith (7th Grade) who was recognized by Ms. Schindele for helping set up the A gym for conferences.
  • Nathan Marquette (8th Grade) who was recognized by Mr. Schlafke for working hard in the fitness center.

Help us reach our goal of 1,800 items!

Students can bring in full-sized non-perishable food items to their SSR or homeroom until November 10th. There is a high need for these specific items at our our food shelf: Ramen Noodles, egg noodles, crackers, pancake mix, syrup, baking soda, granola bars, peanut butter, juice, baked beans, jam and jelly. A prize will be given to the class that donates the most!

High School Happenings

Graduation caps, gowns and tassels

Class of 2024 - it's time to order your caps, gowns and tassels. Use this link to be redirected to the Jostens website. Scroll past the announcements and apparel. Select the Cap and Gown package that costs $0.00. The package does include a tassel and it is FREE for our Annandale Seniors! All caps and gowns will be delivered to AHS at the end of April for distribution. Anything you order above the cap and gown package will be added to the order total and is your responsibility. Those items will be sent to your home in a timely manner. Orders are due December 4th.

Congratulations to the Seniors of the Week... Dale Schmidt and Hayven Linn were chosen because they have what it takes to be a Senior of the Week -- a good work ethic, a super attitude and BIG Cardinal spirit! What do you get for being Senior of the Week? The prime, upfront, BEST parking places!

Pictured: AHS October Students of the Month!

Cardinal Activities

A little over 9 days ago I remember being on the phone with Mr. Keenan at St. Cloud Cathedral asking to move our section semi-final game to 5pm so our cheer team could be at the game after their regional competition. He was kind enough to agree and that was the start of what was about to be one of the most exciting weeks I can remember.  

On Thursday we had "prime running weather" as many of the cross country runners told me. I would say anything below 60 is not prime for anything, but I will defer to the experts. The course at Collinwood did not disappoint where you actually do run up hill both ways at both the start and the finish. It was amazing to watch Sal Wirth claim the section title and 4 other Cardinals claim state tournament tickets. 


Saturday morning started with anxious excitement as our competition cheer team, which had been working toward this moment for the past 18 months, was set to travel to Minnetonka to compete in the UCA Thousand Lakes Region Competition. They went into the competition and not only qualified, but won the whole thing and will compete at nationals in Florida this February. The group then true to form came back and led a youth cheer performance and made it back for the game. 

Moving onto the game against Cathedral, the last at Cardinal Stadium for our seniors, was another stepping stone on a collision course with Foley for a section championship.  The Cardinals put on a show defeating Cathedral 48-8 to move to 9-0 on the season.

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Congratulations to our last Cardinal of the Week for October,

Livvy Sylvester (Theater)!

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