Jefferson Elementary

318 Payne St. S, New Ulm, MN 56073
v: 507-359-8460 • f: 507-359-3728
Attendance Line: 507-359-8460
Building Home • Staff

Washington Elementary

910 14th St. N, New Ulm, MN 56073
v: 507-359-8490 | f: 507-359-1329
Attendance Line: 507-359-8490
Building Home • Staff

High School

414 Payne St. S, New Ulm, MN 56073
507-359-8420 | 507-359-8480
Attendance Line: 507-359-8420
Building Home • Staff

Welcome to New Ulm Public Schools – home of the Eagles!

The board of Education has prepared a strategic plan designed to provide direction, resources and priorities on what we value the most – the student.


Preparing all of our students to be successful in a 21st Century World.


To create a regional center of academic and social excellence for all children that includes:

  • Challenging and engaging academic programs for each student
  • Learning opportunities for all children from birth to post high school
  • Teaching every child as a whole child
  • Integrating technology with instruction to provide opportunities for individuals
  • Providing safe and modern facilities that meet our student and community needs
  • Collaboration with community organizations and civic groups
  • Encouraging appropriate parent engagement in their child’s educational program


  1. Update our facilities to meet current and future program needs
  2. Develop innovative academic programs
  3. Provide a systematic Intervention program

We welcome you to New Ulm and are here to serve you. Please contact us anytime with questions or comments.


Jeff Bertrang

Town Hall Meeting, Nov. 06

Town Hall Meeting

The District 88 School Board invites you to a town hall meeting on Thursday, November 6, 5:00 PM, in the DAC Boardroom (15 N State St.).

The board would like to hear from community members, parents and staff on their thoughts about the following topics:

  • District Programs
  • Community Needs
  • Parent Needs
  • Facilities

New Teaching Staff 2014

Please welcome the following new teaching staff to New Ulm Public Schools!

New Teaching Staff 2014

Thomas Chute, New Ulm High School, Ag/Ind. Tech Teacher
Jessica Forstner, Jefferson, Counselor
Candice Stadick, Jefferson, Grade 3 Teacher
Denise Seabarkrob, New Ulm High School, LD Teacher
Kayla Sandersfeld, New Ulm High School, Counselor
Gretchen Lilly, Cathedral High School/St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Counselor
Sara DeBoer, New Ulm High School, Math Teacher
Lisa Seiler, Jefferson, .5 ECSE Teacher
Gwen Jacobs, Jefferson, Kindergarten Teacher

Bobbi Teske, Jefferson, Grade 3 Teacher
Kelsey Kuiper, Jefferson, DCD Teacher
Stephanie Kruggel, Jefferson, Grade 3 Teacher
Kelsey Bussler, Jefferson, LD Teacher
Katelyn Spooner, New Ulm High School, FACS Teacher
Kiersten Swenson, Jefferson, Grade 2 Teacher
Jenna Helget, Washington, Counselor
Sara Gabrielson, DAC, Instructional and Data Coach
Michelle Gag, Washginton, Grade 5 Teacher

Not Present: Jan Keaveny, DAC, District Intervention Specialist

Referendum Passes

We are humbled by the community support of the school district building referendum. While not everyone supported the referendum, we know that this project is necessary to provide space for academics, athletics, physical education and performing arts. Our job continues to focus on educating people on the needs of our students, programs and the community.

This work didn’t come easy. A school belongs to the community. There were many parents, community members and business owners who worked tirelessly to promote and support the referendum. The school board is indebted to the work of these people and for their support of our educational programs.

Over the next several weeks we will work with our construction planning team to draft up a calendar, task list and committee work. We will ask community members, parents, staff and students to participate on committees to help design facilities that will meet our needs and be something we can all be proud of. There are many important tasks to complete with a building project of this magnitude.

Again, we thank the community for their support. We will continue to keep the public informed as to our plans and ask for feedback and input along the way.

Horace Mann & Fund Jefferson Elementary Project

Horace Mann donates more than $15,000 to help fund projects including projects at Jefferson Elementary School and Sleepy Eye Public Schools

PHOENIX, Ariz. (July 24, 2014) –The Horace Mann Companies donated more than $15,000 at its annual agent training conference to help fund more than 36 projects. Literacy coach Cyndi Jakel from Jefferson Elementary School in New Ulm, Minnesota, will soon receive some storage bins for books. Jakel needs the bins to organize the books she received from another fully funded project. Horace Mann agent Don Wendel also gave to that project, which requested multiple copies of eight different book titles.

“Having an organized and efficient system to get books into the hands of students is a powerful tool to help them take ownership of their learning, “says Jakel. “This organized book room will not only help students read more, but also give teachers access to the resources needed to help individualize instruction for their students.” read more…

Emergency Messenger Notification

Effective January 1st, New Ulm Public Schools will be transitioning to the CAMPUS messenger system.
With the transition to CAMPUS Messenger, you will have the ability to select how you want to be contacted (ie: home phone, cell phone, work phone, text, email) and for what purpose download (598K) PDF.

If you need to update a phone number or email address, please contact the school office your child attends so they can make the necessary changes.