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July 15, 2019

6/19/2019 3:13:00 PM
Windom will forever hold a place in my heart

Many of you know that this spring I accepted a high school principal position in my hometown of Fairmont.
As I enter my final days in Windom as the grades 7-12 principal, I find myself with a mixture of emotions. I am excited for the opportunity to be the principal in the school district where I graduated from high school, yet saddened by the thought of my time in Windom coming to a close. It is hard to believe that six years have come and gone so quickly.
There are so many things that we have accomplished over the past six years. This is in large part due to the hard work of our amazing high school staff.
A few weeks ago, as we prepared for the class of 2019 graduation ceremony, I took time to reflect on some of the memorable things that we have accomplished.
• We expanded our college in the schools course offerings to 48 credits that students earn from our teachers, right in our building.
• We brought in 1-to-1 technology with every student having an iPad in their hands at school and at home throughout the school year.
• We developed a comprehensive list of course offerings that I am excited for our students to explore.
• We implemented Career Pathways programming that will identify students' potential career interests as a freshman and guide them through a series of courses within that pathway through their high school years.
• We researched and designed a career and technical education center addition that will be added to the school and will open in the fall of 2020.
• We worked hard to educate students about great career opportunities within the Windom community.
• We partnered with local employers to develop work-based learning opportunities for students.
• We developed a block schedule that will provide students with longer periods of learning in their classes, compliment CTE programming and prepare students for a schedule similar to what they will see in college. All this and much more has been accomplished due to tremendous support of Windom's students, staff and community.
Working in Windom has been a great experience and there are many people who have influenced my life in such positive ways. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I genuinely believe the Windom school district has made me a better administrator and person. Windom will forever hold a place in my heart. I wish you all the best of luck!

For the past six years, Jake Tietje served as grade 7-12 principal for the Windom School District. He has accepted a position with the Fairmont School District.

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