General Announcements

Please visit our home page and Refer to the link titled “MNCS COVID 19 Response and Updates”to give guidance and information.

Student/Staff Expectations for Distance Learning MNCS Distance Learning Procedures (Combined)

An MNCS senior is researching how social media impacts people’s lives. She created a survey to gather information about how people use social media and what they think about it. Please complete the survey  by April  15th.
Pictures/Selfies – MNCS Outreach Team wants to hear and see how Distance Learning is going! Tell us your story, helpful hints, ect. so we can share them with others.  These pictures may be shared in our yearbook, Facebook page, Instagram (#MNCS2020) lets share what is working for you! Send your photos and/or stories to Joan or Jennifer

Student Announcements

Links for Distant Learning Projects at High School: Click Here

Student Congress on Thursday April, 2 at 1 pm
We will plan on meeting on Thursday at 1 pm and set a meeting time going forward. Log in and check out student government in a distance learning environment.

High School Student HELPER WANTED – The MNCS Connections Team is seeking a creative and tech-savvy student to compile a short video of cutest moments from elementary morning meetings.  Student will either attend and record the Morning Meetings, or receive a recording. Unique and fun way to earn credit and make something amusing for all to see. If interested, contact David Rice

Art & Shop Please E-mail Jake if you have a shop or art projects and we can add you to our google classroom for project ideas and you will be invited to “shop talk” and “art critiques” chat rooms!

 The Reading Team is accepting all writing prompts, even the ones you may have missed until May 4th. If you are interested in that credit, please do the following:
1) Contact your advisor to find out what prompts you are missing and receive electronic copies.
2) Write them.
3) Use the spell and grammar check feature offered to you under “tools” in your Google Docs.
4) Email the rough drafts to Jennifer at
She will be using Google “suggest” so you will still receive the same high quality line edits you have come to appreciate. If you complete all 5 papers, you will still receive .5 credit. If you have any other questions, please contact Jenn at the email above.

Want to join this book group? Watch the video to make sure and send Jenn an email at to be added to the class. If you complete all the options available, this book group will be worth .35 credit (including a little social studies for those in 9th thru 12th grade.) Don’t worry about finding a copy, I have scanned it all in and it will be provided for you. You will be able to read it from your computer, or print it at home if you prefer. Just make sure you clear that with your parents first, though. It will eventually amount to the whole novel. This book group will begin on Monday, April 6th and will run Monday thru Friday. The book does contain adult themes and is more appropriate for a high school student. Parents of middle schoolers will have to connect with Jenn through email or phone to give their student permission.
Here’s a chance to share a book you’ve read and loved with fellow students.  Fill out this MNCS Student Book Review google form and receive .05 extra credit.
If you went to “Twelfth Night” at the Guthrie, please take this survey and get your reflections to Jenn for credit.

If you went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, please take this survey  and get your reflections turned into Jake for credit.

Wellness Activities:

Tea Time with Joan and Nancy and whomever else would like to crash the party, ALL ARE WELCOME. This will be a weekly gathering (Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.) You will be able to chit chat with friends or just relax and unwind (each week will be different) BYOC & S (bring your own Cup and Saucer) & BYOT (Bring your own Tea). Google Meet
Yoga with Jenny – I recorded this yoga video for Wellness time. I know there are a lot of yoga videos out there on the web, but I thought I’d personalize it for those of you who were coming to yoga everyday (Diann!) so you could continue to attend yoga with me! It’s imperfect, but it’s real!

Career and College Information

Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college courses at eligible participating post-secondary institutions.


For more information about PSEO and College and Career Planning, follow the links below or email Nichole Kotasek (the MNCS PSEO coordinator –


Experience Days

Experience Day Ideas??
Do you have any ideas for upcoming experience Fridays or experience weeks? Please submit any ideas for activities and field trips here, we need student and parent input!

Fundraiser Events

Stay Tuned for more information on this event!


Other Information

Minnesota New Country School in Henderson has been awarded $4000 to provide students with eight arts and cultural related field trips during the grant period that runs from September 2019- June 2020. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Some of the trips that are planned include: Park Square Theater in St Paul, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Guthrie Theater to see “Twelfth Night”, The Children’s Theater to see “Cinderella”, Stages Theater to see “Elf” ,The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a South Central Minnesota Gallery Tour. Thanks Jake for applying for this grant!
If you are interested in participating in the MNCS Backpack Food Program it is available for students. Here is a link to the letter for more information.  Backpack letter to parents (1)  Please email Kelly Brancamp with any questions or to get your child signed up:
Henderson Area Food Share – Is a group of community members is sponsoring a produce distribution for area community members and even outside of the community. Located at Minnesota New Country High School. Distribution will take place every “THIRD” Thursday of the month, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The income guidelines to qualify are as followed, but we do not intend further inquiries for financial statue, and will go based upon the honor system.
Family size Annual income:
One $0-$24,120
Two $24,121-$32,480
Three $32,481-$40,840
Four $40,841-$49,200
Five $49,201-$57,560
Six $57,561 -$65,920
Seven $65,921-$74,280
If you are interested in a volunteering, or giving a monetary donation contact Deb Meyer 507-248-3594.
Honeywell Instant Alert System This is Our Instant Alert System that we use to notify you via phone, text e-mail etc… of school closings due to weather.   If you have not set up a profile – see this link for details : Honeywell Instant Alert – Instructions for Parents  If you have any questions please contact Anthony Sonnek:


MNCS High School Calendar 2019-2020

MNCS Elementary Calendar 2019-2020

2019-2020 MNCS Handbook- Calendar


2019-2020 BUS SCHEDULES:

Trailblazer-Bus Schedule 19-20

Palmer Bus Schedule 19-20

Early Release Palmer Bus Schedule 19-20

Early Release Trailblazer Schedule 2019-20 – MNCS Times

MNCS High School School General Supply List:  MNCS School Supplies – High School


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