Looking Back (and Ahead)



The 2015-16 school year was a success by many accounts.  Northome School was named a Bronze Medal School by the US News and World Report, and we earned the distinction of being named a Celebration School by the Minnesota Department of Education! 

Other highlights include:
  • The K-6 grade Staff put in many hours of training and work to implement the new Daily 5 literacy program
  • Implementing a new cafeteria line strategy to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables.  A special thank you to the kitchen staff for their work during the transition period.
  • Two successful PBIS school activities which included a Winter Activity Day for both HS and Elem students, just before the holiday break, and a school-wide kickball tournament with teams from grades 7-12 and the staff.  The elementary classes served as the cheerleading squads for their respective teams.
  • We saw Mr. Pink and Mrs. Cribb move on to their retirement lives, and we wish them many years of relaxation; they've earned it!
  • Lastly, we had a graduating class of 13 take their place amongst the Mustang Alumni.  We wish them the best as they move on.
With the year wrapped up, our focus shifts toward the 2016-17 school year.  If you have any questions moving forward, feel free to contact the office Monday through Thursday.  

If you're looking at moving into the area or if you are interested in enrolling a child into Northome School, please feel free to give me a call; I'd be happy to speak with you.


About Mr. Wheatley

I am beginning my second year as the principal of Northome School.  

I was raised near Grafton, Ohio and moved to Cokato, Minnesota as a nineteen-year-old.  in 2003, I returned to college and graduated from St. Cloud State University, graduating in 2005.  I later obtained both my master's degree and my K-12 principal license from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

In 2005, I was hired by the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative was where I taught Language Arts to at-risk youth.  During that time I was also a football coach for eight seasons ('04-'11) and served as the Union President ('08-'15).

My wife (Heather) and I have been married for almost 19 years, and we have a son (Trent) who will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University, in the fall.

Interests:  College and professional football, cooking, traveling, videogames, learning how to do handyman projects around the house, and fishing.

Contact: Mr. Judd Wheatley
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