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Welcome Back to School! -
First Day of School for Students is August 13. 



Start/Dismissal Times for Schools for the 2013-14 School Year
9:05 AM - 3:55 PM 


8:40AM - 8:55 AM
OPS Students - $0.00
Adults/Visitors- $2.00

OPS Free Students - $0.00

OPS Reduce Students - $0.40

OPS Paid Students -

      Elementary - $1.45

     Secondary - $1.75

Adults/Visitors - $3.25

Daily School Schedule

8:00 A.M.    Administrators and Secretaries on duty

8:40 A.M.    Teachers on duty

8:40 A.M.    Students may enter the building through the 28th Street door

 (into the Multipurpose Room for breakfast)

8:55 A.M     Breakfast Program Ends; Warning Bell

9:05 A.M.    Tardy bell; Classes begin

11:50 A.M.  A.M. ECSE  dismissed

1:10 P.M.    P.M. ECSE begins

3:55 P.M.    Dismissal bell
(No early dismissals unless previously arranged)

4:00 P.M.    Safety Patrol off duty

4:15 P.M.    Teachers off duty

4:30 P.M.    Administrators and Secretaries off duty

Home of the Panthers!



The mission of Minne Lusa Elementary School, 

in partnership with families and community,

is to provide rigorous educational opportunities 

in a safe and secure environment.


Minne Lusa is located in the Florence area of northeastern Douglas County. Although records are somewhat limited, the earliest accounts of Minne Lusa Elementary School begin with the relocation of Fort School to our present grounds at 2728 Ida Street between 1916 and 1919. Construction of our current building began in 1922. It opened for the 1924-25 school year with 348 K-8 students.

Since its opening in 1924, Minne Lusa has shown growth in student enrollment and building size. In 1925, our stage and multi-purpose areas were added to the original structure. Four classrooms were added in 1950 to the south wing. In 1970, our kitchen facility was added next to the multi-purpose room. The building went under reconstruction during the 1995-97 school years in order to meet the needs of a growing student population. Students were transported to Westbrook School located in 1312 Robertson Drive during the reconstruction. Students and staff returned to Minne Lusa in January, 1997.

Minne Lusa's student population has grown to 450 Prekindergarten to grade 6 students.  Special education programs encourage learning disabled, mild mentally-handicapped, and behavior disordered students to participate in standard classroom lessons and activities.

Minne Lusa is reflective of a very integrated neighborhood, creating maximal opportunities for integrative school experiences. Our student body consists of White American, African American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian students. The school's socioeconomic mixture encompasses a range of low, low-middle, and middle income families. Over half of our students are eligible for free or reduced meals. 

Our alumni are proud of their time spent at Minne Lusa. Many Minne Lusa families have attended the school for two and three generations.



 We will see you back on:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:55am 


2014-2015 Schedule

*More items will be added as they come along*

New Teachers Days - July 30-August 5

Teacher Planning and Inservice Days - August 6 - 12

First day of school for students - August 13

NO SCHOOL (Labor Day) - September 1

NO SCHOOL (Curriculum Day) - September 19

NO SCHOOL (Elementary TEAM Day) - September 22

1st Quarter ends - October 17

2nd Quarter begins - October 20

Parent/Teacher Conferences (in the gym after school) - October 22

NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences)- October 23

Parent/Teacher Conferences (in the gym....starting at 12:15) - October 23

NO SCHOOL (Teacher work day)- October 24

NO SCHOOL (Teacher work day) - November 26

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break) - November 27-28

2nd Quarter ends - December 19

NO SCHOOL (Winter Recess) - December 22 - January 2

NO SCHOOL (Teacher work day) - January 5

3rd Quarter begins - January 6

NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr Day) - January 19

Early dismissal for Elementary ONLY - February 13

NO SCHOOL (President's Day) - February 16

Parent/Teacher Conferences (in the gym after school) - February 25

NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences) - February 26

Parent/Teacher Conferences (in the gym....starting at 12:15) - February 26

NO SCHOOL (Teacher work day) - February 27

NO SCHOOL (Spring Break) - March 9-13

3rd Quarter ends - March 20

4th Quarter begins - March 23

NO SCHOOL (Elementary TEAM Day) - April 24

NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day) - April 27




District Calendar

School Calendar for 2014-2015