New York Mills ISD #553

Preparing Students for Life



  • Eighth grade learns about Holocaust through survivors

    As part of four-week study on the Holocaust, New York Mills eighth grade students in Rachel Dockter’s and Nikki Braaten’s classes spent Friday afternoon listening to a special presentation by a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, Elisa Korentayer. Originally from New York City, Elisa moved to NY Mills several years ago when she married a NY Mills man. This is Elisa’s third time sharing her story of survival with NY Mills students. Her grandparents and father avoided the death camps by fleeing to Russia where they spent the war in a slightly better situation—in one of Josef Stalin’s labor camps. Elisa also shared the story of how her aunt and uncle survived the war right under the Germans’ noses by pretending to be Catholic. This special presentation wrapped up the Holocaust unit for eighth grade students. Throughout the past six weeks, NY Mills students read the “Diary of Anne Frank” and then completed an in-depth research project. Each student chose one survivor interview that have been recorded and stored on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website ( Following this research, students compiled a poster board sharing information they learned from the interview.

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  • Future kindergarten students meet at information night

    On March 15, 35 members of next year’s kindergarten class met at the school for Kindergarten Information Night. While parents filled out registration forms and attended an informational meeting in the auditorium, pre-kindergarten teachers Kendra Geiser and Dinee Dykhoff brought the future Eagles to the kindergarten classrooms for some special activities. They read a letter from current kindergarteners that explained some of the concepts they will learn next year, before enjoying some free time where they could play with building blocks and other toys. Future students also took a school tour, where they saw the computer lab, nurse’s office, music room and other places in the school they will utilize next year. If you have a future kindergarten student and you missed the information night, please contact Mary Hendrickx ( in the elementary office for registration information.

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  • Kindergarten host Donuts with Dad

    New York Mills kindergarten students shared donuts with the men in their lives this afternoon (March 16). A longstanding tradition, Donuts with Dad is held each spring in the NY Mills kindergarten classrooms. Dads, grandpas and big brothers joined their kindergarten students for an afternoon of art projects, playing games and, of course, eating donuts. It means the world to the kindergarten students when their special guest takes time out of their busy day to join their kindergartner at school!

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