Forest Lake Area Schools - Independent School District 831

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Central Montessori Elementary Named Minnesota School of Excellence

Central Montessori Elementary in Forest Lake became the first Montessori school to be names a Minnesota School of Excellence, according to an announcement Friday from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA).  Click the link below to read the news release.



CME names MESPA School of Excellence

The MCA’s (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) in Reading, Math, and Science (5th grade only) will be given to students over the next few weeks.  The purpose of these tests is to assess students in core areas in an effort to measure the effectiveness of existing school programs. All students in grades 3-6th are required to take the assessment tests.

This year all testing will be done online. It is important to remember that the MCA’s are not pass/fail tests for students.  The tests are intended to measure the effectiveness of existing school programs.  The results will not negatively affect a particular student. While this is true, Federal Legislation (No Child Left Behind) mandates that schools perform well on these types of tests or there are serious negative consequences for the school. It is vital that students attend school on the appropriate date and put forth their best effort.  Student absences count against schools and once again may result in serious negative consequences for the school.  Data gathered from these tests may also assist you and your student in identifying strength and work areas.







Tuesday, April 21 at 8:30



Thursday, April 23 at 8:30



Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00



Thursday, April 30 at 9:30

5th Grade


Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00

If your student is testing in a small group, you will be notified of dates and times by their teacher.


Please encourage your student to do the following:

  • Take the test seriously and do their best
  • Get a good night’s rest prior to the tests
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the tests
  • Be to school on time as teachers will lead test prep activities before each test

    If you have questions or concerns regarding the MCA Tests, please contact Leah Tanke, School Counselor at 651.982.8348 or  


Starting this year, all non-district flyers except those from each elementary school's PTA, PTO or PTSA will be posted to the school district web site. The following opportunities are already posted: Boy ScoutsGirl Scouts and FL Dance Team Lil' Kickers Clinic. You may access these opportunities at this link on the district web site: 
Other non-district flyers will be posted on the following dates: Sept. 10, Nov. 5, Jan. 14, Mar. 18 and May 20. School district information will continue to come home in the school Friday Folders and our school's PTA, PTO or PTSA information will be posted on our school's web site as often as needed. If you have any questions about non-district flyers, please contact Patty at 982-8120.


Upcoming Events

April 21 - 3rd grade MCA for Math

April 22 - 4,5,6 MCA for Math

April 23 - 3rd grade MCA for Reading

April 30 - 4,5,6 MCA for Reading

May 1 - Character Rodeo

May 1 - Art Expo

May 7 - 5th grade MCA for Science

May 7 - Family Engineering Night STEM Event sponsored by CME PTSA and the Science Museum of MN


Friday Focus


Fridays are College T-shirt/Sweatshirt days!

Safe Routes to School Parent Survey

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'




Latest News

Accepting New Students!

We are still accepting students for the current and upcoming school year. Call the main office at (651) 982-3170 for info.


Contact us by FAX at (651) 982-3172



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