Lake Nokomis Community School

The mission of Lake Nokomis Community School is to empower every student to learn and grow every day. We represent diverse cultures and experiences which allows for instruction in the meaning and value of community and the importance of life long learning. We are nurturing great potential every day!


Our school community is housed on two campuses southeast of Lake Nokomis: Wenonah for Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Keewaydin for grades 3-8. We celebrate our neighborhood school culture and like to be known as a big city school with a small town heart.

Letter from Associate Superintendent

Dear Keewaydin community,

It is with great pleasure I announce LaShawn Ray as the next principal of Lake Nokomis Keewaydin. Principal Ray most recently has been the principal of John Palmer K-8 school in Chicago. While there, the school has seen a dramatic increase in student learning along with a significant improvement in creating a positive school climate. Prior to serving as a principal in Chicago, Principal Ray was an assistant principal of Marcy Open here in Minneapolis. He also served for the Rochester Public Schools and St. Cloud School District.

Letter from Associate Superintendent

Journey of the Ducklings

Every spring a family of mallard ducks sets up housekeeping in the Keewaydin School courtyard. When the ducklings are old enough, they make the long journey to Lake Nokomis. Here is a video of that journey, from May 2016.

Student Survey

The Keewaydin SCREAM team wants to know more about your experience at school and relationship with teachers. We will share the results of this survey with district leaders next week, and with Principal Spriggs before the end of the school year. Your feedback will help us make recommendations to improve our school. Please fill out the Keewaydin Survey.

Survey input needed

We’re doing our annual review of the middle school sports program and we’d like to get your input. Please complete this short survey.

New Parking Ordinances for Wenonah Campus

In response to safety concerns and changes in city parking ordinances, the east (odd) side of 23rd Avenue in front of the school's main entrance is being turned into a curb-side drop off only zone. No parking will be allowed on that side of the street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For parking, please use the west (even) side of 23rd Avenue or the South Parking Lot. You can also use the North Parking Lot, but be aware that the entrance/exit to that lot will be closed from 3:45-4:05 p.m. each day. If you park in that lot your car will be blocked in during that time.

These changes take effect immediately, we asked the city to not hand out citations until the Week of April 18th to allow families to get used to the new parking rules. 

All families are asked to click this map to see complete details about our new parking plan.


We cannot select the best person to lead your school without your perspective and participation.  


Update your School Communications Preferences

See instructions to update your contact information or add family members for school messages. (Don’t be scared off by the long instructions. They are mostly pictures and it only takes 5 minutes! And please ignore the follow up email you will receive that asks you to verify your account again.) You will need your student’s ID number, which you can get from their bus tag or by calling their school’s office.

Progress Reports - Grades 6-8

Student progress reports for grades 6-8 will go home with students every few weeks - September 17, October 8, November 19, December 10, February 4 and 25, March 17, April 21, May 12.

Kids Present Friday Announcements!

Listen here to this Friday morning's announcements- presented by Wenonah students- the best podcast you will hear all week.