GFW Schools

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GFW Schools
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Gibbon, MN (district office)

, Sibley, Minnesota, 55335
United States
District information
MottoFostering Lifelong Learners in a Caring Environment
SuperintendentTami Martin
SchoolsElementary (1),
Middle (1),
High (1)
NCES District ID2712580
Students and staff
Student-teacher ratio13.46
Athletic conferenceTomahawk (most sports),
Gopher Valley AA (football)
District mascotThunderbirds
ColorsRed, black, and gold
Other information
District SongNotre Dame Victory March
MDE ID2365

GFW Schools is an independent public school district in south central Minnesota. Originally formed to serve the communities of Gibbon, Fairfax and Winthrop, the district has expanded over time to encompasses large portions of other surrounding communities, including:


The district consists of three schools (one in each of the original three communities):

  • GFW Elementary School (also the district office) - K-4
  • GFW Middle School - 5–8
  • GFW High School - 9–12

School Board[edit]

The district's school board consists of six members (two from each of the three communities). The term of office is four years.

Technology Initiatives[edit]

Interactive Cable TV (ICTV) System[edit]

Launched in 1985, the Sibley County Interactive Cable TV System was a groundbreaking form of distance education using interactive television that drew national media attention. [3] [4]

iPad Initiative[edit]

Launched in 2010, the iPad Initiative made GFW one of the first schools in the nation to provide all of its high school students with iPads. Because of this, it became known as a pioneer in making the switch from physical textbooks to electronic textbooks, and consequently gained local and national press coverage. [5] [6] [7] [8]

For its trailblazing efforts, GFW was awarded the Apple Distinguished School award by Apple for the 2010-2011 school year. [9]


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  2. ^ Minnesota Public Radio (June 8, 2009). "The death of a school district". Minnesota Public Radio News. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Just The Fax". The New York Times. November 5, 1989. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fax and TV team up in remote classroom learning program". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Tanner KentFree Press Staff Writer (April 11, 2010). "GFW students to get iPads". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  7. ^ Tanner KentFree Press Staff Writer (September 16, 2010). "At GFW, it's iPads for all". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Winthrop News  March 2, 2011 Page 9". Retrieved May 20, 2016.

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