Wahpeton Elementary » Welcome


Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

My name is Jake Dodge and I am the 1st through 5th-grade Principal at Wahpeton Elementary School.  Our school consists of over 70 faculty and staff and 450 students.
We are a Schoolwide Title I School which allows us to receive Federal dollars to help support the needs of our students.  Over the past four years we have made significant changes to help our students learn.  A few of the changes include:
     Ipads for all students in grades 1st and 2nd
     Laptops for students in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th
     Classroom amplification Systems (Surround Sound) for all regular education classrooms
     1.2 million dollar Literacy Grant to make systematic change to our literacy initiative
     Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) to help all student become successful 
     A focus on student learning and grade level standards to drive instruction
     Our Peer Ambassador Program that grows future leaders
     Low class sizes ranging from 17 - 22 students in a classroom
     Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum
     Greater Math Grant implementation
I am grateful for the hard work our faculty and staff put in to make sure all students received a great education while taking care of individual student needs throughout the year. 
Our theme is HOWLing Huskies (Helping Others While Learning).  We incorporate this theme into our academics and the social part of our day as well.  Come join us!  This is a great place to be!  If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 701.642.8328.

Jake Dodge

Wahpeton Elementary Principal
(701) 642-8328



Our Mission

“Inspiring learners to be successful in a changing world.”


Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve success through student-centered learning supported by positive relationships with students, staff, parents, school, and community.  We will accomplish this by focusing on:

  • 21st Century Skills (4C,s) Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication
  • Co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities
  • Learning enriched with technology
  • Ensuring high performing faculty and staff

We will be an exceptional school district which provides opportunities for all students to achieve high levels of success while being contributing members of our society.


Our Values

The Wahpeton Public School District values:                  




Our Strategic Focus

The Wahpeton Public Schools will achieve its mission, vision, and values through the fulfillment of its Strategic Plan.  The following strategic initiatives, goals and objectives will guide our efforts as we are “Inspiring learners to be successful in a changing world.”


  1.             Academic Engagement
  2.             School Climate and Culture

              III.            Resource Management and Planning

  1.         Continuous Improvement and Accountability