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Communications & Involvement

Communications Department

The Wayzata Public Schools Communication department coordinates a number of internal and external communication efforts for the district, including news releases, publications, website and information requests, and the ED's TV West Metro Educational Cable Channel. The Communication department also acts as a resource for district staff, offering assistance with writing, publication design, photography and on any other projects as necessary.

Media Information

This page is a resource for local media and contains PDFs with contact information for district officials, directions to the district’s buildings, history and facts about the district and the mission and goals of Wayzata Public Schools. Also on this page are links to print-quality images of the district’s school board members and superintendent.

Realtor Information

Wayzata Public Schools serves all or portions of eight west suburban municipalities (Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata) and covers 38 square miles. The District extends north and east from Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka and lies approximately eight miles west of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

 You may now find out the school attendance area assigned to your address online.

School attendance boundaries may be adjusted yearly as needed.
 Note: Bus stops and maps of bus stops are not available online. Bus stop information for all registered students is mailed in mid-August. For further information, contact the transportation office at 763-745-5195. 


  • Volunteers

    For over 40 years, volunteers have been a valued resource in the Wayzata Public Schools. They have been, and continue to be, an integral part of the K - 12 program.
    District administration and teaching staff have encouraged volunteer service among its residents and businesses. Opportunities range from reading aloud to students to one-on-one tutoring.
    Q: How do I get involved?
    A: The Wayzata Public Schools offer a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Contact Charlene Barghini to determine your specific area of interest.
    Q: How do I get involved at my child’s school?
    A: Go to your specific school’s web page for volunteer information. Volunteer programs can be found under Getting Involved.

    Q: Do I have to fill out a background check form?
    A: Certain volunteer assignments require checks to be completed. You will be asked to fill out a form if needed.

    Q: If I don’t have a child attending a Wayzata Public School, how do I get involved?
    A: We welcome community and business members to volunteer.

    Call Charlene Barghini 763-745-5045 or
  • Volunteer Guidelines and Background Check Form

  • School Volunteer Sign-up Forms

  • Partners in Art

    Partners in Art is an art appreciation program where volunteers share works of art with elementary students at our schools.
    The 2016-2017 school year's program is Famous Artists with Michelangelo Buonarotti, Georgia, O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Vincent Van Gogh.
    For more information, contact the Partners in Art Coordinator at each school or Charlene Barghini at or 763-745-5045.
  • Liaison Committee

    The District Liaison Committee meets monthly and includes representatives from all of the district’s PTA/PTSOs, the School Board, the Communities in Collaboration Council, the Family Learning Center, other district committees and community education as well as the superintendent and director of communication.
    The purpose of this committee is to promote an atmosphere of understanding and cooperation among its represented groups who act as a communication link for the effective sharing of information.
  • Literacy Program

    The Literacy Volunteer Program is a reading program that focuses improving the reading skills of struggling readers in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. The purpose is to improve literacy skills to ensure that all elementary students in the District are successful learners. Specific reading resources and an easy curriculum will be provided.
    The program runs from October to May. Community volunteers come into the schools and meet weekly or semi-weekly with an assigned student for one half hour. Students read to the volunteers following a curriculum designed by the district’s reading specialist using books specifically for the program. In addition to improved reading skills, strong relationships are forged between the student and the volunteer.
    Making a difference. Become a Literacy volunteer!
    Interested? Questions? Contact Charlene Barghini, Volunteer Coordinator, Wayzata Public Schools 763-745-5045 or
  • Volunteer to Tutor Adults

    Are you interested in working with adults 16-years and older? Currently adults are seeking help to improve their English and literacy skills to meet the requirements needed to be self-sufficient in English, obtain employment, improve employment opportunities or meet requirements to enter post-secondary education or training. Help is also needed with reading, writing , math and other GED subjects to help students pass the GED test.
    Experience the rewards of tutoring adults. Your involvement will make a difference in someone’s life.
    Training for English and literacy skills is offered in the early fall or throughout the year at the Minnesota Literacy Council.

Social Media Guidelines

Wayzata Public Schools uses social media as a supplement to existing communication tools. District social media channels include Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Flickr. Staff and community members are asked to follow District guidelines.
Amy Parnell, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Amy Parnell
Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Andrew Hagen, Communications Specialist
Andrew A. Hagen
Communication Specialist

Charlene Barghini, Volunteer Coordinator
Charlene Barghini
Volunteer Coordinator
Colleen Weir, Volunteer Coordinator Paraprofessional
Colleen Weir
Volunteer Coordinator Paraprofessional
Margy Herbert, Partners for Healthy Kids Coordinator
Margy Herbert
Partners for Healthy Kids Coordinator
Dave Carlson, Video Communications Coordinator
Dave Carlson
Video Communications Coordinator