Monday, December 15, 2014

Week of December 15th

Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
12/16 - Army @ 1:00

Happenings
Hard to believe but there are only 15 instructional days left before the end of the first semester!  Be sure to check in with your students and check Infinite Campus as well.  Final exams will be held on January 15 and 16, 2015.  More information including the exam schedule will be shared in the near future.

This is the fourth year for the Knowledge Bowl program at West and it is rapidly becoming a popular activity for student participation.  Four years ago, the first year of KB, West had 20 students involved.  This year, 60 students, grades 9-12, are participating in KB.  The first year West just missed sending a team into the state competition. The last two years West has sent a team to state.  They are hoping they may be able to send two teams this year.

Students form into teams of five.  Then the teams compete in one written round and three oral rounds of competition in this interdisciplinary event requiring quick recall and teamwork. It works a lot like a team version of Jeopardy. A team will buzz in and then they have 15 seconds to answer the question.  Teams participate in invitational, sub-regional, regional and (Sr. High only) state events.

To give you a little bit of a taste of what KB is like here are a few questions that are read to the students during the oral rounds:  (answers are listed after the Home Events section)
  1. What opera by Richard Wagner tells of a cursed sea captain who is doomed to sail forever unless he finds a wife who will be true to him?
  2. What kind of function is the inverse of an exponential function?
  3. What word that shares a root with “fortunate” means “accidental”?


Home events for the week of Dec. 8th - Dec.13th

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Girls “9A” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ DMMS gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ West gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ West gym 7:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Girls “Varsity” Hockey v. Faribault  @ All Season Arena 5:30pm
Boys “JV” Wrestling v. Mankato East @ West gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Wrestling v. Mankato East @ West gym 7:00pm

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 7:30pm



Answers to the KB questions:
1: The Flying Duchman
2: a logarithm (or logarithmic function)
3: fortuitous

Monday, December 8, 2014

Home Events Week of December 8 - December 13

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Holiday Concert West Auditorium 7:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Boys “JV” Hockey game v. Northfield @ All Seasons Arena 5:30pm                     
Boys “Varsity” Hockey game v. Northfield @ All Season Arena 7:30pm
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Century @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Century @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Century @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Century @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Century @ West Gym 7:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Boys “JV” Hockey game v. LSHStP  @ All Season Arena 5:30pm
Boys “Varsity” Hockey game v. LSHStP  @ All Season Arena 7:30pm
Girls “9A” Basketball game v. Willmar @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball game v. Willmar @ West Gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Willmar @ West Gym 7:30pm
Gymnastics v. Austin & East (hosted by East) 6:30pm

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Red Wing @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Red Wing @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Red Wing @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Red Wing @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Red Wing @ West Gym 7:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Boys “JV” Hockey game v. Albert Lea @ All Season Arena 2:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Hockey v. Albert Lea @ All Season Arena 4:00pm     


Friday, December 5, 2014

Congratulations to our First Quarter Shining Scarlets!

At a breakfast held on Friday morning, several students were recognized as the first quarter Shining Scarlets!

The Shining Scarlets recognition is for students who have gone above and beyond in their classroom to demonstrate attributes such as Academic Achievement, Significant Personal or Academic Improvement, Effort, Motivation, Initiative, Service to the Classroom Environment, and Creativity. Teachers nominate students and then write an essay about each as to why they were selected.

Congratulations to our first Shining Scarlets of the 2014-15 school year! Thanks for making Mankato West great!




Grade 9 Recipients

Briggs Carlson.......................................... Geometry Enriched
Aaron Erdman........................................................... Physics 9
Cooper Fuller............................................................ German 1
Simon Koenigs.............................................................. Foods 1
Carter Langworthy........................................... World History
Austin Mead............................................................... English 9
Paris Roiger......................................................... Studio Arts 1
Devan Schaefer................................................ Cardio for Life


Grade 10 Recipients

Mohammed Ali.......................................................... Writing
Dana Bohks.......................... Computer Skills & Applications
Danielle Carroll...................................................... Algebra 2A
Danielle Gulden................................................... Studio Arts 2
Hawwaa Ibrahim........................................................ French 2
Catalina King-Perez................................................. English 10
Kevin Krahmer.................................................. Concert Band
Charles Terry.................................................................. Health
Joesph Tweten................................. Welding & Fabrication 1
Susan Van Amber..................................... Human Geography


Grade 11 Recipients

Garrett Block......................... Civil Engineering/Architecture
Louise Dhuyvetter..................................................... Spanish 3
Wesley Heiser....................................................... Studio Arts 1
Megan Holub..................................... Biomedical Lab Careers
Nyadak Jock.................................................................... AVID
Colter Killion...................................... AP Human Geography
Janek Kindel................................................. Lifetime Sports 1
Kallie Kleinschmidt................................................ Algebra 2B
Eric Molina............................... AP Language & Composition


Grade 12 Recipients 

Mari Buseth................................................... Lifetime Sports 1
Mirza Cruz............................................... Communications 12
Steven Csizmadia.......................................... Personal Finance
Noah Langworthy............................................... Studio Arts 2
Jessica May........................................ Biomedical Lab Careers
Madeline Mueller.................................................. AP Calculus
Abby Safford........................................................... Anatomy 1
Austin Welling........................................................... German 4

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week of December 1 - December 5



Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
12/2 - University of North Dakota @ 10:00

Happenings
This Friday, Dec. 5th we will having the first Shining Scarlet Award breakfast for this school year.  The award is for students who have gone above and beyond in their classroom to demonstrate attributes such as: academic achievement, significant personal or academic improvement, effort, motivation, initiative, service to the classroom environment, and creativity.


Teachers nominate students and then write a 1 page essay about each as to why they were selected.  At a breakfast banquet, we then read a small excerpt from the essay to everyone, but give the entire essay to the students recognized.


The Shining Scarlet Awards started about 8-9 years ago and is done after first quarter, second quarter and third quarter.  


Breakfast is served at 7, the program starts at 7:15.  We look forward to recognizing our first quarter Shining Scarlets!



Home Events:

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
5:30pm           Hockey:Boys JV Game      vs. Mankato East @ Mankato All Seasons                                                                                                                      Arena - All Seasons Arena                                                                                                       Upper Rink
5:30pm          Hockey:Girls Varsity  vs. Mankato East @ Mankato All Seasons                                        Game      Arena - All Seasons Arena           Lower Rink
7:30pm          Hockey:Boys Varsity        vs. Mankato East @ Mankato All Seasons                                                             Arena - Lower Rink




Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
5:30pm
Hockey:Girls Varsity Game
vs. New Prague @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink

6:00pm
Basketball:Girls 9A Game
vs. Owatonna @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

6:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Owatonna @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL


7:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Owatonna @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL


Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
11:00am
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Winona @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

12:30pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game
vs. Winona @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

12:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Winona @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL


2:00pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Winona @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL

2:00pm
Hockey:Boys JV Game
vs. Red Wing @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink

4:00pm
Hockey:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Red Wing @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink