Friday, January 30, 2015

Mankato West Math League

Math League has been an academic competition at West since 1985 and teacher Steve Jones (also the Mankato Teacher of the Year) has been the only coach Math League has ever had.  

Not sure what Math League is?  Mr. Jones describes the meets like this:  There are 4 individual tests of which each participant is limited to two. If a student takes more the lowest two scores are recorded. Each team has 4 varsity members in each event. Only 4 scores count if more than 4 varsity tests are taken in an event the lowest 4 count. There is a team round where all 8 varsity people work together to solve 6 problems.


This year there are 21 students involved in Math League. Their next meet is February 9th.

VEX Robotics Teams State Competition Results from last Friday and Saturday

Team KaBuum-went 4-4 in qualifying rounds, ranked 33 out of 60 teams.  Selected for Elimination Rounds with the 6th seeded teams of Heartland Christian and Iron Chargers.  Won the quarters 2-0 and lost in the semi's 0-2 to East High School and their alliance teams of Osseo Circuit Breakers and PETRA.  East and their alliance won the state tournament and qualified for nationals in April 15th-18th in Lousiville.

Team Delta-went 2-6 and finished 46 out of 60 teams,  They were not selected for elimination rounds.  They did have the 4th highest strength of schedule for the tournament which represented some of their losses, along with a few technical difficulties throughout the weekend.

Both teams and all 15 students are gearing up to expand to 3 or 4 teams next year with the hopes of getting to the national tournament.  Our goals are high to be successful next year and beyond.

Congratulations to the teams and to coach Mark Zenk.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week of January 19th, 2015

Reminder: students do not have school on Monday, January 19th.  The staff has a prep day in order to finalize quarter and semester grades as well as to gear up for the new semester.  Half way through the year already. Semester 2 starts on Tuesday, January 20.

Happenings
Below is an update regarding the students involved with the VEX Robotics competitions.  Mark Zenk, tech-ed teacher, volunteers his time to work with students who have a passion for robotics and engineering:

In Osseo this past Saturday, January 10th: Team Delta had a 5-2 record in qualification matches and finished 7th out of 50 teams.  Only 24 teams advanced to eliminations and they lost in the first round.  They qualified for the upcoming state tournament via driver skills competition.

In Osseo this past Saturday, January 10th: Team KaBuum had a 5-2 record in qualification matches and finished 14th out of 50 teams.  Only 24 teams advanced to eliminations and they lost in the quarterfinals, they were close to making it to the finals.  

Both teams are gearing up to go to the state competition on Saturday, Jan. 24th.

Good Luck to the students involved.

Team Delta: L to R - Eric Rucker, Cooper Hansen, Carter Langworthy, Jesse Steinbach, AJ Hendrix, and Brandon Hendrickson
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Team KaBuum: L to R - Ryan Buendorf, Joe Peterson, Matt Preis, Gavin Honken, Stephen Reynolds, Lucas Baston, Wyatt Rotchdahl, Tristan Ambrose-Rossow, and Nick White

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Home events for the week of Jan. 19th -24th

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Northfield @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys ‘9B” Basketball game v. Northfield @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Northfield  @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Northfield  @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball game v. Northfield @ West Gym 7:30pm

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Boys Alpine Ski Meet   v. Mankato East @ Mt. Kato   5:00pm
Girls Alpine Ski Meet v. Mankato East @ Mt. Kato   5:00pm

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Boys “JV” Hockey game v. Owatonna @ All Seasons Arena Upper Rink 5:30pm
Boys “Varsity” Hockey game v. Owatonna @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink 7:30pm
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015
Girls “Varsity” Hockey game v. Rochester Century @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink   7:00pm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week of January 12, 2015

The first semester of the 2014-2015 school year is almost in the books.  And speaking of books…

As first semester comes to an end, and we begin second semester, we will have our first mid-year turn-around for textbooks. Many students will have to return a book that they used for a first semester class and they will need to check out books that they need for their second semester classes.  

In the past teachers distributed and collected textbooks but that system changed this year.  Since this is our first year using this distribution and collection system.  We anticipate there may be some "learning experiences" as we work through this process the first time but with your help things should go more smoothly.

Announcements will begin Monday, Jan. 12th, reminding students that if they have a textbook for a semester long class, they must turn those into the Media Center before Friday afternoon.  If they will be starting a new class, they should check the list in the Media Center to see if the class requires a textbook, and check out the new textbook before class on Tuesday.  

Just a reminder that this Thursday and Friday are finals days and the schedule is below.


First Semester Final Exam Schedule

Thursday, January 15, 2015            Friday, January 16, 2015
Period 1:  8-15 – 9:35 (80)                   Period 5:  8:15 – 9:35 (80)
Period 2:  9:45 – 11:05 (80)                  Period 6:  9:40 – 11:00 (80)   
Lunch:    11:05 – 12:15 (70)                 Period 7:  11:05 – 12:25 (80)
Period 3:  12:15 – 1:35 (80)                  Lunch:    12:25 – 1:25 (60)
Period 4:   1:45 – 3:05 (80)                   Make-up Tests:  1:25 – 3:05

*Note: Busses run at regularly scheduled times

Happenings
The Counseling Center at West has important information regarding Financial Assistance for all parents and senior students.  Click on the link below to see the presentation.


Home events for the week of Jan. 12th -17th
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
*Boys “JV” Wrestling Triangular v. Albert Lea, Rochester Century @ West Gym 5:00pm           
*Boys “Varsity” Wrestling Triangular v. Albert Lea, Roch. Century @West Gym 5:00pm
*Rescheduled from Jan. 8th
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Mankato East  @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Mankato East  @ DMMS Gym 7:15pm

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Boys “Varsity” Quadrangular v. Medford, St. Clair, TCU @ West Gym 4:30pm
Boys Alpine Ski Meet v. East, Northfield, Rochester JM, Mayo & Century @ Mt. Kato  5:00pm
Girls Alpine Ski Meet v. East, Northfield, Rochester JM, Mayo & Century @ Mt. Kato  5:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Mankato East  @ MSU-M Bresnan Arena   6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Mankato East @ MSU-M Bresnan Arena   7:30pm
Boys “Varsity” Swimming v. Rochester Mayo @ MSU-M 6:00pm
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Girls “9A” Basketball game v. Austin @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball game v. Austin @ West Gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Austin @ West Gym 7:30pm
Girls “Varsity” Hockey game v. Willmar @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink 7:00pm

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Boys “JV” Hockey game v. Winona @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink 11:00am
Boys “Varsity” Hockey game v. Winona @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink 1:00pm

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Week of January 5th

Happenings
The West Speech season gets underway.  Here is a link that first year head coach Amanda Abel has for more information as well as some insight from the coach herself: https://sites.google.com/a/isd77.k12.mn.us/scarlet-speech-team/

Students are assigned to compete in a specific event (13 events), and they compete against other teens in that same event (called rounds), where a neutral judge evaluates them. Their goal is to place individually in that event - their place in the event also affects their team's overall score (think a gymnastics competition). All students, in all categories compete in 3 rounds. The top scorers of those rounds then will be placed in a final round. At the end of the tournament, there is an awards ceremony where individual and team medals are passed out to the performers with the highest scores. Generally, there are anywhere from 5-10 schools at a meet.

The meets take place every Saturday from the last weekend in January until the middle of April when State occurs. Speech is a great way to make friends as well as learn a valuable life skill. We are always looking for new students. We are always looking for qualified judges (out of high school). Check out the website to get into contact to judge. There are three in-town meets and, while speech isn't generally a spectator activity, it would be great to show support by attending a round or two.

Home events for the week of Jan. 5th -10th

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Girls “9A” Basketball v. Faribault  @ DMMS gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball v. Faribault @ West gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Faribault @ West gym 7:30pm
Girls “Varsity” Hockey v. Austin   @ All Season Arena 7:00pm

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Boys “JV” Wrestling Triangular v. Albert Lea, Rochester Century               
@ West gym 5:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Wrestling Triangular v. Albert Lea, Rochester Century
@ West gym 5:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Swimming v. Mankato East @ MSU-M 6:00pm
Orchesis Dance Show West Auditorium 7:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Hockey v. East   @ All Season Arena 5:30 pm
Boys “Varsity” Hockey v. East   @ All Season Arena 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Rochester JM @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Rochester JM @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Rochester JM  @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Rochester JM @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Rochester JM @ West Gym 7:30pm
Orchesis Dance Show West Auditorium 7:00pm

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Orchesis Dance Show West Auditorium 7:00pm