Monday, November 17, 2014

Week of November 17 - November 21

Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
11/17 - South Dakota State University @ 9:30
11/19 - Bethany Lutheran College @ 9:30
11/20 - University of Sioux Falls @ 9:15

Happenings
Congratulations the Scarlet Football team.  They move on to the AAAAA state championship football game on Saturday, Nov. 22nd.  Pre-Sale tickets for the state championship football game will be on sale from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Activities Office all week.   

There will be a fan bus offered for the state championship football game this Saturday. Cost of the bus is $14 and includes a ticket to the game. Game time is 4:00 pm at TCF Bank Stadium. The bus will leave at 1:45 pm on Saturday. You need to register online - go to the Activities Department website for more information.

There will be a national letter of intent signing ceremony TODAY @ 3:15 pm in the cafeteria. Chantal Nack and Christa Benson will be signing their letters - all are welcome to attend.

Did you know...
YES! (Youth Energy Summit) students distributed 515 water bottles to students over 3 lunch periods last week with more bottles on the way. These are 20oz BPA free water bottles - meant to serve as a replacement for recyclable single use bottles.  YES! has helped the school purchase 3 filling stations of which two have been installed and one more will be installed shortly.

Home events for the week of Nov. 17 - Nov. 22nd
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014

6:30pm- 8:00pm
PAC Meeting Boys Swim/Dive  
Cafeteria

7:30pm
Hockey:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Waseca @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
5:30pm
Hockey:Boys JV Game
vs. Austin @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Upper Rink


7:30pm
Hockey:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Austin @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
4:00pm
Football:Boys Varsity Section Tournament
vs. Simley @ TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota


Monday, November 10, 2014

Week of November 10 - November 14


Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
11/12 - University of MN - Duluth @9:30
11/12 - University of MN - Crookston @ 11:15
11/12 - University of MN - Morris @ 1:30
11/13 - Bemidji State University @ 11:00
11/14 - Presentation College @ 9:30

Happenings

The football team continues to march on in the playoffs.  They next face St. Michael-Albertville on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Eden Prairie High school.  Kick off is at 6:00pm.

The wrestling team will hold its PAC meeting Monday, Nov. 10th in the cafeteria at 6:30pm.  

On Wednesday, November 12th, ALL 274 sophomores will be taking the PLAN (Pre-ACT) test.  All students will report immediately to the gymnasium at 8:15am NOT their first period.  Please stress the importance of a good night of rest and a good breakfast on Wednesday morning.  If any student is unable to make it on Wednesday they will need to take the "make up" days either November 14th and November 18th.   

Home events for the week of Nov. 10 - Nov. 15
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
7:30pm
Hockey:Girls Varsity Game
vs. St. Peter @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink

Friday, Nov 14, 2014
7:00pm- 10:00pm
Jazz Concert  
Auditorium ALL

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

7:00am- 8:00pm
DEBATE TOURNAMENT  
Entire Building - West High School

6:00pm
Football:Boys Varsity State
Tournament
vs. St. Michael-Albertville @ Eden Prairie High School


Monday, November 3, 2014

Events and Activities Week of November 3


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The Mankato West Blog
For the week of November 3 - November 7

Welcome to the second quarter!  There is no school for the students today as the teachers have a prep day to get first quarter grades all finalized.

Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
11/5 - Buena Vista University @ 9:00
11/5 - Macalester College @ 11:00
11/6 - Iowa State University @ 10:00

Happenings

Congratulations to Claire Attarian, the boys soccer team and the Scarlet football team.  Claire competed at the state cross country meet.  The soccer team tied for third place at the state soccer tournament.  The football team won the section championship and will face Bloomington Jefferson on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Lakeville North High school.  Kick off is at 2:00pm.

The boys basketball team will hold its PAC meeting Monday, Nov. 3rd in the cafeteria at 6:00pm.  The gymnastics PAC meeting is also on Monday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00.  The gymnastics meeting will take place and K&G Gymnastics. The PAC meeting for Orchesis in Tuesday, Nov. 4th in the West choir room @ 5:00pm.  

Did you know...
The Mankato West Art Department has a Facebook page.  It has over 1000 photos of student art work on it and it is generally updated twice a month.  Below is the link.  Check it out and “Like” it.

Home events for the week of Nov. 3 - Nov. 8
Thursday, Nov 6, 2014
7:30pm
Hockey:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Albert Lea @ Mankato All Seasons Arena - All Seasons Arena Lower Rink


Be sure to join us for the fall play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 6-8 starting at 7:00 PM!  This year Mankato West presents Charlotte's Web.  

Did you know...
The Mankato West Art Department has a Facebook page.  It has over 1000 photos of student art work on it and it is generally updated twice a month.  Below is the link.  Check it out and “Like” it.



College Knowledge Recap 2014

The goal of College Knowledge Month is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply to college. This statewide effort occurs annually during the month of October.

This month-long effort allows students to do more than just submit an application.  Applying is only one step of the college application process, the result of thoughtful exploration and planning.  At Mankato West, we had a variety of events and activities all month long for students to be involved with.  School Counselors met with students in each grade level at the end of September into the beginning of October and delivered college and career lessons through our Naviance program.  All ninth graders completed the Career Interest Profile and found matching occupations based on these results.  Tenth grade students completed the Myers Briggs inventory and also matched that with occupations of interest.  Juniors built and revised their resumes and also completed a college search, using Super Match.  The seniors had an all class meeting about College Knowledge Month and got access to the resources available to them for the month of October.  
At Mankato West during the month of October, students and staff were encouraged to wear college gear to help build upon a culture of college readiness.  Students could complete a college BINGO sheet and classrooms were asked to create a door design highlighting the college/s their teacher attended.  Juniors and seniors were encouraged to visit college campuses and could submit a college visit form to be entered into our drawing of college gear.  
Students could participate in a mock admissions interview as well.  Additionally, on October 28th all seniors were invited to participate in our College Knowledge Day.  
We had a total of 178 seniors take part in our College Knowledge Day on October 28th.   There were several college and career stations in the media center for students to take part in.  Students had the option of applying to college in the computer lab and could request that their transcript be sent free of charge.  Staff from the workforce center was on hand to help students secure employment.  Additionally, military recruiters were available to talk with students about their programs.  

Students were surveyed upon completion of their time in the media center that day.  In total, 93 students reported applying to one or more colleges.  Fifty eight students applied to one or two colleges, and 31 students applied to three to five universities.  Two hundred and forty four transcripts were printed and sent to area colleges on behalf of our students.  We had 28 students talk with staff from the Workforce Center that day and twenty students reported talking with a member of the Military on October 28th.  

Students were asked what the most valuable activity was from College Knowledge Day.  The following is a list of comments from our seniors:
  • Applying to college with the help of people who are educated about it
  • The packets I was given to get ahead for next year
  • Taking my picture, saying I applied to college
  • Being able to send my transcript free
  • I learned about applying to college as well as information about how to pick the right one
  • I see now that I can apply to college
  • Talking to the recruiters
  • I leaned about how to get a part time job while in college and that the first semester in college sets the tone for the rest of the college experience
  • Seeing the options I have for after high school

Students were also asked to report what their favorite thing about College Knowledge Month was:
  • I had an incentive to get my application done sooner than I would have normally
  • It is a very helpful way to apply to colleges and get your questions answered about the process
  • It gets you excited about your future and college
  • Seeing all of my teachers have on their college clothes
  • Learning about different colleges, getting to know the steps to apply for college and being able to get extra help on applying for colleges
  • That I got to understand how the admissions process really works and this truly helped a lot
  • Many people assisted me in applying for college  
  • The application and transcripts are free
  • Preparing for my future
  • All the support from volunteers, I was able to have my questions answered

Based on the feedback given, the activities and events offered to students during College Knowledge Month were a success!  We will continue to build upon and grow this program from year to year and appreciate the support from parents and the Mankato West community!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Week of October 27 - October 31


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The Mankato West Blog
For the week of October 27 - October 31

The first quarter comes to an end on Friday. Hopefully your use of parent portal throughout the quarter has helped everyone stay updated.

There will not be school on Monday, Nov. 3rd as it is a prep day for the teachers.

Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
10/30 - St. Cloud State University @12:00

There is a PAC meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 for Boys Hockey.  The meeting will be in the West Auditorium starting @ 5:00.

Good Luck Mankato West Boys' Soccer team as they advanced to the state semi-finals this Wednesday!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week of October 20 - October 24




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The Mankato West Blog
For the week of October 20 - October 24

Only two weeks left and the first quarter of the school year is in the books. Make sure to check the parent portal and check in with your student’s teachers if you have any questions.


Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
10/21 - Morningside College @1:30

Happenings

YEAP stands for Youth Employment Acceleration Program, and it is actually a youth apprenticeship program for manufacturing.  A youth apprenticeship is a state approved program designed to provide the skills necessary for lifelong learning and career development.  It is way to learn skills or trades in a 2,000 hour experience that spans 2 years (including summer).  It is a partnership between Mankato Area Public Schools, EI Microcircuits, Kato Cable and MTU Onsite Energy.  

YEAP students obtain work skills employers want in an employee.  They will be:
  • knowledgeable about manufacturing careers,
  • learn using a hands on approach,
  • decide whether they want to pursue a career in manufacturing and production
  • Be prepared to successfully enter the workforce
  • Obtain skills that lead to post-secondary success.  

This two-year program is a paid experience and students gain 2,000 hours of work experience in that time. Employers are extremely flexible with student schedules and availability.  Students are able to earn elective credits needed for graduation.  YEAP is available to Juniors and Seniors at East and West and has a few pre-requisites:  Welding & Fab, Intro to Engineering & Design (IED), and Mechatronics.  These students will graduate from high school with a partial AS degree at no cost to the student, they will transition into a high-paying position, and be able to earn the National Career Readiness Credential.



College Knowledge Month wraps up and our counseling center wants to share what is going on this week.
Monday, October 20th - Students can pick up a college bingo sheet from the counseling center, completed BINGO sheets are due October 29th

Wednesday, October 22nd
- Students and staff wear college gear
- Seniors can sign up in the counseling center to participate in a mock admissions interview between the hours of 8:30-11:30am and Friday, October 17th to be entered into the drawing for by noon to be entered into the drawing
Friday, October 24th
- Seniors can sign up in the counseling center to participate in a mock admissions interview between the hours of 8:30-11:30am




Home events for the week of Oct. 20th - Oct. 25th

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
3:00pm
Football:Boys Varsity Section Tournament
vs. TBD @ Mankato West High School - West Stadium Field


Monday, October 13, 2014

News and Information for the Week of October 13 - October 15


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The Mankato West Blog
For the week of October 13 - October 15

The first quarter ends on October 31st.  Just three weeks left in the quarter.  Time sure flies by.  Be sure to hop on the parent portal and check with your student’s teachers if you have any questions.

Just a reminder that there will not be school this Thursday and Friday because of Education Minnesota weekend.

Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
10/13 - Air Force ROTC @ 10:00
10/14 - St. Mary’s University @ 10:00
10/15 - NDSU @ 1:30

Reminder:  First Semester Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for Monday, October 13th


Conference Night Information: What To Do
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday, October 13, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can view your child’s schedule and grades by using the Parent Portal. Should you desire to have grades mailed, or if you would like to pick up a copy of their grades or schedule on conference night, please stop in the Mankato West Main office. Also, if a teacher is not available when you arrive, you may sign up for a time and visit another teacher while you wait. We thank you in advance for your patience this evening.  
Teachers' Dinner Break Rotation Schedule
Teachers will take their dinner breaks according to the schedule listed below. We look forward to seeing you at conferences on Monday, Oct. 13th!!
5:00-5:30 – 2nd floor
5:30-6:00 – 3rd floor
6:00-6:30 – 1st floor & Annex


Happenings

Mankato Area Youth In Government: Model Assembly is holding a Registration Event on Tuesday, Oct. 14th at the West High Media Center.  Stop in to register anytime between 6:00pm and 7:30.  A parent must attend.  If you want to learn more about YIG Model Assembly go to katoyig.weebly.com for more information or email Aaron Miller, a social studies teacher here at West for more details.

College Knowledge Month continues and our counseling center wants to share what is going on for the next two weeks:

Monday, October 13th - School Counselors will hold an informational meeting for parents regarding college knowledge at 5:30pm in the cafeteria

Wednesday, October 15th - PSAT exam at 7:45am in the gymnasium
- Students and staff wear college gear

Thursday, October 16th
- Students are encouraged to visit campuses during this time
- Students can obtain a college visit form and questions to ask admissions representatives in the counseling center (forms must be returned by October 24th

Monday, October 20th - Students can pick up a college bingo sheet from the counseling center, completed BINGO sheets are due October 29th

Wednesday, October 22nd
- Students and staff wear college gear
- Seniors can sign up in the counseling center to participate in a mock admissions interview between the hours of 8:30-11:30am and Friday, October 17th to be entered into the drawing for by noon to be entered into the drawing

Winter Fine Arts and Activities Registration
If your son or daughter is interested in registering for any of the following activities you can now register online: Jazz Band. Knowledge Bowl, Math League, Science Club, West Connection Choir
Fine Arts and Activities Registration information: Click HERE


Home events for the week of Oct. 13th - Oct. 16th

Monday, Oct 13, 2014
6:00pm
Football:Boys B Game
vs. Rochester Mayo @ Mankato West High School - West Stadium Field


7:30pm- 9:30pm
FALL BAND MONTAGE  
Auditorium ALL

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014
4:00pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Section Tournament
vs. Saint Peter @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - DMMS Soccer Field #1


5:00pm
Volleyball:Girls 9A Match
Mankato East @ Mankato Rosa Parks Elementary School


6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls JV Match
Mankato East @ Mankato East High School

6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls B Match
Mankato East @ Mankato East High School

6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls 9B Match
Mankato East @ Mankato Rosa Parks Elementary School


7:15pm
Volleyball:Girls Varsity Match
Mankato East @ Mankato East High School



Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014
7:00pm
Football:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato West High School - West Stadium Field

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

4:30pm
Football:Boys 9A Game
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato West High School - West Stadium Field