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


Sunday, October 5, 2014

News and Information for the Week of October 6 - October 10



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The Mankato West Blog
For the week of October 6 - October 10


Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
10/6 - NAVY @ 10:00
10/8 - University of MN-Twin Cities @ 10:30
10/9 - Bethany Lutheran College @ 8:30
10/9 - Minnesota State University- Mankato @ 10:30
10/10 - Concordia College @ 11:00
10/10 - St. Olaf College @ 12:00



Happenings
Mankato West is a participating site for College Knowledge Month, an initiative sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education. At West High School we have a variety of activities and events for students in grades 9-12. A list of events is as follows:


Wednesday, October 1st
- Kick off of College Knowledge Month
- College attended signs will be posted throughout the building, as well as a calendar of events for students


Monday, October 6th
- Senior meeting in auditorium during Scarlet time


Tuesday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 8th
- Students can attend the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center:


Wednesday, October 8th
- Students and staff wear college gear


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




Nobel Conference
Next week Tuesday and Wednesday some students will be participating in the annual Nobel Conference.  This is the 50th anniversary, and there are 11 speakers (more than the usual 6-7).


Monday morning, we have been given the opportunity for a Nobel Laureate to visit us here at West.  At about 9:00, Sir Harry Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be in room 320 to visit with students and tell a bit about his story.
West Seniors Emma Murray and Liz Stinson will have the opportunity to introduce Sir Kroto Sunday evening to a large audience at a pre-Nobel dinner event at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  They'll represent us well in this unique public speaking opportunity.


Should you have any question about it, please email Eric Koser  ekoser1@isd77.org  
If you wish to see what the topic is this year www.gac.edu/nobel



Home events for the week of Oct. 6th - Oct. 11th


Monday, Oct 6, 2014
TBD
Soccer:Girls Varsity Section Tournament
vs. 2A @ TBD



6:00pm
Football:Boys 9A Game
vs. Rochester Century @ Mankato West High School - West Stadium Field

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
TBD
Soccer:Boys Varsity Section Tournament
vs. 2A @ TBD

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014
6:00pm
Swimming:Girls Varsity Meet
vs. Albert Lea @ Minnesota State University, Mankato

6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls B Match
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls 9A Match
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls JV Match
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL

7:00pm
Volleyball:Girls 9B Match
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato Dakota Meadows Middle School - Gymnasium

7:15pm
Volleyball:Girls Varsity Match
vs. Rochester John Marshall @ Mankato West High School - Gymnasium ALL





Saturday, Oct 11, 2014


TBD
Soccer:Boys Varsity Section Tournament
vs. 2A @ TBD