Friday, May 22, 2015

Final Exams Coming Soon!

As we approach the end of the school year, the time has come to plan for final exams, which are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29. Final exams for classes meeting during periods 1-4 will occur on Thursday, May 28 and periods 5-7 on Friday, May 29. There will also be a make-up period of time at the end of the day Friday for students who have work, tests, or other course required materials to finish before the end of the semester.  Special note for seniors: due to graduation practice on the morning of May 29, seniors will take final exams for periods 5-7 prior to May 29. This will be arranged and communicated by the classroom teacher.

Study hall attendance is optional during Finals. All students who are in the building must report to their regular class or study hall.  Also, please be aware that all students will have an OPEN Campus Lunch on both days of semester finals.  Buses will run on their normal schedules.

We at West High School would like to encourage parents/guardians to visit with their student(s) about making good choices.  While on campus, students are expected to help maintain a quiet and appropriate testing environment.  Please discuss your plans and expectations with your child prior to final exams next week and do what you can to provide support for your child as they work hard and study for their final exams.  This is a great time to log in to the parent portal if you have not done so in a while to check to be sure your child has all missing work in.

Final Exam Schedule

Procedures for Exam Week
1.      Each class will give a final exam or have a final project.  Students are expected to attend all classes.
2.      Students are to stay in classrooms during the full 80-minute period.
3.      Study hall attendance is optional, but students in building must report to their assigned room.
4.      All test rescheduling must be approved by the assistant principal.

2014-2015 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
        Thursday, May 28:                             Friday, May 29:
        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)                Make Up Time 12:30 – 3:05
        Period 4: 1:45 -   3:05 (80)                  *Note: Busses run at regularly scheduled times     

Special notes for seniors only regarding Friday, May 29:
Finals periods 5-7 must be completed prior to Friday
Commencement Rehearsal:  9:00  - 11:00 AM (MSU - Bresnan Arena at Taylor Center)
Commencement:  8:00 PM (MSU - Bresnan Arena at Taylor Center)
        

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scarlets Spring Athletics Update

As we near the end of the spring athletics season, here is an update on our teams and their upcoming schedules.  Thanks for all your support thus far!

Baseball: The Scarlets finished the regular season with a 14-5 overall record and an 8-3 Big 9 Conference record, good for 2nd place in the conference.  The Section 2AAA tournament starts this Friday, May 22, and runs through Tuesday, June 2.  The state baseball tournament runs June 11-13 at CHS Field in St. Paul, Siebert Field at the U of M, and Target Field.    
 
Golf - Boys: The Boys Golf team finished its regular season ranked tied for 8th in the Big 9 Conference.  The Section 2AAA tournament is held at the Ridges of Sand Creek outside Jordan on Wednesday, May 27, and Monday, June 1.  The state golf tournament is held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on June 9 and 10.

Golf - Girls: The Girls Golf team finished its regular season in 6th place in the Big 9 Conference.  The Section 2AAA tournament is held at the Ridges of Sand Creek outside Jordan on Wednesday, May 27, and Monday, June 1.  The state golf tournament is held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on June 9 and 10.  

Softball: The Scarlet Softball team won the Big 9 Conference with a perfect 11-0 record and has an 18-2 overall record.  They enter the Section 2AAA tournament as the #2 seed.  The Scarlets play their first section game this Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 pm, at Caswell Park.  The Section 2AAA tournament runs May 21-May 28; the state tournament is also held at Caswell Park on June 4 and 5

Track and Field - Boys: The Scarlet Boys Track and Field team finished in 5th place at the section true team meet.  The Big 9 Conference Track and Field meet is this Friday, May 22, at Mankato East High School.   The Section 2AA Track and Field meet is held on Wednesday, May 27, and Friday, May 29, at Gustavus Adolphus College.  The state track and field meet is held on June 5 and 6at Hamline University.  

Track and Field - Girls:  The Scarlet Girls Track and Field team also finished in 5th place at the section true team meet.  The Big 9 Conference Track and Field meet is this Friday, May 22, at Mankato East High School.   The Section 2AA Track and Field meet is held on Wednesday, May 27, and Friday, May 29, at Gustavus Adolphus College.  The state track and field meet is held onJune 5 and 6 at Hamline University.

Tennis - Boys: The Scarlet Boys Tennis team finished in 6th place in the Big 9 Conference.  The Scarlets advanced to the final four of the Section 2AA team tournament but lost in the semi-finals today.  The individual portion of the section tournament runs Saturday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 26, at Gustavus.  The state tennis tournament is held June 2-5 at the U of M Baseline Tennis Center.  

And, once again, congratulations to our Adapted Bowling team for winning the state championship this past Friday!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Week of May 11th, 2015

Congratulations

Congratulations Mr. Matt Moore!  Mr. Moore was selected as a regional honoree in the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Awards program for Teacher Achievement!  Mr. Moore is extremely deserving of this recognition and we are proud to have him on the Scarlet team.  Learn more about the recognition on the district website recognition page from www.isd77.org.

Mr. Brady Krusemark, West’s Band Instructor shared this information regarding recent awards and recognition for members the West Band:

Eau Claire Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloists:
Josh Koser

Big 9 Select Members:
Orchestra:
Maddie Mueller
Eric Westberg

Band:
Jade Baker
Emma Murray
Kim Royer
Allysa Kongshaug
Rachel Olsen
Justin Portner
Antoni Soroka
Abbey Dickhudt
Kevin Krahmer
Karl Krenz

Region 2AA Solo/Ensemble Contest Awards:

Excellent Solo:
Cedar Mowrey - Soprano Saxophone

Excellent Ensemble:
Jade Baker & Cassidy Krueger - Flute duet
Woodwind Choir - Josh Koser,

Superior Ensemble:
Brass Choir: Eric Westberg, Andrew Christiansen, Tom Kliewer, Samantha Scholl, Jack James, Cameron Gunsolus, Steve Cismadia, Kevin Krahmer, Cooper Hansen, Lizzy Eccles
Percussion Ensemble: Josh Baerg, Will Merril, LauraLee Johnson, Morgyn Haugen

Superior Solo:
Emma Murray - Clarinet
Eric Westberg (Perfect Score) - Trombone
Naomi Lopez - Snare Drum

Best in Site:
Emma Murray - Clarinet Solo
Eric Westberg - Trombone Solo

MBDA State Middle Level 9-10th grade Honor Band:
Kevin Krahmer

2015-2016 All-State Band
Eric Westberg
Tom Kliewer - alternate

Happenings

We have the Spring Band Concert on Friday, May 15th at 8 pm in the auditorium.  It will feature the West Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz I, Jazz II, Percussion Ensemble, and Emma Murray on clarinet.  Free admission.

The West YES group (Youth Energy Summit), advised by Mr. Koser, has been busy lately.  Mr. Koser shared this report to the West staff:
16 Scarlets worked hard for multiple hours last night - and changed out every light bulb on the first, second, and third floor hallways.  That is 264 bulbs, by the way.  We had four crews of kids with rolling scaffolding and step ladders making the change.
WHY?  Changing from 32 Watt bulbs that last 24,000 hrs to 28 Watt bulbs that last 55,000 hours.  We will realize lots of energy savings (and thus financial savings) in the long run!  The projects is funded by the YES! grant students wrote together with school district facility funds.
On Thursday night (May 7th)  6-8PM we'll work the second phase of the project to replace a few hundred more bulbs in more hallways in the main building and annex.  
Thanks to custodial and maintenance staff Ron, Paul, Dan G, and Jesse for their help!

Week 2 of AP testing as Scarlets take nearly 800 AP Exams! See below for the AP tests,  dates, and times for this week!

MONDAY, MAY 11 - AP Biology (8am)
TUESDAY, MAY 12 - AP Government (8am)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 - AP Language & Composition (8am)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 - AP Stats (12pm)
THURSDAY, MAY 14 - AP Macroeconomics (12pm)
FRIDAY, MAY 15 - AP Human Geography (8am)
FRIDAY, MAY 15 - AP Microeconomics (8am)

Home events for the week of May 11th
Tuesday, May 12
Boys Tennis Varsity 2AA Section play @ West High Tennis Courts v. TBD 3:45pm
Boys Baseball 9A game @ Mankato West Field#2 v. Roch. Century 5:00pm
Boys Baseball Varsity game @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. Roch. Century 7:00pm
Boys Varsity Track meet @ West v. East, Austin 4:30pm

Wednesday, May 13
Girls Golf Varsity, JV meet @ North Links G.C. v. Austin, Faribault 1:00pm
Boys Baseball 9A game @ Mankato West Field#3 v. New Prague 5:00pm
Boys Baseball B game @ Mankato West Field#2 v. New Prague 4:30pm
Boys Baseball JV game @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. New Prague 4:30pm
Boys Baseball Varsity game @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. New Prague 7:00pm

Thursday, May 14
Boys Tennis Varsity 2AA Section play @ West High Tennis Courts v. TBD 3:45pm
Girls Softball Varsity @ Mankato West Field  v. Red Wing 5:00pm
Girls Softball JV @ Sibley Park Field  v. Red Wing 5:00pm
Girls Softball 9A @ Sibley Park Field  v. Red Wing 5:00pm

Friday, May 15

Spring Solo Recital/Band Awards/Concert @ West Auditorium 7:00pm

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week of May 4th, 2015

Congratulations!

Matt Moore, West Social Studies teacher and History Club Advisor, and members of the History Club, had another successful day at the state History Day competition held on Saturday, May 2nd.  Deven Michels and Aisha Chugtai will be traveling to the national competition in
Washington, D.C. in June.  

State History Day Award Winners
Naomi Lopez.....5th Place, Individual Paper
Ariana Lopez & Nhi Tran.....3rd Place, Group Website
Deven Michels & Aisha Chughtai.....1st Place, Group Website




       Aislinn Ambrose-Rossow, Katie Robertson, Shelby Geertsema, Maddi Courrier all participated in the Vans Custom Culture art competition.  Vans encourages students to use the blank Vans shoes as art canvases.  The Vans competition is intended to inspire high school students to embrace creativity through art and design and to raise awareness for the country’s suffering arts programs.   


Here is a link to go to to see some of the other works on the Mankato West Arts Facebook Page.  https://goo.gl/3EqAH4


CONGRATULATIONS
Minnesota State High School League Art Ratings

DRAWING: PAINTING:
Sam Brown - EXCELLENT Maddi Cuorrier - SUPERIOR
Gavin Harrison - EXCELLENT Ally Peters - EXCELLENT

MEDIA ARTS: CRAFTS:
Shelby Geertsema – SUPERIOR Tayler Cady - SUPERIOR
Caden Killion - SUPERIOR

CERAMICS: MIXED MEDIA:
Aisha ChughtaI - SUPERIOR Peder Storvick - EXCELLENT
Tayler Cady - Participant
Lauren Meyer - Participant

Shining Scarlet Award Winners for 3rd Quarter

Student
Aisha Abdo Tristan Ambrose Neal Anderson  Ana-Brit Asplen
Lucas Baston Savannah Brandt Griffin Corbett Jasmin Cwiklinski   
Terrell Dawkins Abbey Dickhudt Samantha Dickhudt Luke Emmers
Devin Heller Emma Henry Zach Jakes Morgan Krahmer
Ethan Larson  Melina Lobitz Alexis Lugar Jacob Makela
Tanner Matthies William Robinson Corey Schneider Ardo Sirad
Peder Storvick Emma Thate Grace Tobin Derrick White
Yamin Yusuf

Shining Scarlet 3rd quarter winners

Happenings
The ninth grade Academy has been busy over the last few weeks. April 15th the Academy teachers and students went to Gustavus for a college visit. They got a tour of the campus, got to see a couple classrooms in progress, and had lunch.

This last Thursday they participated in a service learning day. Students participated in Vine's spring clean up days.  The Academy will also be sending a group to Bridges to read with the elementary students.

AP TEST,  DATE, and TIME

MONDAY, MAY 4 AP Chem 8am

TUESDAY, MAY 5 AP Calculus 8am

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 AP English Lit 8am

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 AP Physics 12pm

THURSDAY, MAY 7 AP Art Hist 12pm


Home events for the week of May 4th
Monday, May 4
Boys Tennis JV match  @ East Tennis Courts v. Hutchinson 4:30pm
Boys Tennis Varsity match  @ WestTennis Courts v. Hutchinson 4:30pm
Boys Baseball 9A game @ West Field #1 v. Waconia 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 5
Boys & Girls Adaptive Bowling @ Wow Zone v. East 3:45pm
Boys Tennis JV match @ MSU Tennis Courts v. Albert Lea 4:30pm
Boys Tennis Varsity match @ West High Tennis Courts v. Albert Lea 4:30pm
Girls Softball Varsity game @ Mankato West Field  v. Northfield 5:00pm
Girls Softball JV game  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Northfield 5:00pm
Girls Softball 9A  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Northfield 5:00pm

Thursday, May 7
Boys & Girls Adaptive Bowling @ Wow Zone v. Jackson 3:45pm
Girls Softball Varsity doubleheader @ Mankato West Field  v. Owatonna 4:00pm
Girls Softball JV doubleheader  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Owatonna 4:00pm
Girls Softball 9A doubleheader @ Sibley Park Field  v. Owatonna 4:00pm

Friday, May 8
Girls Golf V & JV Quad @ Northlinks v. East, Red Wing, Winona 2:00pm
Boys Golf V & JV Tri @ Mankato Country Club v. Owatonna, Roch. JM 2:30pm
Girls Softball Varsity game @ Mankato West Field  v. Prior Lake 4:30pm
Girls Softball JV game  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Prior Lake 4:30pm
Girls Softball 9A  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Prior Lake 4:30pm
Boys Tennis 9A match @ Mankato Hilltop Tennis Courts v. Mpls. Washburn 4:30pm
Boys Tennis JV match @ West High Tennis Courts v. Mpls. Washburn 4:30pm

Saturday, May 9
Boys Baseball JV game @ Mankato West Field#2 v. Austin 12:00pm
Boys Baseball JV game @ Mankato West Field#1 v. Austin 12:00pm
Boys Baseball Varsity game @ East’s Wolverton Field v. Austin 12:00pm