Monday, April 13, 2015

Week of April 13th, 2015

Happenings
11th grade students who do not have Biology will take the MCA Math test April 15 & 16 during periods 1 and 2 in the Mac Lab in the Media Center.  If you have any questions please contact Jen Clark in the Counseling Center  jclark1@isd77.org

The MCA Reading test will take place April 20 - April 24th.  More details to follow.
The Mankato West Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th.  Grand March tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each.

 
Home events for the week of April 13th

Monday, Apr. 13
Boys Tennis JV match  @ Hilltop Tennis Courts v. St. Peter 4:00pm
(Rescheduled from 4/7/15)
Boys Tennis Varsity match @ West Tennis Courts v. St. Peter 4:00pm
(Rescheduled from 4/7/15)
Boys Baseball JV game   @ Franklin Rogers Park   v. Roch. Mayo 4:30pm
(Rescheduled from 4/7/15)
Boys Baseball 9A game     @ West Field 2   v. Roch. Mayo 5:00pm
(Rescheduled from 4/7/15)
Boys Baseball Varsity game  @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. Roch. Mayo 7:00pm
(Rescheduled from 4/7/15)

Tuessday, Apr. 14
Girls Golf Varsity/JV meet @ North Links v. Albert Lea 2:30pm
Boys Tennis 9A match @ East High Tennis Courts v. St. James 4:30pm
Boys Track & Field Tri @ West Track v. Owatonna, Northfield 4:30pm
Girls Softball Varsity game @ Mankato West Field  v. Albert Lea 5:00pm
Girls Softball JV game  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Albert Lea 5:00pm
Girls Softball 9A  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Albert Lea 5:00pm

Thursday, Apr. 16
Boys & Girls Adaptive Bowling @ Wow Zone v. Anoka 3:45pm
Boys Baseball Varsity Reserve game @ Franklin Rogers Park v. Northfield    4:30pm
Boys Baseball Varsity game @ Franklin Rogers Park v. Northfield 7:00pm
Boys Baseball 9A game @ West Field #2 v. Northfield 5:00pm
Boys Baseball JV game @ West Field #1 v. Northfield 5:00pm
Boys Tennis 9A match @ West Tennis Courts v.Owatonna 4:30pm

Friday, Apr. 17
Boys Tennis JV match @ MNSU-Mankato Tennis Courts  v. Red Wing 4:30pm
(Rescheduled from 4/9/15)
Boys Tennis Varsity match @ West Tennis Courts  v. Red Wing 4:30pm
(Rescheduled from 4/9/15)

Saturday, Apr. 18
Boys Baseball Varsity double header  @ Franklin Rogers Park v. Faribault 12:00pm
Boys Baseball JV game double header @ West Field #1 v. Faribault 12:00pm
Boys Baseball 9A game double header @ West Field #2 v. Faribault 12:00pm









Monday, April 6, 2015

Week of April 6th, 2015

Happenings
The MCA math test will be given to all 11th graders through their Biology class April 8th & 9th.  
11th grade students who do not have Biology will take the test April 15 & 16 during periods 1 and 2 in the Mac Lab in the Media Center.  If you have any questions please contact Jen Clark in the Counseling Center  jclark1@isd77.org

The spring play, a production of “School House Rock...Live”, will be presented on Tuesday, April 7th, Thursday, April 9th and Friday April 10th.  The play starts at 7:00pm in the West Auditorium.  Ticket prices are $8 for students and $10 for adults.

The Mankato West Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th.  click here for more information.  

Upcoming College Visits in the Counseling Center
4/21 ARMY - 10:00

Home events for the week of March 30th

Tuesday, Apr. 7
Boys and Girls Adapted Bowling  @ Wow Zone  v. Inver Grove Heights 3:45pm
Boys Tennis Varsity/JV match  @ West Tennis Courts v. St. Peter 4:00pm
Boys & Girls Track Quad  @ West  v. G.S.L, Waconia, Waseca 3:45pm
Boys Baseball Varsity game  @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. Roch. Mayo 5:00pm
Boys Baseball JV game   @ West Field 1   v. Roch. Mayo 5:00pm
Boys Baseball 9A game     @ West Field 2   v. Roch. Mayo 5:00pm
Spring Play “School House Rock...Live”  @ West Auditorium 7:00pm

Thursday, Apr. 9
Boys & Girls Adapted Bowling  @ Wow Zone v. St. Peter 3:45pm
Boys Tennis Varsity/JV match @ West Tennis Courts v. Red Wing 4:30
Spring Play “School House Rock...Live”  @ West Auditorium 7:00pm

Friday, Apr. 10
Girls Softball Varsity game @ Mankato West Field  v. Mankato East 5:00pm
Girls Softball JV game  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Mankato East 4:00pm
Girls Softball 9A  @ Sibley Park Field  v. Mankato East 4:00pm

Saturday, Apr. 11
Girls Softball Tournament @ Caswell Softball Complex
vs. Apple Valley, Burnsville, Chaska, Delano, Edina, New Prague, Waconia   11:00am









Monday, March 30, 2015

Test Preparations and Spring Test Schedule

ACT Testing PrepMe site:
It is now required for all juniors in the state of MN to take the ACT Exam.  April 28th, 2015 is that date.  In preparation for this important exam, Mankato Area Public Schools is excited to offer you a FREE online preparation tool through Naviance called PrepMe. To access this:
  • Log in to your Naviance account
  • Click the link for PrepMe under “Resources” on the left side of your screen
  • Click the “Go to Course” link
  • Take all four the the diagnostic tests: English, Math, Reading and Science

After that, PrepMe will build a study program specifically addressing your areas of strength and weakness to help you prepare for the April ACT. PrepMe requires Flash Player to work and will not run correctly on a tablet without that program (i.e. iPad).

Spring Testing Dates

MCA Testing Dates
MCA Math Test Week of April 8
April 8 - 9 in Biology classes
MCA Reading Test Week of April 20
April 21 - 22 in English 10 classes
MCA Science Test Starting April 29
April 29 - May 15 in Biology classes

ACT Testing Date
All Juniors testing on Tuesday, April 28
Will test in gym
Steps will be taken to minimize any disruptions for the students taking the test.
More complete instructions and information has been mailed today and reminders will be shared with the students as well as on the blog.

AP Testing Dates
Will be giving over 780 AP tests this spring
AP Tests start Monday, May 4 and continue until Friday, May 15
More details will come out days before tests

Week of March 30th, 2015

Long Weekend Ahead!

There is no school on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6

10th Grade Career Expo this Week!
On Wednesday, April 1st all West sophomores will be going to the Career Expo. The Career Expo is an experience for over 1,200 10th grade students from our region (including East, West, Central and Freedom from Mankato) at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The Career Expo is set up into 3 main areas (listed below with a short description of each):

Exhibit Arena - Students spend time doing hands-on engaging and interactive activities that relate to careers in our community. Businesses from Greater Mankato donate their time to showcase their professions in an interactive way for students. Students are free to look around and explore the areas here - they are laid out like the pathways map (link above) - by cluster area. Students can choose to use their Bingo card to get to each cluster area to be put in a drawing for a $25 VISA gift card.

MyStory Area - students are split into groups of about 8 and get to hear the career journeys of 3 local business people. These are people who have found success in a variety of ways in their life and are willing to share their successes and failures and show the pathways to their goals may come with bumps in the road, but perseverance is key.

Game Show Area - Students in this section are involved in a highly interactive game show- complete with DJ and prizes. Students are asked questions about current labor trends and facts about careers and colleges.

Schools spend just a 1/2 day at the Expo (some in the morning, some in the afternoon) and hopefully take back information they can use to further explore their futures.


Congratulations!!!!
Congratulations to Mankato West Knowledge Bowl Team Scarlet.  Team Scarlet is comprised of Muneera Khambaty, Elissa Schmiel, Matt Meyers, and Justin Portner.  The Region 9 Knowledge Bowl regional competition was held on Monday, March 23rd.  27 teams competed for 5 spots to represent the region at the State Knowledge Bowl meet that takes place on April 9 and 10 in Brainerd.  Team Scarlet took 4th place.  This is the third year in a row that West has sent a team to the KB state meet.  Quite an accomplishment considering the entire region has 106 teams.

Upcoming College Visits in the Counseling Center
3/31 Ridgewater College - 1:30
4/1 Bemidji State - 10:30


Home events for the week of March 30th

Tuesday, Mar. 31
Boys and Girls Adapted Bowling  @ Wow  v. Mankato East 3:45pm
Boys Tennis Varsity Scrimmage   @ West Tennis Courts v. Fairmont 4:00pm
Boys & Girls Track indoor meet  @ MSU-Mankato v. Waseca, Worthington 7:00pm

Thursday, Apr. 2
Boys & Girls Adapted Bowling  @ Wow Zone v. Fridley 3:45pm
Boys Tennis JV & Varsity @ West Tennis Courts v. Austin

Saturday, Apr. 4
Boys Baseball Varsity Scrimmage  @ Franklin Rogers Park  v. Totino-Grace 1:00pm








Monday, March 9, 2015

Week of March 9th, 2015

Congratulations!!!!
Congratulations to the following Boys Swim/Dive team members for qualifying for the Class A State swim/dive meet held Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7, at the U of M Aquatics Center - Dan Egli, Thomas Fitzloff, Ty Kolb, Ben Rorem, Henry Simpson, Tanner Sonnek, Hayden Ziegler, Luke Ambrose, Jonas Fu, Brad Halbur, Joe Park, and Ethan Patenaude.

The team earned 4th place at the Class A State Meet at set nine new team records!

Upcoming College Visits in the Counseling Center
3/9 Southwest Minnesota State University - 8:30
3/10 Bethany Lutheran College - 2:00
3/12 Luther College - 10:15

The spring newsletter from the Mankato West Booster Club can be read by here.
Senior Shealyn Kawlewski recently had an opportunity to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy.  We asked her to write a little about her experience.  
This is the picture I got with Bill Nye when I went to the event at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. It was one of the coolest events I've been a part of, and I was so excited to see Bill Nye speak. His speech focused on space exploration and how increasing NASA's funding would truly benefit our research here on earth. He also discussed how damaging climate change is and how catastrophic it would be if we were to let climate change destroy the earth without doing anything about it. During his speech he made jokes and showed the same kind of joy and passion about science that he did on his show, which I watched all throughout middle school. To be a part of this event and the presidential weekend as a whole, I had to write an essay on how to integrate science religion in the world today, which Bill Nye also addressed during his speech. It was all around a fantastic weekend! Let me know if you have any other questions about it!  - Shealyn Kawlewski

Shealyn Kawlewski pictured above first row, second from the right.

Reminders

Spring PAC meetings continue. Click HERE to see the PAC meetings this week.

Yearbooks are for sale!!!..Too early for yearbook sales?  Not anymore.  Yearbooks are going to be ordered online.  Orders are already being accepted.  Click on the link below and follow all the prompts. http://community.pictavo.com/


Home events for the week of March 9th

District 77 StringFest 2015

The District 77 StringFest will be held on Tuesday, March 10th at 8:01 p.m. in the West High School Auditorium.
Please come see all of our Mankato Area Public School Orchestras, grades 6-12, perform music old and new!  All school orchestras combine East / West by grade level throughout the concert, with an entire district orchestra finale.
The concert is free.  For more information contact Mr. Engel,  eengel1@isd77.org orchestra director.