Sunday, March 1, 2015

Week of March 2nd, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS
Zachary Jakes, Class AA State Wrestling qualifier in the 220 lb. weight class.   Zach participated at the State Tournament this last weekend at the Xcel Energy Center.

Maddie Maruska and Mikaela Sellner both competed in the state gymnastics meet on Sat. Feb. 21st. Maddie placed 23rd in the vault and 30th on the beam; Mikaela placed 7th in the floor exercise.  

Justin Portner and Badre Alkurdy were named National Merit Scholars.

Spring PAC Meetings

There are a few Spring Activity PAC meetings that take place early this week.  Click on the link to see the PAC meeting schedule.  PAC Meeting Schedule

PSEO Meeting
There will be a meeting for current West High School sophomores and  juniors (who will be juniors and seniors during the 2015-2016 school year) interested in PSEO - Post Secondary Enrollment Options.  PSEO allows high school juniors and seniors to take courses at a post-secondary institution for high school credit and college credit.  Information and applications will be discussed and dispersed at these meetings.  The meeting time is Monday, March 16th at 6:00pm and will be held in the Mankato West Media Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Ottmar, Counselor at Mankato West.  507-207-3911.

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!

Reminders

Online registration for Spring 2015 activities is open.  PAC meetings start this week.  Just click on the link to begin the process.   Mankato West Activities online registration

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/




Monday, February 23, 2015

Week of February 23rd, 2015

Congratulations!!!!
The Girls Alpine Ski team finished 6th at the state ski meet.

The Mankato West Boys Hockey team won the Big 9 title.

Maddie Maruska and Mikaela Sellner qualified to participate in the state gymnastics competition which was held on Feb. 20-21 at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavillion.  Mikaela finished 7th in the floor exercise and Maddie finished 22nd on the vault and 30th on the balance beam.

The Mankato West Math League team won their division and are moving on to the state competition on March 9th.  Nick White not only qualified for the state competition but he also qualified to compete at national level competition. This last Saturday he competed in Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament.  

The Mankato West boys' Swim/Dive team took 2nd place in the recent Big 9 Swim Dive meat. Congratulations for All-Conference Honors to: Tanner Sonnek, Dan Egli, Henry Simpson, Ben Rorem, Ty Kolb, Hayden Zeigler, Ethan Patenaude and Luke Ambrose.  Jonas Fu also earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Mankato West High schools earn national Project Lead the Way recertification

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East and West high schools have received national recertification for their Project Lead the Way programs, which provide Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM) education curriculum to help students apply what they're learning to real-life activities, projects and problems.

West and Eash high schools were recognized for outstanding practices in:
  • incorporation of robotics program to enhance student learning;
  • providing the latest equipment, such as three-dimensional printer and webcam to help students learn about manufacturing technology;
  • engaging students early in Project Lead the Way at middle and high school levels;
  • course exam scores above the national average;
  • teams supported at all levels including teachers who support student success;
  • active partnerships and collaboration with Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College.
It’s estimated that by 2018 there will be almost 1.2 million unfilled science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics related jobs in the United States. By integrating PLTW into the curriculum, Mankato Area Public Schools helps determine student aptitude and interest and alignment with occupations in demand. (from the isd77.org website)

Reminders

Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM - Registration  for the AP Exams ends.  
In order to register visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/241485 to register .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Any questions regarding the AP Exams and/or the AP Exam registration should email Mr. Villagomez:   tvilla1@isd77.k12.mn.us

Online registration for Spring 2015 activities is now open.  Just click on the link to begin the process. Mankato West Activities online registration

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/

Second Semester Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, February 23rd

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, Feb. 23!!
5:00-5:30 – 1st floor & Annex
5:30-6:00 – 2nd floor
6:00-6:30 – 3rd floor

Home events for the week of Feb. 23 - 28

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Boys “Varsity” Basketball section game v. TBD @ West Gym 7:00pm
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Westside Bands in Concert: featuring the Garfield 6th Grade Band, DMMS 7th and 8th Grade Bands, and the West Concert and Symphonic Bands     Free Admission 7:00pm
Friday, Jan. 27, 2015
Girls “9A” Basketball game v. Northfield @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball game v. Northfield @ West Gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball game v. Northfield @ West Gym 7:30pm

Monday, February 16, 2015

News and Events for the Week of February 16th, 2015

Snow King Crowned
Congratulations to Snow King for 2015 Garrett Meier.  Garrett was escorted by Maddie Mueller.  To view the Snow Week Film Fest, the student-teacher dance competiton and the crowning of the Snow King just click on www.scarlets.ihigh.com

ACT for All Juniors
On April 28th, 2015 all Juniors across the state will be taking the ACT.  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).


As we get closer to April 28 we will share more specific information regarding the test day and what it will look like.

Registration for AP Exams

For the 2015 AP exams, students at Mankato West High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.
This year each AP exam costs $45.00. Mankato West High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Mr. Thomas Villagomez, any questions regarding the AP Exams should also be sent to Mr. Villagomez:


Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM and end on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM.  In order to register visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/241485 to register .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.


Here are the important dates for the registration process:
  • Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a$20 late fee per registration.
  • Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM - Registration Ends
  • Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
Reminders
  • Online registration for Spring 2015 activities is now open.  Just click on the link to begin the process. Mankato West Activities online registration
  • 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/
  • Second Semester Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for Monday, February 23rd. Teachers will take their dinner breaks according to the schedule listed below. We look forward to seeing you at conferences on Monday, Feb. 23!!
    • 5:00-5:30 – 1st floor & Annex
    • 5:30-6:00 – 2nd floor
    • 6:00-6:30 – 3rd floor


Home events for the week of Feb. 16-21st


Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Girls “9A” Basketball game v. Rochester John Marshall @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball game  v. Rochester John Marshall @ West Gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball    v. Rochester John Marshall @ West Gym 7:30pm


Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Mankato East  @ West Gym 5:45pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Mankato East  @ West Gym 6:45pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Faribault @West Gym 4:45pm
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Band “Pops” Concert in the West Auditorium starting at 7:00pm and featuring the West Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz I Admission: $7/adults, $5/students

Friday, February 13, 2015

Congratulations to our Second Quarter Shining Scarlets!

At a breakfast this morning, we congratulated our second quarter Shining Scarlets for the 2014-15 school year.  Students honored this morning have gone above and beyond in their classroom to demonstrate attributes such as Academic Achievement, Significant Personal or Academic Improvement, Effort, Motivation, Initiative, Service to the Classroom Environment, and Creativity.

Congratulations to each of you on this recognition and thank you for your efforts to make West a great place to be!

9th Grade Recipients
Andrew Christiansen Woodworking
Javeriah Chughtai Studio Art 1
Samuel Corey Orchestra
Grace Henry Cardio For Life
Zachary Koser Woodworking
Kyle Liebl Spanish 1
Megan Peters Symphonic Band
Michael Sathoff World History
Rachel Schwichtenberg Geometry
Aaron Sperry English 9 Enriched
Beau Swenson AVID
Allison Vanderplas Physics X

10th Grade Recipients
Erica Benson Algebra IIA
James Dahlvang Health
Abigail Fitzpatrick English 10 Enriched
Emily Gehler Web Page Design
Alyssa Haley AP Chemistry
Ladane Hayle Studio Art 1
Gavin Honken Intro to Engineering Design
Martel Horn Concert Choir
Allison Zielske Spanish 2

11th Grade Recipients
Miranda Caster English 11
Ethan Gruis Pre Calculus
Jacob Hatanpa AP Human Geography
Brandon Hendrickson Spanish 2
Megan Holub Biology 11
Christopher Olsen Biomedical Lab Careers
Autumn Perron Studio Art 1
                     
12th Grade Recipients
Stephanie Anderson AP Calculus
Lynn Braun AP Calculus
Jenna Carter Photography
Andrew Gerber French 4
Jasmine Green Career Planning
Travon Jones Communications 12
Andrew Klanderud Biomedical Lab Careers
Madeline Maruska AP Calculus
Matthew Ouren Lifetime Sports 1

Monday, February 9, 2015

Second Semester Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for Monday, February 23rd

Conference Night Information: What To Do
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday, February 23rd, 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, Feb. 23!!

5:00-5:30 – 1st floor & Annex
5:30-6:00 – 2nd floor
6:00-6:30 – 3rd floor

A Couple of Reminders...

Online registration for Spring 2015 activities is now open.  Just click on the link to begin the process. Mankato West Activities online registration

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 Feb. 9 -14th

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Snow Week Volleyball Tournament in West Gym at 7:30 PM


Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Girls “9A” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 7:30pm
*Boys “Varsity” Hockey game v. St. Cloud Cathedral  @ All Seasons Arena Lower Rink 5:30pm
*Boys “JV” Hockey game v. St. Cloud Cathedral  @ All Seasons Arena Upper Rink 7:30pm

Thursday, Feb12, 2015
Boys “Varsity” Swim meet v. Mankato East @ MSU-Mankato 6:00pm

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Faribault @DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Faribault @DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Faribault @West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Faribault @West Gym 6:00pm

Boys “Varsity” Basketball game v. Faribault @West Gym 7:30pm