Monday, September 1, 2014

The Importance of Student Attendance Reminder

by Sherri Blasing
West Assistant Principal

As we begin the school year, I would just like to remind you of the importance of daily attendance.   Educators and parents alike know that regular school attendance directly relates to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of our students. Time lost from class is irretrievable in terms of human experience and learning.

I would like to invite you to partner with us in emphasizing the importance of attendance with your child by encouraging your child to attend school regularly.  Please limit absences by scheduling appointments, vacations, college visits, etc. on non-school days.  Should your child need to miss school, please notify the office on the day of your child’s absence.  

Absences not verified within 24 hours will remain unexcused, and unexcused absences can result in losing credit for a class and truancy. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about your child’s attendance. I look forward to seeing your child every day and working with you to ensure your child has a successful experience at West High School.

School Attendance Line

Please report student absences by calling: 387-2490. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

Home Activities Week of September 2-6

We always appreciate when people are able to join us for Scarlet activities and a chance to support our amazing students.  Check out the great options in town this week and each week in the Mankato West Blog or on the Big9.org website as well.



Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014
Time
Event
Details

4:00pm
vs. Mankato East @ Minnesota State University, Mankato
5:00pm
5:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
6:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
7:15pm

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014
Time
Event
Details


4:30pm
4:30pm
6:00pm
vs. Northfield @ Minnesota State University, Mankato
6:00pm
vs. Northfield @ Minnesota State University, Mankato
6:00pm
6:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
7:15pm



Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
Time
Event
Details

9:00am
vs. Owatonna, Saint James, Shakopee @ Mankato West High School -

9:00am
vs. Austin, Cedar Mountain, Loyola Catholic, Mankato East, Maple River, Martin County West, Mayer Lutheran, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, NRHEG, Saint Peter, Sibley East, St. Clair, United South Central, Windom, Worthington @ Mankato Minnesota State University

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm





Monday, August 18, 2014

Health Services Reminders for Fall 2014

As school begins, so begins a busy time in the Health Service Office. Here are a few reminders for you to keep in mind as you and your student begin a new year.

• Please complete and return the yellow health census form with health and emergency information.

• Students with chronic health conditions such as asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes and seizures, need to have an Individual Health and Emergency Care Plan on file in the West Health Office. These plans need to be completed by parents by the beginning of each school year. The forms can be obtained on the District Health Office website or by contacting the West Health Office by calling 387-3488.

• Medications – prescription and over-the-counter – must be brought to the Health Service Office in the original container by a parent/guardian. The Mankato Area Public Schools Consent for Administration of Medication form must be completed before any medication can be given to the student. Students who use inhalers or other emergency medications need to have a parent or guardian complete the medication form and make arrangements with the school nurse. You may get Consent for Administration forms from the office or you may print them off the district website.

• Please inform the Health Service Office of any immunizations (day, month and year) that the student has received in the past year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Work Permits and Parking Permits

Work Permits for Juniors and Seniors
Juniors and seniors who are on track for graduation may apply for work permits if they have a scheduled study hall during class periods 1 or 7. Students may only have one work permit per semester and must apply or renew applications for work permits each semester. Work permit applications are in the high school office, and these applications require a parent signature.


Parking Permit Information
As students prepare for the new year, many are eager to pick up their parking passes. This year, seniors have been able to pick up registration materials and purchase passes beginning August 20. Seniors will have priority until the first day of school.  Juniors can have their name put on a lottery list. If there are parking permits available after the first day of school, a lottery will be held to  determine which Juniors will receive parking permits. Sophomores are not allowed to purchase parking permits.

The parking passes are $80 and will be issued for the front student lot only. The back lot will be for staff and visitor parking. Free parking is available to any student in the parking lot adjacent the baseball field.  Please remember, in order to obtain a parking pass, students must turn in the completed registration card (remember to fill in your license plate number), with parent and student signatures on the front and back with the $80 payment.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Important Dates to Remember - Fall 2014

Are you ready to get back to school yet? With fall activities starting on Monday, the first day of school is just around the corner. We are excited to have some students back in the building again soon.

Here are some important dates to remember for this fall. We will have other fall reminders and information coming soon. Welcome back to our returning students and families and welcome to West all of our new families as well!

Back to School Kick-Off Days (Grade 10-12):  August 20 and 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Freshmen Link Crew Orientation is on Wednesday, August 27, in the West gym from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Open House Reminder: Wednesday, August 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers of your students, understand the classes they are taking, and see West High School. Parents of ninth graders and transfer students will meet in the auditorium from approximately 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and will receive an overview of West High School.  As a reminder, 9th graders are invited to attend a Freshmen Link Crew Dance from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the West gymnasium.

Make-Up Picture Day is on Friday, September 12

Homecoming is Friday, October 3. More details to come in September.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held twice during the year–once each semester. 
  • First semester conferences: Monday, October 13, 2013, from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Second semester conferences: Monday,  February 23, 2015, from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mankato West High School Activities Department New Online Registration System Information

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The Mankato East and West High School Activities Departments have made a change for the activities registration process.  All activities registrations will be completed online.  The online system allows you to complete the full registration and pay at your convenience.  

Paper versions of athletic and fine arts registration will no longer be available or accepted; however, payments can still be made by cash or check if need be.  If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your reduced cost will automatically be included in the registration program once you have turned in the application form.

Sports physicals will be the only paperless exception to the online registration process.  The MSHSL requires each district to have a signed copy of a MSHSL sports physical on file for every 7-12 grade athlete.  Athletic physicals are valid for 3 years.  If you would like to submit an updated sports physical, you can scan, fax, or drop off a copy to the West Activities Office during office hours.  Students will not be considered registered until a valid copy is submitted to the West Activities Office and the online registration is complete.

You can also purchase student activity passes through the new registration system.  You will pay by credit card and then pick up your pass in the office once they are ready.  Please print and bring your receipt with you in order to pick up the student activity pass.  

For those parents/students who do not have access to the internet or need assistance with this new registration process, please feel free to stop into the Mankato West Activities Office and use our registration station during office hours.  A parent and student must be present to register.  Also, there is a section on the front page of the website listing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that may be helpful to new users.  

Steps to Register:
    1. Read and familiarize yourself with the home page (please note the tabs across the top of the page and additional printable documents available)
    2. Parents will login to the system using the Google Username and Google Password for your child.  That information is available to view on the “Profile Information Page” of the parent portal on Infinite Campus.  
    3. If you have multiple children, you will be able to view all of them by using just one of the logins.
  1. Once familiar, click “Start Your Registration” near the bottom of the page
  2. Registration must be complete before your student will be eligible to participate.
  3. You will be asked for doctor, dentist, and insurance information as part of the registration process - you may want to have the information with you when registering
  4. If you have questions about registering, please contact the Mankato West Activities Office.  

Important Information

Registration Opens: Thursday, July 17
Fall Practices Begin: Monday, August 11
West High School Fall PAC Meeting: Tuesday, August 5 @ 7:00 pm in the West High School Auditorium (all fall athletes and parents of fall athletes are asked to attend this meeting)
Participation Fees:
High School Athletics: $160
Middle School Athletics: $100
Free Lunch = Free Participation Fee
Reduced Lunch = 25% Participation Fee
Family Max: A family maximum for participation fees is set at $550 per year

Dakota Meadows Middle School Athletics - Practices Begin: Monday, August 25
Dakota Meadows Middle School Athletics - PAC Meeting: Tuesday, August 19 - 6:00 pm @ West HS Auditorium