Wildcat News

November 18, 2022

Principal's Message

Here are a few things so you stay in the know:

~ It's chilly...please make sure your kiddo is dressed for the changing weather!!! We go outside when it's cold. We go outside when it's really cold. We go outside when it's windy. See the chart below for specific guidelines we use based on "feels like" temperatures. Your help with the right clothing is really needed, so thank you in advance. If you need help with this, just say the word and we'll help! Also, if would ever like to donate to our winter gear collection, we are in need of snow pants (sizes 5-12) and boots. Thanks!

~NWEA Testing Change: Please see the letter below regarding a testing change that we are making in District 77.

~ Parking Lot: Please, please, please do NOT use the parking lot for pick-up and drop-off unless you have permission to do so. This is where our special ed buses, our AMV vans, and a few other parents are parked to drop-off and pick-up children. Also, please do not block the entrance and exit to our parking lot. Your help with this is needed, so thank you!!! If you are bringing students to ACES or picking up from ACES, and it is before the rush of the morning or after the busyness of dismissal, then you may pull into the parking lot. I hope that makes sense.

~ Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL for K-5 students November 22-27.

Happy Thanksgiving to every Washington Wildcat family. I am grateful to get to be a part of such a GREAT place!


Ann Haggerty

Washington Principal


How To Dress For The Weather...

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NWEA Testing Change

Dear Washington student caregiver,

Our NWEA standardized assessment window has changed from Spring to Winter testing. The testing window is now from December 1- 23rd. During these weeks children in grades K-5 will take a MAP Growth test from NWEA. Students take MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth in math and reading throughout the school year and from year to year. Teachers use this to help diagnose student learning needs and skills to work on for the remainder of the school year.


Ann Haggerty

Washington Principal

Attendance Reminders

Attendance is absolutely critical for students to be successful. Please be aware that our attendance protocols will be followed with fidelity. This includes:

  • Sending a letter at 7 tardies, another letter at 14 tardies, and a meeting with parents after 14 tardies;

  • Sending a letter at 7 excused absences, another at 14 excused absences, and a meeting with parents after 14 excused absences;

  • Sending a letter after 3 unexcused absences, another letter and a meeting at 5 unexcused absences, and filing Educational Neglect after 7 unexcused absences.

Other friendly reminders:

  • Please be sure to call the attendance line if your child will be absent (507-345-3059).

  • An automated voice message goes out to parents at 9:15 each day if we have not received a call from a parent/guardian about a student being absent.

  • The 1st bell rings at 7:50, and if students are not present by 8:00 they are marked tardy.

Your partnership in this process is critical, and home/school working together to have all our kiddos in school as much as possible is a shared goal. Thank you for your attention to these details!

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Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) is committed to working together equitably, with families and communities, so that each learner has the knowledge and skills to be a successful and contributing citizen in a diverse global society.