West Side Story 2.0

Monday, April 27, 2020

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Distance Learning 2.0

Distance Learning 2.0

While I think most of us knew it was coming, it was still difficult to hear the news that we will not be coming back to our building this school year. At the top of my wish list is to have all of our students and staff back in our building, but I am thankful that the health and safety of our community is a priority of Governor Walz and his administration.

Distance Learning will continue until the end of the school year. The Minnesota Department of Education has indicated they will provide additional guidance to assist districts through the remaining weeks of school, and updates will continued to be shared with families. This Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4, will be teacher work days. Our food service will provide lunches on May 1 and May 4 from 11:00 - 1:00.


We are living in an unprecedented time, and in order to protect the health of our families and community, we are having to make difficult decisions.

Given the information shared by Governor Walz, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel Prom. It was our hope that we would be able to postpone Prom, and reschedule for a later date, but we know now that this will not be a possibility this year.


A student at Mankato West, Liz Paul is a 2020 Spirit Of Youth Honoree. Kayla Koble nominated Liz for her selfless nature and talent as a volunteer in Roosevelt Elementary classroom. In May, you will see media posts with a more complete biography of Liz. Congratulations, Liz!

Mankato West High School has been named one of the Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. West is ranked #21 in Minnesota. Thank you to our students and staff! Your hard work is evident in this ranking.

Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week. We are encouraging our Scarlet community to join us in honoring our teachers through flying Community Ribbons. Families are encouraged to put a RED ribbon around a tree in their yard or mailbox in support of teachers. The ribbons should be kept up for the week and regardless of where teachers go in town, they will see the ribbons and feel appreciated. Ribbons should start to fly on Monday, May 4th!

Beacon of Hope

Each Friday, we turn on the lights on Todnem Field at 8:20pm (20:20) for 77 minutes to honor our seniors and to let all of our students know, "we miss you and we care about you, Scarlets." Please do not come to the field, but show your support by turning on your outdoor light at home to show we are all in this together.

I hope you will join in and turn your porch light on Friday nights at 8:20pm. #BeTheLightMN

If you would like to help get the message out, like these seniors, take a picture of your student by your "porch light" and email it to me. I would love to see some Scarlets and would like to post more pictures on Twitter to show support for our Scarlets. sblasi1@isd77.org

Graduation Info

While we were hopeful that we would be able to hold our traditional commencement ceremony, with the Governor’s message that we will not be physically returning to school, we now know that our traditional ceremony on June 4th will not be a possibility.

We know how difficult this is to hear. We recognize that our seniors have not had the senior spring they deserve. While we are not able to provide some of the senior traditions, we are working on a plan to celebrate the Class of 2020.

We will be sending out a survey on April 29th to seniors and senior parents to gather feedback to help us in planning for a graduation celebration. We will need the surveys returned by May 4th. We will use your information to help formulate a plan and our plan will be ready and communicated to families on May 8th.

Please know that it breaks our hearts knowing that we can’t give our seniors the ceremony they expected, but we will do something to honor and recognize this special group of students.

While we don't know yet what our ceremony will look like, it will include student speakers. Auditions for Commencement speakers will be in mid-May. Here is where you will find the speech guidelines. Seniors interested in speaking should email me at sblasi1@isd77.org. More information about auditions will be coming soon.

It has been a challenging spring for our seniors who have missed out on significant milestones. We would like to acknowledge and support our seniors to let them know #weareallinthistogether.

EVERY Senior Family in Mankato will receive a yard sign. If you were not able to pick up your yard sign, please call our office this week to arrange a time for pick up. The number is 387-3461.

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