West Side Story 2.0

October 9, 2020

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

New Rotation Begins on Monday

Monday, October 12, we will start our new A/B rotation. Monday will be an A day, Tuesday a B day, and Wednesday a D day. We do not have school on Thursday or Friday.


Here you will find the new calendar showing A days, B days, D days, and K-12 Distance Learning Days.


Distance Learning Only students will follow the schedule below on Wednesdays. It is an expectation that students will connect virtually with their teachers in their assigned hour.



1st Hour - 12:00

2nd Hour - 12:30

3rd Hour - 1:00

4th Hour - 1:30

5th Hour - 2:00

6th Hour - 2:30

7th Hour - 3:00

Grade Check

It is mid-quarter time, and I would encourage you to check grades in Infinite Campus. Teachers have their grade books up to date and the grades you see will give you a good indication as to how your student is doing.


The grading period ends on November 12th.

National Merit Commended Scholars

Congratulations to Lane Alfstad, Benjamin Crockett, William Gronewald, and Emily Spieker for being named commended students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.


Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competiton by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

PSAT Information

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be given this Wednesday, October 14th at Mankato West.


More information (what to bring, schedule adjustments, calculator rules, etc.) will be coming from Ms. Ottmar to those juniors who are registered.


PSAT Test Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Time: Check-in opens: 8:30am Test Begins: 9:00am

Place: Mankato West Gymnasium

Cost: $20.00

PSAT Registration Opens: Open Now

PSAT Registration Ends: Tuesday, October 13th 4:00pm

Register online here: - www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/241485

PSAT Student Guides are available in the Mankato West Counseling office for students who have registered to take the test. They can also be accessed online HERE.

Streaming Activities

To view Mankato West Athletics or Activities that are being livestreamed, please go to the Mankato West Activities webpage and look under "Livestream Events 2020".


Mankato West Activities

Career Corner

Learn about Apprenticeships and Construction Careers in this month’s Career Corner newsletter.

MAPS Family Academy

Please join us on Oct 12, 2020 for Mankato Area Public School's Family Academy. There are five breakout sessions to choose from providing families tips, tools and strategies to stay engaged with your student's education. All sessions will be held online. To register: Go to isd77.org and click on Connect and then on Family Academy or call 507-387-5501.

National School Lunch Week

Next week is National School Lunch Week. Here is a shout out to our amazing food service staff! The staff here not only serves our students and staff, they provide meals to other district programs and continue to provide curbside service to children 18 years old and under.


Thank you to our Food Service!

Important Dates

Monday, October 12

New Group A day


Tuesday, October 13

New Group B day


Wednesday, October 14

New Group D day (distance learning only students)


Thursday, Friday, October 15 and 16

MEA Break

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