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March 14, 2023

Spring Ahead!

As the clocks push us forward, let's hope spring is just around the corner! This week, some of our spring sports begin, which is always a good sign that spring is on its way.


This is another busy week at West! Wednesday, our 10th graders will be participating in the Career Expo, and Friday, HOSA will be hosting a Blood Drive.

MCA Testing (10th and 11th Grade Families)

A testing letter was sent to all 10th and 11th grade families. The morning of April 4th, 10th grade students will be taking the MCA Reading test. 11th grade students will take the Math and Science portion of the MCA’s starting April 18th. If you choose to opt your student (s) out of MCA testing, please read and fill out this form. Copies of the form are available in the office. All forms should be returned to the office at least a week prior to the testing date.


If you have any questions, please email me directly at rmeyer2@isd77.org.


Thank you for your time and attention to this matter!

Free ACT Prep & Practice Tests

March 2 Success is a free online test prep site that helps students prepare for standardized tests. Students will need to create an account to access this resource. For more information, please watch this video.


Course Description: The ACT course features a full-length diagnostic test in English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing, a personalized learning path with lessons and quizzes, and three full-length practice tests, with detailed answer explanations for each question. Scoring is scaled in accordance with ACT and provided by content area and overall score. The course’s subject areas include all of the areas tested on the actual ACT exam. The self-paced online course features interactive games, exercises and flashcards.

This course is based on Peterson’s online course development philosophy and approach:

  • Individualized learning: every individual is unique
  • Strategic learning: focus on achievable goals
  • Pedagogical soundness: diagnosis-remediation-assessment model
  • Comprehensiveness

Here's how it works:

  • An initial diagnostic pre-assessment determines the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Based on pre-assessment results, a personalized course is created for each student. The course includes lessons that target exactly what the student needs to study.
  • Practice tests allow the student to apply learning and gauge progress.
  • The course is available 24/7 from any Internet-connected device.

This course covers a wide range of knowledge, providing remediation for all subject areas tested on the ACT exam.

Congratulations To...

Jonah and Raymond Zhao who are both National Merit Finalists!


DECA who had students who were successful at the state competition and qualified to move on to International competition. Meea Atkinson was named a MN State Officer, West HS received the Chapter Promotion Award and Ashley Hawker was named 2023 Outstanding Advisor Award.


Our Trig Star team, who had the highest cumulative score from their top 10 scores. John Voracek took 1st place and will move on to the state competition.


The West Concert Band and Wind Ensemble who earned a Superior Rating at the Region 2AA Large Group Contest here in the West Auditorium.

Department Highlights: Music

This week we are highlighting our Music department. Ms. Baker is our Choir Director, Mr. Engel is our Orchestra Director, and Mr. Krusemark is our Band Director. This semester, students are engaged in learning in the following courses:
  • Concert Choir
  • Scarlet Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • AP Music Theory


Next year a new class, Music Tech, will be offered. Thank you to Educare for their generous grant to fund a full music lab to make this class possible.


We have had our Band and Orchestra Concerts this month, and our Choir performed March 13.

Senior Corner

Graduation will be here before you know it!


If you’ve never experienced a West High Grad Party, it has a longstanding tradition of being an all-night extravaganza for our awesome graduates. The party is planned, staffed and chaperoned by parent/guardian volunteers and includes tons of food, activities, entertainment, prizes and a gift for every senior who attends! It is a safe, fun and memorable event for all that choose to attend!!!


Please click HERE for details regarding the party and to get your senior registered (page 2).


Please Note: This is not a school sponsored event, if you have questions regarding the party, please email mankatowestgradparty@gmail.com.


Senior Photos: If your student has not yet submitted their Senior photo, please do so ASAP by using this link.

This Week's Home Events

March 15

Career Expo - 10th Grade


March 17

HOSA Blood Drive - Gymnasium

Upcoming Events

March 20

Glo Show Art Gallery 6:00pm in Room 227


March 23

Last Day of 3rd Quarter


March 24, 27, and 28

No school


March 29

Grade Check #3

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