What's Up @ West

August 29, 2022

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Welcome Back!

This was an exciting day, welcoming our new 7th grade students, along with new 8th and 9th graders. Lots of energy in the air and plenty of smiles to go around!

As we prepare for the return of all students tomorrow, we want to thank you for supporting your student as they return for another year of learning. We have made some adjustments to our schedule (in addition to the later start), which you'll see below. As the week proceeds, we will also be communicating with students about some shifts in our policies related to cell phone usage and on time attendance. We will be sure to share this information with you as well.

Our Open House is Wednesday, September 14 from 4-7pm and coincides with a wonderful Electric Vehicle Expo and the Grand Opening of our ICA Food Pantry. Many exciting events on the horizon for West! You'll be hearing from your student's CREW teacher, if you haven't already, and should always feel free to connect with them as your first point of contact in the building. You may also reach out to the general building number 952.988.4400 at any time with questions. Welcome to 2022-2023!

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School Nutrition Update

USDA free meal waivers have expired. Schools will return to paid meals for all students that do not qualify for free or reduced meal benefits beginning August 29th. Please visit your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to add money to your student's account. Meals must be prepaid.

More details in this nutrition update letter.

School Start Time Change

The secondary schools (both junior highs and the high school) will start at 8:45 and end at 3:25, beginning this school year. Students may be dropped off at 8:30, and students should be dropped off at Door D, as in years past. Although our students will be able to sleep later, we still encourage them to get enough rest and to do so without their screens. Our partners at Live More Screen Less put together the educational video below with more information on this topic.
Live More Screen Less Parenting in a Digital Age - Sleep
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Important Dates & Details


Sept. 5: No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 13: Picture Retake day

Sept. 14: Open House and Electric Vehicle Expo

Sept. 26: No School (Rash Hashana)

Sept. 30: No School (staff development)

Picture Retake

Retakes are on Tuesday, Sept. 13th (during the school day)

Order online using code: EVTJ67VNF

We will need 1 volunteer to assist the photographers (get a free picture voucher), call 952-988-4400 if interested

Open House & Expo

Our Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 4-7pm. Families will have an opportunity to meet their students' teachers and various information sessions will be offered, including information on Canvas, IB and our WJH Community School.

Join us for an Electric Vehicle Expo, Sept. 14th.

5:30-7pm see vehicles outside.

7-8p join us in the cafeteria to hear from electric vehicle experts.

Health Info

Is your student up-to-date on immunizations?

The Hopkins School District has adopted a NO SHOTS-NO SCHOOL POLICY to be in compliance with Minnesota School Immunization Law. Read here for info.

Questions, please contact Ann Salzer at 952-988-4804.

We are a welcoming community. We embrace individuality, inclusivity, & kindness as empowered learners who create a better world. All students explore their passions. All students feel ownership. Students & teachers collaborate. The culture is restorative.