West Side Story 2.0

December 7, 2020

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Let's All Do Our Part

We can all do our part to help turn this pandemic around so we can get back to having students in the building, and give our activities back to our students.


Please continue to mask up, keep socially distant, and wash your hands. The better our collective effort is, the quicker we can get back to giving our students the high school experience they deserve. Let's do this for our kids!

Shining Scarlets


Each quarter, our teachers nominate students for our Shining Scarlet Award. Students nominated for this honor have gone above and beyond in the classroom to demonstrate one or more of the following attributes: Academic Achievement and Improvement, Effort, Initiative, Service, and Creativity.


We encourage students to “Be Your Best At West.” We each make the choice, on a daily basis, whether or not we will represent ourselves in the best possible way on any given day. At West, “B-E-S-T” stands for Be Respectful, Engage in Learning, Show Integrity, and Take Responsibility. Students receiving this award demonstrate these values in and out of the classroom.


Please use this link to see our 2020-21 1st quarter Shining Scarlets. Congratulations Shining Scarlets!

Key Club Update

Key Club is a volunteer organization and this year we have an amazing group of Scarlets leading this group. Thank you to Anna Bauer for sharing this information and for her strong leadership.


It has not been as easy to find volunteer opportunities, but this group continues to push through. This fall, Key Club participated in VINE's Rake the Town, We Scare Hunger/ Trick or Treat for Hunger (Collecting food for ECHO), and have been making tie blankets for the REACH.


More recently, they are ringing bells for the Salvation Army, making cards for Old Main Village, and collecting hygiene items for the CADA House.


The commitment and perseverance of the Key Club members is noticeable and helps to make a difference in our community. Thank you, Scarlet Key Club!

Triple 'A' and ExCEL Awards

An email was sent out to juniors and seniors earlier this week informing them about applying for the ExCEL (juniors) or Triple 'A' (seniors) Award. Below are links to the application directions. These awards recognize students who excel in the classroom and community and who are involved in athletics and the fine arts.


ExCEL

Triple 'A'

Social Justice

MOFF, Moving Our Futures Forward, is a student-led club focused on social justice. This group has been engaging in group discussions on differences and acceptance.


Students who are interested in social justice, and in making our school a community where all are valued and feel a sense of belonging, can join this club by using this form.

No Cost Meals During Distance Learning

To best provide service, pick-up schedule changes have been made to Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) nutrition services program, which will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all youth age 18 years and under during and after the transition to a distance learning model. Meals consist of lunch and breakfast for each day. Youth do not need to be enrolled in MAPS, nor do they need to qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Participants must pre-order meals online for pick-up on the following days and locations:


December 8, 11 a.m - 1 p.m.
Two-day meal pick-up. Pre-order by 8 a.m. the day of pick-up.
Hoover Elementary School, 1524 Hoover Drive, North Mankato
West High School, 1351 S. Riverfront Drive


December 9, 4 p.m - 6 p.m.
Seven-day meal pick-up. Pre-order by December 2.
East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road
Dakota Meadows Middle School, 1900 Howard Drive W, North Mankato


December 16, 4 p.m - 6 p.m.
Seven-day meal pick-up. Pre-order by December 9.
East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road
Dakota Meadows Middle School, 1900 Howard Drive W, North Mankato


December 22, 4 p.m - 6 p.m.
Seven-day meal pick-up. Pre-order by December 16.
East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road
Dakota Meadows Middle School, 1900 Howard Drive W, North Mankato


January pick-up information will be released in December. The service is part of the extended Food Service Program approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Provided service will be available on school days following MAPS’ school calendar through June 30, 2021.

For more information, contact food services staff at 507-388-7442.

Tutoring Available

Does your student need homework help after school? MAPS is offering an Online Study Center for all secondary youth (grades 6-12) and sessions are with our MAPS teachers. Sessions are FREE and do not require any pre-registration.


The attached document provides a link and website where students can access the Online Study Center Monday-Thursday from 4-8pm.

Important Dates

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Synchronous Learning Days


Wednesday

Asynchronous Learning Day