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January 27, 2022

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Registration for the 2022-23 School Year

In February, students will register for classes for the 2022-23 school year. If you have a student in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, we highly encourage you to check out our registration guide.

Check out page 5, where you will find links to different career pathways. Each pathway has a guide to help students decide which pathway fits best for them and suggested courses to take in high school. Take a look at the Health Science example.

On page 12, you can explore all of the dual credit options we offer to students, such as Advanced Placement, Articulated Credit, PLTW, and PSEO.

We want students to make informed decisions when registering for courses, so we will be providing extra opportunities for them to investigate courses that meet their interest areas and help prepare them for their post high school path.

Please understand that once students submit their course choices (at the end of February), those are the courses they will be enrolled in the following year. We base all of our staffing and teacher hiring on student course requests, so it is highly unlikely that we will be able to honor course request changes after March.

Conferences - February 7

We will be hosting parent/teacher conferences on Monday, February 7th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Please use this link https://ptcfast.com/schools/Mankato_West_High_School to schedule conference times with your student’s teachers. You will find your student's teachers by viewing their schedule on your parent portal in Infinite Campus. If you need assistance with PTCFast please access this video for support.

Other Opportunities to Attend During Conferences

Registration Exploration: Visit teachers to ask about courses for next year

PSEO Informational Meeting - 5:00, Auditorium

Dual Credit Informational Meeting - 5:45, Auditorium

8th Grade Registration Meeting - 6:30, Auditorium

AVID Informational Meeting - 7:30, Room 120

ELL Registration Meeting - 7:30, Room 222

Special Education Registration Meeting - 7:30, Cafeteria

Registration Exploration

We have a dual purpose for Conference Night, parent/teacher conferences and registration exploration.

Students will be provided information throughout the next week about our different elective offerings. We encourage students to decide on some interest areas, and visit with those teachers during conference night. This will help students make informed decision as to the classes they would like to register for next year.

PSEO Informational Meeting

On Monday, February 7th at 5pm, the school counseling staff at Mankato West High School will hold an informational meeting for current students and parents who would like to learn more about the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. The meeting will take place in the Auditorium at West High School.

Students who will be in grades 10-12 for the 2022-23 school year may be eligible if they meet the necessary academic requirements set by the college or university. PSEO is a dual enrollment program where a student can earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at a participating Minnesota college. Additional information about PSEO is available on the District Website.

Dual Credit Informational Meeting

On Monday, February 7th at 5:45pm a team of teachers and counselors will hold an informational meeting for current students and parents who would like to learn more about our dual credit offerings.

Information will include Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Articulated Credit courses, Concurrent Enrollment courses and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. All of these courses offer students the opportunity to earn high school credit, as well as college credit.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Informational Meeting

On Monday, February 7th at 7:30 in room 120 our AVID elective teachers will hold an information meeting. Students and parents interested in AVID are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Special Services Registration Meetings

On Monday, February 7th at 7:30 we will have staff available to answer registration questions from families with students who receive special services.

Our families with students receiving ELL services will meet in room 222 with our ELL teachers and cultural liaisons.

Our families with students receiving Special Education services will meet in the cafeteria with Special Education teachers/case managers.

Masking Mandate

Due to the high number of COVID cases in our high schools at this time, we are extending the mask mandate for one more week. Next Thursday, February 3rd, we will review the data to determine if the mandate will continue, or if masks will be recommended but not required.

Upcoming Surveys

On Thursday, February 3rd all students will take the Student Wellness Survey during Scarlet Time. You can find more information on this survey and an opt form on this document, which was sent to families on January 21st.

Next week, 9th and 11th grade families will receive this information in the mail on the Minnesota Student Survey. Every three years students in grades 9 & 11 take the Minnesota Student Survey. The important information from this survey helps our school and community develop effective programs to better serve and support our students and families. This survey will be administered to students on Tuesday, February 15th.

Upcoming Events

February 2

Distance Learning/Support Wednesday

February 3

Student Wellness Survey

February 7

Parent/Teacher Conference/Registration Night 4:00pm - 8:00pm

February 9

Distance Learning/Support Wednesday

February 10

Grade Level Registration Meetings during Scarlet Time

February 14

No School

February 15

1st Grade Check for Quarter 3

MN Student Survey - Grades 9 and 11

9th Grade Registration

February 16

11th Grade Registration

February 18

9th Grade Career Navigator at South Central College

10th Grade Registration