Cougar Connection

An Update from your Mankato East Administration Team

May 9, 2022

Wrapping up 2021-2022

Students and Families,

We're almost to the end of the school year! Can you believe it?

Sometimes it seems that this year has been three school years rolled into one. Do you remember how we started the year with all kinds of worries that we might have to divide up into learning groups again? COVID numbers skyrocketed this fall and early winter and sent many of our staff and students on extended absences from school. We had to switch to mandatory masks in the building a few times to try to keep a handle on illnesses. And although everything was supposed to be back to 'normal' not much actually felt 'normal' for a long time. We were all struggling to figure out how to be in a shared space with 1,400 people again. There were definitely periods of this past year when we all wondered if things were ever going to get back to how they should be.

Then suddenly, we were heading to State tournaments in every winter sport and all of our club activities. East was on a roll with major successes to celebrate for many students, teams, and coaches. Our music department was able to travel to Nashville after weeks of helping us celebrate win after win at home and on the road. We were able to hold a fantastic prom this past weekend. And now we're planning a big celebration as we send our Seniors out into the world as graduates.

We are so grateful to end this year reflecting on the amazing things that have happened for our students and school community. It is clear that we have pushed through the challenges these past few years have presented and have come out stronger on the other side.

End of the Year Schedule

One thing we've learned over the past few years is how important it is to end the school year with every opportunity for students to earn credit. So, just as in previous semesters, we are going to make some adjustments to required attendance for the last few days of school.

The last few days of school will be a time for students to improve their grades, work toward earning credit, and demonstrate their learning. We will not hold a formal finals schedule.

Students who are in good standing and satisfied with their grades do not need to attend school on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3 (see the criteria below).

Semester grades will be based on the formula of 50% from the third quarter and 50% from the fourth quarter.

  • Wednesday, June 1 - Regular bell schedule. All 9th-11th grade students should attend on their regular schedule and will have regular class activities. 12th graders who want to improve their grades and work toward earning credit should report under the conditions below.

  • Thursday, June 2 - Regular bell schedule. Any 9th-12th grade students who want to improve their grades should attend and work on the classes they need to improve. Students should only report for the classes they are failing or need to improve.

  • Friday, June 3 - Regular bell schedule. Any 9th-11th grade students who want to improve their grades should attend and work on the classes they need to improve. Students should only report for the classes they are failing or need to improve. Seniors will not report to any classes, they have commencement rehearsal at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

Based on an individual student's academic standing and family preference there are a few options for attending during the last three school days.

  • Students who are failing a course are required to report to school on a regular bell schedule for the courses they are failing.

  • Students who want to improve their grades should report to school on a regular bell schedule and attend the courses they want to improve.

  • Students who are satisfied with their grades are not required to attend school.

  • Students who prefer to be in school or need to be in school to receive special services should report to school on a normal bell schedule.

  • Students only need to report for the classes they are failing, however, students and families must provide transportation to and from the building for those classes.

  • Students will not be allowed to 'hang- out' in the building waiting to attend classes. If you are here for the full day due to transportation requirements like riding the bus or waiting for a parent, you will be required to be in your assigned classrooms following your regular bell schedule.

  • There will be open campus lunch periods for all students Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.

Chromebook Returns

All students are required to turn in their school-issued Chromebooks for repair and maintenance at the end of the school year.

East High School students may begin returning their Chromebooks (once they are finished with all of their coursework for the year) on Tuesday, May 31.

The Technology Department will collect Chromebooks in Rooms 103A & 103B from

8:30am -3:35pm.

Chromebooks will be collected in Room 103A & 103B throughout the week, Tuesday, May 31 - Friday, June 3, during regular school hours.

If you are currently an Edgenuity Online student through our partnership with the South Central Service Cooperative, you must return your Chromebook during regular school hours (8:00 am-3:35 pm) on May 31-June 3, 2022.

Awards Ceremony

The Spring Awards Ceremony will be limited to junior and senior students only this school year. We will hold the ceremony in the East High School Auditorium at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 18.

Junior and Senior parents and family members are welcome to attend. Please arrive in time to find seating.


Our 2022 Commencement Celebration will be held at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 3, 2022. If you would like to attend, you may do so. There are no tickets required this year and there will be plenty of seating for all.

Support our After Grad Party

You can help support our After Grad Party by purchasing dinner at BWs this coming Monday, May 16. See the flyer below:
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Finish Strong!

We have just a few weeks to go everyone. Make sure you are doing everything you can to stay on top of your assignments and responsibilities. Finish the year strong so you can head into your summer knowing you did your best. Thank you all for a great 2021-2022 school year.