West Side Story 2.0

Wednesday, February 19th

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Congratulations, Snow King Hudson Hastings!

Last week, the Scarlets chose Hudson Hastings as the 2020 Snow King for Mankato West High School! Hudson was crowned after an exciting afternoon of activities.

Here are ALL of the winners from Friday's competitions:

  • Volleyball: OG Ballers [Ben Maes, Jalissa Stolzman, Cam Stuve, Madi Mueller, Jack Norris, and Jared Frericks]
  • Student-Teacher Dance-Off: Hudson Hastings and Mrs. Blasing
  • Talent Show: Step Mellow [Tyler Bentdahl, Jackson Koeneman, Angelo Alonzo]
  • Snow King Coronation: Hudson Hastings escorted by Alison Brunmeier

9th Grade Career Navigator

Friday, Feb. 21st, 8:30am-2:15pm

1920 Lee Boulevard

North Mankato, MN

On Friday, February 21st, all freshmen at Mankato West will attend the Career Navigator Event hosted by South Central College.

The Career Navigator was designed to provide ninth graders with the opportunity to explore the many career options available to them and learn about the academic preparation and technical skills needed to succeed.

"They Lied. We Know." Anti-Vaping Campaign

The Mankato West and East P4T (Project 4 Teen) student leaders are partnering with Cambria to provide more education and resources in exposing the truth behind vaping as part of their "They Lied. We Know." campaign.

Their message is simple:

"It’s a misconception that e-cigarettes and vaping are safe. Nothing could be further from the truth! There have been multiple deaths and many more people have become severely ill and sickened with lung issues this year. The cases are just beginning to come in, be reported, and become better understood by the medical community."

P4T members have been working in coordination with Cambria to present information on this topic during our Scarlet Showcase and within our schools.

On Thursday, February 20th, P4T and Cambria will be leading an assembly at Mankato West to share their message with our entire student body. To find out more about this campaign, please visit the Cambria Cares page here.

Congratulations to some of the BEST at West!

The common theme of this week's newsletter is congratulating all of the AMAZING students we have at West! The praise continues as we honor the hard work of some of our amazing teams!

2nd SEMESTER SHINING SCARLETS: Our 2nd Quarter Shining Scarlets are the epitome of everything it means to "Be Your Best at West!" Congratulations to all of our Shining Scarlet winners!

MATH LEAGUE: The West Math League team took top honors in the Section Meet and will be competing at the State Meet in March.

WEST GYMNASTICS: The West gymnastics team took 1st place at sections last week! They will be competing in the State Gymnastics meet this Friday and Saturday at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.

WEST ALPINE SKIING: Congratulations to senior Jason Sparks and freshman Breck Carlson who competed at the State Alpine Ski Meet last week!

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Peer Tutoring and Mentoring Going Strong at West!

The Peer Tutoring and Mentoring courses offered at West are Work-Based Learning electives offered to 11th and 12th-grade students interested in working within a school environment. Students who are placed in these courses exhibit good citizenship and moral character while also displaying positive communication skills, a sense of caring, and lots of patience as they work in the classroom.

Peer Tutoring:

When a student registers to be a peer tutor, they select a high school teacher to be placed with. The courses and teachers students choose from are ones they had previously and enjoyed. In order to be a tutor, knowledge of curriculum content is key. Students work with teachers to help provide additional support and direction to students taking the course.

Matthew Warnke reflected on his ability to assist some students as they reviewed for a unit test: “They took the test the next day and all got A’s." Ayan Mohamud is helping with English Language Learners and even assisted a substitute teacher for the class period. Keandra Olson is peer tutoring in PE and plans to be a mentor next semester at an off-site school.


Mentoring is different in that the high school student leaves their base school and works within District 77 elementary and middle-level schools. As one can imagine, the younger students develop positive relationships with mentors.

Tiana Johnson is working with 1st and 4th graders. One of the best things that happened to was when she helped a little one tie his shoes using different methods, like the bunny ears. Tiana stated, "It was a simple quick gesture but I felt important and useful in the moment, and I’m glad I'm connecting with as many kids as possible.”

Developing positive relationships between the schools and other students is key to successful mentoring.

Naviance Password Reset (Parents Only)

Naviance, our district College and Career Readiness tool, has updated its password requirements for parents. If you are a parent/guardian who has not logged into Naviance yet this year, you will be required to reset your password the next time you log in, starting on January 27th. (Note: If you have logged into Naviance AFTER Dec 16th, your login experience will not change.) Student login access has not changed.

If you need additional support with Naviance or have questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Don't miss out on ordering your Mankato West High School 2019-2020 yearbook! Orders are due by Friday, April 3rd!

Order your yearbook online HERE.

If you are the parent of a senior and are interested in purchasing a grad ad for your student, follow the link HERE to find out more about ordering and designing an ad. Grad ads must be ordered by Friday, March 6th.

Contact Yearbook Advisor Meredith Mayra with any questions at mmayra1@isd77.org.

Upcoming Events

  • Honors Band SCMBDA Band Festival - Saturday, February 22nd @ 8:00 AM

  • Band Pops Concert - Saturday, February 22nd @ 7:30 PM

Find Basketball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Swimming, and Wrestling events here:


Weather Info

With our winter weather comes the possibility of late starts, cancellations or early releases. Here is a link to weather-related information from our district website.