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September 24, 2021

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It's Good to be Back!

It has been a great start to the school year, so good to have our Scarlets back in the building! I didn't realize how much we took for granted. I am again enjoying the hum of classroom discussions as I walk down the halls, the busy hallways during passing time, the laughter of students, and the smiles! I have had so many students tell me how happy they are to be back in school. We are, too!


Homecoming is Friday, October 1, 2021. Here is a video of the senior pepfest from last Friday. The Homecoming Court and Dress Up Days were announced. Please see the pictures below for details.

All students are encouraged to take part in the dress up days. Students should report to the Spirit Shack in the lobby during lunch each day to earn points for their class in competition for the Spirit Jug. Other activities during Homecoming Week include the Dodge Ball Tournament on Monday, September 27th at 6:30pm in the gym and a Friday full of Homecoming traditions:

Students will report to their 2nd period classrooms at 8:45am.

Pep Band will march the halls to begin the day.

9:00am - 9:30am - Classroom Activities

Students stay in their 2nd period classroom to participate in activities created by Student Council.

9:30am - Talent Show

Juniors and Seniors will report to the auditorium.

Talent Show will be live streamed to Freshmen and Sophomores in their 2nd period classroom.

11:00am - Coronation

Football Field

All students will be in the bleachers.

12:00pm - Open Lunch for all Students

1:00pm - Dodgeball Playoff

All students - Front Lawn

1:30pm - Class Wars

All students - Front Lawn

2:00pm - Karaoke

All Students - Front Lawn

7:00pm - Football Game

After the football game - 11:00pm - Dance


For details, please view this presentation from our Link Crew.

We are so excited to celebrate our Homecoming traditions with all of our students. Last year, we were only able to include seniors, and even that number had to be limited. This year, we are following a traditional Homecoming Day plan with many of the festivities held outside to help mitigate any spread of COVID.

Please do your part so we can continue to have a normal school year. Our students deserve these memories!

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Congratulations to Violet LeBoutillier for creating the winning Button Design


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary-SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be given this year on Wednesday, October 13th at Mankato West. The PSAT serves as a practice SAT test as well as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program. Both sophomores and juniors can take the PSAT, but only juniors are eligible for National Merit Scholarship recognition.

Information about the PSAT can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

Information about the National Merit Scholarship can be found here: http://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/start.aspx?gid=2&pgida

The PSAT is not a college entrance exam and it is NOT required to take. There are a limited number of tests available, so sign up is encouraged as soon as possible. Registration is online and the cost to take the PSAT is $20.00. The following is specific information about the PSAT test date as well as a link to the registration site.

PSAT Test Date: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Time: Check-in begins at 8:00am, the PSAT will begin promptly at: 8:30am

Place: Mankato West Gymnasium

Cost: $20.00

Registration Link: www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/241485

PSAT Registration Opens: Now

PSAT Registration Ends: Friday, October 8th at 7:00pm

National Merit Scholars

This year, West High School has a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, Miranda Kubesch. West also has three Commended Scholars: Riley Bruning, Emma Plemons-Schunk, and Sarina Spieker.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has a series of steps for students to go through in order to qualify for the honor. The process begins in the fall of the students’ junior year when they take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Approximately 1.5 million students take this test nationwide.

Of these 1.5 million entrants, approximately 50,000 students with the highest PSAT scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers were notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Semifinalist or a Commended Student.

Miranda will remain in consideration to be a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The National Merit finalists will be notified in February.

Congratulations to all of these students on this prestigious honor!

When Your Student is Absent

If your student is absent, they should check Moodle for each of their classes. There they will find assignments/activities. If your student has questions, they should email their teacher.

FYI - Back Lot

We have a steam line replacement that needs to be replaced before the heating season. This project is slated to start October 4th and be completed by the end of the week. Please look at the picture below to see how this work will affect our back lot.

  1. Red lines are what is going to be dug up to get to the steamline
  2. No Parking in the Blue Lines to help create 2 lane traffic around the south side of the Annex.

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Upcoming Events

September 25

Pack the Stands

East/West Soccer at Caswell

Girls Varsity @ 4:00

Boys Varsity @ 6:00

September 27

Dodgeball @6:30pm in the gym

October 1


October 7

School Picture Retakes

Please bring your original photos with you.

October 11

No School

October 13


October 18

Parent Teacher Conferences

4:00pm - 8:00pm

October 21 and 22

No School