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Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

2nd Semester Conferences and Scarlet Showcase

Monday, Feb. 10th, 3:30-7:30pm

1351 South Riverfront Drive

Mankato, MN

We invite all families and students to attend our 2nd semester Conference Night and Scarlet Showcase on Monday, February 10th. This is a great evening to meet your student's 2nd semester teachers and discuss your student's progress in their courses. It also provides you with an opportunity to meet with the teachers of courses your student may be interested in registering for next year. Teachers will be available in their rooms from 3:30 - 5:00 and again from 5:45 - 7:30. During the teachers' break, we encourage all families with students in grades 9-11 to attend the registration meeting in the auditorium. As part of this evening, parents are also invited to attend two informational meetings that will provide insights into registration for next year.


REGISTRATION MEETING (with Counselors)

5:00-5:45pm in the Auditorium

As part of this evening, our counselors will be hosting an informational registration meeting for families with students in grades 9-11 from 5:00 to 5:45 in the auditorium. We hope you will join us for this important meeting to help support your students in making informed decisions when registering for classes for the 2020-21 school year as this not only impacts their futures, but also important staffing decisions in our building.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES INFORMATIONAL MEETING (with AP Teachers)

5:45-6:15pm in the Auditorium

Advanced Placement teachers will be hosting an informational meeting in the cafeteria for parents and students who would like to learn more about AP classes. This meeting will include information about AP myths and realities, course content, and testing information while also allowing for questions with AP teachers. If your student is planning to register for their first AP class or is wondering if an AP class is right for them, you will want to attend this meeting.


AVID INFORMATIONAL MEETING (with AVID Coordinator/Teachers and Students)

7:00-7:30pm in the Cafeteria

AVID teachers and current AVID students will be hosting an informational meeting talking through the purpose and goals of the AVID program as well as what a day/week/year looks like in the world of an AVID student. This meeting is geared toward students and families who have not been a part of the AVID program in the past but received an invitation to join for the 2020-21 school year. The meeting will take place in 2 concurrent parts - an informational parent meeting led by Interim AVID Site Coordinator Kai Sill and a student meeting led by current AVID students talking about their experience. If you have any questions about AVID, this is a great meeting to attend.

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year

With 1st semester in the books, now we turn to 2nd semester and registration for the next school year.


Counselors will be in classrooms supporting students with course registration for the 2020-21 school year through next week. With the registration window closing Thursday, February 13th, now is a good time to be talking with your students about the path they are interested in after high school and discuss course offerings that would help support them in reaching their goals.


Here is our Registration Guide which contains valuable information about both required and elective courses for each grade level along with planning guides designed to help families make informed decisions in their registration choices.


If you have any questions about registration, please attend our registration meeting at 5:00pm on Monday, February 10th or contact your student's counselor.

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.

Snow Week

The week of February 10th-14th is Snow Week at West! Throughout the week, students can participate in dress-up days and other activities to show their school spirit. On Friday, February 14th, we will have shortened classes in the morning and schoolwide activities in the afternoon, including the Snow King Coronation. The Snow Dance is after the basketball game that evening.


Congratulations to our Snow Week Court!

  • Charlie Becker escorted by Holly Wiste
  • Juan Berrones escorted by Bobbi Hampton/Lauren Knudson
  • Hudson Hastings escorted by Alison Brunmeier
  • Josh Marben escorted by Sunshine Langworthy
  • Elias Westermann escorted by Briann Banwart


Dress-Up Days:

  • Monday (2/10): Jersey Day -- Wear your favorite player's jersey!
  • Tuesday (2/11): Twin Day -- Dress up like someone else so you look like twins!
  • Wednesday (2/12): Time Machine Day -- Dress up like someone or something from the past or future!
  • Thursday (2/13): Surfers and Bikers -- Bring some sunshine to our Minnesota winter by dressing up as a California surfer or sun-seeking biker.
  • Friday (2/14): Snow Day/Valentine's Day -- Wear your red, white, pink or other Valentine's Day attire.

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


  • Shining Scarlets -- Friday, February 7th @ 7:15am
  • Conferences -- Monday, February 10th @ 3:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Snow Week Volleyball Tournament -- Monday, February 10th @ 7:00pm
  • Late Start -- Tuesday, February 11th
  • Registration for 2020-21 courses -- ENDS Thursday, February 13th
  • Snow King Coronation -- Friday, February 14th @ 2:40pm



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

https://big9conference.org/public/genie/4/school/1/

In the Counseling Center

  • Bethany Lutheran College -- Tuesday, February 10th @ 10:30am
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth -- Thursday, February 12th @10:05am

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.