West Side Story 2.0

September 7th, 2016

Welcome Back Mankato West Families!

After a summer filled with family, friends, and fun, it's time to return to the halls of Mankato West High School! Yesterday marked the first day of the 2016-2017 school year and this newsletter is the first of many communications between our school and our parent community. Please take a look at what the first day brought for our Scarlets and check out the exciting event to be held at the end of this first week of school!

Freshman Orientation with Link Crew

Our excellent Link Crew leaders helped to welcome the freshman class of 2020! Each Link Crew team met with their freshman to give them the scoop on the life of a high schooler at West, including taking students on school tours, providing tips and strategies for surviving the hallways (and stairs), helping students in obtaining their schedules and textbooks, and, of course, playing some getting-to-know-you games along the way.

Reminder of Updated Classroom Cell Phone Procedures

Due to our new classroom technology initiative with Chromebooks being assigned to all students, cell phones will no longer be needed as a learning tool in the classroom and wi-fi will no longer be available for personal devices during the school day. The school-issued Chromebooks are automatically connected to the school network.

Appropriate use of devices is a set of skills that students will need to use effectively now and in their college/workplace settings after high school. We are inviting families to partner with us to support positive student decision making in regards to personal (cell phones) and productivity (Chromebooks) devices. If families need to reach their child during the school day, please call West High School at 507-387-3461. Students will be able to check their phones between classes.

For more information, review the updated classroom procedures below for cell phone use.


Students are allowed to bring cell phones/electronic devices into the building, however, personal devices are not allowed for use and must be put away during class time. If a student violates these procedures, the device will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day. If a student has multiple violations, the device will be returned to a


The use of electronic devices or other objects, which cause distractions to the educational environment, making, distributing or posting recordings, either audio or video, of any school activities, classroom, student, or school employee without prior approval of a building administrator; and the use of electronic devices in locker rooms as well as classrooms or other areas requiring a private, secure, or distraction free setting; are examples of unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action by the school district. These examples are not intended to be an exclusive list. Any student who engages in any of these activities shall be disciplined in accordance with these regulations. These regulations apply to all school buildings, school grounds and school property, school ­sponsored activities or trips, school bus stops, school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes, the area of entrance or departure from school premises or events, and all school­-related functions. These regulations also apply to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student, other students or employees.

For more information on acceptable use, please refer to the iLearn77 Family Handbook.

2nd Annual Subs on the Sidewalk

Friday, Sep. 9th 2016 at 11:30am

1351 South Riverfront Drive

Mankato, MN

WHO: The Mankato West Student Body (Grades 9-12)

WHAT: This Friday Student Council will be hosting its 2nd Annual Subs on the Sidewalk, a school-wide event, to celebrate the completion of the first week of school and to provide students with the chance to scope out and sign up for many of the different clubs, student organizations, sports, and other activities offered at West.

The day will include live music brought to us by 95.7 The Rock, a bingo activity for freshman with prizes donated by the Mankato West Booster Club, Fro-Yo frozen yogurt treats, and the chance to spend an hour hanging out with friends.


  • Fro-Yo will be available for $3. This includes your choice of flavors (vanilla, chocolate, or swirl) and one topping selection (mini-M&Ms, mini-chocolate chips, mini-gummy bears, sprinkles, crushed Oreos, or strawberry bobas).

East vs. West Jug Game

Friday, Sep. 9th 2016 at 7pm

191 Stadium Road

Mankato, MN

The Mankato community will be coming together this Friday at the East vs. West Jug Game in the name of friendly competition. Not only is this a great opportunity to show your Scarlet Pride, but it provides a chance to support our greater community through the 2nd Annual ECHO Food Shelf "Tackle Hunger" event.

Students and families are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations (every dollar counts as a pound) to the game with them.

While the football teams charge the field in hopes of winning the coveted East-West Jug, fans can participate in their own competition for the prestigious "Tackle Hunger" trophy.

Coming Soon: Other Important Dates

  • Thursday, September 8th: Senior Class Meeting in the Auditorium @10:01 (Scarlet Time)
  • Friday, September 16th: Picture Retakes
  • Tuesday, September 20th: Two-Hour Late Start

College Visits: Representatives from the following colleges and universities will meet in the Counseling Center on the following dates.

  • University of MN, Duluth - Tuesday, September 13th @ 10:00
  • Columbia University - Tuesday, September 13th @ 2:15
  • Bethany Lutheran College - Tuesday, September 27th @ 8:30
  • Bemidji State University - Tuesday, September 27th @ 10:30