West Side Story 2.0

August 9, 2022

BEST at West...Be respectful, Engage in learning, Show integrity, Take responsibility

28 Days to the Start of the 2022-23 School Year

Welcome to our school newsletter, West Side Story 2.0. For those of you who are alumni, you might remember that the West HS newspaper was titled West Side Story. We no longer have a school newspaper, but adopted this title for our newsletters. This newsletter will be emailed to students, staff and families during the 2nd and 4th week of the month.


If you have questions, please feel free to email me, sblasi1@isd77.org, or give us a call at

387-3461.


Keep enjoying summer!

When Will I See My Schedule?

All schedules will go live on August 22nd in Infinite Campus.

What School Supplies Should I Get?

The classes students are taking will dictate the specific school supplies they need. Teachers will have this information available to students and families at Open House and the first day of school.


Students should plan to bring writing utensils, a notebook, and a folder for the first day of school.


It is recommended that all math students have a TI 84 calculator.

Kick-Off Days

Save the Date(s)! Our Kick-Off Days are Wednesday, August 24th and Thursday, August 25th.


This is an opportunity for students and parents to take care of:




In order to balance the flow of device checkout lines, we strongly encourage students to pick up their device during their scheduled time in the document linked below.


Mankato West Textbook & Chromebook Distribution Schedule

What If I Can't Make It To Kick-Off Days?

Everything available to students on kick-off days will also be available to students at our Open House on August 31 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. If you are unable to attend kick-off days and open house, please call the office and we can arrange a time for you to pick up the materials you need. Taking school pictures will not be available at other times, but students will be able to have their picture taken on the picture make-up/retake day in September.

Volunteer Opportunity

The MAPS Technology Team is seeking volunteers to help with Chromebook Handout this fall. If you are interested in helping out you can sign up here HS Volunteer for Chromebook Distribution and a member from the technology team will connect with you with further details.

Get Involved

Research shows that students who are involved in extra-curricular activities do better in school. Sign up for fall sports and activities is going on now. Click here to see more information on activities and sign ups.


Another Save the Date...the fall PAC (parent, athlete, coach) meeting will take place Monday, August 15th at 6:00pm.

Open House Night

Is your calendar filling up? Here's another date to add...Open House, Wednesday August 31st, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.


Students and families are invited to take a walk through the school, meet your teachers, and hear a little bit more about your classes. For 9th grade families, and any families who are new to West High School, we will have an informational meeting in the auditorium beginning at 6:30pm.

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9th Grade Link Crew Day

Wednesday, August 31st is 9th grade orientation day. Our Link Crew leaders will help welcome the Class of 2026 and will support their transition to high school. Typically, 98% of the freshmen class attends, so you don't want to miss out! Link Crew will be contacting freshman families with additional information about this awesome opportunity.

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 6th is the first day of school! School beings at 8:45am.


We will begin our day with an all school welcome assembly in the auditorium. Can't wait to see everyone back at school!

Subs on the Sidewalk

Friday, September 9th is Subs on the Sidewalk. We will have an extended lunch period with the whole school engaging in one big picnic. Students will have the opportunity to check out all of the sports, activities, and student clubs we offer at West. Students will be challenged to sign up for at least activity.


Our goal is to have every student involved in at least one school activity. Activities are a great way to engage in our school community!


Here you will find form that lists many of the activities available. If you did not fill this out last spring, it is a good idea to do it now.

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors

Would you like to earn money, build your resume, and gain meaningful work experiences? Please see the flyer below with information about a great part-time employment opportunity working with youth before and/or after school. Potential work-based learning opportunities are available for eligible students to begin working as early as 2:15 PM. If you are interested, please use the QR code below to apply and also contact Andy Krause at akraus1@isd77.org to see if this would fit in your schedule.
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Upcoming Events

August 15

PAC Meeting


August 24, 25

Kick Off Days


August 31

Open House Night


September 6

First Day of School


September 9

Subs on the Sidewalk