West Side Story 2.0

December 7, 2018

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Winter is here!

While the calendar might say winter does not begin until later in December, all you have to do is look outside to know winter is here! This is a good time to remind our young, often new, drivers about safe driving in the winter. Scarlet Broadcast is doing a story on this, and some of the advice we have shared is to remember to slow down and leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you.

This is also a good time to remind students who have parking passes to be sure they are parking in designated parking spots. Snow can make the spots difficult to see at times, but students need to remember to allow enough space for buses to get through the lot.

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.

Shining Scarlets Breakfast

At West High School, we encourage students to “Be Your Best At West.” “B-E-S-T” stands for Be Respectful, Engage in Learning, Show Integrity, and Take Responsibility. Shining Scarlets embrace this charge and are

students who have gone above and beyond in their classroom to demonstrate one or more of the following attributes: Academic Achievement and Improvement, Effort, Initiative, Service, and Creativity.

Teachers nominate students and write a short essay about the student and why they are being recognized as a Shining Scarlet.

On November 30th, the following students were recognized at our Shining Scarlet breakfast: Habso Abdullahi, Trey Fling, Kenneth Kopp, Brock Leider, Katie Muggli, Ploychomphu Nikomrat, Lily Plemens-Schunk, Sam Rittmiller, Heather Shearman, Lane Alfstad, Indya Campbell, Maxwell Goertzen, Allyson Grabianowski, Abdachis Hire, Hayden Kruger, Megan Meyer, Sbir Mohamed, Elizabeth Paul, Leonardo Portillo, Sophia Rosillo, Mallory Rotchadl, Yacobi Boyd, Perla Cruz, Tiffany Danay, Kaydra Fischer, Danika Hiniker, Tran Huynh, Payton Pendergast, Jonathan Sikel, Kristin Thompson, Kaedyn Veith, Tate Alfstad, Andrew Baston, Kailey Cooper, Fadumo Jama, Hank Johnson, Tristan Kawlewski, Thomas Keltgen, Olivia Klostermeyer, Kate Nelson, Tom Lauer, Olivia Tobin, Madelyn Wolf.

Thank you to these Shining Scarlets!

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National Honor Society

On December 3rd, Mankato West's National Honor Society inducted 62 new members. National Honor Society selection is based on four criteria: Scholarship (academic achievement, minimum GPA of 3.5), Leadership, Service, and Character. The National Honor Society requires service to the community, school, or other organizations.

Officers Isabel Lorenz, Keely Schuck, and Ben Swenson led the induction ceremony, with Kate Cox being our guest speaker for the evening.

Congratulations to our 2018 NHS Inductees!

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Festival of Music - Friday, December 7, at 7:30pm in the auditorium

Winter Music Concert - Monday, December 10, at 7:30pm in the auditorium

Find Basketball, Hockey, Swimming, and Wresting events here


Go Scarlets!

No School December 22 - January 1

Yearbook Info

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Yearbooks are now on sale! Don’t wait to purchase your copy of the 2018-2019 Mankato West High School yearbook. To order online, please go to www.mankatowestyearbook.com. If you have already purchased your yearbook, thank you!

Your student will want to keep the memories of this school year forever! Buy their yearbook now to make it unforgettable.

Approaching Deadlines: Senior Portraits and Grad Ads for the Yearbook

It is already December, and the deadlines for submitting senior photos and grad ads are just around the corner. Please review the following information. If you have any questions, please email Meredith Mayra at mmayra1@isd77.org.

Photos do not need to be professionally done. Portraits can be taken by a family member or friend on any digital camera. Yearbook staff members can assist with these pictures as needed. Please email Ms. Mayra if this is something you or your student would like assistance with.

  • Senior Photos need to be submitted by Friday, January 18th, 2019. We would love to have a picture for each student. If you do not have a senior photo, please let me know and we will work to try and find a way to take a picture for the yearbook. Options for graduation photo submissions:

    • [Preferred] Photos can be emailed to Ms. Mayra: mmayra1@isd77.org

    • Photos can be submitted electronically through the yearbook website: Pictavo Community.

    • Photos can be mailed to Ms. Mayra through the Main Office at Mankato West or hand-delivered to room 210. Please include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) to ensure photos are returned to you.

  • Grad Ads are optional “ads” for your graduating senior. They are 1/8 of a page and will be placed in the 2019 yearbook. The cost is $25 and you can include a photo(s) and message to your graduating senior. The deadline for submitting these ads is Friday, March 1st, 2019. You can design and create your own ad by going to our pictavo community web page OR you can submit your photos/message and money directly to Meredith Mayra for a yearbook staff member to design on your behalf.

Further guidelines for senior portraits and directions for submitting both senior portraits and grad ads can be found by visiting our Mankato West Yearbook Website.

YWCA Community Event

The Mankato YWCA is partnering with Project for Teens to bring the film Screenagers to our Mankato families. This event will include a question and answer session facilitated by Kate Cox, the P4T program director and will be held in the West auditorium on December 17th at 7:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend this event with their teens. For more information, check out the link below or contact the YWCA .


In the Counseling Center

  • Luther College - Wednesday, December 12 @ 10:00am