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March 24, 2019

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Happy Spring Break!

Quarter 3 has ended and teachers have been busy grading! Grades will be posted in Infinite Campus by April 1.

We hope all of our Scarlet families are enjoying Spring Break! We look forward to seeing all of our Scarlets back in the building on Monday, April 1st. Let's have a strong 4th quarter, Scarlets!

The Germans Are Coming!

We will have German exchange students arriving at West High School on Monday, April 1st and engaging in their Scarlet experience for two weeks. Thank you to the families who are hosting our visiting students!

ACT April 2nd

All Juniors will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, April 2nd. Registration begins at 7:45am in the gymnasium and the test will begin promptly at 8:15am. Late entry is not allowed with ACT, so Juniors need to be in the gym by 8:15am. The ACT make-up day is April 24th.

Students will be testing for most of the day with a few short breaks. Snacks and a beverage will be provided. Because the test will last for approximately 5 hours, Juniors will have lunch available to them at the conclusion of the test and will be dismissed for the day.

Please remind students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast the morning of the test.

Testing Days April 23 and April 24

On April 23 and 24, all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be testing from 8:15am to 10:00am, with regular classes beginning at 10:15am. Seniors are welcome to attend a study hall in the cafeteria beginning at 8:15am, or can choose to report to school at 10:15am.

Freshmen will be taking the NWEA reading and math tests. Sophomores will be administered the MCA Reading test and juniors will be administered the MCA Math test.

MAPS Family Academy

Please join us on April 8, 2019 for Mankato Area Public School's Family Academy. There are six breakout sessions to choose from providing families tips, tools and strategies to stay engaged with your student. Food and childcare will be provided for registered participants and families. To register: Go to isd77.org and click on Connect and then on Family Academy or call 507-387-5501.

MAPS Family Academy

Message from Mankato Area Public Schools Department of Educational Technology & Information Services

Mankato Area Public Schools is partnering with Securly to provide an online student

safety solution for students in grades 6-12. Families with email addresses on file with

the district will be automatically enrolled and will receive a weekly email from

Securly.com that will show you a preview of your child’s online activity. To receive

access to their full online activity history, you can enter the free Parent Portal. Parents

can now view their children's activity across educational sites and time syncs, in-school

and at-home across all of their school-owned devices. All of this is delivered via

beautifully designed dashboards and e-mail reports.


Twitter News

Here are a few Scarlet Highlights from Twitter this month

  • VEX Robotics demonstrated their robots at Roosevelt Elementary's March Celebration
  • The Diversity Council shared lessons on respect
  • Career Creations class has new merchandise for sale - paracord lanyards for $10
  • 25 Scarlets are advancing to the State History Day competition
  • Concert Choir had a video chat with the composer of the piece, "Fire" which they will be performing at Big 9
  • P4T leaders are working on a PSA on the dangers of vaping
  • Students participated in Culinary Regional Arts Venue in Education event, better known as CRAVE
  • Adaptive Bowling season kicked off with the East/West meet
  • Scarlet Knowledge Bowl team took 1st in the region and will be competing in the state meet
  • Scarlet Math League team took 2nd in the state meet
  • Scarlet DECA students competed in the state competition
  • Spring sports have started
  • Governor Walz visited West High School

Governor Walz Visits West High School

Governor Walz and Commission of Education Ricker returned to the governor's former classroom to visit with students and staff to talk about education in Minnesota. Scarlet student, Hudson Hastings, facilitated the discussion. Our Career Creations students, Jade Kester and Elijah Steckman-Kopischke, presented the Governor and Commissioner with key chains and lanyards their class creates and sells. Students participating in the discussion included Dejanae Hampton, Tristan Altenburg, Oliviah Dmytrasz, Kate Nelson, and Hope Walz.

Changes Coming

Congratulations to our Assistant Principal Mr. Brian Hansen on being named the new principal at Central High and Freedom School. Mr. Hansen has served our Scarlet community for the past three years and will be missed when he moves on to his new duties beginning July 1.

Thank you and good luck to Mr. Hansen!

Upcoming Events

April 12 - 3rd Quarter Shining Scarlets Breakfast

April 19 - No School

April 22 - School is in session

April 23, 24 - Testing Days

April 24 - 10th grade Career Expo

April 27 - Prom

May 3 - Big 9 Music Festival

May 7 - 18 - AP testing

Find track, golf, softball, baseball, lacrosse and bowling events here


Go Scarlets!