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August 21, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

Back to School sales are in full swing, the Minnesota State Fair is right around the corner, and it is time to start welcoming our Scarlets back into the building!

Fall sports have started, and it is awesome to see students around the building. Even better is the positive energy they bring!

This is going to be the best year yet!

Class Schedules

Academic schedules for the 2023-24 school year will be accessible on Infinite Campus beginning Monday, August 21st at 8am.

Occasionally students wish to change their course selections shortly after they receive their schedule. Please keep in mind that teachers are assigned and courses are offered on the basis of the registration process, so we are only able to consider making schedule changes when the following criteria apply:

  • A schedule conflict due to two or more courses being offered in the same hour.
  • PSEO students who need to change their schedule to accommodate college courses.
  • Closed or cancelled courses.
  • Need courses to meet graduation requirements.
  • Special Education requirements
  • To make changes due to summer school credit earned

If you require a change to your schedule, please use the grade level form linked below based on what grade you will be entering this September. Schedule changes will only be processed via the google form, not through email. Approval of a schedule change is also dependent on the availability of space in each class.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Kick-Off Days Are Wednesday and Thursday of This Week

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 30 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.

Open House Night

Is your calendar filling up? Here's another date to add...Open House, Wednesday August 30th, 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.

9th Grade Link Crew Day

Wednesday, August 30th is 9th grade orientation day. Our Link Crew leaders will help welcome the Class of 2027 and will support their transition to high school. Typically, 98% of the freshmen class attends, so you don't want to miss out!

9th graders are to report to the lobby by 8:00am. They will be engaged in activities until about 1:00pm. Hope to see our whole freshmen class in attendance!

Activity Passes

Student and Adult Activity Passes as well as individual game tickets are available online through Hometown Ticketing. As we look around the high school sports landscape, it is becoming the standard for high schools to be dipping their toes into the world of online ticketing and foregoing cash sales at the gate. As you are looking at your athletic schedules on Big9.org, schools that are selling online tickets will have a small "ticket" icon next to the event. Click on the icon and purchase your ticket ahead of time.

Passes and Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Mankato Area Public Schools ISD 77 Box Office on the Mankato West Activities website, under "Purchase Tickets to Athletic Events"

Educational Benefits

Starting in the school year 2023-24, we're joining Minnesota's Free School Meals Program! All students can now enjoy one free breakfast and one free lunch each day at school. No application is needed for this benefit, but filling out the Application for Educational Benefits is still crucial.

Your student might qualify for other benefits, such as reduced fees at school. Plus, your application can help our school access education funds, discounts, and more meal programs.

Application for Educational Benefits

Booster Club

The Mankato West Booster Club invites you to become a member of our organization. We are a group of parents and friends dedicated to supporting our student activities, school community, athletes, and coaching staff. Our mission is to assist in providing supplies, equipment, facility upgrades, and uniforms for high school activities. Our primary fundraisers include tier memberships, advertising, Scarlet Cards, income earned from the concession stands at the various athletic events, raffle sales, and the sale of Scarlet merchandise. We are pleased to share that this year alone, the Mankato West Booster Club has raised over $130,000 and has provided over $85,000 in assistance to the various programs of our school.

How can you help?

  • Join the Booster Club meetings which are generally held on the 4th Monday each month at 6pm

  • Help make funding decisions, by attending meetings

  • Get involved by volunteering to work on a Booster Club committee

  • Purchase a supportive Scarlet Membership *See Membership Program

  • Show your support by advertising on our school grounds

  • Be an active Mankato West Scarlet fan by attending activities and supporting our students

How can you get started?

  • Jump right in and attend the next meeting on August 21st.

  • Scan the QR Code below or click on the Booster Club Volunteer Form to volunteer your participation

  • Be available to volunteer when you can


Mankato West Booster Club

Upcoming Events

August 22

Tennis Meet 2:00pm West HS

August 23, 24

Kick Off Days

August 24

Boys Soccer 6:00pm Caswell North

August 25

Volleyball 7:15pm West Gym

August 26

Boys Soccer 2:00pm Caswell North

August 30

Open House Night 6:30pm

September 5

First Day of School

September 8

Subs on the Sidewalk

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