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October 5, 2022


Next week is Homecoming! This is a special time for our school community, celebrating all that is Scarlet.

Congratulations to our Homecoming Court!

  • Mya Crocker escorted by Gavin Villagomez
  • Angie Dickhudt escorted by Owen Essay
  • Olivia Koeneman escorted by Max Busch
  • Estelle Lorenz escorted by Toby Essay
  • Julia Schumacher escorted by Matthew Borman

Dodgeball Tournament

Monday, October 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the gym

Dress Up Days

Tuesday: Jersey Day

Wednesday: Beach Day

Thursday: Class Color Day

Friday: Scarlet Pride (Red and White)

Friday, October 14

8:45am: Band marches the halls

9:00am: Classroom activities

9:30am: Talent Show in auditorium

11:00am: Coronation in the gym

12:00pm: Open lunch for all students

1:00pm: Dodgeball championship team takes on the staff team in the gym, followed by Battle of the Classes

2:00pm: Karaoke in the auditorium

7:00pm: Football Game

After the football game - 11:00pm: Homecoming Dance

  • Cost $5, $4 with a Homecoming button
  • Only West students may attend the dance, no guests
  • Student ID required for dance

Hall of Fame

This year's Mankato High School/West High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 13, at the Country Inn and Suites, 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a meal served at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and are available at Mankato West High School's main office, 1351 South Riverfront Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday through October 7th. This year's inductees are:

Barb Lawrence Kaus

Blair Harrison Olson

Carrie Mesrobian

Eric Stenzel

Jessica Mittelstadt Stenzel

Roger Wilker

Hall of Fame inductees are graduates and staff who are being recognized for their legacies and contributions to Mankato High School/West High School, the Mankato community and beyond. Those honored with the Hall of Fame recognition serve as role models for current students. Categories established as selection criteria include professional, athletic/entertainment, science/technology and community service. A permanent display of the Hall of Fame is located at West High School near the gymnasium.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

West High School will be hosting parent/teacher conferences on Monday, October 17 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Please use this link https://ptcfast.com/schools/Mankato_West_High_School to schedule conference times with your student’s teachers. You will find your their teachers by viewing your student’s schedule on your parent portal in Infinite Campus. If you need assistance with PTCFast please access this video for support.

Panorama Survey

On Monday, families were sent this letter with information about the Panorama Survey. We will be administering this survey during Scarlet Time on Monday, October 17th.

Minnesota State Month (formerly known as College Knowledge Month)

Please check out this calendar for all of the fun and informative events happening this month.

Mental Health Awareness

This resource was developed to help parents/guardians and families support the needs of their student(s) in regards to their sense of school safety and mental health. Families play a key role in supporting students following stressful situations. This resource is for parents or guardians to connect with students and provide them with the resources they may need to establish a sense of safety and security.

Device Protection Plans

Mankato Area Public Schools offers optional device protection to help reduce the cost of any needed repairs. The protection plan does not cover lost devices, stolen/damaged/inoperable charging cords, or lost/stolen/damaged stylus. Please see the Education Technology & Information Services site for further details. Optional device protection must be purchased by October 15, 2022. To purchase through Infinite Campus Parent Portal: Payments > Student> Optional Items> Device Protection> Click on $25.00 to add> Continue.

Canvas & Parent Access

Canvas is a learning management platform utilized with our high school students at Mankato Area Public Schools. Canvas is a tool to create engaging, relevant and robust learning opportunities for students that can be extended beyond the traditional walls of a classroom and traditional time frame of a school day.

Parents have the ability to view their students’ course content (assignment due dates, assignments, course modules, etc.) by creating a Canvas “Observer” account that is linked to their student(s) account. Parents can access information about their child's courses using the Parent App (available on iOS and Android devices), or by creating an Observer Account using your computer's web browser.

Setting up a Canvas account:

  1. Go to isd77.instructure.com/login/canvas

  2. Click the “Parent of a Canvas User?” link.

  3. Fill in the information until you get to the Pairing Code.

  4. Enter Pairing Code in set-up screen (see next set of instructions)

  5. Click the box to agree to the terms of use and privacy policy.

  6. Click Start Participating to finish set-up.

Finding the Pairing Code (overview):

  1. Have your student open up Canvas.

  2. Go to Account and click Settings.

  3. On the right-hand side, click the Pair with Observer button.

  4. The code on the pop-up is the code you will use to pair with your student’s account.

Directions for linking multiple students can be found here. Please note, your child must be enrolled in a course before you can observe.

Senior Corner

Attention seniors, it is time to start planning for graduation! Please submit this form by November 15th to order your cap and gown.


Grad pictures for the yearbook are due in February. Please visit this site and scroll down to Senior Pictures to learn how to submit your grad photo.

Information from the Grad Party Committee:

Mankato West 2023 Graduation will be here before we know it! If you have never experienced a Mankato West High School Grad Party, fasten your seat belts! This all-night extravaganza is a longstanding tradition for our awesome graduates. The party includes tons of food, authentic casino gaming, karaoke, hypnotist, loads of prizes, and swag for every senior who attends. The party is planned, staffed, and chaperoned by parent volunteers, making it a safe, fun and memorable event that we want everyone to experience!

The graduation party would not be possible without support from parents! Please consider volunteering or donating prizes or cash so we can make this event amazing and accessible to everyone.

Click the link below for more details!

West Grad Party Senior Letter

Upcoming Events

October 10

No School

Dodgeball Tournament 7:00pm

October 11

Jersey Day

October 12

Beach Day

October 13

Class Color Day

Hall of Fame Banquet

October 14

Scarlet Pride (Red and White)


October 17

Conferences 4:00pm - 8:00pm

October 19

Jug Game 7:00pm at MSU

October 20-21

No School

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