West Side Story 2.0

October 27, 2022

End of Quarter 1

It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of quarter 1! As I have been visiting classrooms, I have observed so many exciting things happening. Our teachers have been working hard to make connections with students while building community in their classrooms. Another focus has been on amplifying student voice. We know the people talking the most are the ones learning the most. I have seen an increase in small group discussions, student presentations, socratic seminars, and collaborative problem solving.


We had an awesome Homecoming week! The Talent Show was amazing, our Scarlets are so talented! Our Homecoming Court provided positive leadership over the festivities, congratulations Queen Olivia Koeneman! Students had a great time with the afternoon activities, and our football team did not disappoint. Thank you to all of our students and staff who helped to make this an incredible Scarlet celebration.

Grading

In the past, students received a grade for 1st quarter and a grade for 2nd quarter. Their semester grade was 50% 1st quarter, 50% 2nd quarter. This year, we will not have 1st and 2nd quarter grades. The semester grade will be cumulative for the entire semester.


The end of quarter 1 is November 4th. All quarter 1 work must be completed by November 4th to receive credit. Missing work will be recorded as a 0 in the gradebook after the 4th.


Updated grades will be available on November 8th.

National Honor Society

Students applying to NHS need to have their applications in by 3:45pm on November 2nd. Applications can be turned in to Mr. Moore in room 109 or Mr. Miller in room 100.

Winter Sports Sign Up

Interested in basketball, hockey, boys swim/dive, wrestling, alpine skiing, or gymnastics? Sign ups are going on now. Please check out the registration information on our Activities Site.

Senior Corner

Attention seniors, please submit this form by November 15th to order your cap and gown.

https://bit.ly/mwhsgrad


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.

Hall of Fame Nominations

In 2013, Mankato West High School started a Hall of Fame for the purpose of providing our current students, staff, and community with the vision of the outstanding legacies of Mankato High School and Mankato West High School. It is hoped that these people will provide role models for our current students and offer us a chance to celebrate the successes of those from our school.

Please use this form to nominate potential inductees for next year's Hall of Fame.

Keep Your Child On Track In High School: Pay Attention to Attendance (Source:Attendanceworks)

Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students access learning opportunities and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job. Families can also advocate for resources to help students learn if they cannot attend in-person.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.

  • Frequent absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other difficulty.

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

  • By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

  • Missing 10%, or 2 days a month, over the course of the school year, can affect a student’s academic success.


WHAT YOU CAN DO

Make school attendance a priority

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.

  • Help your children maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Try not to schedule dental and related medical appointments during the school day.

  • If your children must stay home because they are sick make sure they have asked teachers for resources and materials to make up for the missed learning time in the classroom.

  • Help your teen stay engaged.

  • Find out if your children feel engaged by their classes, and feel safe from bullies and other threats.

  • Make sure your children are not missing class because of challenges with behavioral issues or school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, contact the school and work with them to find a solution.

  • Monitor your child’s academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors when necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.

  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.

  • Encourage your child to join meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs.

  • Notice and support your children if they are showing signs of anxiety. Communicate with the school

  • Know the school’s attendance policy – incentives and penalties.

  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not adding up.

  • Seek help from school staff, other parents or community agencies if you need support.

Upcoming Events

October 28

Volleyball Section game in Marshall at 7:00pm


October 29

Football Section game at 3:00pm Todnem Field


November 4

End of Quarter 1


November 7

No School - Teacher Work Day


November 9

Early Out


November 10 - 12

Suessical the Musical


November 14

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 7:30pm Auditorium


November 18

Fall Jazz Concert


November 23 - 25

No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

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