West Side Story 2.0

April 26, 2021

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

COVID Update

Fortunately, the positive numbers in our school community are going down. Since March 30th, we have had 37 positive cases, 11 with in person learners and 26 with distance learners. This week, we have had only 2 positive cases reported. We have 13 students who are in quarantine.

Please partner with us to keep our numbers down!

Have your student tested every two weeks. Information on saliva testing is shared below.

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a resource with information about COVID-19 vaccines for 16- and 17-year-olds.

At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use by 16 and 17 year olds. Data from Pfizer vaccine studies show the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group.

All Minnesotans ages 16 and up are eligible for a vaccine and they are encouraged to sign up for the Vaccine Connector, to get updates on vaccination opportunities and be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites.

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Teachers Want to See their Students!

Our teachers are reporting that distance learning students' attendance in their google meets is low. Please encourage your student to check in daily in their google meets.

Advanced Placement Exams

We will be administering over 600 AP exams to students during the first two weeks of May. Here is the AP exam schedule:
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Last Week of School

We understand that this year has been difficult and many students have struggled, for a variety of reasons. MDE’s Safe Learning Plan states, “Districts should continue to consider the principle of “do no harm” to avoid damage to both students’ future education opportunities and struggles that students and families will experience during this time beyond their control. Grades should include evidence of mastery at the end of a course and that evidence should be able to be collected in a variety of manners to allow students to demonstrate their understanding.”

In a typical year, the last week of the semester would be finals week. We will not be giving finals as we would in a typical year. In an effort to help support students who may have struggled this semester and are in danger of not earning credit, the last week of the semester (June 1-4) students can expect the following:

No new content will be introduced. This week will be reserved for:

  • Time for student to do retakes

  • Time and support for students with a failing grade to earn a passing grade

Students who are satisfied with their grades will not be required to attend classes. They are welcome to come to school if they would like, but students with passing grades could consider May 28th as their last day of school,

Structure of the last week:

  • Students who are failing a class, or who want to improve their grade in a class, will attend during that scheduled class period.

  • Teachers will work with students in need of support during the class period.

  • Teachers may schedule times to meet with specific students.

While we want kids in school, this is the last opportunity staff will have to provide additional time and support and assist students in earning credit toward graduation or improve their grades. Students who are failing are required to attend school during the last week, and students who would like to improve their grade or simply want to attend school, would have the option to attend school June 1-4. We believe that this is an important support to meet the expectation that we “do no harm” to students.

Tutoring Service

The FREE Online Study Center (tutoring) service has been extended and will be available to MAPS secondary school youth in grades 6-12, through the close of the 2020-21 school year. The information below shows students & families how to access the Google Meets, available Monday - Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.

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Link Crew

Link Crew is taking applications for next year's leaders! Link Crew is a special group of junior and senior leaders who help support 9th grade transition, new students, while having a positive impact on our school community by creating positive connections so all students feel valued and have a sense of belonging at West High School.

I know we have amazing leaders in our school, and we want you to be a part of Link Crew. Students can use this link to submit an application.

Upcoming Events

May 6

Booster Club Apparel Sale during the home Track meet and Softball game

Senior Corner

Seniors will be receiving a special edition of West Side Story 2.0 next week, with information about the end of the school year and graduation.

The commencement ceremony is scheduled to be Friday, June 4 at 8:00pm. The tentative location is Todnem Field. We will need to comply with capacity numbers, so we anticipate that only parents will be able to attend the ceremony.

Please watch for more information on caps and gowns, commencement ceremony, final transcripts, etc. coming the 1st week in May.