West Side Story 2.0

September 2, 2022

BEST at West...Be respectful, Engage in learning, Show integrity, Take responsibility

1st Day of School

Let's get this school year started! Tuesday, September 6th is our first day of school. We will begin with an all school assembly in the auditorium at 8:45am. In the auditorium, 9th graders go to the balcony, 10th grade sits in the left hand section as you enter the auditorium, 11th grade in the right hand section, and the seniors are in the middle. Students will be dismissed to their first hour class at the conclusion of the assembly. Below you can see the schedule for Tuesday.
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All juniors and seniors will have C lunch, and they have an open lunch. 9th and 10th graders will find out which lunch they have, A or B, when they go to their 3rd hour class on Tuesday. A and B lunches are closed lunches, meaning students are not allowed to leave campus. Students will eat in the cafeteria. When finished eating, they can stay in the cafeteria, go to the gym, or go outside in the area in front of the lobby.

Breakfast costs $1.15; lunch costs $2.75.

Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. To apply, complete the Application for Educational Benefits. A new application must be submitted each year. Your application also helps the school qualify for education funds.

Class Schedules

Be sure to check your class schedule on Monday. Our counselors have been busy scheduling new students and balancing classes, so the order of your classes may have changed. This doesn't happen often, but it is a good idea to refresh and check your schedule on Monday.

Subs on the Sidewalk

Friday is our school-wide picnic to showcase all of the activities West High School has to offer. All student will have an hour for lunch (see schedule below). We will be outside on the front lawn, and each of our activities will have a table to showcase what they do. This gives students an opportunity to see what they can get involved in and time to sign up for the activity.

Challenge: Every student signs up for at least one activity. You only get one shot at high school, and your experience will be so much richer if you get involved!

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In an effort to make sure our doors are secured and supervised, please make sure to drop students off at door 19 or 26 during the school day. All other doors are locked at 8:45am and will remain locked until the end of the day. Staff and students are advised to not open or prop open any doors once classes begin. Any student that comes to school after 8:45am must be prepared to show their student ID. Visitors should also be prepared to present identification to our security desk upon entry to the school. Thank you in advance for your attention to this.

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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. Teachers will have their grade books updated every three weeks. A message will go out to families on those dates to remind you to check in on your student's progress.

In the grade book you will see that Summative Assessments are a minimum of 90% of the grade with Formative Assessments being 10% of the grade.

Students do have opportunities for reassessment of learning on summative assessments. All students are eligible for one reassessment per summative assessment to demonstrate a higher level of understanding.


Daily attendance is so important in high school. When students are absent, they can make up assignments, but nothing can replace the authentic learning experiences that are created with their peers in the classroom.

Minnesota State Law requires children from age 7 through age 17 to attend school. This is called compulsory instruction or compulsory attendance and falls under MN State Statute 120A.22. This law informs our district attendance policies and impacts students and

families at West High School in the following ways:

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Attend each class and arrive on time, prepared to learn and participate.

  2. Inform teachers and office staff in advance of pre-excused absences.

  3. Have a parent/guardian call the office within 48 hours of an absence.

  4. Be aware of their own status in regard to tardies and absences in classes.

Family Responsibilities:

  1. Encourage students to attend school regularly.

  2. Notify the office by phone on the day of your child’s absence. Absences not verified within 48 hours of the student’s return to school will remain unexcused.

  3. Limit absences by scheduling appointments, vacations, college visits, etc. on non-school days.

  4. Notify the office in writing or by phone of a pre-excused absence at least 1 day prior to the absence.

Who decides what is an unexcused absence from school?

Minnesota State Law (MN 120A.22) gives schools specific guidelines around what can and what can not be considered an excuse for missing school. Please be aware that the school administration holds the final say in whether an absence is excused. Parents/guardians notify the school of the reason for a student's absence. The school must determine whether the reason fits the school board approved criteria and meets the requirement of the law.

Information Resources for Scarlet Families

School Website

West High School Family Calendar

Infinite Campus: Parent Portal

  • Attendance
  • Grades
  • Daily Announcements

Canvas: Click on this link to learn how to access your child's Canvas account.

  • Assignments
  • Course Content
  • Course Calendar

Twitter: #ScarletPride

  • @BlasingMWHS

  • @WestScarlets

Upcoming Events

September 6

First Day of School - All School Assembly 8:45am - Auditorium

September 9

Subs on the Sidewalk

September 21

Early Out (school dismissed at 1:35)

September 27

Picture Retake Day