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Mankato Area Public Schools' READY! for Kindergarten selected as one of the best in education

READY! for Kindergarten, a national program offered through Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department, has been selected as one of the best in education by education leaders, who named the program to District Administration magazine's "Readers' Choice Top 100 Product" for this year.

"The READY! for Kindergarten program directly correlates with the skills that help incoming kindergarteners be successful,? said Sheri Allen, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. "This program is a tremendous support to parents and students as we work together to ensure students are prepared for school."
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West High School student Emily Smith earns perfect ACT score

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student Emily Smith earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of these four test scores.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead...More Information

 
 
Members of the East and West high school tennis teams cut the ribbon to dedicate the updated courts. Members of the East and West high school tennis teams cut the ribbon to dedicate the updated courts.
High school tennis teams celebrate new courts

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East and West high schools received a $70,000 grant from United States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern to update school tennis courts.  Tennis courts were renovated for safety and design to best meet player needs. In addition, tennis courts were designed to accommodate youth by adding boundary lines that serve younger students.
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Jonas Widness and Colt Baker Jonas Widness and Colt Baker
West High School students selected as National Merit semifinalists
 


Jonas Widness and Colt Baker, Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School students, were named National Merit semifinalists.  They have the opportunity to advance in the competition to compete for 8,000 available National Merit scholarships.

A student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards are all criteria considered.  About 1.5 million juniors across the nation entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, about 16,000, were selected as semifinalists...More Information

 
 
Colt Baker Colt Baker
West High School student earns perfect ACT score

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student Colt Baker earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of these four test scores.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead...More Information

 
 
Mary Traxler, Lindsey Chambers, Holly Hankins
Team earns medal at national history competition

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School team of Mary Traxler, Lindsey Chambers and Holly Hankins recently earned 3rd place at National History Day competition, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.  The competition's purpose is to engage students in history. 

Other focal points of the history opportunity include:  critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills; oral and written communication and presentation skills; self esteem and confidence; and a sense of responsibility for involvement in the democratic process...More Information

 
 
Pictured left to right: Top photo (left to right): Left to right: Nusla Mohamed , Lindsey Chambers, Mary Traxler, Holly Hankins; Bottom photo (left to right): Isaac Mehlhaff, John Haley, Paul Esslinger, Kennedy Maker
West High School students take top honors at state history day competition

Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School students who took top honors at the state history day competition are Isaac Mehlhaff, John Haley, Paul Esslinger, Kennedy Maker, Nusla Mohamed , Lindsey Chambers, Mary Traxler and Holly Hankins.

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program that makes history come alive.  It engages students in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.  Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.
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Left to right: Jack Links Plant Manager Mike Sheid, School Board Chair Ann Hendricks and Jack Links Human Resources Director Anna Boyanttari.
Jack Links beefs up Mankato Area Public Schools' budget

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky presented a $10,000 check to Mankato Area Public School Board at their recent meeting.
 
This is the second year Jack Link’s has donated to the school district. Last year's donation added technology to Mankato Area Public Schools elementary school libraries.
 
“This year, the funds provided by Jack Link’s will go toward our English Language Learners (ELL) Mobile Learning Initiative,” said Superintendent Sheri Allen. “The district will purchase iPad Minis to give these students access to technology to meet their individual learning needs, including specifically selected textbooks in digital and audio format, text reading apps, language videos and digital guides with dictation software. This initiative aligns with our district’s mobile technology plan.”
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Katrina Voda is Minnesota Swim Coaches Association scholarship recipient
 


Katrina Voda, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association.
 

 
 
Justin Portner and Emma Murray Justin Portner and Emma Murray
West High School students selected for Honor Band

Justin Portner and Emma Murray, Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School students, were two of 81 students selected to participate in the Minnesota Band Directors Association's 9th and 10th grade Honor Band. Portner and Murray were among 220 students who auditioned to be a part of this band. The opportunity includes working with music educators from throughout the state and performing in a concert.
 
 

 
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