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Mankato Area Public Schools' West and East High schools announce homecoming courts

Mankato Area Public Schools' homecoming courts for West and East high schools:  

Homecoming court
  • Taylor Amundson escorted by Andrew Gerber
  • Rachel Denhof escorted by Ben Kleist
  • Abbey Dickhudt escorted by John Kurtz
  • Shealyn Kawlewski escorted by Justin Portner
  • Chantal Nack escorted by Ben Rorem
Princess and crown bearer
  • Keira Christianson
  • Blake Sexton
Honor guard
  • Christa Benson
  • Ben Broze
  • Lauren Else
  • Madeline Mueller
  • Matt Ouren
  • Allison Peters
West High School's homecoming coronation is at 11 a.m., Friday, October 3 in the high school gym, 1351 South Riverfront Drive. The Scarlets football team host Rochester Century at 7 p.m. at the high school football field.
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Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School announces 2014 Hall of Fame recipients

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School announces this year's Hall of Fame recipients—Mankato High School and West High School graduates and staff, who are being recognized for their legacies and celebrated for their success. 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 service to community. This year's recipients:
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Nominate a name for Mankato Area Public Schools' new middle school

Nominate a name for Mankato Area Public Schools' new middle school scheduled to open fall 2016.  Submit a suggestion anytime before 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 10:
  • online
  • call 507-387-1868 to receive a suggestion form by mail
  • Pick up a suggestion form at:  Mankato Area Public Schools' Superintendent's office, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2, Mankato, MN   56001
Mankato Area Public Schools' "Naming school district facilities" policy is used as criteria when reviewing name submissions for a new school.  Names will be reviewed by a committee that includes citizens, students, parents and staff.  A recommendation will be provided to the Mankato Area Public School Board for final consideration.  
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Mankato Area Public Schools' Walk/Bike to School Day Wednesday, September 17

In addition to offering healthy meals and raising awareness about nutrition, school district staff offer opportunities for students to engage in 60 minutes of daily exercise and form healthy habits that can last a lifetime.  Mankato Area Public Schools is pleased to announce sponsors in support of the district's Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday (September 17):
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"Safe routes to school" walking route maps available

View walking routes that are part of the "Safe routes to school" program, which provides opportunities for students to bike and walk to school. Maps are available for Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Washington elementary schools. In addition to being online, maps can be picked up at Mankato Area Public Schools' Central Registration office, 10 Civic Center Plaza.
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Map of site for new middle school.
Land purchase agreement approved for new middle school

Today at 5:30 p.m., the Mankato Area Public School Board approved a land purchase agreement to build a new middle school on the east side of the city.  The 65-acre parcel is located east of Highway 22, between Hoffman Road and Highway 83, in Mankato Township.

Approval to build a new middle school was authorized by voters in the November bond referendum to provide adequate space and learning environments for all students.

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David Lutz to serve as Assistant Principal of East High School

David Lutz has accepted the position of assistant principal at East High School beginning July 1, pending School Board approval on May 19.  

Lutz earned a bachelor's in social studies from Bethel University; a master's in education and a specialist degree in administration from St. Mary's University.  Lutz currently serves at Central Middle School gifted and talented coordinator and summer school administrator for Wayzata Public Schools. He has taught high school and middle school social studies.
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Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath
Top two Mankato Area Public Schools' principal candidates named

Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath have emerged as top principal candidates with Mankato Area Public Schools: Johanson for Monroe Elementary School; Kath for Eagle Lake Elementary School. The Mankato Area Public School Board will formally act on their appointments on Monday, April 7.

Johanson taught fifth grade at Spring Lake Park and sixth grade in Robbinsdale. He also served as an administrator teacher on special assignment, with assistant principal duties, in Robbinsdale. He currently is administrative dean of students at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington. He will replace Al Lawrence, who is retiring in June.
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Scott Hogen selected as director of facilities

The recommendation for approval to hire Scott Hogen as director of facilities, effective March 10, will go to the Mankato Area Public School Board on Monday, February 3.   Hogen has served as director of buildings and grounds for New Ulm Public Schools for the past 16 years. From 1982 to 1997, he served New Ulm private schools as head custodian and then as director of buildings and grounds.
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Mankato Area Public Schools named to Advanced Placement Achievement List by the College Board for significant gains in advanced placement access and student performance fourth year in a row

Mankato Area Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada, and one of seven school districts in Minnesota, being honored by the College Board with a place on the fourth annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. The district earned this honor for opening advanced classroom opportunities to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher. Achieving these goals indicates that Mankato Area Public Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous coursework.
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