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With winter weather upon us, make sure to have your Instant Alert information updated to receive announcements on school late starts and closings!

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Healthy Habits

During the Holidays

December always seems to be such a hectic month. People are busy with family events, school concerts, winter sports, and preparing for the holidays. Below are some ideas to consider to make the transition back to school after winter break easier for our students:

  • As much as possible, try to keep a regular schedule. Kids oftentimes see breaks from school as an opportunity to stay up late and sleep in late. This is fine, within reason. Keep in mind that when school resumes in January, it is hard to get back into the routine for some children if they haven’t had a regular schedule during the entire winter break.
  • There are always so many good foods to eat during December. Encourage your children to find a balance between having regular, healthy meals and enjoying the treats of the holidays.
  • A popular activity for students of all ages is to use devices to play games, communicate on social media, watch movies, etc. Monitor your child’s screen time so they don’t spend all of their free time tied to device when they could be enjoying time interacting with family and friends and participating in activities to keep them active.
  • In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, try to find some time for your family to just relax together. We can get so busy travelling from place to place, that we don’t take the time to enjoy a little “downtime” and kids need this.
  • Keep your students reading during the winter break. Consider giving your children books or a magazine subscription, take them to the library, and encourage them to read during the time away from school. Reading keeps their brains active and is a good quiet activity to do in the car.

I hope you enjoy the winter break with your children.

Allison Schmidt, Superintendent


School Closings and Late Starts
There will be days that school will be starting late and/or cancelled due to the weather conditions.  We will use our Instant Alert system along with calling the following radio/TV stations:
KSUM AM 1370 Fairmont
KFMC FM 106.5 Fairmont
WCCO AM 830 Mpls
WCCO TV Ch 4 Mpls
KKOJ AM 1190 Jackson
KKOJ FM 105.7 Jackson
KSTP TV Ch 5 Mpls
KEYC TV Ch 12 Mankato

It would be greatly appreciated if you did not call the school during the time that decisions are being made since the phones are all needed to gather information and make calls.

If you are not eligible for Instant Alert you may receive weather related announcements by signing up at KEYC TV.
  1. Google - KEYC TV school closings
  2. Select - School Closings Sign Up - KEYC
  3. Follow instructions for signing up


2017 - 2018 School Year

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August 28    ----- Teacher Workshop
August 29    ----- Teacher Workshop 
August 30    -----  Teacher Workshop 
August 31    -----  Teacher Workshop (7-12)  (1/2 Day)
August 31    -----  7th & 9th Grade Orientation 8:30 AM - 12 noon
September 4 ----- Labor Day- No School
September 5  ---  School Begins for Grades 7-12 Only
September  5 ---  Gr K-6 Workshop 8 AM - Noon
September 5 ---   Gr K-6 P/T Conf. Noon - 8 PM
September 6  ----- Gr K-6 P/T Conf. 8 AM - 12 PM
September 7-----  Grades K-12 in Session
September 22 --- Homecoming
October 3    -----    Midquarter
October 19-20 ----- MEA - No School
November 3 ----  End of 1st Quarter
November 13 ---- Teacher Workshop (No School)
November 16 -----K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 21----  K-6 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM 
November 23-24--- Fall Break
December 8 --- Midquarter
Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 ---- Winter Break
January 2---- School Resumes
January 18----2nd of 2nd Quarter
January 19--- Teacher Workshop (No School)
February 16 ----- Holiday    (No School)   
February 19 --- President's Day - No School
February 21 ---- Midquarter
February 22 -----K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM 
March 20 ---   K-6 In Session / 7-12 Workshop
March 23 ----- End of 3rd Quarter
Mar 29-Apr 2 ---- Spring Break
April 27 ---   Midquarter
May 28  ---- Memorial Day- No School
May 31 ---- Last Day for Students
June 1  ---- 1/2 Day Teacher Workshop 
June 3  ---- Graduation
  • The make-up days may be February 16, February 19, the end of the year, and may include the use of extended days .  The dates listed above may not be made up in the order listed.  Additional make-up days may be added at the end of the year if necessary



Martin County West Schools is
Accepting New Open Enrollment Students

Martin County West Schools has many great things to offer our students.
  • Student centered environment
  • Small elementary class sizes
  • Variety of educational choices and opportunities
  • Safe, orderly schools
  • High graduation rate
  • Technology integrated at all levels
  • Recently updated facilities
  • 22% of our students open enroll to MCW from other districts

Please contact one of the schools shown below to open enroll your students to MCW.
Sherburn Elementary (K-2)       507-764-4461
Trimont Elementary (3-6)          507-639-2081
MCW Jr/Sr High (7-12)              507-764-4671

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