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  •  Westonka Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2024

    Westonka Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2024

    Amid pomp and circumstance, Mound Westonka High School honored the 191 members of the 2024 graduating class May 29 at an outdoor ceremony on Haddorff Field. The Class of 2024 enthusiastically accepted diplomas in front of family, friends, teachers, and school staff on a perfect summer-like evening.

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  •  MWHS Student Senate Ready to Lead Next Year

    MWHS Student Senate Ready to Lead Next Year

    The 2024-25 Mound Westonka High School Student Senate was elected and officially assumed their new positions last week. School-wide elections were held May 22 with 50 students across four grades vying for a position on next year’s Student Senate.

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  •  Hilltop Greenhouse Project Provides Beneficial Tools

    Hilltop Greenhouse Project Provides Beneficial Skills

    A new greenhouse and gardening project at Hilltop Primary School this spring is designed to provide students with beneficial tools to help increase feelings of calm and relaxation. The project came about thanks to a grant from the Westonka District #277 Foundation.

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  •  Fourth Graders Make Memories on Annual Wolf Ridge Trip

    Fourth Graders Make Memories on Annual Wolf Ridge Trip

    In what has become a rite of passage, Westonka's fourth grade students, along with a group of staff and parents, spent an exciting week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. For the second consecutive year and second time in the 45-year history of the trip, all the fourth graders from Hilltop and Shirley Hills primary schools attended Wolf Ridge together the week of May 20-24.

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    Westonka Students Participate in Memorial Day Service

    Westonka students took time to honor and remember our nation’s fallen soldiers by participating in the community Memorial Day service at the Gillespie Center on May 27. The Mound Westonka High School band performed several patriotic numbers, uniformed students from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were on hand, and student readers shared essays they had written.

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  •  Class of 24 group photo

    Superintendent's Letter to the Class of 2024

    "As superintendent of Westonka Public Schools, it’s my privilege and honor to recognize and celebrate this year’s class of graduating seniors, along with your parents and families. Throughout your time in Westonka, the Class of 2024 stood out as being a highly motivated, goal-oriented group. Individually and collectively, you have demonstrated resilience in the face of challenges, determination in pursuit of your goals, and a commitment to excellence in everything you do. Your wide-ranging achievements stand as a testament to your hard work and talents, and your plans after high school show your commitment and drive. I am proud to highlight a few of the many accomplishments of the Class of 2024."

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  • MWHS Earns Spotlight Awards from Hennepin Theatre Trust

    MWHS Earns Spotlight Awards from Hennepin Theatre Trust

    Mound Westonka High School’s spring production of “Footloose” was recognized for its accomplishments in high school theater by the Hennepin Theatre Trust as a participant in the Spotlight Education program.

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    Hilltop Families Participate in First 'Screen Free Week'

    Students at Hilltop Primary School participated in their first ever “Screen Free Week” May 13-18. Social worker Lori Springer explained that the intention behind Screen Free Week is to encourage everyone to turn off screens to connect with family, friends, nature and their own creativity.

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  •  Mound Westonka Celebrates 2024 Senior Athletes

    Mound Westonka Celebrates 2024 Senior Athletes

    Each year, Mound Westonka High School celebrates standout athletes from the graduating class. This year’s celebration took place on May 23 in the MWHS cafeteria, with student-athletes and their parents in attendance.

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  •  Shirley Hills Students Enjoy Super Team Day

    Shirley Hills Students Enjoy Annual Super Team Day

    A warm sunny day May 17 provided a perfect backdrop for Shirley Hills Primary School students to celebrate the end of the school year with the annual Super Team Day.

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  •  MWHS Seniors Receive $344K in Community Scholarships

    MWHS Seniors Receive $344K in Community Scholarships

    Mound Westonka High School hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Night on May 15, when 75 scholarships worth over $344,000 from 52 different donors were awarded to 67 members of the 2024 graduating class.

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  •  Westonka Way Award winner Todd Engebretson

    Todd Engebretson Named May Winner of Westonka Way Award

    Westonka Bus Service driver Todd Engebretson has been named the May recipient of the Westonka Way Award. The monthly award celebrates non-licensed Westonka Public Schools staff members who go above and beyond for families, students and other staff—because that's the Westonka Way!

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  •  MWHS Musicians Honored at Spring Choir Concert

    MWHS Vocalists Honored at Spring Choir Concert

    The Mound Westonka High School choirs hosted their annual spring concert on May 13 at the Westonka Performing Arts Center. The program took the listeners on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The texts of each piece weaved together a beautiful story of powerful transformation, as the choirs presented "A Mural of Change."

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  •  Shirley Hills Kindergartners Host Annual Reading Cafe

    Shirley Hills Kindergartners Host Annual Reading Cafe

    Shirley Hills Primary School kindergarten families celebrated the annual Reading Café on May 10. Parents and visitors came hungry for a good book, read aloud by their students.

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  •  Westonka Schools Celebrate Staff During Appreciation Week

    Schools Celebrate Staff During Appreciation Week

    Teacher Appreciation Week is designated during the first week of May as a time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to education. At Westonka, each school celebrated their special teachers and staff members in their own unique way.

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    MWHS Celebrates Prom 'Down on the Bayou'

    Mound Westonka High School Student Senate worked diligently to pull off another incredible prom for senior and junior students on May 4. Down on the Bayou was the theme, complete with decorations and backdrops that created a New Orleans vibe throughout the event. 

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  •  DECA students at Internationals

    Westonka Seniors Take Top Prize at DECA Internationals

    Mound Westonka High School sent a record 40 students to the 2024 DECA International Career Development Conference. Seniors Olivia Adam and Gabriella Larsen emerged as champions, taking first place for their Eli Hart Playground Chapter Project. This was the first time a Westonka chapter project has earned one of the coveted glass trophies at Internationals.

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  •  Westonka Tonkabots Earn State Championship

    Westonka Tonkabots Earn State Championship Trophy

    In a year of firsts, the Mound Westonka Tonkabots FIRST Robotics Team was one of 36 teams invited to compete at the Minnesota State High School League’s 2024 Robotics State Tournament on May 4 for the first time in program history. Not only did they compete, they won 11 of their 12 matches and emerged as state champions in alliance with teams from Becker and St. Peter.

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  •  Hilltop First Graders Host Annual 'Grandfriends' Day'

    Hilltop First Graders Host Annual 'Grandfriends' Day'

    Over 175 special guests visited Hilltop Primary School on May 2 when the first-grade classes hosted Grandfriends' Day. Classroom visits, a music concert, and art projects were all part of the fun.

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  •  MWHS Bands Honor Seniors at Spring Concert

    MWHS Bands Honor Seniors at Spring Concert

    The Mound Westonka High School bands performed their annual spring concert on May 6 on the Westonka Performing Arts Center stage. In addition to presenting an entertaining evening of music, the event provided an opportunity to recognize letter winners and present the traditional senior awards.

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