Westonka News

  • Shirley Hills Brings '101 Dalmatians Kids' to Stage

    Shirley Hills Primary School students will be presenting “101 Dalmatians Kids” on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the new Westonka Performing Arts Center.

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  • Westonka 5K FUNd Run Sponsors Needed

    The Fifth Annual Westonka 5K FUNd Run will be held Saturday, May 18. This fun community event raises funds for Mound Westonka High School, Grandview Middle School and Shirley Hills and Hilltop primary schools. Be a part of this year’s success by becoming a sponsor.

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  • Community Breakfast is April 11

    You are invited to join your friends, neighbors and community members at the Annual Community Breakfast to benefit Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) on Thursday, April 11, at the Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Boulevard in Mound.

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  • Students Stuff the Bus for Westonka Food Shelf

    Students throughout the Westonka School District took part in the annual "Stuff the Bus" event March 8 to benefit the Westonka Food Shelf. The effort involved all schools, each of which used creative ways of encouraging donations of cash, food and other needed items for the food shelf. The results were amazing, as students stuffed the bus with over 11,200 pounds of food and over $6,000 in donations.

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  • Sophomore Shines at Speech Tourney

    Westonka Speech competed March 8 at the National Speech & Debate Association National Qualifier Tournament, where sophomore Merrick Gormley became the first Mound Westonka High School student to advance to the semi-finals in this tournament.

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  • Sandy Opdahl Named March Winner of Westonka Way Award

    Shirley Hills Primary School head cook Sandy Opdahl has been named the March 2019 recipient of the Westonka Way Award. New this school year, the award celebrates non-licensed Westonka Schools staff members who go above and beyond for families, students and other staff — because that's the Westonka Way!

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  • Future Problem Solvers Advance to State

    The sixth-grade Future Problem Solving class worked hard through semester one to learn the six-step problem solving process. Their focus topics while learning the process were: Mission to Moon, Mars & Beyond, Drones and Food Waste. Their efforts were rewarded as several students advanced to the state competition.

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  • Westonka Students Earn Awards for Art

    The Art Educators of Minnesota's Youth Art Month exhibition reception was held March 9 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Four Westonka students were presented with awards, including Hilltop Primary School fourth-grader Darren Croutseng, first-place in the elementary division; Hilltop third-grader Brynn Hiivala, second-place in the elementary division; Grandview Middle School seventh-grader Logan Henslin, first-place in the middle school division; and Mound Westonka High School senior Nick Drilling, honorable mention in the high school level.

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  • Symphonic Band Enjoys Day on the Town

    Mound Westonka High School band director Gretchen Chilson took Symphonic Band members on a fun one-day local tour on March 5. The day started with a series of local performances, followed by stops in St. Paul, the Mall of America and the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

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  • MWHS Rotary Interact Club Sticks it to Hunger

    The Mound Westonka High School Rotary Interact Club sponsored the second annual Stick It To Hunger hockey event on Feb. 24 at the Shirley Hills Primary School outdoor rink. The event was organized to raise food for the Westonka Food Shelf. The teams braved 30 mph winds and subzero weather and together collected almost 300 pounds of food.

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  • State DECA Conference Recognizes Mound Westonka Students, Advisor

    Mound Westonka High School had 120 students participate in the 2019 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference, which was held March 3-5 in Minneapolis. Continuing a long tradition of excellence for the Westonka DECA program, 19 students are headed to Orlando next month to compete at DECA Internationals.

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  • Westonka Speech Advances to Sections

    Westonka Speech competed at the Wright County Conference meet February 28. With a total of 93 sweepstake points, Westonka Speech placed second in the conference, the highest placement in recent years.

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  • PAC Hosts Student Art Exhibit

    Every year the Westonka district art teachers choose exemplary student artwork to display in a public space during Youth Art Month in March. This year the exhibit will be in the new Westonka Performing Arts Center for the first time. Each school building and each grade, K-12, will be represented at this special exhibition.

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  • DI Teams Advance to State Tournament

    Two Westonka Destination Imagination (DI) teams are headed to state competition after competing in regional tournaments on Feb. 23 at Maple Grove Senior High School and March 2 at Coon Rapids Middle School. The state tournament will take place on Saturday, March 23, at Champlin Park High School.

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  • Shirley Hills Carnival Offered Something for Everyone

    On March 1, Shirley Hills Primary School hosted another successful carnival that brought Shirley Hills families and the community together to enjoy a festival of games and excitement. The event, planned by the PTA, is the school’s biggest fundraiser.

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  • Grandview Students Help 'Feed the Mind'

    Grandview Middle School students collected dozens of new and gently-used books for Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) during a two-week book drive in February, which is “I Love to Read Month.”

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