Westonka News

  • Sara Schwartz Surprised with 2020 Westonka Teacher of the Year Award

    Westonka Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Borg and an enthusiastic group of teachers and administrators surprised Mound Westonka High School social studies teacher Sara Schwartz at her home May 27 with the 2020 Westonka Teacher of the Year Award.

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  • Westonka Foodies Offer Free Summer Meals

    For most kids, summer means carefree days. But for some kids, no school means wondering where their next meal is coming from. Several local organizations are teaming up this summer to make sure kids have access to healthy and nutritious meals. The Westonka Foodies from the Westonka School District will be hosting a Free Summer Meals program again this year.

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  • Queen Emma and King Artie Reign Over Prom

    Seniors Emma Mack and Artie Witschorik, Jr. were named 2020 Mound Westonka High School Prom Queen and King on May 15. Students and their families were invited to dance "together" for a virtual prom.

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  • Long-time Westonka Staff Honored for Years of Service

    Due to the statewide school closure and the threat of COVID-19, the annual Westonka Public Schools Retiree and Years of Service Banquet was canceled this year. Forty-two Westonka employees would have been honored May 6 at the Lafayette Club for their years of service to the school district. Superintendent Kevin Borg and the Westonka School Board would like to recognize and thank these long-time staff for their dedicated service to Westonka Public Schools.

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  • Hilltop Readers Enjoy Pancake Breakfast

    There was a minor traffic jam in downtown Mound Thursday morning. Turns out it was a crowd of hungry readers from Hilltop Primary School lining up for a pancake breakfast at Scotty B’s Restaurant. Each year, Hilltop School celebrates students who reach their reading goals by hosting a breakfast at school put on by Scotty B’s. But with distance learning in place this year, they had to get creative.

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  • MWHS Student Achievements Recognized

    Each year, the Westonka School Board recognizes students from all grade levels at the May board meeting for their achievements in arts and academics. Although the personal recognition was not possible this year, the School Board and the district still want to recognize these students for their outstanding accomplishments. This week’s recognition focuses on Mound Westonka High School students.

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  • Students Receive $227K in Community Scholarships

    Mound Westonka High School hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Night on May 20, when 62 scholarships worth over $227,900 in scholarship money from 40 different donors were awarded to 57 members of the 2020 graduating class. Although the event looked different this year, a video presentation of the scholarship awards ensured the recognition and celebration of recipients and donors alike.

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  • Kali Ellingson Named May Winner of Westonka Way Award

    Adventure Club Site Supervisor Kali Ellingson has been named the May 2020 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 Band Announces Senior Awards

    In lieu of the annual spring band concert at Mound Westonka High School, band director Gretchen Chilson put together a celebration video, which gave her an opportunity to acknowledge 20 seniors for their hard work and recognize the annual band award winners. "I wanted to create a way for students and families to celebrate the year, even though we couldn't be together,” said Chilson. “I also hope it will serve as a lasting memento for the class of 2020."

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  • Support Your Local Schools By Becoming a Short-Call Sub

    Although it’s impossible to predict what the 2020-2021 school year will look like, Westonka Schools is anticipating that the district will need a larger pool of substitute teachers in order to operate school next fall. Therefore, Westonka is asking all community members to consider supporting their local schools by becoming a short call sub for the district.

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  • Grandview Student Achievements Recognized

    Each year, the Westonka School Board recognizes students from all grade levels at the May board meeting for their achievements in arts and academics. Although the personal recognition was not possible this year, the School Board and the district still want to recognize these students for their outstanding accomplishments. This week’s recognition focuses on Grandview Middle School students.

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  • MWHS Honors Outstanding Athletes

    MWHS seniors Isaiah Dempsey and Melissa Drill have been named the 2019-2020 Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Award winners, an honor bestowed upon the outstanding male and female athlete each year.

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  • MWHS Student Senate to Host Virtual Prom

    This year, high school students all over the world are sadly missing out on a springtime tradition: prom. Often the social cornerstone of high school, prom night has an important role in solidifying friendships, celebrating good times and commemorating the end of the school year. In these unprecedented times, so many events are going virtual for the first time; so, why not prom? Mound Westonka High School juniors and seniors are invited to join in as MWHS Student Senate hosts their Virtual Prom.

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  • MWHS Choir Announces Senior Awards

    Although the Mound Westonka High School choirs did not get the opportunity to wrap up the year with the annual spring choir concert and awards presentation, Director Kelly Newell took the opportunity to compile a slide show of each senior in the choir program and announce the annual senior choir awards.

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  • Vote for MWHS Art Students in Online Congressional Art Competition

    For the first time in its 40-year history, the Third Congressional District Art Competition has moved online, and eight Mound Westonka High School students are currently in the running for prestigious regional art awards.

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  • Band Seniors Play 'Together' One Last Time

    The senior members of the Mound Westonka High School band collaborated on a project this spring that enabled them to play “together” one last time before graduating. Band Director Gretchen Chilson wanted to provide a project for the band senior class and the result was a virtual performance of a chorale usually used as a warm-up in band class.

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