School Calendar

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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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Secrets to Student Success

We all want our students to be successful in school. We want them to work hard and earn good grades. We do our best to help them and encourage them. What are some things our students can do to help themselves achieve success in school? Some suggestions are below.

  • Participate- When students participate in class, they are more engaged in the learning. Encourage your child to ask questions, participate in discussions, contribute to group activities, and communicate with their teachers. Although this may be difficult for some students, this involvement in learning is important.
  • Stay organized- Successful students keep track of assignments and due dates. Using a calendar, checklist, or some other method that works for your child will help them work on large projects or papers over several days instead of the night before it is due. Knowing where their assignments and books are will not only reduce last minute anxiety in the morning rush, it will also help students to turn in homework on time.
  • Focus on homework- When your child sits down to work on an assignment that should be his focus. Try to eliminate distractions such as cell phones, TV, and games so that your student can concentrate on homework to do his best.
  • Keep up with assigned reading- Students who are successful make sure they complete assigned reading so they are ready to discuss the material in class. They work on AR points throughout the quarter, rather than trying to earn the required points the last few days of each quarter.
  • Do the little extra- Students who do well in school do the little extras. They make sure they have thoroughly completed every part of the assignment. Their assignments and projects are neat in appearance. These students may also go beyond the expectations of the task by adding information, graphics, etc. They are ready to share what they have learned with their teacher(s).

January marks the half-way point in the school year. Remind your student(s) of these tips to help them be successful in school for the rest of this year and into the future.


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

Open Enrollment Form