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Read a New Book Month

Read a New Book Month

December is “Read a New Book” month and what a perfect time to dive into a new book!  Starting a new book, to me, has always been like taking off on a new adventure.  It is a chance to meet new characters and lose yourself in a story.  With the shorter days and colder temperatures, this is a great time to start reading a new book.  Books also make great gifts.  Below is a list of some recently released books for children and young adults.

Books for children:

P is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar
Polar Bear Wish by Lori Evert
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett
Mikey and the Dragon by Jacko Willink
Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische

Books for kids in the middle:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Meltdown (#13) by Jeff Kinney
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild #6 (from the creator of Captain Underpants) by Dav Pilkey
The “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis
The “Treasure Hunters” series by James Patterson

Books for teens/young adults:

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Books are a great way to learn about something new, explore the world around us, solve problems, and get involved in adventures.  Encourage everyone in your family to read a new book this month.  Enjoy a good book!

Allison Schmidt, Superintendent



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

2018 - 2019 School Year

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August 27    ----- Teacher Workshop
August 28    ----- Teacher Workshop 
August 29    -----  Teacher Workshop 
August 30    -----  Teacher Workshop (7-12)  (1/2 Day)
September 3 ----- Labor Day- No School
September 4  ---  School Begins for Grades 7-12 Only
September  4 ---  Gr K-6 Workshop 8 AM - Noon
September 4 ---   Gr K-6 P/T Conf. Noon - 8 PM
September 5  ----- Gr K-6 P/T Conf. 8 AM - 12 PM
September 6 -----  Grades K-12 in Session
October 2    -----    Midquarter
October 18-19 ----- MEA - No School
October 24 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
November 2 ----  End of 1st Quarter
November 13 -----K-6 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 15 ----  K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 16 ---- Teacher Workshop (No School) 
November 22-23 --- Fall Break
December 10 --- Midquarter
December 12 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
Dec. 22 - Jan. 1 ---- Winter Break
January 2 ---- School Resumes
January 18 ---- End of 2nd Quarter
January 21 --- Teacher Workshop (No School)
February 12 -----   K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
February 18 --- President's Day (No School)
February 21 ---- Midquarter
March 6 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
March 22 ----- End of 3rd Quarter
April 18-22 ---- Spring Break
April 29 ---   Midquarter
May 27  ---- Memorial Day- No School
May 30 ----- Last Day for Students
May 31 ----- 1/2 Day Teacher Workshop
June 2  ---- Graduation
  • The make-up day may be April 22, at the end of the year, and may include the use of extended days.  Additional make-up days may be added at the end of the year if necessary.


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.
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