School Calendar


The K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

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Happy and Healthy New Year!

Mental health is a phrase that is used more frequently in conversations, on television, and on social media.  But what exactly is mental health?  Mental health is how we describe our social and emotional well-being.  It affects how we think, feel and act.  Children and adolescents need good mental health to build positive relationships, adapt to change, and handle life’s challenges. It is also critical for making responsible decisions and finding success in school and life.

Children and teenagers with good mental health feel good about themselves, have healthy relationships with family and friends, get involved in activities, and are physically active.

The following are some signs that your child may need mental health help:

• often seems sad or withdrawn
• has on-going fears
• is having difficulty making or keeping friends
• has had his/her grades drop
• has problems sleeping 
• has had a change in behavior such as being more aggressive or defiant. 

In addition to these signs, pre-teens and teenagers may also:

• feel hopeless or tearful
• have difficulty coping with “life”
• avoid friends
• say he/she is sick
• seem anxious about their appearance

What can we do to improve and maintain good mental health in our children and teens?  Talk to your child daily.  Show interest in what is happening in their life at school and with friends.  Listen to their feelings, concerns, worries, and fears. Make sure they know that you love them and support them.  Help them handle situations and problems as they come up instead of letting them get bigger. If you are still concerned about your child’s or teenager’s mental health, seek help.  We have school social workers available.  There are also mental health professionals that specialize in working with children/teens.  The articles below were helpful in writing this and contain additional information that may be useful.

Supporting Children's Mental Health Tips for Parents and Educators

Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health Among Teens

Keeping our students mentally and physically healthy is essential to their success in school and life. 

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.
  1. Google - KEYC TV school closings
  2. Select - School Closings Sign Up - KEYC
  3. Follow instructions for signing up