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College Knowledge Month

October is College Knowledge Month for Minnesota schools!  This month Minnesota colleges participate in a statewide effort that encourages prospective students to take a significant step toward college by providing the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply.  All Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) are waiving the application fee, allowing students to apply for free, from October 28-November 1.
If prompted for a promo coade, applicants should use "CKM2019."  You can visit: for more information.

College applications for your top choice school should be completed by MEA break, unless you are applying to the University of Wisconsin system or a competitive program; then you should apply now.  If you're applying to a MnSCU school you can start to fill out the application online, but wait to submit until the free application time period at the end of the month.

Paying for College
It is time to start thinking about financial aid and the next step in preparing for life after high school.  It can seem like such a long and daunting process, but it gets better!  Starting on October 1st, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available.  Try to submit the FAFSA as early as possible.  You will be using your 2018 taxes to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA.  Most post-secondary institutions determine their financial aid packages using the FAFSA so everyone planning on attending college should fill one out, even if you think you don't qualify.  You can fill out the FAFSA at  It is a FREE form, do not pay for someone to fill out the FAFSA or to find scholarships.  A friendly tip, DO NOT pay money to make money - more than likely those are scams.

All Juniors at MCW will be taking the ASVAB test for Careers Class on October 9th.  This test will be used as a Career Exploration Tool only.  However, any Junior intereste in joining the military will be able to share their ASVAB score with their recruiter.
Breanne Greiner, Business Education


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


2019 - 2020 School Year

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August 26    ----- Teacher Workshop
August 27    ----- Teacher Workshop 
August 28    -----  Teacher Workshop
August 28    -----  K-6 Workshop 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
August 28    -----  7-12 Workshop 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
September 2 ----- Labor Day- No School
September 3  ---  School Begins for Grades 7-12 Only
September  3 ---  Gr K-6 Workshop 8 AM - Noon
September 3 ---   Gr K-6 P/T Conf. Noon - 8 PM
September 4  ----- Gr K-6 P/T Conf. 8 AM - 12 PM
September 5 -----  Grades K-12 in Session
October 2    -----    Midquarter
October 17-18 ----- MEA - No School
October 23 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
November 1 ----  End of 1st Quarter
November 12 -----K-6 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 14 ----  K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
November 15 ---- Teacher Workshop (No School) 
November 28-29 --- Fall Break
December 6 --- Midquarter
December 11 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 ---- Winter Break
January 2 ---- School Resumes
January 17 ---- End of 2nd Quarter
January 20 --- Teacher Workshop (No School)
February 17 --- President's Day (No School) (Designated make up day)
February 18 ---- K-12 P/T Conferences 4-8 PM
February 20 ---- Midquarter
March 11 ---- Early Dismissal/Teacher Workshop
March 20 ----- End of 3rd Quarter
April 9-13 ---- Spring Break (April 9 & 13 are designated make up days)
April 27 ---- Midquarter
May 25  ---- Memorial Day- No School
May 29 ----- Last Day for Students
May 31  ---- Graduation
June 1 ----- 1/2 Day Teacher Workshop
June 1-5 --- Designated Make-Up Days if needed
  • The make-up days may be February 17, April 9, April 13, 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