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Key Kids: After School Care

WAPS Community Education Key Kids program is a quality school aged childcare program offering care after school, non-school days, early release days, late starts and snow days.

Summer Fun with Key Kids!
Summer Children's Dental Health Clinics

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Key Kids program, in partnership with Winona Volunteer Services, is pleased to host three Children’s dental health clinics this summer. The clinics will be held on July 17, July 26 and August 2, 2018 at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road.

WSHS Spanish Class Creates 47 Books

Winona Senior High School students in Susan Larsen’s Spanish 4 classes worked in collaboration with Gunderson Lutheran Global Partners to help create 47 books for the children in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

AVID Scholar of Quarter

Aaliyah Parker, a freshman at WSHS, was recognized as Scholar of the Quarter by the AVID College Prep Program on Wed., June 6. 

Trills and Thrills Music Festival

The Winona Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Choir participated in the "Trills and Thrills Music Festival" at Highland Park High School and Valleyfair in the Twin Cities on Friday, May 18th.

8th Grade Students Explore Solar Energy

Winona Middle School 8th grade students visited Winona home of Paul Schollmeier and Chris Meyer last week to learn about home energy efficiencies, solar energy, and sustainable living.

As we are getting close to the end of the 2017-18 school year, WAPS recommends updating your child's student information for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Free Summer Meals

Winona Area Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch meals during the week for kids 18 years old and under beginning June 11. With funding support from the USDA Summer Food Service Program, we want kids to receive meals they need to learn, play and grow. 

Download "Summer Eats Minnesota" App for all locations.

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Our "card stacking" Abby finally got 4 levels!!
National Walk/Bike to School Day

Winona Area Public Elementary Schools joined schools around the country to celebrate National Walk/Bike to School Day on May 9th, 2018.

Make Someone’s Day Yellow

Mrs. Scott’s kindergarten class participated in Make Someone’s Day Yellow were she taught her students about kindness and how it can make a difference!

WSHS AVID T-Shirt Exchange

The AVID College Prep team at WSHS wrapped up their community service project Friday, May 4, by giving away about 200 t-shirts. The collection of t-shirts was orchestrated by AVID College Prep students over the last month.  This past Friday, the class set out tables in front of Winona Senior High School, and simply gave the shirts away to anyone who wanted one.

WAPS Welcomes New Administrators

Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Dr. Sarah Knudsen as the new Director of Special Education and Emily Solheid as the new Director of Human Resources.

WMS Students of the Week

Thane Stark-Cessna and Faith Meyers are 5th grade students who were chosen by Evolve as the WMS Students of the Week.

Miller Mentoring Honors Graduating Seniors

Miller Mentoring celebrated with our students, mentors, families, and all our our great supporters at our Annual Family Dinner. It's also a night to honor our graduating seniors and award our scholarships.

WSHS Short Film Festival

WSHS Student Council is excited to present a variety of short films by students at the WSHS Film Festival.

WSHS AVID T-Shirt Exchange Accepting Donations

Winona Senior High School AVID class is accepting t-shirt donations for their upcoming t-shirt exchange. The community is welcomed to donate clean, gently used t-shirts adult size small to plus sizes. T-shirt donations can be dropped off at Winona Senior High School office by May 1st, 2018.

Minnesota Reading Corp

As a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor, you can help change this statistic and the lives of struggling readers. As the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program, we are recognized because our tutors are getting results with the students they serve and are helping to ensure that all children are successful readers by the end of third grade.

Elementary Project Fair; Huge Success!

Over 150 WAPS elementary students proudly shared their research projects with their families, peers and community members. Winona Area Public Schools 2nd through 4th grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Project Fair on April 10th.

NEW: MN Crisis Text Line

As of April 1, 2018, Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2018-2019 Attendance Boundary Changes

On March 29, 2018, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board of Education voted to consolidate elementary schools. This will change attendance boundaries for the 2018-2019 school year for many elementary students.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 event offered WSHS students to try new menu items, explore BetterYouHF app and sign up to become a Fuel up to Play 60 member!

Parenting the Love and Logic Way

This is a fun 6 part parenting program full of stories, laughs, and skills designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately. Invest back into your family and up the odds that we raise our children to be successful adults.

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Students Visit Concordia Language Village Camps

Winona Middle School and Winona Senior High School students attended Concordia Language Village Camps in Bemidji, Minnesota February 2-4, 2018 for German and Spanish language immersion experience.  Both villages are designed to appear as a they would in Germany or a Spanish speaking country, giving Winona students the opportunity to practice what they are learning in their language classes in a real-life environment with native and heritage speakers.

WAPS Celebrates Youth Art Month

For the month of March, our K-12 student’s work is displayed at the Winona Mall, Blue Heron Coffeehouse, Winona National Bank, Home Federal Bank and Minnesota Marine Art Museum during regular business hours.

WSHS Student Selected for All State Music Ensemble

Winona Senior High School student Austin Weatherhead was chosen to be 1 out of 1,500 students to participate in the All State Music Ensemble. Out of the 1,500 students, Austin was the only drum set player selected! Friday, February 23rd Austin played at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the All State Band. 

State Bound | Wrestling

Winhawk Wrestling has (3) individuals that qualified for state after individual sectionals.

State Bound | Swim & Dive Team

Winhawks Swim and Dive team broke five meet records, six pool records, four school records and have nine individuals that qualified for state.

W-K Elementary Reading Program

Since the W-K Reading Program has been established, the kindergarten class was able to start their guided reading groups in October versus January of last year. This is helpful, as the students are exposed to the core material at kindergarten level, but then they work on the skills they need in a variety of ways.

AVID Class of 2022

A signing reception was held on Feb. 16 for 18 WMS students who were selected for the freshman class of AVID at Winona Senior High School. AVID stands for "Advancement Via Individual Determination," and is a college preparation program for students who are in the academic middle, but ready and determined to achieve at higher levels.

SEMAC grant Artist in Residency for Madison SLIP

Madison’s SLIP program has been awarded a SEMAC (Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council) grant for an artist residency during the week of Februrary 19-23rd. This award provides a unique opportunity for the students to collaborate on a cultural and artistic project with a native Spanish-speaking artist

WSHS Triple A Winners Announced

Congratulations to our Winona Senior High Triple A award winners Sarah Halverson and Austin Weatherhead!

A round of applause is also in order for the selected Triple A members Josha Bade, Austin Weatherhead, Griffin Wolner, Ambriel Jacobs, Abigail Larson, Sarah Halverson, Layna Rutkowski, and Sarah Beguin.

AVID Scholar of the Quarter

Congratulations to Elaina Fabian, AVID Scholar of the Quarter at WSHS. Elaina is in the 9th grade, and is well on her way to a successful high school career.

Fourth Grade Orchestra Informance

On Tuesday, January 30th the members of the WAPS 4th Grade Orchestra had their first informal performance, or Informance, for their parents and family members, at the WMS Auditorium. In this event students performed for their parents but also had the opportunity to show their parents how to hold their instruments and play a basic tune on open strings called, "Boogieman Boogie" by plucking the strings.

WSHS Winterfest Court

Winterfest Court: Julie Walker, Rosena Bolduan, Alea Machajewski, Sarah Beguin and Bailey Ewing. Felix Armstrong, Lucas Harmon, Griffin Buswell, Just Obiofu

King: Evan Ferstl  |  Queen: Sara Broghammar

Donations Received for "Feed the Kids Fund"

Recently two events have been held to support this fund.  Tyler Olson, a former Winona Senior High School student, organized a breakfast at Pleasant Valley Church on January 12th, and raised $940. The Minnesota Bankers Association Leadership Academy, a group of 21 community bankers from across Minnesota, raised awareness and held fundraisers to support student meals. WAPS received $1,205 from these efforts for Feed the Kids Fund.

WSHS Girls Basketball "Salute to Service Night"

WSHS Girls Basketball team hosted their 4th Annual “Salute to Service” night on January 27th. Each player on the team had the opportunity to invite a guest that has provided service to our community and country. This year the girls’ basketball team recognized twelve service men and women, thank you all for your service!

6th Grade Learn About Mountain Climbing

Winona Middle School students has been exploring and learning about Mount Everest and to close the unit, Eric Barnard from WSU discussed his adventures with rock climbing. Eric has been rock climbing since he was 19 years old. He has climbed over 50 mountains including the Kingfisher in Utah as well as exploring mountains in Europe, Alaska and Canada.

Ashley for the Arts Humanitarian Award

Ashley for the Arts Humanitarian Award recognizes community individuals that go above and beyond for their community. This year’s award winner is Ray Felton. 

Winona Senior High School Activities Department had over 100 volunteers that included parents, coaches and students during the 2017 Ashley for the Arts event.  

Foundation for Winona Area Public School December Grant

Review Games for Science WMS - $206

Education Purpose & Goals: To buy 3 sets of the following games: Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, and Jenga. This would provide  9 games or 4 students per game.  Games will be turned  into review games as another way to teach key concepts in the science class. In addition, 4 expansion packs for the Breakout Kits will be purchased to expand additional learning.

WAPS Student Musicians Selected for MN State Honor Choirs

Lily Compton, Morgan Rinn, and Viggo Smith, 8th grade students at Winona Middle School, were selected to participate in the State 7-8 Girls’ and State 7-8 Boys’ Honor Choirs of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

WSHS Student Council donates to 10 Days of Giving

Winona Senior High School Student Council collected $1,260.00 and 300 pounds of food during their 10 Days of Giving.

Thank you to all the students and community members that donated, we belong to a wonderful community!!

55th Annual Winona Model Legislature

On November 16th and 17th 47 Winona Senior High School and Winona Middle School students came together with students from Austin, Rushford, Cotter and Winona State for the 55th Annual Winona Model Legislature. During the event students participated in a mock version of the Minnesota State Legislature. Students were joined by Secretary of State Steve Simon for the opening ceremonies and was sworn by Secretary Simon and then elected a Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate. 

WSHS Orchestra's Winter Concert and Silent Auction

Join WSHS Orchestra students as they perform their Winter Concert on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the WSHS Auditorium. Pieces being performed included Handel's Concerto Grosso No. 1 featuring senior student soloists. Selections from "The Nutcracker" will also be performed and the concert will end with "Let It Snow".
The WAPS Orchestra booster group "Strings In Motion" is sponsoring a Silent Auction in the WSHS Concourse starting before the concert at 6:45 p.m and finishing 15 minutes after the concert ends. Many great baskets and gift certificates will be auctioned as well as an adult bike valued at $150!

Congratulations to Jeremy Graves for daring to dream with the Tech Nest Drone Project!!

Jeremy Graves from the Winona Area Public Schools Tech Nest group wrote a Dare to Dream application to begin a Tech Nest Drone Project.  In Mr. Grave’s application, it notes that drones are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life and the market for their uses in society and education are increasing too.  The Tech Nest is looking to use the Drone’s aerial camera capabilities to create videos and clips for current LIVE stream and video production events.

2017 Minnesota Football Showcase Rosters Revealed

Celebrate Minnesota football in the 2017 Minnesota High School All Star Game on Saturday, December 9. See the state's best high school football players take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. Tickets for adults are $16, children 13-17 years old are $8 and kids 12 and younger are free.

Grieving Resources

Our thoughts and support go out to Kaya Cyert’s family and friends. To help students through the grieving process counselors and mental health professionals are available to meet with students individually and in groups.

Aurora Magnuson named AVID Scholar of the Quarter

Congratulations to Aurora Magnuson, a freshman at WSHS, who has been named AVID Scholar of the Quarter. This award goes to a student who shows excellence in academics, leadership, and individual determination to succeed.

Laney Rutkowski signs with  Bemidji State

Congratulations to Laney for signing with Bemidji State University Women's Tennis team! Winona Senior High School has enjoyed watching you grow as academically and athletically, we wish you the best of luck in your future!

Ranger Ed Visits 6th Grade

Ranger Ed visit Winona Middle School 6th grade classes. The students learned about many animals in our region and even got to touch several pelts! Thank you Ranger Ed for giving our students this opportunity!

State Bound: WSHS Boys Cross Country

Congratulations to our Winona Senior High School boys Cross Country team! They are headed to state after qualifying Thursday in the MSHSL Section 1AA meet at the Brooktree Golf Course.

Winona Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Mlynczak

The Winona Middle School teacher thought she was just attending the all school assembly this morning to help promote kindness. Little did she know the spotlight would be turned to her.  Mrs. Amber Mlynczak was surprised with the Winona Teacher of the Year.

 WSHS Spanish Honor Society Inducted 34 Students

Thirty-four Winona Senior High students were inducted into the Tertulia Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish Honor Society) part of the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) during a ceremony held at the high school by advisor Susan Larsen.

WMS Stream Investigation

Our Stream Investigation is part of an inquiry-based process where our students discover how streams have shaped our past and present landscape.

MN Super Snack Challenge

WAPS Nutrition encourages you to share those gameday recipes with the Super Snack Challenge!!

Kindergarten Family Hike

October 3rd, W-K kindergartners participated in the Kindergarten Family Hike led by early childhood educator and outdoor enthusiast, Katy Smith.

1st Grade Virtual Field Trip to Omaha Zoo; Zoologist

Tuesday, October 3 Mr. Gilliland’s first graders had a virtual field trip to the Omaha Zoo to visit with Zoologist Peter Brunette. This was the student’s first project-based learning (PBL) questions of the year!

Parent Network Nights

October 10th, 2017 Resource Fair: This event will be held in the Goodview School Gym. Come and Go as you please from 5:30-7:00. A variety of community agencies will be available for you to visit with and collect information

2017 WSHS Homecoming Court

Back/Boys: Jonah Boelter, Dakota Matthees, Josh Bade (King), Griffin Wolner

Front/Girls: Sarah Halverson, Dayne Schultz, Jenna Timm, Selena Lor (Queen)

W-K Elementary School Receives Grant for Readiness Gap Early Learning Program

The Winona Community Foundation is always interested in capturing and sharing the stories of our donors and grant recipients. In 2017 Winona Community Foundation will assist the Lyndon & Jennie Pirce family in awarding an education grant to Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School for the development of an education readiness program.

Goodview Halk Walk

Goodview Halk Walk is October 6 from 1 -2 p.m. This is an annual Hawk Walk that is put on by the Goodview PTA. Students will get donations and the school will get to keep 100% of the donations.

2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

The principal, Mark Anderson, of Winona Senior High School announced today that Sarah Beguin and Max Derbyshire have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Teacher Mentor Program

Every new teach in the district will be provided a coach/mentor to help them through the series of day-to-day requirements.

Community Education Catalog

Enjoy all that Community Education has to offer! We have our community covered from birth to senior, register online for you next class.

Winona FFA Named Top 10 Chapter

Winona FFA Named Top 10 Chapter The Winona FFA Chapter was named a Top Ten Chapter, out of Minnesota’s 180+ FFA Chapters, at the 88th Annual MN State FFA Convention held on the University of Minnesota Campus.

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