AVID Scholars Spring 2020

The Winona Senior High School AVID program is pleased to celebrate the end of year AVID Notable Scholars from the spring distance learning period. This was a challenging time for many students, and we are proud to acknowledge some of the students who rose to the challenge and flourished during an unprecedented time at WSHS.

WAPS Safe Learning Plan Update

We are happy to announce that we will shift to Winhawk Learning Model No. 3, which means that Grades 7-12 will move to a hybrid model, beginning Monday, Sept. 28. 

Early childhood and elementary (Grades K-6) will remain in a hybrid model as well.

Also, athletics for Grades 7-12 will resume beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, while athletics for Grades 5-6 and activities for Grades 5-8 will begin on Monday, Oct. 5.

Graduation sign

Winona Senior High School will hold a car graduation for the Class of 2020 beginning at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, June 5. WSHS Principal Mark Anderson, Assistant Principal Isaac Matzek and other administrators met with senior leaders to plan the ceremony, which had to be altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Avery Schultz W-K Distance Learning

One issue that has been brought up by both our families and our staff is grading. During distance learning, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the social and emotional health of our students, families and staff. We also realize that there are unavoidable inequities for our students and families that impact our ability to expect academic work to continue as if they were in our school buildings.

Jack Herczeg swimmer of the year

On Thursday, Jack Herczeg was named the Class A state swimmer of the year by the Minnesota Swimming and Diving Coaches Association. He was one of four Winhawks nominated for the award. Teammates Grant Wolner, Alex Jorgenson and Tanner Lozenski were the others. Chris Mayer, Winona’s sixth-year coach, was named the Class A state coach of the year.

Empty lockers at WSHS

Earlier today, Gov. Tim Walz announced that all schools in Minnesota, including Winona Area Public Schools, will remain closed through Monday, May 4 as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, daily instruction will resume. For the past two weeks, teachers and staff have been preparing to institute distance learning plans at each grade level, and those lessons will begin Tuesday, March 31. Monday, March 30 will remain a staff workshop day.

Swimming Wrestling State Championships

In what is believed to be the most decorated day in the history of Winhawks athletics, Winona High athletes came back from the Twin Cities on Leap Day with six — yes, six — individual state championships. Five of them came in the pool, with Jack Herczeg and Grant Wolner leading the way, and one came on the mat, as Ryan Henningson became the fourth wrestler in school history to win a state title.

Winona Faribault hockey fundraiser

The score was 5-3. But those aren’t the numbers that matter. True, the Winona Senior High School hockey team lost to the Faribault Falcons in a Big 9 Conference game on Saturday that could have section seeding implications. But that is not what will be remembered. Instead, what will live on in the hearts of those who were there is the way the two programs came together to help a 3-month-old boy in his battle with cancer.

Annette Freiheit Dress Code Survey Link

Dr. Annette K. Freiheit, Superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools, is asking district parents and community members to offer their feedback on a new dress code policy. Parents and community members can take the survey at this link: The survey will be open until 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Ice Skating at Bud King

Instead of a traditional party with costumes and candy, second-graders at Washington-Kosciusko, for the past 15 years, go ice skating at Bud King Ice Arena with the boys and girls hockey teams. With the support and help from hockey coaches Tom Sanvik and Fran McDevitt, this activity brings together students from different ages for a memorable experience for all. If only you could have heard the conversations on the ice!


Leaders of the Winona Area Public Schools Board of Education and the Winona Education Association said this week that both sides continue to work together in a creative, collaborative fashion toward a contract agreement that is good for the financial stability of the district, rewarding for longtime educators and enticing for prospective teachers. 

winona us bank stadium

However many games the Winona Senior High School football team have left this season will be played in the warm confines of U.S. Bank Stadium after the Winahwks overcame freezing temperatures and several uncharacteristic turnovers in beating Simley 24-14 in the MSHSL Class AAAA state quarterfinals on Friday night on Todd Field at McNamara Stadium.