Future classroom possibility

The school board on Thursday night approved a two-question referendum to be held in April of 2023. If the community supports both questions, the district can begin work on a list of projects included in a recommendation by the WAPS Community Task Force, a group of staff members and community members which met 10 times over a span of four months to vet numerous facilities options. Earlier in Thursday’s meeting, the board accepted the recommendation as the base of a master facilities plan.

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Over the last year, the WAPS School Nutrition staff handed out 402,971 free meals to all students aged 18 and under in Winona, regardless if they attend a WAPS school or not. That number continues to rise each week, as all meals are free to students in school and also available to the community through a weekly pickup at Winona Senior High School on Wednesdays. 

Winhawk Q and A Promo

On this week's Q and A, Superintendent Dr. Annnette K. Freiheit provides an update on the Climate Cohort, which is a collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Regional Centers of Excellence. The three-year partnership will focus on a multi-tiered transformative school climate in service of educational equity. Dr. Freiheit is joined by Joe Jezierski, who works with the Regional Centers of Excellence but is also on the School Climate Team with MDE that put together this program, and Karla Winter, WAPS Director of Learning and Teaching.

WSHS Theatre Group

The WSHS Theatre Group will perform a collection of monologues, skits and tech demonstrations during “A New Adventure,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. While only parents will be allowed in the auditorium, the public will be able to watch the Friday performance on the WAPS Activities YouTube channel linked here. A recording will also be posted to the WSHS Theatre Group Facebook page. 

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.