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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.

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.

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.