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Community Career Opportunities

Minnesota Career Information System - MCIS

MCIS (Minnesota Career Information System) is a comprehensive career information and planning system for high school students and adults. It includes a wealth of information on occupations, post-secondary schools of all types, scholarships, job search skills and much more. Users are able to create personal portfolios that support lifelong career planning and promote career self-reliance. MCIS includes tools that encourage self-assessment, exploration, research, goal setting, and decision-making.

By the end of 8th grade all WMS students will have set up a MCIS account with the assistance of their school counselor.

Holly Koenig

Counseling Office Secretary
Winona Senior High School

Courtney Dahlby

Counselor A-G
Winona Senior High School

Lindsey Seipp

Counselor H-O
Winona Senior High School

Karen Whitney-Thrune

Counselor P-Z
Winona Senior High School

Kate Konop-Wolf

School Psychologist
Winona Area Learning Center, Winona Senior High School

Lori Ulrich

Special Education Coordinator
Winona Area Learning Center, Winona Senior High School

Angela McQuinn

School Social Worker
Winona Area Learning Center, Winona Senior High School

Carol McCombs

School Psychologist
Winona Senior High School, Jefferson Elementary School, Goodview Early Childhood

Health Services

The WSHS Health Office is located on the first floor near the main office. The Health Office is open each student school day from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Our School Nurse is Mitzi Girtler, RN. She is at WSHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students utilize the health office daily when ill or injured and for daily treatments or medications. We also screen all sophomores each year for vision and hearing status.

Mitzi Girtler

District Health Services Coordinator, RN, MSN, LSN
Winona Senior High School, Winona Middle School

Geri Lehnertz

Health Secretary
Winona Senior High School

Families in Housing Transition

Families in Housing Transition

Winona Area Public Schools participates in the F.I.T. Program. During these difficult economic times many families are struggling to keep jobs and homes, and to cover basic expenses. Also, some families are going through relationship changes that are putting stressors on the lives in that household.

Families in Transition is available to assist parents and guardians who may be in need of assistance. In the Winona Area Public Schools we can help get youngsters enrolled in a pre-school program, Community Education offerings, school-aged childcare, or a K-12 academic or athletic program. The F.I.T. program is free and is available year round to also help with information and questions about registration, immunizations, and school breakfast and lunch programs.

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Miller Mentoring Program

Our Goal:

The Miller Mentoring program promotes and nurtures the relationship between mentor and student. When a positive relationship is created, we begin to see our students gain:

  • Appropriate Social Interactions
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Improved Self-confidence
  • Academic Success

Meeting Times:

Winona Middle School program meets Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room 280 at WMS.

Winona Senior High School program meets Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room 229 at WSHS.

The program schedule coincides with District 861 calendar.

One female student and on female mentor smiling.

Become a Mentor


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Complete an application that includes references and background check.
  • Attend a mandatory training session.
  • Be dependable, consistent, respectful, understanding, patient and positive.
  • Commit to one day per week for the academic school year.

Cindy Amberg

Miller Mentoring Program Director
Winona Middle School

Laura Belter

Miller Mentoring 5th/6th Grade Coordinator
Winona Middle School

Stacy Cottrell

Miller Mentoring WSHS Students/Next Step Coordinator
Winona Senior High School

Kimberly Hancock

Miller Mentoring WSHS 9th Grade Coordinator
Winona Senior High School

Gianna LaBracca

Program Assistant
Winona Middle School

Karen Linn

Miller Mentoring WSHS/ALC Student Support
Winona Senior High School

Haylee Murray

Miller Mentoring 7th/8th Grade Coordinator
Winona Middle School

Kathleen Welch

Miller Mentoring WSHS Program Coordinator
Winona Senior High School