216 Aspen Ave SE
PO Box 160
Menahga MN 56464
PHONE
218.564.4141
FAX
District Office/HS: 218-564-5401
MS/ES: 218-564-4502

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Mark Frank, High School Principal

From the Desk of  High School Principal Mark Frank:

I hope everyone has had another memorable summer! As principal of Menahga High School (MHS), it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year.  As we patiently await the completion of our new high school addition, we are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways; filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Our staff is deeply committed to making a positive difference in our student's lives. It is our mission to help every student feel welcome, connected and part of our Menahga family. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all students and providing support systems to assure those expectations are met by addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance and engaging the community to offer a world-class education for all of our students!  

As we head into the new school year, our teachers will continue to utilizing research-based best practices to engage our students in learning, analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and set goals for growth and improvement.  Menahga High School is all about choices and that is what makes MHS an amazing place to learn and grow.  We offer a wide variety of classes and activities, allowing students to personalize their education. It is our goal at MHS that all graduating students are prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship.

All students will have a 20 minute homeroom period before lunch. Their homeroom teacher will help monitor grades and missing work, build a community of learners and be that go-to person that kids can turn to for resources. Homeroom time will be used as a structured study hall, a meeting time, and delivery method for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Olweus works to build stronger and more respectful relationships between students and staff.  MHS focuses on providing a positive environment that fosters learning for all of our students. Below are some other highlights that make MHS great:

  • Eight college courses are available in the high school, offering a total of 24 credits.

  • Hands-on courses in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Woods, Metals, Agriculture, Art, and Family/Consumer Science.

  • Over 70 different electives to choose from, some include Business, Foreign Languages, Music, and PE/Health.

  • Over 33 different extra-curricular activities.  

One of our major goals at MHS is the desire to continue to work with all students and parents/guardians to make sure we communicate well and ensure a positive path of growth and development for each student. This communication is vital to helping each child find and develop his or her commitment to being a lifelong learner. While we have work to do in all these areas, the growth and development of all of us (staff and students) has been tremendous. We will continue to build upon this strong foundation as we add programs to enhance learning opportunities throughout our curricular and extra-curricular programs. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for parent events such as; Open House, conferences and a multitude of school activities planned for your student’s growth.

A new school year is a fresh start that presents an opportunity to reexamine goals, assess areas of strength, identify challenges, and devise strategies to optimize academic success. It is also a very important time in the social lives of teens. I know our students are looking forward to renewing friendships with classmates and making new friends. We take great pride in our school culture and work to keep it welcoming and inclusive to all. Menahga High School is a place where we want students to thrive intellectually, academically and socially.

We have a few new faces in the High School. Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to our community; Cody Stevenson in Phy Ed., Jody Sampson in Business Education and Dena Mekalson will be our Speech Pathologist.

The 2018-19 school year will be a busy and exciting year at MHS as we chart a course that honors the past and envisions the future.  It's our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students coming together that make MHS a wonderful and unique place. Please come out and be a part of our Open House from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018.    

I am looking forward to working with you and your student(s) as we work towards an academically successful school year. If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or stop by my office in the High School.

Sincerely,

Mark Frank

Menahga High School Principal


 

Family Access

Skyward is a program for keeping track of student grades and attendance information.  This information is available to parents and students at any time by logging into the Skyward access.  Skyward is our online family access program. This program allows students and parents to check student grades and progress from any online location at any time, as well as your food service account.  Please make sure all your Skyward information has been updated. We need to have a home number and/or current cell phone number and an email address for parents/guardians. It is important to have an emergency contact name and number, as well. There are times when we cannot contact a parent or guardian and need to use the emergency contact info. Sometimes this is difficult to do when the information is missing or incorrect. If you need any assistance with this please contact the office and we can help you out.


10 APPS ALL PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

 

9 STEPS TO GUIDE AND ADVISE YOUR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT

  1. Continue to monitor academic progress.

  2. Continue to encourage your son or daughter to be involved in a wide variety of activities and to develop leadership skills.

  3. Talk about college options.

  4. Have your son or daughter register for the ACT (American College Test) and/or the SAT I Scholastic Assessment Test) early in the spring.

  5. Make college visits - Many campuses have special tour days for high school students.

  6. Carefully select courses for the senior year.

  7. Start checking into scholarships.

  8. Keep track of activities and awards your child has received for future scholarship applications.

  9. Help your son or daughter choose meaningful activities for the summer months.