Our Middle School Community
Traditions and Events
Throughout MPA Middle School, students look forward to participating in numerous traditions and events. As children progress from fifth through eighth grade, these experiences broaden their connection to MPA as they uncover new knowledge, make a wider circle of friends, and develop relationships with faculty who will follow them through Upper School and beyond.
Favorite traditions include Nostalgia Week, Book Festival Week and the Middle School Café, and Pairing Assemblies with Lower School students. Highlighted events include 7/8 dances, 5/6 parties, the Middle School Play, and the Moving Up Ceremony.
Learning to be active citizens and giving back to the community are important components of the Middle School program. Each year students participate in a number of service projects, both on- and off-site, and sponsor drives for food, clothing, and emergency relief efforts. Middle School students are responsible for all-school recycling and play key roles in maintaining the MPA community garden, community courtyard, and cafeteria.
Field trips are a significant element of the Middle School program. Students participate in environmental education, activities integrated between subject areas, and team building exercises.
Overnight experiences include a fifth grade trip to Camp Ihduhapi, a sixth grade adventure to Audubon Center of the North Woods, a seventh grade trip to Washington, D.C., and an eighth grade adventure at Eagle Bluff. Day field trips include traveling to Taylors Falls and canoeing on the St. Croix River, attending performances at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, a Leadership Retreat at Base Camp, ice skating at Aldrich Arena, and studying at the Minnesota Zoo.
The MPA Middle School community is a friendly, eclectic group of families who seem to enjoy school as much as their students. As a parent or guardian of a Middle School student, you’ll move into less of a hands-on role with your child, who will become more and more capable of making decisions, managing their own belongings, and learning how to manage time as they move through the Middle School experience.