Alumni Basketball Night

Alumni BB 2016-17ppThank you basketball alumni for another great Alumni Basketball Night! On December 26, the tradition lived on another year with a great turnout: Mark Miller ‘14, Austin Smith ‘12, Quintin Smith ‘13, Jacob Schwartz ‘09, Nate Bander ‘09, Matt Bander ‘11, Matt Miller ‘09, Adam Frudden ‘08, Ross Kigner ‘08, Rees Winga ‘16, Cole Montour ‘16, Eli Grabanski ‘16, Cooper Olson ‘16, Dylan Merchant ‘16, Jacqui Gray ‘16, Amin Mahamoud ‘16, David Omestad ‘09, Amir Nadimi ‘16, Peter Kieselbach ‘06.

Open Gym Through February 25

OpenGymEscape the cold and ice and bring your friends to the Lansing Sports Center Saturday mornings from 9 AM–12 PM through February 25. You are welcome to use the track, sports center and fitness center! Balls and other gym equipment will be available for the little ones too!

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The Lansing Sports Center will be open for families to use Saturday mornings, January 7 through February 25 from 9 AM–12 PM.

Kreischer Varsity Basketball Tournament
The Kreischer Varsity Basketball Tournament for boys and girls basketball will be held on December 28 and December 29, with games at 1, 3, 5, and 7 PM each day. Come cheer on the Panthers!

Alumnus Jacob Schwartz Returns to MPA as Coach

When Jacob Schwartz graduated from MPA in 2009, img_40376he had an inkling that he’d be back. He played basketball for the Panthers since seventh grade, including three years as a member of the varsity team, culminating with an All-Conference Award in his senior season. Coach Schwartz, as he’s affectionately known by his players, returned to MPA in the fall of 2015 as the Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Head Coach and Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach.

Schwartz came back to MPA because it was home for him. “Being an MPA alum, I truly understand the community,” he says. “I know who MPA students are as people and that helps me understand how to connect with them on the court and help them play together.”

He is excited about the direction of the basketball program. “I feel invigorated to be in a position to inspire our student athletes. Their commitment to our program and camaraderie with each other makes me glad to be back."

Coach Schwartz is known for impassioned pre-game speeches. He stresses a commitment to compete and a sense of team over self. “I remind our athletes that no one else can control their will to compete or their drive to make each other better. My philosophy is that putting the team first leads to good things.”

Schwartz believes that athletics are critical because they bring the MPA community together, connect MPA to the broader community, and teach the strong values needed to make twenty-first century citizens.

Welcome back, Coach Schwartz.

Head's Message: It's a Great Time to be at MPA

billheadsmessageby Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

It was wonderful to see so many of you at yesterday’s Pancake Breakfast and Middle School Art Reception. It was a celebration of our community and a testament to the strong relationships between members of our school. I am happy to say that the mission of Mounds Park Academy is strong and vibrant. The presence yesterday of our school's co-founder, Mr. Bob Kreischer, affirms that reality. Bob was impressed with the turnout and the strong school spirit and morale. We were honored to have him present.

I sat in on a fascinating physics lesson Monday in Mr. Marc Shapiro’s senior physics class. Marc’s energy, passion, and creativity, as well as the engagement of his students, drew me in.  Science is not my forte, but the center of an object’s mass is not only an important physics concept, it serves as a helpful analogy when applied to an institution. The definition given by Mr. Shapiro is, “the point around which the mass of an object is evenly distributed” and “the average position of all the parts of an object.”

As I was thinking about it, the center of mass is much like the mission of an organization. If the center of mass extends too far outside the base of an object or if the foundation isn’t strong enough, it will topple. Similarly, an organization’s mission anchors the organization and provides stability even as forces within or outside act upon it. The Mounds Park Academy mission is grounded in a balance between academics, arts, and athletics. This balance is maintained through an educational approach that teaches the whole child. We are committed to excellence and strive to meet our students’ needs in creative and innovative ways, in the classroom, stage, studio, and on the field.

MPA is always looking for ways to maximize the opportunities available to our students. In recent years, we have begun offering Middle School students an i-Term, developed the Graduate Certificates of Distinction for Upper School students, and we’ve added Alpine Ski and Lower/Middle School Swim to our athletic offerings. In conversations with our current parents and students, there seemed to be a critical mass emerging interested in hockey and lacrosse. We were also taking a look at the best way to increase the number of participants in select sports. Then Gentry Academy came to our attention.

The new collaborative with Gentry Academy is a great fit for MPA. The creative and forward-thinking nature of Gentry Academy made it a wonderful match for us. The two schools take pride in their similar, yet unique, cultures and both continuously seek to further enhance their students’ lives. Even as we explore potential areas for collaboration, be assured that the MPA mission will remain distinct and robust. I will keep you informed as the relationship develops and please contact me if questions arise.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this collaborative as well as other initiatives that are currently underway, including the new Makerspace. Now is a great time to be at MPA.

Expanding Opportunities in Athletics

In order to enhance and expand the athletics opportunities gentrylogo_pantoneavailable to students in grades 7–12 in both schools, Mounds Park Academy will be partnering with another private school, Gentry Academy.

This relationship will allow the two schools to offer Minnesota State High School League Boys and Girls Hockey Teams beginning in the 2018–19 school year. The two schools will also partner for other sports, on a sport-by-sport basis, beginning in the 2017–18 school year. In addition, the two schools will explore other ways to collaborate to enhance students’ experiences.

The two schools take pride in their similar, yet unique, cultures and continuously seek to further enhance our students’ lives.

Both schools share the following values and beliefs:
• Creative and innovative ways to meet students’ needs with a holistic approach;
• Leadership and character development embedded in the curriculum and in the school culture; and
• Athletics as a way to develop 21st century skills as well as foster lifetime fitness and well-being.

It is also important to note how our schools differ and will continue to differ. Gentry Academy currently offers its students excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics including W.I.N. (What I Need) time during the day. For some students, that involves pursing their athletic passion. MPA will remain committed to offering a rigorous, college preparatory balance between academics, arts, and athletics. While MPA is a PreK–12 school, Gentry Academy is currently a Middle School in the process of adding an Upper School.

"I am confident that this relationship will help MPA better meet the evolving needs of our students as well as respond to demand in the marketplace. More and more students, both current and prospective, are looking for a way to play hockey, lacrosse, and other athletics at both the junior varsity and varsity levels. This relationship will allow MPA to offer opportunities that currently do not exist, which will be stronger as a result of working wtih Gentry Academy," said Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School.

Media contact: Natalie Waters Seum
Director of Communications and Marketing
Mounds Park Academy
office: 651-748-5535
cellular: 651-485-1597

December Sale in the Spirit Store

Looking for a great gift for your Panther? spirtwearVisit the Spirit Store and receive 30% off most apparel through December! The store is open each Tuesday from 8–9 AM, but should you need extended hours, contact Dawn and she’ll be happy to set up a time that works better for you.

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Student Achievements

Boys Golf State Champions Boys Golf
MPA Boys Win State Championship!
Dylan Merchat placed second and Matt Berning placed sixth to earn individual medals as well.

Girls Golf State Qualifier
Rachel Lindrud qualifies for state as an individual!

Track & Field Individual Champion
Declan Dahlberg named IMAC Conference Champion and Section 4A Section Champion!

State Nordic Ski Results
Nordic 2016
Declan Dahlberg and Matt Bourne placed at State!

Cross Country Results
Cross Country 2015
Declan Dahlberg and Lukas Lindgren ran to perfection.

State Nordic Ski Results

Nick Gardner, 2nd Place (All-State)
Kethan Dahlberg, 26th Place

Ellie Hands, 38th Place

Girls Nordic Tri-Metro Conference Team Champions

Senior Eric Guiang Named to All-State Soccer Team

Junior Megan Wright finished in 4th place in Tri-Metro Conference Golf Championships.

Senior Mason McElvain Finishes in 3rd place at the Section 4A Tennis Singles Championships.

The MPA boys' 4 X 800 meter relay team finished in 7th place at the MSHSL State Track Meet!

Four Nordic Skiiers Qualify for State

Eight Nordic Skiiers Honored with All-Conference and Honorable Mention Honors

7th Grade Boys Soccer Team Wins League Championship

Evan Ferlic ('15) Qualifies for State Cross Country Meet

Nate Burnstein Qualifies for State Track Meet

Megan Wright Qualifies for State Golf Tournament

Kim Bourne Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week

Senior Amber Washington makes history with sixth State Tennis title