Congratulations & Welcome Home!
We are thrilled that you have been accepted to Mounds Park Academy and are #MPAbound! You are a freethinker, a free spirit, a risk taker, a right maker, a dreamer, and a doer! You are the kind of student who will thrive at MPA. Celebrate. Thank your parents. Be proud of your accomplishments.
Families just like yours choose MPA for many reasons. They appreciate that academics are central, but that there's much more to an MPA education. Athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular activities—you will pursue it all here and discover your own unique amazing! You will find joy in learning and be able to apply your knowledge across many disciplines in innovative ways. Learn more of the many reasons families choose MPA here.
This page is designed to provide you and your family with all of the information and tools you needed as you enroll and prepare to be a student here. If anything is missing, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Admission at email@example.com or 651-748-5577.
Again, congratulations! You are a Panther now!
MPA partners with TADS to manage the enrollment process online. If they haven't already, your parents should receive an email from TADS very soon with detailed information about how to enroll. Through the link that they provide, parents will create an account (if you do not have one already), confirm you will be attending MPA, review and/or update important contact and emergency information, and pay the enrollment deposit. Through TADS, parents may also sign up for MPA's lunch program and transportation options. And finally, parents may also obtain and submit MPA's health forms, although those will not be required until June 30, 2019.
The onboarding process at MPA is thorough and fun! Please mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates:
New Families' Division-Specific Packets Mailed
Depending upon the division, these packets will contain important information such as school supply lists, registration process, daily schedule, college counseling plan, and more. After this initial mailing, packets will be mailed approximately every 15 days to families joining our community.
All Families' Division-Specific Packets Mailed
Also depending upon the division, these packets will contain important information such as summer playdates, uniform details, summer reading, bookstore information, a letter from the school nurse, and more.
Summer Social Events
As they are scheduled, you will receive invitations to division-specific summer social events. Watch your email for these opportunities to meet other students and families in your division and/or grade.
As they are scheduled, students and parents in grades 5-12 will receive division-specific invitations to mandatory laptop orientations prior to the start of the school year.
Back To School Packets Mailed
This final summer packet will contain the much-anticipated student schedule, Welcome Home magazine, policy information, Back to School Night Agenda, and much more.
Monday, August 26
3:30 PM-6 PM New Family Orientation
6 PM-7:30 PM All School Back To School Night
New Family Orientation will be a wonderful opportunity to meet your teachers, walk your schedule, and get any final questions answered before the first day of school. Staying for the All School Back To School Night is highly recommended, but not required—especially for our littlest students. You will receive a detailed invitation in the mail in mid-July.
Wednesday, August 28
8 AM-3 PM First Day Of School
Thursday, September 19
6 PM New Parent Dinner
The New Parent Dinner will provide important information about what it means to be a parent at MPA and help get families connected to the people on campus most important to them. You will receive a formal invitation in the mail in early September and attendance is mandatory. Childcare will be provided for young students.
The MPA community takes great pride in supporting the transition of our new families into our school. We have well established buddy programs and events held throughout the summer. While the programming varies depending on grade, please know that as a new student and family, you will have several opportunities to get to know other current families before the school year begins. Specific information will be mailed and emailed to you and you are always welcome to contact the Office of Admission with any questions. All new students and their parents are also welcome to come to the school throughout the summer to walk around and get to know the spaces we call home. Please call to ensure the building is open and a member of the Admission staff will gladly assist with your visit!
As a new student or parent, your go-to department will be your applicable division office. If you have questions about your schedule, need to report an absence, or want to get connected to a resource, these are the people who can assist you best.
|Lower School (PreK-4)||Renee Wright
|Immediately inside door #1, also known as the south entrance.|
|Jenn Milam, Ph.D.
|In the main Middle School hallway, room 131.|
|Upper School||Mark Segal
|In the Upper School commons.|
Generally speaking, our division directors are considered the division principals. Parents should feel welcome to reach out to them with concerns and suggestions. Our division assistants can provide assistance with attendance, daily schedule questions, or help navigating life as an MPA parent. If you need immediate assistance, please reach out via phone.
The names and contact information for every member of the administrative team can be found here. Please feel welcome to contact any of them for assistance with their applicable department.
MPA offers a comprehensive transportation program for families throughout the Twin Cities. Specifically, MPA offers busing to and from Stillwater/Lakeland, Woodbury, North Oaks/Roseville, St. Paul/Highland Park, and throughout District 622. Sign up is available within TADS during the enrollment process. Find detailed information here.
We encourage new students and parents to take a little time to get to know MPA's website: moundsparkacademy.org. As you navigate to our homepage, please click on "Current Families" near the top right. On that landing page, moundsparkacademy.org/families, you will find all of the resources you need to navigate life at MPA including links to Schoology, the full online calendar, an employee directory, policy handbook, school news, and much, much more. As you explore the links on the left side of that page, you will see division-specific resources that will come in very handy. When in doubt, visit this page! If it doesn't answer your question email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to add it!
Schoology is where students and parents find assignments, grades, and teacher messages. PowerSchool is where parents make contact information updates and view attendance records. Find both systems at moundsparkacademy.org/families.
MPA utilizes Schoology as its learning management system. New families will receive their Schoology login information in early August. For privacy reasons, MPA's online directory is located within Schoology and below are instructions regarding how to access it:
- Visit https://app.schoology.com/login.
- Login to Schoology using your parent login.
- In the upper right-hand corner, using the drop down button, navigate to your parent profile. You are now viewing Schoology as yourself, not as your child.
- Along the top navigation bar, click on Resources > Apps.
- Click Approve then refresh the page. This is only needed the first time you open MPA Resources.
- The MPA community directory should fill the screen and be usable.
- Download the Schoology app (if you haven't already) in the Apple or Android App Store.
- Login to the app using your parent login.
- In the upper left-hand corner menu, select Resources > Resource Apps > MPA Resources.
- Click Approve then use the back button to get back to Resources. Click MPA Resources again. This is only needed the first time you open the MPA Resources app.
- The MPA community directory should fill the screen and be usable.
If you have any questions, please email Jay Springer, MPA webmaster, at email@example.com.
In July, you will be added to current parent and student communications. You will receive division-specific news from your division director and/or assistant, Panther Post with all-school news each Thursday during the school year from the Office of Communications, as well as periodic emails about special events and opportunities. In addition, we encourage you to follow MPA on social media to be inspired and informed:
Using the sign you received in your admit package, share your joy with us! Snap a photo with your sign and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@moundsparkacademy) with the hashtag #MPAbound!