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This Upper School Handbook is designed to help students, parents, and guardians become familiar with MPA policies and procedures, and to provide some general information that will be useful throughout the school year. Parents and students are reminded to read the PreK-12 section of this handbook for other information that also applies to Upper School students.

The Mounds Park Academy Upper School Administration may introduce new rules and procedures, or modify existing ones, and reserves the right to interpretation.

Academic Integrity (Cheating and Plagiarism)

Supporting academic integrity in ourselves and one another is one way to show respect and dignity to individuals, ideas, environments, and property. Cheating, lying, misrepresentation, plagiarism, and other academically dishonest ...

Attendance

Tardies The expectation is that every student who arrives late to a class will need a pass from the Upper School office for admittance. Tardies will be tallied for each grading period (quarter or semester).  Consequence...

Attendance Impact on Extracurricular Activities

Students may not participate in extracurricular activities (practice, game, or competition) if they are not in school by 11 AM.  Exceptions will be made for previously scheduled appointments and common sense will be appl...

Driving

1)    Students driving to school must register their vehicle(s) each year with the Upper School Administrative Assistant before parking at MPA. Grade level parking passes are required for students to park on campus....

Extra Curricular Eigibility

Mounds Park Academy is committed to academic success, therefore, student’s academic performance is linked to her or his eligibility for extracurricular activities. If a student fails to achieve a 70% (C-) on a given assessme...

Extracurricular Activities

The faculty and administration of Mounds Park Academy believes that our goal is to teach to the whole child and assist students in becoming well rounded. One way for students to do this is to take part in as many of the curricular...

Grading

The Upper School maintains the following academic letter grade system: A = Outstanding achievement; excellent performance B = Achievement beyond the requirements of the class; commendable performance C = Satisfactory achievemen...

Head Injuries/Concussions

When a student sustains a head injury, it is important that the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), Upper School Director, faculty, nurse, and physician(s) all work together to help the student recover. Frequent communication is essen...

Homework

Homework 1)    Homework is due on the assigned due date. 2)    During extended absences, the student should check Schoology, communicate with a classmate, or email the teacher for a list of missed a...

Invite Back Process

Academic Concerns If a student receives one or more “F”s or two or more “D”s in a semester, that student will have had an unsatisfactory academic semester and will be placed on academic probation for the f...

Lunchroom

Behavioral Guidelines 1.    Use conversational tone when speaking. 2.    Do not play with or throw food. 3.    Do not run in the lunchroom. 4.    Clean up after yours...

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders is a unique program at Mounds Park Academy. Upper School students apply and are selected to participate in K-12 programs that aid in fostering a nurturing and healthy school environment. New students are matched with ...

Responsible Laptop and Cell Phone Use Guidelines

Students should not do anything that disrupts the learning of themselves or any other student. General 1)    Student laptops are for school use. Any actions or activities that interfere with the educational use ...

Student Council

Mounds Park Academy has an active, involved Student Council. The Council is composed of representatives elected by the student body and students should view representatives as official spokespeople for the Mounds Park Academy stud...

Student Groups Formation

The following guidelines pertain to members of the MPA community who wish to form a new group, club, or activity for students at MPA. Anyone wishing to form a new group, club, or activity for students should submit a writt...

Study Hall Guidelines

Mounds Park Academy is a very dynamic community with students participating in a wide variety of great opportunities in and around the school day. The school has long recognized that good study habits have been central to consiste...

Substitute Teachers

On occasion, it is necessary for a class to have a substitute teacher. The substitute is considered a “regular” Mounds Park Academy teacher and should be treated accordingly. Students are expected to be helpful and res...

Transcripts and Communication with Post-Secondary Institutions

In keeping with Mounds Park Academy’s Mission Statement, we address violations of our school community standards with clear, effective communication, respect, and integrity. Many colleges and universities ask students about ...

 

Last modified: August 13, 2017