Class of 2017: Charlie Kramer

As the 2016–17 school year comes to an end, we’re sharing the college choice stories of several members of the Class of 2017.

In what grade did you come to MPA? 8

How did you come to choose the college that you did?
I received a lot of scholarships and was also admitted into a very prestigious honors program which required online applications and in person interviews. Continue reading

Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM in:  Uncategorized

Parents Association Updates

Parents Association Logo2017–18 MPA Parents Association Executive Board Members
Co-Presidents: Wendy Cucisk & Pat Wyant
Co-President Elects: Seema Anwar & Ginnie Peterson
Secretary: Cari Simonson
Treasurer: Tricia Hutton
Co-Lower School Division Leads: Christine Larson & Heidi Nelson
Middle School Division Lead: Kim Jakway
Co-Upper School Division Leads: Elizabeth Esch & Amanda Campbell
These parent volunteers are excited to lead the Parents Association next year as we fulfill our mission: To be an effective community building arm of Mounds Park Academy focusing on awareness and inclusivity of our diverse community.
MPA Parents Association Grade Representatives
Calling all interested parents to join the Grade Representative ranks for the 2017–18 school year! A Grade Representative is a parent or guardian whoalong with others in the gradeserves in a voluntary role on behalf of the grade during the school year. In this role, you and other parents will:
  • Foster a sense of community within your class and Mounds Park Academy
  • Be a Mounds Park Academy information pipeline
  • Create teacher connections
  • Be a communication provider to parents
  • Encourage and engage participation of other parents
  • Be an active member of the Parents Association
As a Grade Rep, you will be the first to know new information, and you will get to know families within your grade and throughout Mounds Park Academy. You will have access to Parents Association funds to host social gatherings. This role requires 1025 hours during the school year and most coordinating can be accomplished via email. If you are interested in learning more or want to become a Grade Representative, please email us.
If you are currently a Grade Rep, your contributions are invaluable in community building at Mounds Park Academy! Your name will remain on the list for the 201718 unless you email us and request to be taken off the list.

Please contact Christine Larson or Amanda Campbell, Parents Association Co-Presidents, if you would like to get involved or have any questions


Posted: May 19, 2017 at 11:35 AM in:  Parents Association

Thank You for Your Support!

The Spring Auction was an incredible success, hosting more than 300 guests and raising $260,000 for Mounds Park Academy, including $100,000 for the Black Box Theatre! Thank you for your enthusiasm and generous support. A special thank you to our Spring Auction Chairs, Scott and Jennifer Holloway, our Spring Auction Committee, and all the volunteers who made this event possible!

Visit this link to see a selection of images from the lovely evening our community shared. Check back soon for more images!

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM in:  All School

Middle School Quiz Bowl Finishes an Incredible Season

2017 Middle School Quiz BowlNational Academic Quiz Tournaments hosted the seventh annual Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) over the weekend, a quiz bowl tournament for the top middle schools in the United States. Mounds Park Academy finished second out of 160 teams from 134 schools in 23 states! Quiz bowl questions are about school curriculum topics in literature, art, science, math, and history, but also cover current events, sports, music, and popular culture.

This was MPA’s sixth consecutive national tournament appearance, as well as their highest finish. Both Erica Brewinski, MPA Middle School Director, and Wade Peterson, Quiz Bowl Coach, praised the team on their dedication and perseverance. “They embody so many of the characteristics that we seek to foster in our students: teamwork, curiosity, courage, and the ability to think on one’s feet and to apply their knowledge,” said Brewinski. “I’m just incredibly proud of the group that came here,” said Peterson.

Congratulations to the team of Isak D., Ryan G., Hana M., Simon H., and Peter M.!
Photo courtesy of National Academic Quiz Tournaments.

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM in:  All School, Middle School

Head’s Message: Let’s Talk About Digital Citizenship

by Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

In the battle with my children over the internet, the Circle has become my favorite tool and their nemesis. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a device that connects to the home Wi-Fi and enables parents to set limits on what children are accessing online, when they can access it, and for how long. It allows us to monitor and filter what and how Mateo and Ari are using the internet. It drives the kids crazy, but gives us parents a modicum of relief in the never-ending, always contentious, struggle over screen time and technology.

The advancement of technology has made navigating childhood and adolescence increasingly complex, not only for students but for their parents as well. In particular, social media and online safety have been of particular concern. Although the research on the effects of internet use on adolescent social development is inconclusive, educators are working to better understand social interactions through technology in the larger context of adolescent development so they can help students grow into healthy and happy adults.

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Posted: May 18, 2017 at 6:10 PM in:  All School, Head's Message

Favorite Orchestra Moments

Orchestra PerformanceMs. Abbe, orchestra director, asked her students from the Class of 2017: What’s your favorite orchestra memory? They are both heartwarming and funny, so we wanted to share …

“My favorite MPA orchestra moment would be right after we got our instruments in 5th grade. Grace, Izzy, Hannah, and I would sit in a circle and play together, even though we had no idea what we were doing.” – Sofia Troullier

“My favorite orchestra moment was when Ms. Abbe asked us what ‘piu’ meant and Rachel said ‘smelly.'” – Gracie DeBoer

“My favorite orchestra moment was my first Pajamarama concert. Seeing all of the kids getting so enthusiastic about the music and dancing filled me with joy.” -Theo Janke-Furman

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Posted: May 15, 2017 at 2:06 PM in:  Fine Arts, Upper School

Alumna In The News—Laura McPherson ’04

Brice Blondel for HDPTCAR on Flickr, under Creative Commons

Laura McPherson ’04 is an assistant professor of linguistics at Dartmouth College specializing in West African indigenous languages. She writes, “We must continue to humanize the news from Africa and celebrate the accomplishments of these women to not only strengthen international connections and increase our ability to collaborate for the greater good, but so we can see tragedies like the current famine for what they are—a tragedy.” Read more here.

Posted: May 15, 2017 at 8:42 AM in:  Alumni

Middle And Upper School Art Exhibition Opening Reception

You are invited to attend the Middle And Upper School Art Exhibition opening reception on Wednesday, May 17, 6–7 PM in the Gallery. Artists from all second semester Middle and Upper School Visual Arts courses will have work on display: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Photography, and Digital Mediums. Artist’s work will be on display in the Gallery and throughout the Middle School Commons through May 24.


Posted: May 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM in:  All School, Fine Arts

Free Admission to TPT Family Fun Day!

Mounds Park Academy recently announced a partnership with TPT-Twin Cities PBS, an organization that shares our deep commitment to the academic, social, and emotional growth of young people. We look forward to being new best friends!
With that in mind, do you know a family who would be great for MPA? We have a joyful opportunity for current families to bring another family to the TPT Family Fun Day at Como Town on Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM–4 PM. Both families receive free admission! This is a great way for you to introduce and showcase our community to those you know belong among our dreamers and doers.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 6 to Nate Bander, Admission Outreach Coordinator via email or call 651-748-5518 for more information.

Posted: May 15, 2017 at 8:18 AM in:  All School