Weather Closure Wednesday, February 20

Dr. Hudson, head of school, and members of the administrative team have been closely monitoring the forecast this evening. Unfortunately, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel all classes, activities, practices, and events for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, due to the approaching snow.

This is not a decision we take lightly as we balance the safety of our students and families with the commitment that we make to our students’ time in class. Safety, however, is always our highest priority.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday … and are hopeful that this is the last closure of the 2018-19 school year!


All-State Participants

Congratulations to Gabby Law, Solveig Svennevig-Brosi, Jordan Akers, and Julia Portis on their stunning performance with the All-State Choirs at Orchestra Hall! Gabby, Solveig, and Jordan sang in the Mixed Choir while Julia was a member of the Soprano-Alto Choir. All four of them sing in MPA’s Concert Choir and Madrigals.

Additionally, this past weekend Lance Go and Lauren Vilendrer performed in the All-State concerts in conjunction with the Minnesota Music Educators Convention. Lance played with the All-State Jazz Band to a packed crowd in the Ballroom at the Minnesota Convention Center, while Lauren played with the All-State Symphonic Band at Orchestra Hall.


Join Us Today: Together, We Dream Groundbreaking

Commons renderingOne of the four Together, We Dream priorities allows us to create a shared space—a new commons and cafeteria—where Mounds Park Academy students and teachers alike will enjoy meals from a new state-of-the-art kitchen. In fact, we’ve already secured the funds necessary to break ground on this priority.

Please join us on campus this afternoon at 2:30 PM when our entire school community will come together to show their love for MPA and break ground on this shared dream! Stay afterward for refreshments and an informational session about Together, We Dream. Additional tours and informational sessions will also be offered in the coming weeks. Read More


New Transportation Opportunity

School busMPA is excited to announce new transportation options for current and prospective families thanks to a new partnership with Hill-Murray! In addition to the current routes servicing North Oaks/Roseville, Highland/St. Paul, and Woodbury, MPA will be adding a dedicated route to and from the greater Stillwater/Lakeland area!

The cost for two-way transportation under a group stop model will remain $1,300, equivalent to just $145 per month. Detailed route information can be found at: https://www.moundsparkacademy.org/current-families/transportation/. The 622 route information will be available in August, closer to the beginning of the year.

Sign-up for MPA busing will be available during the re-enrollment process in TADS starting Monday.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Wick, transportation coordinator, at rwick@moundsparkacademy.org or 651-748-5505.


The Winter Wonderland Book Festival

games at book festival 2018The 2019 Winter Wonderland Book Festival is coming so soon! The Bookstore in the Gallery will be open daily through February 25-28 from 8 AM-3:30 PM. The booksellers are bringing a great selection of popular Middle School titles and students are encouraged to stop by to browse and buy!
Lower School students will visit the bookstore during their library time with Ms. Lage to make their wishlists.

Book Festival Family Night on February 28, 3-6:30 PM, will offer an evening of crafts, games, complimentary dinner and more book-buying. A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefit our MPA library. Used books will also be available for purchase during the week for only .25 cents!

Please consider signing up to help put on this wonderful annual tradition!


IMAC Nordic Ski Championship

girls nordic ski first place teamCongratulations to the MPA Nordic Ski teams on a fantastic IMAC Championship meet! The girls team won the IMAC Nordic Championship at Battle Creek, with a score of 568. The boys took second in the Championship with a score of 507.

MPA Senior Matt Bourne individually took first place for the boys, while senior Ellie Quam earned first place honors for the girls. We wish the MPA Nordic Individuals advancing to State at Giants Ridge the best of luck and we can’t wait to cheer you on! Go Panthers!


A Message From The Spring Auction Committee

Spring auction 2018Join us for the Spring Auction Preview on March 5, from 7:30–9 AM in the Gallery! The Spring Auction Committee is inviting the community to stop into the Gallery after drop-off to preview the Spring Auction as we count down to the big day and be the first to hear our exciting announcement!

Not only will you see some of the fabulous items that will be up for bid, but you can donate some yourself and be entered to win a fabulous prize! Bring a gift card, a bottle of wine/liquor, or something for the silent auction we’ll enter your name into the drawing. Grab some coffee and breakfast treats and start your day off with a little celebration! If you cannot come in for the preview but would still like to donate you can drop it off in the Development Office prior to March 5 and be entered in the drawing for the door prize.


Senior Maia Kelly Signs With Pitzer College

Maia Kelly signing letter of intentSenior Maia Kelly signed a letter of intent to Pitzer College in Claremont, California to play volleyball for their team, the Sagehens.

Maia has received Player of the Match multiple times throughout her high school volleyball career, as well as received the Coaches Award this past season. Her position is middle blocker.

Congratulations Maia! The Sagehens are lucky to have you.


Middle School Mathcounts Results

Middle School Mathcounts membersMPA placed fourth out of 10 teams at the North Capitol Chapter of Mathcounts this past weekend!

Out of 77 students, MPA’s top individuals were eighth grader Anthony T. in sixth place, seventh grader Soumya R. in 16th place, eighth grader Kensi B. in 23rd place, eighth grader Griffin J. in 28th place, seventh grader Lia S. in 29th place, seventh grader Lily R. in 30th place, seventh grader Ian F. in 33rd place, and eighth grader Audrey J. in 34th place.

Nice job, Panthers!


Evening Activities Cancelled Thursday

Due to the weather, all afterschool activities including conferences, games, practices, and meetings are cancelled this afternoon, Thursday, February 7. School will remain in session until our regular dismissal time at 3 PM. All buses will run as usual. Panther Club and Panther Den will remain open until all children are picked up, however, families are encouraged to arrive as quickly as possible after 3 PM.

Tomorrow, we will communicate the process by which Lower and Middle School conferences will be rescheduled. All conferences scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 8, will be held as we are planning for a regular day. Use caution when traveling to campus and note that tardies will be excused for the Upper School students who will be in session.

Please stay safe and warm!