Welcome Back To MPA!

lower school student finds his locker at back to school nightWelcome home, Panthers! We are looking forward to seeing new families at New Family Orientation and returning families at Back To School Night to begin a fantastic school year! Grab your school supplies and head to campus on Monday, August 26, for an all-school assembly, time with your teachers, and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new commons, cafeteria, and kitchen!

New Family Orientation: 3-6 PM

3-3:30 PM – Students and parents stay together to meet homeroom teachers, put away school supplies, and locate and/or practice lockers.
3:30-4:45 PM – Students separate for an activity with Mr. Purdy, extended day coordinator, while parents meet with Ms. Wright, Lower School director, in the library.
4:45-5:30 PM – Enjoy dinner in the cafeteria.
5:30-5:45 PM – Meet Dr. Hudson, head of school, and the leadership team.
6:15-6:30 PM – All-School Welcome Back Assembly in the Lansing Center.
6:30-7:30 PM – Additional time to visit homeroom and specialist teachers and classrooms, organize school supplies, and practice student lockers.
7:15-7:30 PM – Ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments in the cafeteria. Read More

MPA Alumni Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Details

young alums around the bonfire at homecoming 2018Join fellow MPA alums on Homecoming weekend, September 27 and 28, to reconnect with friends, family, and faculty. Celebrate milestone reunions and participate in special, alumni-only activities. Welcome home, alumni, and we hope to see you soon!

Renovation Tour
Saturday, September 28, 11 AM
Lansing Lobby
Enjoy a meet and greet and tour of campus with Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school. Come see the newly renovated commons, cafeteria, + kitchen, and get a sneak peek of the library!

Co-ed Alumni Soccer Scrimmage
Saturday, September 28, 3 PM
MPA Stadium
Hit the field or cheer from the stands in our first-ever organized Co-Ed Alumni Soccer Scrimmage! Read More

Celebrating Our Progress

upper school student hugs lower school student outside of the makerspaceby Jennifer Rogers, director of development and community engagement

I hope your family has been enjoying the summer months! Two of the highlights of my summer include some much-needed family time with my two children before they are officially third and eighth graders and seeing the incredible progress that has been made on our new spaces being funded through the Together, We Dream campaign. It has been a daily reminder of the impact of our collective generosity and your commitment to the future of MPA.

I am so thrilled to share with you that after reaching our first fundraising milestone on May 1 to fully fund the new commons/cafeteria and kitchen and our beautiful new library, construction is on schedule! We’ve had a busy summer of picking out finishes, planning for the ways the new spaces will be used, and sharing our school with a large crew of dedicated men and women who are working hard to make sure our children’s smiling faces will be met with beautiful new spaces on the first day of school. Our new library could be ready well before the holiday break and will be a space that will be enjoyed and treasured by our entire community. Read More

Welcome To The Family, Ms. Longfellow!

kyra longfellowMeet Kyra Longfellow, who will be joining MPA as the Middle School assistant!

After college, Ms. Longfellow participated in the international youth organization Up With People. She was part of a cast of 150 students from 23 different countries. She performed community service, lived with 100 host families, and performed a variety show while visiting seven different countries during a tour called World in Motion. In the beginning of her professional career after that, she worked in the financial services industry as a service trainer, business analyst, privacy manager, and tester of advisor tools. We are thrilled that she is bringing her skills and passion for working among children to MPA!

What did you love about MPA right away?
Everyone from MPA who interviewed me seemed excited to be here and jazzed about their daily contributions to the school. Being the parent of a middle schooler myself, I appreciated how MPA recognizes that academics, fine arts, and sports all contribute to building a strong educational foundation. Read More

A Loving Memory And Dedication

Schwartz family dedication in the MakerspaceAt the most recent Spring Auction, the Schwartz family purchased the ability to name one of the sewing machines in the Makerspace. They chose to name the sewing machine in the memory of Linda Handler-Lack, who was a great aunt of MPA seventh grader Henry S.

Linda was an avid quilter who unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago after a short battle with cancer. She made quilts for all members of the family that they still cherish today. Linda would be happy to know that a sewing machine named after her is being used to teach children a skill that she loved.

Welcome To The Family, Ms. Honan!

Cherie HonanMeet Cherie Honan, who will be our executive assistant to the head of school. Ms. Honan comes to MPA with more than 20 years of high level executive administrative experience in the legal and banking fields. She has excellent skills in project management, is organized and detailed, and communicates warmly and articulately. In her role at MPA, she will help best serve MPA families, faculty, and staff in a way that is responsive and helpful. She also has an extremely caring and joyful disposition.

What did you love about MPA right away?
After many years of working in a corporate setting, I loved the close-knit, welcoming atmosphere at MPA. I am honored to be part of the community.

What’s your big dream?
My big dream is to spend a month in Hawaii and visit every island.

What are you (and your family, if you so choose) passionate about?
My husband and I are passionate about our grandchildren, Mallard and Janelle. We are also expecting grandchild number three who is due any day.

What’s your secret talent?
My secret talent started out as a secret to me. I love event planning. The event I am most proud of is my niece Olivia’s wedding.

We can’t wait for our entire community to meet you, Ms. Honan! Stay tuned for more extended Q&A profiles of the amazing faculty and staff joining our community in the 2019-20 school year!

MPA Student Makes Local Impact With “Max’s Muffins”

Max's annual muffin saleIt’s time for the third annual Max’s Muffins fundraiser! Every summer, MPA fourth grader Max sells muffins to raise and deliver funds to a local food pantry. Max was first inspired to host these summer muffin sales by Ms. P’s Kowalski’s food shelf project in kindergarten. When he learned that families struggle more in the summer when children aren’t in school with lunch provided to them, he decided he had to do something to help.

After first grade, Max created and led his first muffin sale. He donated more than $200 to the Hugo Good Neighbor Food Shelf, where he took a tour of the organization and fell in love. Max’s family continuous to volunteer throughout the year to support the cause, and for the third year in a row, Max keeps up his summertime muffin sale to contribute and give back to his community. Way to dream big and do right, Max! We are so proud of you!


Welcome To The Family, Ms. Gifford!

Gia giffordMeet Gia Gifford, who will be our new K-4 art teacher. Gia comes to us from Clara Barton Open School, which is a K-8 magnet school in Minneapolis Public Schools. She holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, including a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and art history and a Master of Education in visual arts K-12. Gia has a deep passion for teaching art to elementary and middle school learners. And along with a variety of teaching experiences in diverse environments, Gia is a silversmith who is active in the Minneapolis arts community.

What did you love about MPA right away?
I really enjoyed the MPA staff and the warm welcome I received. I also loved how much the school appreciates the fine arts! Read More

Alumni, We Need Your Help!

Alumni at the 2019 alumni panelDo you enjoy reconnecting with your classmates and like to stay up-to-date on the milestones in their lives? The MPA Alumni association is seeking additional class representative volunteers to help us stay connected with you and your classmates.

These class leaders will help to keep their fellow alumni engaged and serve as the lead in helping to share exciting life events happening with their classmates. Your commitment will be minimal and the MPA Alumni Association will make it easy for you to have what you need to serve as your class representative. Contact us to learn more!

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Save the Date!

group photo from alumni reunion 2018The weekend of September 27-28, 2019, we will be celebrating the classes of: 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015 for their milestone reunions.

On Saturday, September 28, we will have an alumni gathering for these class reunions and an All Alumni event at Lake Monster Brewing Company, 550 Vandalia St. #160, Saint Paul. Plan to attend for a great time and to reconnect with your classmates and other MPA alumni!