Ian Snider ’21 Gets Accepted to MMEA All-State Orchestra

Ian Snider playing his instrumentCongratulations to junior Ian Snider for getting into the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra! Students from high schools around the state of Minnesota audition in March for a spot in either the MMEA All-State orchestra, choir, or band. In August, Ian will join the other orchestra members in a week long camp to develop advanced technique and make music with new friends. The camp will culminate in a concert showcasing their achievements, as well as a performance at Orchestra Hall in February.

“I’m really looking forward to playing with other students, making music, and learning from amazing conductors,” he shared. Congratulations, Ian!

Class of 2020 Commencement

the class of 2020MPA is pleased to share that we will be holding an on campus, in-person, outdoor Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on June 6 at 6 PM with appropriate safety measures in place. We will meet and exceed the April 10, 2020 Minnesota Department of Health guidelines on faith-based services in parking lots and the May 8, 2020 State of Minnesota graduation/commencement celebration guidance. By gathering feedback from seniors and their families, we learned that they have a strong desire to gather as a class one last time, albeit in a modified way, and we are happy to be able to honor their requests. MPA has rented a portable stage and the event will be held in the south parking lot, with all attendees remaining in their cars until it is time for the senior to walk across the stage and accept his or her diploma. Sound will be broadcasted to attendees through radio. We ask that only the Class of 2020 and their immediate families attend—to accommodate others, the full Commencement will be recorded and made available to the entire community via Facebook Live. A taskforce of students, faculty, staff, and administrators has been working hard to make it a very special event and we are excited to celebrate the class!

End Of Year Contactless Materials Pick-up

middle school student at his lockerSave the date for end of the school year contactless materials distribution and pick-up!

  • Last names beginning with A-F: Thursday, June 11, 9 AM-12 PM
  • Last names beginning with G-N: Thursday, June 11, 1-5 PM
  • Last names beginning with O-T: Friday, June 12, 9 AM-12 PM
  • Last names beginning with U-Z: Friday, June 12, 1-5 PM

As the school year draws to a close in virtually, it is time to begin thinking about how you will return MPA materials to school for inventory and preparation for next year and how your student will receive any projects, work, or remaining personal items that remain at school from before our launch of Virtual School. Yearbooks will also be distributed at this time for those who ordered them. On Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, we will conduct a contactless materials pick-up and return, on campus, at MPA.

In preparation and to help families know what needs to be returned, each division is conducting an inventory of materials distributed to students with teachers and staff. This can include, but may not be limited to, textbooks, classroom reading books, library books, winter sports uniforms, and technology equipment (computers, chargers, laptop sleeves, etc.). We ask that you begin, with your student, an inventory of your own at home and begin gathering items that you know will need to be returned to MPA, as well.

Please watch your division communications for more information about the process and details. In the meantime, please save the dates and times above!

Eighth Grader Izzy E. Selected For USA Swimming Camp

Izzy swimmingEighth grader Izzy E. has been selected to participate in the Central Zone Diversity Select Swimming Camp sponsored by USA Swimming. Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and educational sessions, and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events. Congratulations Izzy!

An Opportunity For Alumni To Give Back

student reading a book in her lapLiteracy Minnesota’s modified Summer Reads program is a great opportunity to help. This year’s Summer Reads VISTAs will support schools and community organizations with a broadened range of initiatives, which may include:

  • Working with learners in a wider age range (K-12 instead of K-4)
  • Participating in distance learning (teaching, tutoring and connecting families with digital resources)
  • Being flexible and nimble as our host sites adapt to transforming circumstances

Summer Reads VISTAs serve full-time for 8 weeks between June and August. All VISTAs receive a living allowance and a post-service education award or cash stipend. Learn more at literacymn.org/summerreads. Ready to interview? Schedule a virtual one here.

Thank you to Randy Comfort and Lisa Pederson for sharing this wonderful opportunity for alumni to help others during COVID-19.

MPA Talks Goes Virtual

class of 2019 grads gabby law and Julia portis at MPA talks 2018Are you interested in sharing your story with the MPA Community? MPA Talks is an opportunity to come together, gain perspective and be inspired. We are looking for alumni who will join fellow community members to share impactful stories virtually for our community. If you are interested in speaking for the event or would like to recommend a speaker please contact the Development Office at alumni@moundsparkacademy.org.

Kian Dahlberg ’16 Receives Nishi Luthra Senior Prize

Kian DahlbergCongratulations to Kian Dahlberg ‘16 on winning the Nishi Luthra Senior Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding senior physics major based on performance in their physics courses at Washington University in St. Louis.  Kian is graduating this spring with a double major in physics and statistics, and a minor in computer science.  She will be moving to Seattle this summer to begin work as an Environmental Test Engineer for Boeing Space.

Trey Titcomb ’93 Discusses New Role at US Bank

Titcomb familyNate Bander, Class of 2009 and MPA marketing manager sat down with Trey Titcomb, Class of 1993, to discuss his new role at U.S. Bank.

Tell us more about your new role.

I’m taking over leadership of Private Wealth Management at U.S. Bank as the new Managing Director and Senior Vice President.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I attended Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania before moving back to the Twin Cities in 2004.  I have worked in financial services since then.

How did your MPA experience prepare you for your life today?

MPA was an absolute blessing for me. I only attended for two years but most of my closest friends in the world were classmates of mine at MPA.

What’s next?

Moving to Naples, Florida where my new job is located and hopefully continuing to move up at US Bank!

Do you have any aspirations–personal or professional–that you’d like to share? 

I’d like to continue to raise my children to be good people.

What’s your favorite memory from your time at MPA? 

I have so many but soccer with Mr. Jensen is probably my favorite memories. It was a special time.

Congratulations, Trey! Good luck in your new role!

Share Your Love For The Class of 2020!

middle school students cheering at the senior walkSend us your clips to be part of the Senior Walk, a beloved MPA tradition! The Senior Walk is going virtual this year, and whether you are a senior in the walk or a proud Panther cheering them on, you can participate!

To join in, send us clips of your family cheering on and celebrating the seniors! Take a look at last year’s Senior Walk video for some inspiration. If recording with a phone, make sure to record horizontal. Change your settings to record at the highest resolution. On iPhone, go to settings > camera > record video > 4k and highest frames per second (fps) possible. Your clip should be 5-10 seconds long.

The Senior Walk video will be released on May 29, when it was originally scheduled to be held. Email your clip to communications@moundsparkacademy.org by Tuesday, May 19. If your video is too large to email, please upload it to this shared folder. We’re so excited to combine these clips with others to create this memento for the Class of 2020!

Lunch And Learn: Social Media And Digital Wellness

two students online togetherErin Walsh is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and cut through conflicting information about kids and technology. She is fiercely committed to bringing an equity lens and asset-based approach to our understanding of, and response to, youth and media. Her signature down-to-earth approach and sense of humor helps families and educators engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated.

Erin will be speaking with MPA parents on Friday, May 22 from 12-1 PM about social media, balance, and parenting in the present moment. Her presentation will last about 30 minutes and then parents will have time to talk and share until the end of the lunch hour.

A special thank you to our Parent’s Association for providing this great opportunity for education and community!