Travel 12,000 Miles At Culture Day!

flags decorating the halls for culture dayJoin Us For Culture Day At MPA! On October 23, 3-6:30 PM, travel 12,000 miles in one evening! Enjoy Peruvian, Armenian, and Korean-pop dances while sipping masala chai and munching on mini quiche. Try your hand at American graffiti art or relax to beautiful instrumental music while getting a henna tattoo.

You don’t want to miss this hands-on experience! Sign-up for a cooking demonstration in our new kitchen:
Learn how to make Gata–an Armenian sweet bread, 3:30-4 PM
Learn how to make Idli’s–savory Indian rice and lentil cakes, 4:30-5 PM

The kitchen can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, so please sign-up in advance by emailing

Food and drink tickets ($1 each) will be sold at the event. Try drinks and delicacies from around the world, have fun making crafts, enjoy the cultural entertainment and fashion show, and learn about our world–bonus points if you can identify all the flags decorating the hallway!

Help make all this possible by signing up here.

Parents of alumni and alumni, we would love to have you on campus for Culture Day at MPA as well! Join us to experience the brand new commons, cafeteria, and kitchen on campus in an experiential, fun, and delicious way!

MPA Debate Receives 16 Awards In Rochester

mpa debate at Rochester tournament The MPA Debate Team headed to Rochester Mayo High School for its second tournament of the year. This week, sixteen students received awards!

In the Novice Division, the teams of Manoli Mastrogiorgis and Cullen Moore, Lucy Schweiger and Nicholas Larson, and Lily Gasterland-Gustafsson and Zara Nayak all won awards for having winning records in a field of 80 teams. In Junior Varsity, Charlotte Bergh and Ruby Schweiger, Fiona Blank and Anna Gaudio, and Ben Lash and Beldaja Jama won awards for their winning records, while Salmah Elmasry and Rohit Iyer took second out of 39 teams. In Varsity, Quincy Lewis and Emma Cohen had a 3-1 record and were eighth out of 27 teams. A big congratulations to all of them and go Panthers!

Grandparents And Special Friends Day Is October 16!

special friends on campusLower and Middle School Grandparents and Special Friends Day will be held on Wednesday, October 16. If parents plan on attending with their child please RSVP by emailing or calling 651-748-5530. Please include your name and the student name(s) that you will be visiting. Please wear your parent badge. We can’t wait to see everyone on campus for this special event.

9 AM
Registration, coffee, morning treats
Family Commons
9:50-10:30 AM
Kindergarten-6th grade music performance
PreK-8th grade, Nicholson Center
10:40-11:30 AM
Classroom time with your student
11:30 AM

MPA Swimming Success At The Tri-County Meet

MPA swim team smiling in the poolThe MPA swim team had a fantastic meet this week! The Panthers won seven of the 11 total events at the Tri-County Meet.

Highlights include eighth grader Grace O. taking first in the 100 backstroke race, ninth grader Lola Del Río Chavez winning the 500 free, junior Annie Kramer bringing home the win with the medley relay, and ninth grader Annabelle Vale winning the 50 free! Let’s go, Panthers!

Spread The Word About The MPA Preview

middle schoolers doing a fun activity in classInvite a friend to join us and experience the joy at MPA’s largest PreK-12 admission event, the MPA Preview! Held on Sunday, November 3 at 2 PM, this event will be a structured program that will allow prospective students and parents to get a sense of what makes MPA an exceptional place to learn and grow.

Our visitors will rotate among several lessons taught by expert faculty. These will be hands-on, experiential lessons that are abbreviated versions of the original, modified to be appropriate for all ages. Between lessons, they will be guided by student and parent ambassadors so that you have an opportunity to see our state-of-the-art facilities.

Kindly invite your friends and neighbors to RSVP in advance for this engaging program at If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admission at 651-748-5577 or We can’t wait to meet them!

Join Us For Family Movie Night

lower schoolers happy in the new family commonsDo you remember the days of the Drive-In Movie Theater? Lower School families are invited to join us for a night of family, friends, and movie fun as we celebrate “National Lights On Afterschool” day with an MPA “Drive-In” Family Movie Night!

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pillows as we watch “The Emperor’s New Groove” in the new Family Commons on October 24 from 6-8 PM. Students must be accompanied with an adult. Popcorn will be provided!

Family Movie Night is sponsored by MPA Youth & Family Programs. Please contact Russ Purdy at or 651-748-5571 with any questions.

MPA Alumni Spotlight: The Class Of 2014

In celebration of their 5-year reunions graduates of 2014 are excited to share what they have been up to since graduating from MPA!

Kathryn (Etzold) Dampier is currently in her third year of enlistment at Marine Corps Base Head Quarters Quantico, VA. She is serving as a Foreign Weapons Instructor at Precision Weapons Section, Weapons Training Battalion and recently got promoted to Platoon Sergeant. Her husband Anthony is also a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. They got married last January.

Michael Guggenheim is entering his second year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he is a co-President of its Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and has been interning this summer in the Legal & Business Affairs department of Universal Studios International Parks & Recreation, where he will continue working during the fall of the school year. He continues to find time for concert-going, scuba diving, snowboarding and friends!

Madeline Sobalvarro is attending Hamline University and majoring in Digital Media Arts. She also free-lances in video editing and runs tabletop games for fun.

Ralph Dunn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Kinesiology. In college, he worked as a fitness coach. After, he wanted to help people by making them more fit before they ever needed to go to physical therapy. Working alongside physical therapists, it was obvious to him that the majority of people end up there from not exercising appropriately. And that what is “appropriate exercise” is specific to the individual. He is working towards opening an “OPEX Fitness” gym, focusing on individualized functional fitness coaching. The gym is opening this January in Woodbury. Read More

A Joyful Homeoming And Alumni Gathering

Mandy Abdo-Sheahan '92 with my burger truckBeautiful weather and a variety of activities brought more people than ever to campus on September 28 for our community-wide Homecoming festivities. Sports games included a varsity volleyball tournament with the Panthers as the overall winners and several soccer games and tennis matches. We hosted My Burger food truck, which is owned by MPA alum Mandy Abdo-Sheahan ’92, and concessions were made possible by our MPA Spirit Committee. Our third and fourth grade Lower School students sang the National Anthem for the volleyball and soccer games; three types of inflatables were there for the students including a bounce house, axe throwing, and mini golf; additional lawn games; several goodies and giveaways; community gathering around the fire pit; and face painting and chalk art in the parking lot. We had additional alumni-focused events including a tour of our renovated spaces attended by approximately twenty people, an alumni soccer scrimmage, and reunions on Saturday evening.

Milestone Alumni Reunions were celebrated for the classes of 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 at Lake Monster Brewing on Saturday evening. Following the reunions, an alumni social was held for all MPA alumni. We hosted 39 alumni, which was our largest alumni event in four years!

Take a look at the photos from Homecoming and the Alumni Gathering!

MPA Debate Ranks High At First Tournament

MPA debate at their first tournamentThe Mounds Park Academy debate team attended its first tournament of the year at Eastview High School last weekend. Out of 44 students that competed at the tournament, 15 won awards!

In the novice division, Chloe Appert and Tanner Gasteazoro won a ribbon with a 3-1 record, and the team of Dhruv Muppidi and Jenna Sherwood placed sixth out of 72 teams with a perfect 4-0 record. In Junior Varsity, the teams of Charlotte Bergh and Ruby Schweiger and Fiona Blank and Anna Gaudio earned ribbons with 3-1 records, while Salmah Elmasry and Emma Cohen earned third place and a trophy. In Varsity, two teams took home awards with Isak Dai and Charlie Galicich earning seventh place and Ryan Ghose and Garrett Hollihan earning fifth place. Ellen Vergin was tied for top speaker out of 43 Varsity competitors, and Salmah Elmasry was the first place speaker in Junior Varsity out of 62 competitors. Go Panthers!

Save The Date For The MPA Blood Drive

first grader making a thank you card for blood drive donorsThe MPA Blood Drive is coming up on October 24! The MPA first grade class and Upper School Student Council are joining together again to host this year’s blood drive for a joint community service project. Please take note of the date and begin thinking about how you can contribute to our event. We are asking for an hour of your time to donate blood on Thursday, October 24. And if you know that you are unable to give blood, please be sure to ask as many friends or relatives as you can to take your place! You may sign-up by going online to with the sponsor code Mounds Park Academy. Read More