Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

middle school student on a laptopJust as they were this spring, Town Hall meetings will be used as an important way for our community to connect, learn, and get their questions answered, both PreK-12 and by division. The information shared in these Town Hall meetings will support the written communication being shared regularly. Recordings will be distributed afterward should you not be able to attend!

Lower School Town Hall
August 11, 7 PM
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Meeting ID: 927 2973 0635
Password: 951763

Middle School Town Hall
August 12, 7 PM
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Meeting ID: 958 5995 8071
Password: MSTownHall

Upper School Town Hall
August 12, 7 PM
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Meeting ID: 940 5988 9836
Password: MPAUS0813

MPA Student Council Launches Newsletter

upper school student reading from a pageAs the new school year approaches, the MPA Upper School Student Council launched their first issue of their new monthly newsletter! Named “The StudCo Scoop,” it will be sent out to all Upper School students and faculty on the last Friday of each month and will include updates on school-wide activities. “Learning to navigate this new learning environment will require diligent communication, and that is what we hope to accomplish with this publication,” they said.

In their July issue, they shared a sneak-peek of the Student Council’s plans to stay engaged and connected this fall, including:

  • Club of The Month: ​We know that club leaders and members facilitate important dialogue, create safe spaces, and their efforts strengthen our community. To recognize creativity, consistency, and commitment, Student Council plans to introduce a monthly prize that awards exceptional extracurricular achievement.
  • Student-Run Podcast: “This American Life,” “Serial,” and “Pod Save America” better watch out because Mounds Park Academy Radio is coming out with a new podcast! Under the Student Council’s leadership, we want to create a platform to highlight student interests and achievements and discuss the issues you are passionate about.
  • Monday Morning Memo: Even if we are on campus, it is hard to imagine congregating in the Upper School commons every Monday morning like we used to. Despite how different Monday Morning Meeting might look, Student Council wants to maintain a sense of community through a weekly online news segment, including student announcements and reminders on community events.
  • StudCo Schoology Page: To avoid inundating your inbox, a Student Council Schoology page will be established to locate all Monday Morning Memo uploads, Club of The Month awards, and other announcements.

The MPA Alumni Mentorship Program Experience

alumni networking event 2019The MPA Alumni Mentorship Program completed its second year full of meaningful connections and a successful networking event to conclude the year. The program is designed to enhance personal and professional development experiences for our senior class students, while also providing alumni with an opportunity to reconnect to MPA and share their own experiences and knowledge with the next generation of graduates.

The program connected alumni like Dorothy (Schilling) Tiernan ’02 and Grace Holloway, senior from the Class of 2020, with their common interests of literature and travel. Read more about their experience here.

Lyndon Lyu ’20 had dreams and aspirations of becoming a pilot, and through the MPA Alumni Mentorship Program he was able to create a connection with Matthew Navarro ’04 who is currently a professional airline pilot. Read more about their involvement in the program here. Read More

Lower School Back To School Days

lower school student working at deskPreK Students
Students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet on-campus individually with Ms. LaChapelle. The PreK student will see the PreK room, learn more about our PreK program, and have a mini-session about safety protocols. There will be time set aside to play too! This will help students feel more comfortable and ready for the transition to school. You will receive information about signing up for a time that works for your family from Ms. LaChapelle. Families should bring school supplies to their meeting.

Kindergarten Students
Students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet on-campus in small groups with Ms. Petersen. The session will start outside with parents and students together following physically distancing protocols. Then students only will move indoors with Ms. Petersen to see the classroom, learn more about kindergarten, and have a mini-session about safety protocols. Students will return to their parents outside after the classroom session for a fun outdoor activity. These sessions will take place on August 24 and 25 according to the schedule below. Kindergartners should bring their school supplies. Read More

Middle School Back To School Days

middle school student doing science labAs we have reimagined our return to school events to ensure all can be on campus safely, we are excited to welcome Middle School students to campus for Back to School Days where we will get to know each other, our new campus health and safety procedures, attend laptop orientation, and learn about all of the new processes and practices that are part of our MPA student experience. We’re also going to have some fun—so we ask that students dress comfortably and ready for outside play! These are student-only events.

The dates offered below are listed by advisors and grade levels. Our Middle School advisory program is an important part of each day. This year, even more than before, each small group of students, led by a faculty member, will be like a small family! It will be an encouraging, supportive, and collaborative group for students and getting a great and positive start to the new school year. However, we recognize that with our summer winding down, your family may be unavailable at the scheduled time. If your student(s) are unable to attend their assigned advisory day, please let us know, and we will work to either have students attend with another group (with their grade level) or ask you to attend one of the make-up sessions. Advisory assignments were sent to families via email. Read More

Upper School Back To School Days

upper school student working in physics labIt is hard to believe that we are more than half-way through the summer and only five weeks away from being back on campus for the start of the 2020-21 school year. As we look ahead, it is very important that we are all aware of the measures and protocols that have been put in place on campus to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate risk for our MPA community. To that end, our annual Back to School evening will take a new form this year and we will be holding a number of in-person, small group meetings on campus for Upper School students.

Required for all grade 9 and 10 students and highly recommended for grade 11 and 12 students, these student-only meetings will provide an opportunity for students to connect and re-connect with each other. Each meeting will focus on the established expectations and protocols we will follow as an upper school and MPA community. Facilitated by Upper School faculty, administration, and student Peer Leaders, students will learn about the staggered arrival and dismissal protocols, locate their first quarter and first semester classrooms, and determine the best routes to each given the newly established one-way hallways and stairwells. There will also be time set aside for questions and answers as this will be new for all of us. Lastly, there will be some good-natured fun worked into each gathering as this is an important aspect of our MPA community. Read More

Exciting Garden Progress: Tomatoes, Butterflies, And More!

It was a long week in the gardens on campus, as our volunteer restoration crew discovered them flooded after heavy rainstorms. Covered in half a foot of water, they weren’t sure what could be done to recover the young seedlings and careful work that had been put in over the past few weeks. Luckily, several heroes came to the rescue. Ms. Johnson and Ms. P had encouraging words of support for the garden crew. Chef Doug helped with moving the excess mulch, raising spirits, and refocusing energy into the garden work. Facilities team members Andy and Josh were also essential in draining the flood with a silk net technique.

Since the flood, the garden has received ten bags of river rock to help drainage, six large rocks around the downspout near Ms. Stinsons’ classroom to help stem the flow of water, and native Northern Iris and Liatris near the library. The plants have been rescued from the flooded area and weeded by Chef Doug. Dill and carrot seedlings have started to emerge, and cherry tomatoes are beginning to develop. The garden is also welcoming many dragonflies, swallowtails, monarch butterflies, and baby toads!

Coming up next, the volunteers plan to plant two birch trees, place more plants and seeds, study the effect of the silk net and rock drainage, and continue weeding. They are also looking into more hardscaping for the pathway in order to make sure the gardens are accessible to all.

Register For Summer Basketball Camp!

basketball campers 2019Children entering grades 4-9 this fall are invited to Summer Basketball Camp at MPA held Monday July 27-Thursday, July 30 from 9-11 AM. On behalf of Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Jacob Schwartz, and our entire program, we are looking forward to a safe and enjoyable camp. This camp is for MPA and non MPA students at all skill levels, so whether your child is looking for a chance to hone their skills after a summer of AAU, or try basketball for the first time in a welcoming environment, MPA’s camp is open to all. Mounds Park Academy’s Summer Basketball Camp costs $75 per camper, via check/cash/Venmo on the first day of camp, and includes a camp t-shirt.

A quick note on safety: From prearrival home screenings, to all participants and coaches wearing masks, to temperature checks on arrival, keeping a safe, healthy, COVID-free camp environment is our number one priority. We will be employing 27 distinct protocols and safeguards. More information on safety is available on our registration page.

Register here and contact Nate Bander with any questions.


Virtual Freethinker Fridays

Freethinker Friday with MPA faculty, staff, parents, and studentsPlease join us every Friday on MPA’s Facebook page or MPA’s YouTube channel for live, casual conversations about topics that matter with a variety of MPA community members.

  • June 19 Freethinker Friday: Middle School Stuff watch the recording >
  • June 25 Freethinker Friday: Setting The Foundation In Lower School watch the recording >
  • July 10 Freethinker Friday: Racial Justice and Inclusion watch the recording >
  • July 17 Freethinker Friday: Thriving, Not Just Surviving Through Virtual Learning
  • July 24 Freethinker Friday: Balancing Academics, Arts & Athletics
  • July 31 Freethinker Friday: Rigor With Purpose

No RSVP is necessary. We look forward to seeing you live!

Join Us For Nap Chats With MPA

PreK student in the MPA MakerspaceNap Chats are casual conversations over nap time around life for Lower School children and parents. Each discussion hosts a topic expert to answer your questions and offer a helpful perspective. Join us from anywhere virtually via Zoom!

Thursday, July 9, 1-1:30 PM
All About PreK For Newbie Moms
When should I enroll my child in PreK? Should they go every day or just a few? How do I know if my child is ready? PreK is a big transition time in your family’s life. Tune in during naptime to chat with a long time, passionate PreK teacher and dive into the details of what to expect!

Thursday, July 16, 1-1:30 PM
Are We Ready For Kindergarten?

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten? What if my child has a summer birthday? What’s the right balance between playtime and learning time at this age? Tune in during naptime to chat with a beloved kindergarten teacher with more than 30 years of experience.

Thursday, July 23, 1-1:30 PM
The Not-So-Fun Lessons Children Need To Thrive

My daughter is being teased and I want to fix it—what do I do? My son failed his test—how do I respond? My child forgot his instrument at home—do I bring it to school? Tune in during naptime to chat with Dr. Jules Nolan on the difficult yet essential lessons young people need to experience in order to learn, grow, and thrive.