Join Us At The Spring Auction Preview Event

auction committee chairsStop by the Family Commons during drop off time for drinks and snacks and to learn more about this year’s Spring Auction! You can ask questions, purchase tickets, and talk to the volunteer planning committee members about the event. In addition, if you bring wine, gift cards, or a silent auction item to donate, you will be entered in a door prize drawing to win one of our coveted Golden Tickets for your chance to win one of this year’s fabulous live auction items.

MPA Spring Auction 2020: Light Up The Night Preview
Friday, February 14, 2020
7:30-8:30 AM in the Family Commons


Middle School Quiz Bowl Qualifies For Nationals

the Middle School quiz bowl team qualified for nationalsThe MPA Middle School Quiz Bowl team had a great day at the GEMSTONE Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament at Burnsville High School on February 1. MPA had 26 players competing on five teams that achieved outstanding results!

The MPA A Team of Maya A.,  Akshay S., Ben M., Molly V., Somya R., and Ian F. finished second out of 44 teams. This finish qualifies them for the MSNCT National Tournament in Chicago in May!

The MPA B team of Trevor L., Zain A., Zoya N., Annika B., and Navreen B. finished ninth out of 44 teams.

Individually, out of 203 players, Akshay S. finished fifth, Zain A. ninth, Trevor L. 25th, Ben M. 34th, Ethan M. 36th, and Zaq B. 37th. Read More


Be Part Of The Fiber Friends Quilting Project

the mpa fiber friendsThe MPA Fiber Friends are currently working on a community-wide quilting project and want your masterpieces to be part of it! Bring your artistic vision and voice and be a part of something special. Anyone may be part of the community quilting. The Fiber Friends meet on Fridays from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. This group of knitters, crocheters, and textile gurus is open to all parents, alums, grandparents, students, staff, and faculty. Beginners are always welcome!

And don’t miss the Fiber Friends at Maker Fest 2020!


Choose Your Summer At MPA!

panther camp campers going outsideSummer is fast approaching, and we are excited to announce our 2020 Enrichment Classes, Panther Camps, and additional summer program offerings! You will find a variety of opportunities to help motivate and nurture your child’s curiosity and learning, while having lots of fun in the process. Register today at moundsparkacademy.org/summer!

What is summer without our Panther Camp weeks? These programs offer weekly activity themes that allow students to explore nature, science, sports, arts, and so much more. Our Panther Camp program is available June 15-26 and July 13-August 21. You can register for daily, half-day, and weekly Panther Camp options. Panther Camp is available 7 AM–6 PM. Read More


See You At Pajamarama On Thursday!

pajamarama 2019Pajamarama is Thursday, January 30! From 5:45-6:45 PM, Lower School students will enjoy a short concert of their favorite Disney music, meet our musicians, and enjoy story telling in a new and imaginative way. Following the Disney performance, the children are led in interactive activities designed to spark excitement and curiosity about music. To finalize our program we will have a reading of a popular children’s book performed by a narrator while being accompanied by the MPA Upper School Orchestra. Students will receive a snack while they cozy up to hear this famous story come to life! Wear your pajamas or your comfy clothes!


Golden Tickets Go On Sale Saturday!

spring auction 2020 logoDon’t forget! Golden Tickets for the 2020 Spring Auction: Light Up the Night go on sale this Saturday, February 1. Only 100 tickets will be sold, and the winner will receive the live auction item of their choice! Don’t miss your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes.

Family and Business sponsorships are a great way to get your tickets for the event this year, and receive additional perks such as reserved premium seating, a free Golden Ticket, and helping to underwrite the cost of tickets for MPA teachers and staff to attend the event for free! A limited number of business and family sponsorships remain.

Contact Jennifer Rogers, Director of Development and Community Engagement with questions or to learn more.


MPA Girls Nordic Ski Wins IMAC Championship

IMAC champion teamCongratulations to the 2019-2020 Girls IMAC Nordic Champions, the MPA Panthers! The MPA Girls Nordic Ski team of seniors Mari Bohacek and Izzy George, juniors Katie Dahiya, Izzy Quam, Eva Benson, and Emma Cohen, freshmen Eleanore Haas, Sophia Spisak, and Margo Nightingale, eighth grader Abby B., and North Heights seventh grader Sienna S. finished first at the Conference Championship Race with a final score of 550.

The Boys Team of senior Henry Snider, juniors Ian Snider, Collin Steinberger, and Peter Manolis, sophomores Isak Nightingale and Grant Steinberger, eighth graders
David S., Eilam D., and Logan M., and seventh graders Eddie S. And Joe W. also put in great effort and finished second behind Minnehaha Academy with a score of 552.

The MPA Nordic Ski program provides students with the opportunity to learn skills necessary to compete successfully. Skiers are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential in practice and in competition–students work hard, have positive attitudes, and are the best teammates they can be. Great job to all of you, Panthers!


Thank You For A Magical Middle School Cafe!

the middle school posing at the middle school cafeA huge thank you to everyone who made the MS Cafe possible last week. Thanks to all of our tireless parent volunteers, Sage for the wonderful food, our fantastic custodians and MPA’s faculty and staff that helped out in many ways. It was a joy-filled week for students and parents alike. Thank you to everyone who helped out, in big ways and little. It certainly takes a village to make the Cafe happen and MPA’s is the best! View photos from the magical week here.


Sign Up To Show Your Appreciation

lower school teacher talking to her classMPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up, February 3-7! This week is an opportunity to show thanks and appreciation to our wonderful faculty and staff during Lower and Middle School Conference week. Please sign up to donate your time, treats or both. Thank you for showing your appreciation with us!


MPA Students Receive Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards

Rising FlameThe 2020 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards have been announced, and we have a number of Upper School artists to congratulate this year! Collectively, the students received several ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media awards. View the pieces here.

  • Amelia Dickson, “Symmetry,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
  • Amelia Dickson, “Kitchen Mixer,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
  • Anna Gaudio, “Young Self,” Drawing, Silver Key
  • Charles Grimes, “Organic Forms,” Ceramics Portfolio, Honorable Mention
  • Charles Grimes, “Cups and Saucers,” Ceramics, Gold Key
  • Charles Grimes, “Sliced Garlic,” Ceramics, Honorable Mention
  • Charles Grimes, “Harvest Gathering,” Ceramics, Silver Key
  • Charles Grimes, “Self-Portrait,” Drawing, Silver Key
  • Ani Helgeson, “Toddler Self,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
  • Ella Jones, “Boycott,” Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
  • Ella Jones, “Pollution,” Drawing, Gold Key
  • Graham Li, “Air of Literature,” Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
  • Graham Li, “Joyful,” Drawing, Gold Key
  • Graham Li, “Rising Flame,” Painting, Silver Key
  • Cloris Lin, “Mixed Media Still Life, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
  • Sehar Mapara, “I am a Truck Driver,” Painting, Honorable Mention
  • Emmet Tanzer-Tragatsch, “Minute to Win It!” Ceramics, Honorable Mention
  • TC Yang, “Mixed Media Still Life, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
  • TC Yang, “Honey Comb,” Ceramics, Gold Key Read More