Panthers Race In State Ski Meet

State ski participants racing Congratulations to five members of the Nordic Ski team for participating in the State Nordic Ski meet! Senior Matthew Bourne placed fifth, junior Henry Snider placed 6th, ninth grader Isak Nightingale placed 54th, eighth grader Margo N. placed 24th, and sophomore Izzy Quam placed 34th at State.

Way to go, Panthers!


Finding Balance In The Snow

third graders snowshoeing in Phy EdBy Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

Like you, I spent a good part of the day Wednesday shoveling out from another blast of snow. I love the quiet of a snow storm and work to find balance between appreciating the beauty and cursing the extra work it requires. It has also been a challenge to find balance between the safety of our community and our commitment to academic excellence. Cancelling school is never an easy decision, particularly when we have missed so many days already. Finding balance is tough work.

As I was shoveling, I was thinking about another challenging balance that is important to maintain: the three A’s (arts, athletics, and academics) that serve as the foundation of our school’s mission. In particular, I’ve been troubled by the state of athletics, not only in Minnesota, but nationally. There has been a rise of single sport athletes and club sports that affects not only athletic programs, but also athletes themselves. At MPA, we strive to offer a variety of opportunities for our students, maintain a no-cut policy, and be competitive. However, that is becoming increasingly difficult to balance as well. Read More


IMAC Nordic Ski Championship

girls nordic ski first place teamCongratulations to the MPA Nordic Ski teams on a fantastic IMAC Championship meet! The girls team won the IMAC Nordic Championship at Battle Creek, with a score of 568. The boys took second in the Championship with a score of 507.

MPA Senior Matt Bourne individually took first place for the boys, while senior Ellie Quam earned first place honors for the girls. We wish the MPA Nordic Individuals advancing to State at Giants Ridge the best of luck and we can’t wait to cheer you on! Go Panthers!


Senior Maia Kelly Signs With Pitzer College

Maia Kelly signing letter of intentSenior Maia Kelly signed a letter of intent to Pitzer College in Claremont, California to play volleyball for their team, the Sagehens.

Maia has received Player of the Match multiple times throughout her high school volleyball career, as well as received the Coaches Award this past season. Her position is middle blocker.

Congratulations Maia! The Sagehens are lucky to have you.


Congratulations Emma Stacy ’15

Emma Stacy '15 receiving her senior awardCongratulations to MPA alumna Emma Stacy ’15 who is currently a senior at Scripps College, and who was one of 11 members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving team to go to the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis last year. Furthermore, she also traveled to Malaysia with the Keck Science Department to present her paper on the environmental effects of renewable energy technology.

To read how Emma found a community at Scripps through swimming, as well as more of her accomplishments, click here.


Updated Open Gym Schedule

kids playing basketball in the lansing center

The Lansing Sports Center will once again be open most Saturday mornings this winter for MPA families and their friends. Please see below for an updated schedule of open gym dates and times.

If you know a family who might be interested in learning more about our school, this would be a great opportunity to welcome them to campus!

Saturday, January 19: 8-10:30 AM
Saturday, January 26: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, February 2: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, February 9: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, February 23: 9 AM-12 PM

You are welcome to come and use the track, sports center and fitness center. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office at 651-748-5630.


Panthers Take First In ABC Relay Race

Boys Nordic Ski Relay Team

Congratulations to all MPA skiers who participated in the ABC Relay races this past Saturday, January 12, at Theodore Wirth Park! The team of Henry Snider, Isak Nightingale, Peter Manolis, and Matthew Bourne put together an excellent race and came home with the first place trophy, beating second and third ranked teams. Eighteen schools participated in the relay in groups of four, and MPA came in first place, the best results in the school’s Nordic ski team history. Congratulations, Panthers!


Register For Spring Sports

Registration for spring sports at MPA is now live! With options from track and field to baseball, softball, and golf, there there is something for everyone to stay active this spring. Sign up here!


Lansing Center Open Gym

Student in gym playing basketball

The Lansing Sports Center will once again be open most Saturday mornings this winter for MPA families and their friends. If you know a family who might be interested in learning more about our school, this would be a great opportunity to welcome them to campus!

Saturday, January 5: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, January 19: 8 AM-10:30 AM
Saturday, January 26: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, February 2: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, February 23: 9 AM-12 PM
Saturday, March 2: 9 AM-12 PM

You are welcome to come and use the track, sports center and fitness center. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office at 651-748-5630.


Lower School Kid Of The Game

lower school kid of the game and a varsity playerMPA students in grades PreK-4 are invited to be a Lower School Kid of the Game at a Boys Varsity Basketball home game! The Kid of the Game will be introduced before the game, join the Panthers and coaches on the court for pregame warm-ups, and receive an MPA basketball gift and concession stand item.

Being a Lower School Kid of Game is free and siblings are welcome to be Lower School Kid of Game on the same night. The first home game is coming up on Friday, December 7! Sign up here for this game and future home games!