This isn’t your typical back-to-school BBQ
With more than 2,000 attendees, the Eastside Barbeque is an annual tradition that brings families, the community, businesses and Minneapolis Public Schools together to kick off a new school year. Now in its 10th year, the barbeque supports strong schools and strong communities.
Edison High School leads the State in going green
On Sept. 9, Thomas Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis will celebrate its transformation into a first-of-its-kind “Green Campus,” featuring state-of-the-art stormwater and energy-efficiency measures that together create an outdoor environmental laboratory. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., just before the season’s first home football game.
We’re hiring! (No chalkboard experience required.)
Minneapolis Public Schools is looking to hire passionate, committed individuals into a variety of roles for the 2016-17 school year. If you are interested in leaving a long-term impact on Minneapolis kids, families and communities, join MPS at an upcoming career event and find the perfect match for your skills and interests. You could be interviewed and hired on the spot!
Letter to the community on MCA results
Superintendent Ed Graff released a letter to MPS families and partners today discussing the results of the 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. Read the letter here.
Say hi to Superintendent Graff!
Superintendent Ed Graff is new to Minneapolis Public Schools, and he’s eager to meet you. Join us at a community reception to hear what he has in store for this school year.
These gowns were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.
Come join The FAIR School seniors as they don cap and gown and participate in a graduation “Senior Walk.” The Senior Walk is a fantastic community event where FAIR’s graduating seniors walk the halls of the K-3 program to inspire, encourage and motivate Minneapolis Public Schools’ youngest learners.
Superintendent contract approval meeting moved to June
The Minneapolis Board of Education is excited to be closer to having a new superintendent in place at MPS. They knew they had established an aggressive timeline to try to approve a contract with the preferred candidate, Ed Graff, by today. Due to meeting notice requirements, they proactively scheduled today’s meeting in case the process moved quickly. Yesterday they decided to postpone that meeting and approve the contract at the June meeting.
Great things cookin’ in the MPS kitchens
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Culinary & Nutrition Services has won Best of Show for Food Management magazine’s 2016 Best Concept Awards. Through its innovative food truck, Farm to School program, True Food Chef Council, MN Thursdays local lunches and push to decentralize kitchens, MPS Culinary & Nutrition Services is leading the way as a national model for school nutrition.
Stop the hate and spread the hope
Fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed book, “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School,” the students of Wellstone International High School are continuing their efforts to transform the world through reflection and action. “Stop the Hate & Spread the Hope” is a multimedia exhibit created by Wellstone students to share their stories and effect change.
Minneapolis Superintendent Selection Committee names finalists
The Superintendent Selection Committee interviewed a group of highly qualified Superintendent candidates and has forwarded its recommended finalists to the full Board. Those selected to be brought forward as finalists are Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dr. Brenda Cassellius and Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff.
These kids can stand the heat
So they’re heading into the kitchen. In the second annual Minneapolis Public Schools Junior Iron Chef competition, 12 middle school students will be paired with six of Minneapolis’ hottest chefs as they compete for the title of Junior Iron Chef.
Good luck Polars!
The North Community High School Boys Basketball team won their games in each round of the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament and will be competing Saturday for the title of State Champions! On Thursday, the Polars won their opening state tournament game against St. Clair (80-27). On Friday, they bested the Red Lake Warriors (76-58).
Check out our chess tournament!
Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’) Check It Out Chess Tournament is happening this weekend. This fun and casual chess tournament is for players of all levels.
Public comment, please!
Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent search process and the finalist candidates following the next round of interviews on Dec. 3. Individuals will have up to three minutes in which to address the Minneapolis Board of Education.
Minneapolis Board of Education seeking full information before finalizing Superintendent contract
Due diligence by the Minneapolis Board of Education in its Superintendent hiring process will continue with a site visit to Massachusetts on Friday, Dec. 18, and further gathering of information regarding allegations about the treatment of special education students in the Holyoke school district under the leadership of then-superintendent Dr. Sergio Páez. To facilitate this due diligence, the Board of Education voted to suspend Superintendent contract negotiations with preferred-candidate Páez.
Superintendent search finalists
Tonight the Minneapolis Board of Education narrowed the list of Superintendent candidates to three finalists: Charles Foust, Michael Goar and Sergio Paez, Ed.D.
100 Black Men Strong
How do we improve outcomes for our Black male students? We lead by example. And this Friday at Patrick Henry High School, 100 strong, compassionate, committed Black men will set an example for our Black male scholars.
You can’t skate by this day.
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is proud to celebrate National African-American Family Involvement Day on Feb. 8. Throughout the day, schools across the district will host individual events like concerts, dances, school tours, breakfasts, lunches and workshops. The day will culminate with a districtwide family roller-skating party.
Minneapolis Board of Education continues due diligence
The Office of the General Counsel, on behalf of the Minneapolis School Board, has reached out to and is receiving cooperation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding their review of complaints made about the handling of special education students in Holyoke Public Schools.
Seeking a student rep
The search for a new superintendent isn’t the only important search happening right now…Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is also looking for its next Student Board Representative.
Come see the brand new Webster!
Webster is all new — and it’s the place to be this Saturday. Come see the devoted staff teaching at Minneapolis Public Schools’ newest elementary school, explore its unique programs like Literacy Hour and Family-Style Dining, and take a tour of the school’s amazing architectural design.
Superintendent search semifinalists
On Nov. 9, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the firm hired by the Minneapolis Board of Education to conduct the search for a new superintendent, recommended six semifinalists for the position.
LEGOs and robots and trash…oh my!
On Jan. 16, nearly 1,500 students from 40 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will come together to participate in civic-minded robotics activities. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will participate in the MPS Robotics Exhibition; fourth through eighth grade students may also participate in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Robotics Tournament.
Celebrating our Native students
Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’) Indian Education department is proud to host the 6th annual Native American Achievement Celebration. The celebration honors extraordinary Native students who are making a difference in their schools and community.
Next stop state
The North High School Football team plays for the State Championship at T.C.F. Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus this Saturday, November 14th, at 10:00AM.
Public viewings of semifinalist interviews
Didn’t have a chance to catch the Superintendent semifinalist interviews? Come watch the three interviews of the candidates selected as finalists at the Davis Service Center (1250 W. Broadway Ave.).
Michael Goar Withdraws from Minneapolis Superintendent Search
Today Interim Superintendent Michael Goar sent a letter to Minneapolis Public Schools Board Chair Jenny Arneson requesting that his name be withdrawn immediately from consideration for the position of Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Arneson, in response to Goar's request, has respectfully removed Goar from consideration for the post.
It may not be summer, but it’s definitely time for a Fair
Minneapolis Public Schools is partnering with schools throughout the city to host the upcoming School Fair Showcase, an annual event where more than 70 public and charter schools gather to share the programs, activities and educational opportunities they can offer to students.
Superintendent search update
Wondering what's happening? Looking for an update? Review answers to frequently asked questions for more information about the Superintendent search.
It’s time to focus on kids.
As of today, Reading Horizons instructional materials will no longer be used in K-2 classrooms in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).
Apples aren’t just for teachers…
On Thursday, Oct. 22, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month with a Great Lakes Apple Crunch!
South High teachers kick math
South High School math teachers Morgan Fierst and Stephanie Woldum have been named State finalists for the 2015 Presidential Awards in Math and Science Teaching.
Remembering our roots
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Southwest High School will host Native American flutist Aaron Erdrich to welcome students and teachers to school through song.