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Talk, sing and read with Minneapolis Public Schools and the City of Minneapolis

On Thursday, MPS Board Vice Chair Kim Ellison will announce Minneapolis Public Schools’ support of the community-wide “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign, which helps prepare our littlest learners for kindergarten.

Superintendent Graff releases 100-Day Findings report

After 100 days on the job as Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, Ed Graff has outlined his findings and vision for the future. 

Visit our schools from Oct. 15–Nov. 7

It takes more than principals, teachers and families to educate students. Neighbors, friends and community members influence and inspire youth just the same. We want everyone to see what an entire city of support can make possible, so we’re welcoming the public to take a guided tour of our elementary schools during Visit Our Schools Month from Oct. 15–Nov. 7.

Happy 100th birthday, Hiawatha!

Hiawatha Community School is celebrating its 100th birthday — help celebrate the centennial! Travel back in time with students singing songs from the decades, enjoy fun carnival games and eat delicious local fare.

A letter from Operational & Security Services

Various school districts across the country have received reports of individuals with a clown persona threatening violence on social media against the public, including at schools. Some individuals have even been seen in costume attempting to heighten the fear. This topic has made national news, and it has been determined that it is likely a hoax and copycat hoaxes.

Learning from our nation’s heroes

On Thursday, 300 MPS students will have the privilege of hearing from two Medal of Honor recipients: Captain Florent Groberg and Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris. The decorated war veterans will talk with students about decision-making and overcoming all odds.

The wheels on the bus aren’t the only ones going ‘round and ‘round…

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, more than 8,000 MPS students, families and staff from at least 30 schools will join others around the world for International Walk and Bike to School Day. The annual event celebrates the joys and promotes the benefits of walking and biking to school. 

MPS students are global learners

This October, we're celebrating our more than 650 students who earned their Minnesota World Language Proficiency certificates or Bilingual Seals awards.

Mr. Weber goes to Washington

Bertrand Weber, Director of Culinary and Wellness Services at Minneapolis Public Schools, is back in Washington, D.C. This time, it’s as part of the Chefs Move to Schools Task Force created as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

Blasting off at Bancroft!
Bancroft Elementary students already reach for the stars, and on Saturday, Oct. 1, they’ll meet two people who have walked among them: NASA astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.
Congrats, Director Gagnon!

Board Director Rebecca Gagnon has been re-appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education John King.

MPS students stay close, go far at Empower Me Tour

Nearly 700 MPS students will attend the UNCF Empower Me Tour on Tuesday to learn about college and career opportunities. Representatives from HBCUs and local colleges and universities will be available and offering on-site college admissions, awarding scholarships and preparing students and families for post-secondary options.

MPS cancels Farm to School Community BBQ

Unfortunately, due to anticipated severe weather throughout the day on Thursday, Sept. 22, Minneapolis Public Schools has cancelled the fifth annual Farm to School Community BBQ. We look forward to celebrating with you next year.

Lunch is on US(DA): USDA officials to visit MPS kitchens, eat school lunch

MPS’ culinary and wellness efforts are earning national recognition. This Friday, to discover why MPS is the best, Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, will tour district and school kitchens and join Superintendent Graff for lunch.

Water safety in Minneapolis Public Schools

Want the facts on water safety at MPS? Find the information you need here.

Thank you for your patience

Dear families,

We know there have been some difficulties with bus transportation this year. We apologize and are working diligently to correct these issues.

MPS expanding Arabic program thanks to $68,000 grant from Qatar Foundation International

With support from the Qatar Foundation International, Minneapolis Public Schools will expand its Arabic language programming and create an additional pathway for Arabic instruction at Washburn High School. MPS is the only district in the metro area that offers Arabic from elementary to high school.

Didn't catch the 2016 State of the Schools?

Watch it now and see why we're MPS strong!

Two Minneapolis teachers receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

South High math teacher Morgan Fierst and Webster Elementary Spanish teacher Carissa Tobin have been named recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

Minneapolis Public Schools to celebrate start of 2016-17 school year with State of the Schools event

Minneapolis Public Schools will celebrate the start of the 2016-17 school year by bringing together students, staff and members of the community at the 2016 State of the Schools event on Aug. 26 from 9:30–11 a.m.

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. 

Minneapolis Board of Education approves resolution to place property tax referendum renewal on Nov. 8 ballot

The Minneapolis Board of Education has approved a resolution asking voters to renew an existing property tax referendum of $1,604.31 per student. The renewal decision will go to Minneapolis voters on Nov. 8.

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!

Minneapolis Public Schools announces leadership changes at Harrison Education Center

Minneapolis Public Schools is pleased to introduce the new principal and assistant principal of Harrison Education Center. Nathan Hampton will be Harrison’s new principal. Joe Groves will be Harrison’s new assistant principal. Learn more about them at an informal meet and greet this Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30-6 p.m.

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.

Letter to the community on recent events

Read a letter from Superintendent Graff to the community on recent events and the role we all play in supporting students.

Welcome Superintendent Graff to Minneapolis Public Schools

Superintendent Graff is officially here, and he’s eager to meet students, families, staff and partners. Join us for a community reception on Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Watch Bethune students' performance at the White House

Looking for a pick-me-up? Take a few minutes and watch when Bethune students performed at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Talent Show!

Minneapolis Public Schools extends sympathies to City of Orlando, offers support to Minneapolis families

Minneapolis Public Schools stands beside our LGBTQ, Muslim and Latinx friends in Orlando. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and join with allies across the nation in mourning the tragic loss of 49 lives.

Superintendent Graff receives licensure variance

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators unanimously approved a superintendent licensure variance for incoming Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff.

Principal placements for 2016-17

See an updated list and read more on our ongoing search for leaders.

Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch these teams.

They aren’t gingerbread people, but the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) high school track and field teams are headed to the State Tournament.

Minneapolis Board of Education unanimously approves contract with Superintendent Graff

The Minneapolis Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a Superintendent contract with Ed Graff. Graff will officially start as the new Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools at the beginning of July.

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.

Read President Obama’s letter to the Class of 2016!

President Obama sent his congratulations to the Minneapolis Public Schools students graduating this year.

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 Board of Education selects Ed Graff as preferred Superintendent candidate

The Minneapolis Board of Education has selected Ed Graff as the preferred candidate to be the next Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. The Board will begin contract negotiations and hopes to finalize a contract by Friday, May 27.

Minneapolis Superintendent search process advances with site visits and public comment period

The Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent search process continues, as established at the March 15 Board of Education meeting, with site visits conducted by Board Directors and an upcoming public comment period.

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.

Minneapolis Board of Education congratulates Interim Superintendent Michael Goar

The Minneapolis Board of Education congratulates Interim Superintendent Michael Goar on his selection as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. 

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.

Minneapolis Board of Education appoints 11-member Superintendent Selection Committee

The selection process for Minneapolis Public Schools next superintendent achieved an important milestone on April 5th with the confirmation of an 11-member Superintendent Selection Committee.

Minneapolis Board of Education finalizes Superintendent search process and timeline

At a special business meeting on March 15, the Minneapolis Board of Education finalized an updated Superintendent search process and set a timeline for hiring the next Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.

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). 

Minneapolis Board of Education selects search and community engagement firms for Superintendent search

At its March 8 meeting, the Minneapolis Board of Education selected two firms to manage candidate recruitment and community engagement during its search for the next Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. 

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. 

South High School students to perform at Carnegie Hall

South High School juniors Marie Berlovitz and Ethan Davenport have been selected to take the stage at Carnegie Hall in the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series on Feb. 7, 2016.

Minneapolis Public Schools developing 2016-17 budget

The 2016-17 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) budget process is in full swing. As a public institution, MPS is committed to using resources in a way that’s best for students.

2016 Minneapolis Public Schools District Spelling Bee

Come join the fun this Thursday as Minneapolis fifth- through eighth-graders vie for the (unofficial) title of best speller ever at the 2016 Minneapolis Public Schools District Spelling Bee.

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.

Minneapolis Public Schools celebrates increasing graduation rates

For the second year in a row, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) saw a 5 percent increase in its graduation rates. More than 64 percent of Minneapolis students graduated within four years, the highest four year graduation rate in a decade.

Minneapolis Board of Education announces Shaadia Munye as new Student Representative

The Minneapolis Board of Education has announced Patrick Henry High School sophomore Shaadia Munye will serve as the next Student Representative. She will officially join the Board in February.

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.

Minneapolis Board of Education thanks Student Representative Noah Branch for service

The Minneapolis Board of Education would like to thank Student Representative Noah Branch for his service on the Board. After nearly a year, tonight will be Representative Branch’s final meeting.

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.

Minneapolis Public Schools receives “best opinion an auditor can issue” for 2015 budget audit

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) received an unmodified opinion in the 2015 budget audit conducted by independent auditing agency BerganKDV, Ltd. In a presentation to the Minneapolis Board of Education’s Finance Committee, MPS’ auditor said this is the “best opinion an auditor can issue.”

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.

Native American Family Involvement Day

Native American Family Involvement Day (NAFID) is tomorrow, Thursday, November 19. At Minneapolis Public Schools, we are proud of our Native heritage. 

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. 

Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers settle teacher contract

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) settled the 2015 teacher contract last night. After seven months of negotiations, MPS and MFT reached a deal that is good for students and teachers while keeping the district on the path toward a sustainable future.

Minneapolis Public Schools cancels all after-school activities on Feb. 2

Minneapolis Public Schools has canceled all student after-school and evening activities and athletic events scheduled to occur on Tuesday, Feb. 2, due to expected inclement weather and road conditions.

Superintendent search update

Wondering what's happening? Looking for an update? Review answers to frequently asked questions for more information about the Superintendent search.

Updated Acceleration 2020 Scorecard now available

Learn more about Acceleration 2020, Minneapolis Public Schools’ strategic plan, and see an updated Scorecard showing the district’s progress toward reaching Acceleration 2020 goals. 

Minneapolis Public Schools unveils new data dashboard

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Research, Evaluation and Assessment Department shared a new tool to monitor academic progress and outcomes. 

You'll definitely want a taste of this JAM.

You won’t be able to put it on your toast, but the sounds of Jazz88’s JAM High School Jazz Festival will be as smooth as butter. 

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.

Suspending suspensions

Minneapolis Public Schools stop elementary suspensions for nonviolence

Summer Classes Assist ELL Students

Read more at Minneapolis.edu.