900 students, 3 world-class stages, 1 night of artful awesomeness
Join MPS for the 23rd annual Viva City Fine Arts Festival on Monday and celebrate the extraordinary artistic abilities of MPS students. Come spend the evening exploring the Guthrie Theater — which, for the first time, is hosting this free event — as more than 900 participants perform on three nationally recognized stages.
Classics (and more) to make the schoolhouse rock Thursday
On Thursday, Edison High School will host the third annual Northeast Band Festival. The free festival will feature music ensembles from six Northeast Minneapolis schools and the Northeast community. Each band will perform up to two pieces to showcase its ensemble.
Polars on their way to state…again
The Minneapolis North boys basketball team has advanced to the 2017 Minnesota State High School League’s Class A basketball tournament once again. The Polars begin tournament play against Red Lake on Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m.
African American History Month 2017
This February, Minneapolis Public Schools is proud to celebrate African American History Month. African American History Month is about remembering the past and the stories of those who came before, and working together to create a future that reflects their strength, courage and perseverance for every one of our students.
Come see Bb8 and R2d2 this weekend!
Our annual Check It Out Chess Tournament is happening this weekend. Come and watch as players at all levels compete in this fun and casual chess tournament.
Update on fake-fight video posted on social media
To all MPS families: You or your student may be aware of a video that is circulating on social media that appears to be a female and male student fighting in one of the Washburn High School hallways. School staff who talked to families of the students confirmed it was a “play fight” intended as a joke. We want you to know that keeping students safe and providing a culturally sensitive environment are priorities at MPS.
We’re not lion — The MPS robotics tournament is the mane place to be this weekend!
Watch as more than 1,600 students from 46 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) come together to use robots for good. Students in grades four through eight will participate in the MPS Regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Tournament, while students in kindergarten through eighth grade will showcase their skills in the MPS Robotics Exhibition.
Patrick Henry is 100 Black Men Strong
More than 100 Black male professionals joined Black male scholars at Patrick Henry High School to lead conversations about college, career and life readiness. The theme of the event was “How to survive as a Black man in America,” and the goal is to empower, engage, encourage and equip students with the tools to thrive.
Northeast students ready to take a dip…in the Shark Tank!
Some-fin tells us you won’t want to miss this event. Courageous, curious and capable, Northeast Middle School students will take a dip in the Shark Tank on Friday to offer sustainable solutions to the issue of urban food deserts in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Board of Education to welcome new Directors, bid adieu to outgoing Directors
At its first meeting of the year, the Minneapolis Board of Education will thank outgoing Directors Carla Bates, Tracine Asberry and Josh Reimnitz for their service and commitment to students. The Board will also welcome three new Directors who began four-year terms in January: KerryJo Felder, Ira Jourdain and Bob Walser; Director Kim Ellison moved from District 2 to an At-Large seat.
Minneapolis Public Schools cancels all activities and athletics for Dec. 16 & 17
MPS has canceled all student after-school and evening activities scheduled to occur on Dec. 16 due to forecasted severe weather in our area. Minneapolis Kids after-school child care will remain open until all students are picked up. All district activities and events, including athletics, are also canceled for Saturday, Dec. 17.
Minneapolis Board of Education affirms district as a safe haven
In a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis Board of Education declared Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. The resolution passed by the Board strengthens existing MPS policies and practices.
Help MPS kids
Looking for an easy way to give back this holiday season? $25 can pay off an overdue lunch account for a student. Click to learn more.
Come read with us!
Kids who read grow up to succeed — and to improve the success of students, MPS is in the process of adopting a new Pre-K–5 standards-based literacy curriculum.
The North High Polars are state champs, again!
For the second time in 2016, the North High Polars brought home a state championship trophy. On Saturday, the North football team bested Rushford-Peterson 30-14 to win the Class 1A Prep Bowl.
Honoring our Native Families
Minneapolis Public Schools is proud of our Native students, staff and families, and celebrates the rich, diverse Indigenous cultures within our schools and our community. To celebrate Native American Family Involvement Day on Nov. 17, MPS will be dishing up manoomin (wild rice) salad in all K-8 schools and hosting a variety of activities throughout the district.
A letter to families about the recent Presidential election
There have been many thoughts and feelings since the Presidential election earlier this week. MPS is here for our students and families, and Superintendent Graff wrote a letter to families to talk about how MPS supports and values all. Read it here.
Thank you to Minneapolis voters
We are deeply grateful to the voters of Minneapolis who demonstrated their commitment to our students, schools and community by renewing the school referendum on Election Day.
MPS celebrates 2016-2017 Minnesota Schools of Excellence
Kenny, Hiawatha and Howe Community Schools were each named a 2016-17 School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). According to MESPA, the “School of Excellence Program promotes excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century.”
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.
Thank you for your patience
We know there have been some difficulties with bus transportation this year. We apologize and are working diligently to correct these issues.
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.