MPA Community Members Are Rehabilitating Campus Gardens

working on the outdoor garden areas体育比分网After the completion of the new Martin Lenz Harrison Library at MPA, current MPA parent Michelle Mick had a vision for a beautiful Panther Garden in the adjacent outdoor space. Thanks to the help of Samantha Forgosh Class of ‘22 and Jaeden McFarland Class of ‘19, it is well on its way to achieving this vision. These volunteers and many others are helping to remove sod, prepare the ground, and create beautiful sanctuary gardens with sustainable wildflowers and plants, as well as vegetable and produce gardens which will be used in the MPA kitchen next year.

jaeden, samantha, chef doug, and mpa parent volunteers tim and michelle mick continue to be hard at work volunteering to rehabilitate several outdoor spaces on mpa’s campus, already having cut and removed all the sod of the 120 by 40 foot-area, rototilled the entire space, and continue to remove the weeds and rake.

体育比分网at first glance, the soil underneath was unusually sandy and barren. but after tim rototilled the soil, which means using a tool that breaks up and tills the dirt, plenty of healthy worms and lots of other interesting bugs popped out! they found the area just beyond the library soaked after a night of rain, which michelle was able to help drain by adding rocks.

this week, new mulch will be delivered, and the group will be moving it (while socially distant) from the drop off zone in front of lower school to the new gardens. we are so grateful to have volunteers in our community making these gardens happen! a special thank you to jaeden, samantha, doug, tim and michelle mick, and all who continue to volunteer!


MPA Students Named NASA Scientists For A Day

gigi and bryan体育比分网Congratulations to rising MPA ninth graders Gigi and Bryan! The two students were named the NASA Scientist For A Day 2019-20 Winners for Grades 7-8 on the topic of Miranda.

“humans are driven to explore. to question. to wonder. wishing to further our understanding of the universe beyond earth. so that someday, the impossible might just become possible,” gigi and bryan wrote in their final submission. “miranda, the fifth largest moon of uranus. some would refer to it as the frankenstein moon. many speculations have been made about how the moon came to be. but we don’t truly know for sure. with a variety of textures, grooves, craters, and fractures coating its surface, you cannot help but ask, ‘how were those created? would it be the same on the other side of miranda? or would it be different?’ we won’t know unless we look deeper. this unusual discovery is something worth learning more about.” !


Students Continue The Conversation

upper school SCC and RJEC meeting on zoomThe MPA Upper School Social Consciousness and Racial Justice & Equity Clubs are continuing their conversations throughout the summer.

students (and faculty) involved in the clubs are partaking in a summer book club, where they we will be reading “how to be an antiracist” by ibram x kendi. they are also setting club goals for the next few months, and are making individual efforts to research and address topics like, “what are viable non-policing methods for security at school dances? are mental health professionals an available resource for substance abuse concerns at school functions? are school resource officers funded by the state?”

体育比分网scc and rjec will also continue to share recommended resources for allies with all of their upper school peers throughout the summer, such as podcasts, films, articles, and updates on our community actions and initiatives.


Summer At MPA

Kids playing outsideWe are thrilled to have students in grades K-6 join us back on campus for summer fun at Panther Camp! While our time together is going to look a little different from previous years, our program goals remain the same: provide our campers with a high-quality, joyful, and engaging program in the context of a safe and healthy environment.

panther camp will run june 15-26 and july 6-august 14 from 8 am-5:30 pm out of the gallery and nicholson theatre spaces. you can register for daily, half-day, and weekly options. during camp students will explore nature, science, art, play, and do so much more.

to register for weekly panther camps, use the “create an account” or “login” tab and follow registration instructions. see additional information under the “fees and policies” link. camp confirmation and details will be sent out upon registration.

because of covid-19, here are some of the changes we’ve made for a safe return to campus. please know these measures are designed to provide the safest environment possible and are subject to change due to the evolving nature of the pandemic. they are based on recommendations by the minnesota department of health and the cdc.

Panther Camp Operations in Response to COVID-19

No-contact drop-off:体育比分网 When entering through the Gallery doors, a staff member will greet campers and run through the symptom checklist with parents, including a temperature check. Once completed and cleared to enter camp, staff will direct campers to their area in the Gallery or Nicholson Center.

Area Assignments: Campers will be assigned to a consistent spot within the program space for indoor learning & activities. Campers will also be given an individually labeled materials bin for their supplies (markers, scissors, glue stick, etc.). Read More


Building A Better Future

pairing assembly activities in the libraryby Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school

“Together, we are building a better future. By cultivating critical thinking, creative inquiry, and social responsibility, we inspire and empower our children to improve an ever-changing and sometimes, challenging world. We do that though a rigorous, yet joyful, education delivered by an exceptional faculty dedicated to fostering caring relationships with their students.”

Those were my words in my first Panther Post message of the 2019-20 school year, on August 29. As construction finished on our new Family Commons and Martin Lenz Harrison Library, I seized upon the metaphor of building as a theme for the school year, challenging ourselves to provide the vision, blueprints, tools, and materials our students need to realize our mission, fulfill their potential, and positively impact our world. I could never have imagined just how prophetic the theme would turn out to be.

the world is, indeed, ever-changing and challenging and our lived reality this spring and early summer has made that abundantly clear to all of us. the covid-19 pandemic accentuated the strengths and flaws of ourselves, our institutions, and our society. and yet, our students emerge stronger, with the resiliency, flexibility, and independence that might not have otherwise been cultivated if not for the pandemic. our exceptional faculty were able to pivot quickly while never losing hold of the caring relationships they have with students. families have been supportive and understanding as difficult decisions have been made to keep our community safe.

体育比分网the raw, visceral murder of george floyd and ensuing unrest and violence has laid bare the fissures of society many gloss over or choose to ignore. yet through critical thinking, creative inquiry, and honest conversation, our young people hold the promise of change where our generation, and generations before us, have failed. the mpa curriculum, grounded in character education and the humanities, in concert with the sciences, provide the tools and materials necessary to build a better future, to “stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world.” indeed, building a better future requires our students to dream big and do right.

体育比分网thank you for entrusting your children to mpa—i am grateful for your partnership this school year. we are united in our shared belief that education is fundamentally an act of hope and that by investing in our children, we are indeed building a better future. i am confident that the strength of our community will carry us forward to a new day. have a wonderful summer and i look forward to coming together in august.

PS: Please know you will hear from me on a regular basis this summer, as I share more information about plans for the fall. Our next communication is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. Do not hesitate to reach out to your division director as questions arise!


Five Class of 2020 Members Receive Graduate Certificates of Distinction

Jordan akers working in sustainable farming体育比分网Five MPA seniors received and presented on their Graduate Certificates of Distinctions last week. For the first time in MPA history, three seniors were STEM recipients: Misk Khalif, Jordan Akers, and Annie Portoghese. Two seniors were Fine Art recipients: Charles Grimes and Solveig Svenniveg-Brosi.

体育比分网graduate certificates of distinction are designed with the belief that upper school students can be architects of their education. the program recognizes students who have a passion within a discipline that drives them. these students are exploring their passions while staying committed to a balanced education. all mpa upper school students are eligible to work toward a single certificate of distinction in one of three areas: fine arts, global, or stem.

Misk spoke on her role as founder and executive director of the STEM Center For Girl Innovators, where she manages operations such as tutoring, science experiments, coding, and mentorship programs. She is a passionate advocate for gender and racial equity in the STEM field, which is why she founded the Center for Girl Innovators early in her STEM career. With hopes to pursue a degree in medical research, she centered her final project on Gut-Brain Axis, which is the biochemical reaction between the nervous and gastrointestinal systems. Read More


Upper School Clubs Host Racial Justice Discussions With Local Judge

Judge Hoyos speaking to MPA studentsDuring their lunch and recess on Thursday and Friday, Social Consciousness And Racial Justice & Equity Club hosted two Zoom sessions with Upper School students, Middle School students, and faculty and staff to discuss, listen, and reflect on racism in Minnesota and the devastating murder of Minneapolis man, George Floyd, which has mobilized millions to protest on social media and participate in protests across the country.

Beginning with questions like “What responsibilities should the media have when covering cases of police brutality?” and “What are the differences between covert and overt racism?” the group also incorporated suggestions of personal action steps and phone calls to make to fight the injustices they were passionately discussing together. They finished their meeting brainstorming questions to prepare for their guest speaker on Friday, Hennepin Country District Judge Juan Hoyos. Read More


Save The Date For The Virtual Yearbook Assembly

students signing each others yearbooks体育比分网Save the date for the Virtual Yearbook Assembly next week! The MPA Yearbook Assembly will be held virtually at 9 AM on Friday, June 5.

please visit  to learn more about the digital yearbook signing pages in order to participate in our beloved yearbook signing traditions and leave notes for students and peers virtually!


Celebrate Sage Dining’s 30th Birthday

sage cooking demonstration体育比分网In honor of Sage Dining’s 30th birthday, Sage has added six new cooking demonstrations to the SAGE at Home video showcase! This week’s theme focuses on the Crossroads concept, the intersection of fun and flavor, where Sage offers an ever-changing variety of dishes with a street-food twist.

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Thank You For A Joyful MPA Book Festival!

lower school student reading outside体育比分网The annual MPA Parents Association Book Festival has left us with many awesome books to carry us through the summer, along with proceeds for our library to purchase new books to benefit our library, teachers, and greater community! It was so wonderful to see Valley Book Seller, Usborne Books, and Breakthrough Twin Cities highlighted on our social media platforms, and all the great responses from our community.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the Book Festival a success! First, we want to thank all of you who purchased books, for being flexible and willing to try something new this year, and for supporting the Breakthrough summer literature program. Without you, there would be no Book Festival! We want to thank the parent volunteers, as they are key to helping our MPA community put on so many well-loved traditions. We want to thank Nancy Lage, as well as many teachers and administrators, for the time they spent brainstorming wonderful ways to engage our community in reading activities throughout the Book Festival. Finally, both Valley Book Seller and Usborne Books also send a big thank you to our community for supporting their small businesses during this hard time. We don’t know what next year will bring, but we will be excited to offer our Book Festival anytime, anywhere, anyway! Read More