Thanking Our Impactful Retirees

by Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school

many years ago i had my first opportunity to speak at a national conference. the meeting was held in baltimore and i found out that my favorite high school teacher, br. jim, lived nearby and was going to be in attendance. i was able to track down his email address and wrote to him, sharing that he was my favorite teacher and the reason i decided to become a teacher. i also asked if he would like to get together for lunch while i was in town. br. jim was principal of my high school and had stepped into teaching a ninth grade class at the last minute. he was an amazing storyteller had a way of teaching that made each student feel that he was talking directly and personally to them. br. jim was gentle, kind, and brilliant, too. he never talked down to us and found ways to bring all of us along, inspiring us to higher levels of critical thinking. after that year, he moved on to a new job and a new city yet i never forgot him.

体育比分网br. jim accepted my invitation and we met for lunch. as he entered the restaurant, it was clear he didn’t know who i was. sheepishly, he admitted as much and said he had been trying for weeks to remember me, even pulling out an old yearbook to jog his memory. he said he was embarrassed and began to apologize profusely. i stopped him and that i was not at all offended. to me, what was important was not that he would remember me—it was that i remembered him. he had hundreds if not thousands of students over his career. but for me, there was only one br. jim.

All teachers aspire to having such an impact on our students. Of course, teachers strive to be their best, to employ the very best pedagogy, techniques and strategies, and excel in their respective academic area. However, and more importantly, they strive to touch the hearts of their students. Teaching as a career is much more than a job or a transaction between employer and employee. It is transformational. I can safely say that our retirees this year have been transformational in the lives of their students and in the history of the school. Read More


MPA Talks Goes Virtual

class of 2019 grads gabby law and Julia portis at MPA talks 2018Are you interested in sharing your story with the MPA Community? MPA Talks is an opportunity to come together, gain perspective and be inspired. We are looking for alumni who will join fellow community members to share impactful stories virtually for our community. If you are interested in speaking for the event or would like to recommend a speaker please contact the Development Office at alumni@opera-to-relax.com.


Accessing MPA Community Care Funds

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Please fill out this  or contact Jennifer Rogers, director of development and community engagement at jrogers@opera-to-relax.com.


Give From Home Week

lower school student smiling at his deskAs we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re facing the most unprecedented economic challenge of our time. In response, May 1-8 was announced as #GiveFromHome week in Minnesota. This effort will help nonprofit and educational organizations like Mounds Park Academy in very important ways.

Your gift will support the MPA Community Care Fund to ensure every student and staff member has what they need to dream big and do right. Hundreds of MPA community members have already given and we are so thankful for the ways our community has risen to this challenge and supported one another. On behalf of our students and staff, if you’ve already given, we thank you. Let’s meet unprecedented times with unprecedented action to provide our students, families, and faculty and staff with the resources they need.


Now, Next, And Beyond At MPA

first grade class science projectby Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

My thinking these days on navigating this crisis has been informed by one of my favorite bloggers, Pascal Finette. In his recent post, he wrote about a global consulting firm that looks at the world in three time dimensions: Now, Next and Beyond. The world, observes Finette, has changed dramatically. “In the world BC (Before COVID-19) Next was one to two years out, and the Beyond was somewhere past the five-year mark. Today, Now and Next are happening in parallel and at the same time, while Beyond is AC (After COVID-19).” AC, wrote Pascal, “requires a very different view of the world and leaders to show up in very different ways.” I would like to use this framework to share with you how MPA is successfully navigating this crisis and planning for the future.

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体育比分网 During the last six weeks, we’ve made an incredible shift to online learning, ensuring the continuity of learning for our children. We have done so while holding fast to our whole child philosophy and our commitment to rigor with purpose. As I said in the beginning, “first different, then better.” Modeling the resiliency we inspire in our students, we have been engaged in an ongoing process of designing, implementing, assessing, and adapting teaching and learning to meet the needs of our students in our new reality, even as the crisis itself evolves.

体育比分网plans are in place and unfolding to ensure success in the continuity of operations, admission and enrollment, and the fiscal health of the school. i am confident that we will weather the storm.

  • Continuity of Operations: In order to sustain the quality of the education you’ve come to expect, we must continue to support our teachers, cover all of our non-teaching expenses, and invest in innovative ways to deliver our curriculum for our students. In fact, the school has invested in additional operating expenses associated with adopting and implementing online learning tools. In addition, we have a number fixed costs. For instance, even though we are not at school, we still have costs to maintain the building, pay utilities, mow the grass, etc.
  • Enrollment: BC (Before COVID-19) recruitment and admissions were strong and exceeding expectations. I am very happy to share that both new enrollments and re-enrollments continue to be strong today. New enrollments are trending significantly higher than at the same time last year, and re-enrollment is on pace. Even in the face of uncertainty, families are seeing clearly the value of MPA—perhaps in contrast to how other schools are managing remote learning. Please continue to share MPA in your networks.
  • Financial Health: Through managing expenses and carefully monitoring cash flow, we are positioned well to end the fiscal year. Philanthropic giving has been very strong BC and our reimagined Spring Auction was a phenomenal success. To assist families and employees who are experiencing financial difficulties, a has been created.
  • Employees: We will continue to compensate all of our dedicated and hard-working faculty and staff through the end of the school year. Wherever possible, staff have been reassigned to support the overall operations of the school. We are making every effort to honor the everyday commitment they make and to ensure their continued employment during these uncertain economic times. We must retain our highly qualified and dedicated teachers and staff as we look forward to next year.
  • Lunch and Busing: One of the things we keep hearing from MPA families is their gratitude and appreciation for how MPA teachers and staff have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have asked how they can give back and support the school during this difficult time. We will have more ideas for you soon, but one easy way for your family to consider is donating back your hot lunch and transportation costs.

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Supporting The Class Of 2020

the class of 2020 group photo体育比分网Members of the MPA Class of 2020 are all in our hearts and minds as we approach so many milestones that they should be celebrating in person but are sacrificing in order to keep our local community members safe from COVID-19. One of the joys of graduation is hosting a graduation party for families and friends, whose contributions help graduates gather the necessary supplies for their journey to college in the fall. Since these parties and gatherings may no longer be possible given the realities we’re facing, MPA student representatives had a great idea for a meaningful way the rest of the MPA community can support them during this time.

Please consider a donation that is right for you to help us provide resources to seniors and their families through the Community Care Fund to purchase any items that will be needed for their journeys to college campuses around the country this fall. Help us ensure every MPA graduating senior has access to the funds they need. Consider this your graduation gift to the amazing MPA Class of 2020! You can even make a gift in honor of a student or graduating senior as a special way to commemorate this incredible class. Make a donation today.


Thank You For Lighting Up The Night

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thanks to our community, we have gotten a jump start on our community care fund. these flexible funds will allow us to respond to emerging needs, including:

  • financial assistance for MPA families in need;
  • technology access for teachers to continue enhancing virtual learning;
  • employee support funds for wellness and emergency resources; and
  • the cost of additional supplies to ensure a whole child education can continue, including art supplies, books and e-books, software and hardware, and devices for families without access to adequate technology or wi-fi for virtual learning.

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A Sense Of Community And Commitment To MPA

Jennifer and Scott Holloway at the 2019 spring auctionby MPA Spring Auction co-chairs Jennifer and Scott Holloway

when we began this school year with our daughter grace embarking on her senior year at mpa, we could have never imagined how different school and life would be just a few short months later. we’ve been a part of many milestones at mpa, both as a family, and in the history of the school. one of the great joys we’ve had as parents and volunteers at mpa has been to serve as co-chairs of the spring auction for the past four years. despite this history, this year has shaped up to feel like the first time all over again now that we’re offering our first ever virtual spring auction as a response to the covid-19 pandemic.

we can’t overstate the importance of our sense of community and commitment to mpa as it has given so much to our daughter and our family. we’ve often been asked why we continue to volunteer and urge others to do the same for the school we love. for us, it’s all about the sense of gratitude and appreciation that you can only understand when you’ve experienced the mpa way. each year, we’ve witnessed the way that truly amazing things can happen when people join together in a common purpose. that might happen in a big banquet hall with fabulous decorations and amazing food, or it could happen on the basketball court, in the classroom, on stage, or now, in a virtual zoom room.

体育比分网as co-chairs of this year’s auction, we urge you to join us for this special night. you can be a part of this event in whatever way is right for you: on our more than 130 auction packages, on friday night at 6:30 featuring amazing students and guest speakers, share within your networks of family and friends to invite even more people to join in on this important fundraiser, or give at a level that is right for your family toward this year’s . countless people have planned, donated, organized, and contributed in some way to what we’re sure is going to be another successful year. please join us in building community and funding important needs for our students, faculty and staff, and incredible school. we can’t do it without you.


We’re All In This Together

middle school students together on the playgroundby Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

there has been a song running through my mind over the last several weeks as we’ve banded together as a school, nation, and world, to battle covid-19. it comes from a time-honored and critically acclaimed movie, “high school musical.” “we’re all in this together” is one of those catchy, syrupy songs that once you hear it, it’s hard to get out of your head. however, deep down, there is an important message. so much so that i adjusted the lyrics a bit and recorded my own version of the song to inspire (horrify, with my tone-deaf singing) our faculty and staff.

the simple truth is that we are in this together, and it is through community that we will emerge successfully, and stronger, on the other side of this crisis. expressions of community and the affinity members of the mpa community feel for one another abound these days. as a community, we’ve come together to provide stability and continuity for our students. parents have come together as well, through formal and informal channels, to support, counsel, and learn from one another.

In less than a week, we have an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate our shared values and aspirations. Our annual was to take place on the top floor of a warehouse in Lowertown St. Paul overlooking the lights of the city. While that will not be possible, we will still come together, virtually, to celebrate the best of MPA. Through Zoom, we have the opportunity to join with one another from our kitchens and dining rooms across the metro area and raise both our spirits and the necessary funds to support MPA. Read More


MPA’s First Ever Virtual Spring Auction

MPA virtual spring auction logoSave the date for MPA’s first ever virtual Spring Auction! Since the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic and MPA’s shift to virtual learning, so much of our world has changed! One thing that has remained the same throughout all of this is the importance of our connection to one another, especially as we work together to overcome whatever challenges or obstacles may be in our way.

in this spirit, our volunteer spring auction committee is pleased to announce that this year’s 2020 mpa spring auction: light up the night is going virtual! join us on friday, april 17 for a fun evening filled with inspirational stories, fun auction items to bid and win, and the most important element that makes mpa so special: community.

体育比分网we need you now more than ever to ensure every student, family, and staff member has what they need to dream big, do right, and light up the world. , including answers to some frequently asked questions and the changes to expect this year. check your email inbox this weekend with more details and ways you and your entire family can get involved! questions? contact jennifer rogers at 308-765-0524 or via email at jrogers@opera-to-relax.com.