February 27, 2017

Start times work continues

As the School Board continues to work towards a start times decision this spring, a transportation consultant asked the District to consider adjusting some parameters. The Board agreed to support flexibility with the following parameters if another option can be created.
• Some elementary schools and middle schools might have slightly different start times within their levels.
For efficiency, the entire fleet of different-sized buses might be used more creatively, depending on neighborhood densities or traffic patterns. 

This spring, the District will continue to work with the consultant and bring updates to future School Board meetings. Communication and information about start times will continue to be shared with families through e-newsletters, at School board meetings and updated at www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.

Calendar approved

This month, the School Board approved the 2018-1019 school-year calendar. The calendar contains no significant changes to traditional breaks including MEA break, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break. Visit the Calendars page at www.moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school-year calendars.

Spring testing season begins

Spring is the season when Minnesota schools administer a number of tests. Mounds View Public Schools is playing an active role in working with the state to redesign and reduce the state-testing requirements for the future. In the meantime, families often have questions about spring tests.
• What grade levels participate?
• What do tests measure?
• When are tests administered?
• How are test results used?
Mounds View Public Schools believes families deserve clarity about spring exams. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about testing, download the document "Answers to the Tests."

Donate between March 1 - April 7

FoodShare Minnesota FoodShare is a statewide media campaign that raises hunger awareness and promotes donations to local food shelves. A portion of all pounds of food and dollars donated to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf between March 1 and April 7 will be matched by Minnesota FoodShare.

Join the Food Shelf in squashing hunger. The goal for March is to bring in 90,000 pounds of food and dollars (combined) to directly benefit families in the Mounds View Public Schools community via the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.

Ways you can help:

1. Drop off food or hygiene donations at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at Pike Lake Education Center Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Here is a link to the 20 most-needed items

2. Make a cash or online donation. For every dollar you donate, the food shelf can purchase up to $8 worth of food - stretching your donations even further. Checks can be made out to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf or visit the donation page if you would like to make an online donation.

Winter Weather Weather-related school closings

Mounds View Public Schools families should always assume schools are open and in session, unless they hear or see differently. Websites will only indicate when schools are closed - not when they remain open. If schools will be using the 2-hour late start or canceling altogether, the District will notify parents no later than approximately 5:30 a.m. on the day of the late start or cancellation. The District's website, mobile site and Weather Watch Hotline at 651-621-SNOW will offer 24-hour access to the latest weather-related school news. www.moundsviewschools.org/severeweather

Late bus notifications

On winter days when the metro-area traffic is significantly congested because of poor road conditions, parents should expect most school buses will be similarly delayed. Notification calls will be made as possible.