January 19, 2017


Start times decision coming later this spring

At the January 10 School Board meeting, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to establishing later high school start times and indicated it will make a decision later this spring.
“The feedback we’ve received indicates a wide-variety of thoughts on start times in general,” said Board chair Amy Jones. “We need to take more time to gather more information before making a decision. In the coming weeks and months, we will revisit our parameters and ask administration to work with our transportation consultant to determine if additional options may be possible. We will also seek community feedback on any additional options that may be developed.”

As a result of this spring decision, implementation of the new start times will go into effect in the fall of 2018 – not the fall of 2017 as previously expected. This extension will be necessary operationally and also with respect for the time families and staff need in order to adjust to a new schedule.

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

Schools host Information Nights 

kindergarten round-up
Transition time for families of fifth-graders and eighth-graders officially begins this month when District middle schools and high schools host Information Nights. Families can meet the principal, teachers, parents and students; visit classrooms; explore the curriculum; and discover opportunities beyond the classroom. Click here for a list of dates and times.


Music at Mounds View concert series continues

Tickets are on sale now for the next concert in the Music at Mounds View series. Marcoux Corner (vocal ensemble) will perform on January 21 at 7 p.m. Music at Mounds View is a professional concert series that brings high-caliber, nationally recognized artists into our community for public performances at Mounds View High School. 
Marcoux Corner
Marcoux Corner is a four-piece A Cappella group that combines over 20 years of voice lessons and vocal study at one of the country's most prestigious colleges for vocal performance, Concordia College in Moorhead. The sound they produce when they join in harmony will make you rethink your attitude about music. Purchase tickets here.

Operation Joy yields 4,000 gifts

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf collected more than 4,000 gifts this holiday season during its annual Operation Joy Campaign that benefits Mounds View Public Schools families. Thanks to more than 80 community volunteers and donations from area churches, schools, businesses, clubs, individuals and Toys for Tots, 843 children (ages birth to 12th-grade) received gifts this year. Qualifying families who registered with the Food Shelf were invited to the Operation Joy Toy Shop in December to pick out gifts for each of their children as well as food for the holidays. During the holiday season, District schools helped to raise nearly 9,000 pounds of food, just under $13,000 and 500 assorted toys and gifts for the food shelf. 

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. For more details, visit www.moundsviewschools.org

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.


No school  

Schools will be closed January 26 and January 27. Teachers will use these days to engage in curriculum work, instructional delivery, assessment reporting and parent communication. 
For more information, please visit www.moundsviewschools.org/calendars.