Start times update
At the April 11 School Board meeting, the administration presented an additional start times option that was developed with the help of a transportation consultant. The Board discussed the advantages and challenges of the additional option and compared it to the previous options shared with the community. In agreement with the medical evidence and research that later high school start times would better align with teens’ unique sleep needs, the Board indicated a preference for an option that features an 8:35 a.m. high school start time. To review the two options that feature an 8:35 a.m. high school start time, and to provide feedback on the options, please visit www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes. The Board will review the feedback and make a decision at the April 25 Board meeting for implementation in fall 2018.
What happens when elementary principals wear their schools’ mascot costumes? Check out this video created for Chalkboard Capers, the Mounds View Education Association’s annual variety show supporting student scholarships.
Best for Music
For the fifth consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recognized Mounds View Public Schools with the Best Communities for Music Education designation. Mounds View was one of only seven Minnesota school Districts to receive the designation for 2017.
Donate an instrument
This spring, give your house cleaning more meaning by donating an unused instrument to Mounds View Public Schools. Every year in every school, dozens of students who participate in band and orchestra cannot afford to rent or buy their instrument. Our schools have a limited number of instruments for students to use for the cost of a small annual maintenance fee. But as our programs grow, so does the need.
A donated instrument will find a home with a student in our band and orchestra programs. We’re looking for brass, woodwinds and string instruments (especially smaller-sized violins and violas) ...in any condition. Even instruments that are in rough shape can be repaired or traded in for a credit for a new instrument.
Simply stop into any school office and leave the instrument along with a name and address. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgement form that can be used for a tax deduction. For more information, call 651-621-6787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Tests."