Facilities planning begins
This fall, voters approved a $165 million bond proposal to add space at all schools in response to rising enrollment. Now, stakeholder teams at each building will collaborate with the architects to develop the best design for each school. The teams will seek feedback from the community, and the architects will welcome ideas and input from anyone who’d like to contribute. The school principal for each building will be the main point of communication for stakeholders. Anyone interested in providing input should work with their school principal.
Like most construction projects of this size, the District is taking a multi-year, phased approach to improvements.
Phase 1: Design groups begin in December
Pike Lake Education Center
Island Lake Elementary School
Edgewood Middle School
Highview Middle School
Phase 2: Design groups scheduled for early 2018
Bel Air Elementary School
Turtle Lake Elementary School
Irondale High School
Mounds View High School
Phase 3: Design groups scheduled for fall 2018
Pinewood Elementary School
Sunnyside Elementary School
Valentine Hills Elementary School
Chippewa Middle School
The construction phase for all projects will take approximately three years to complete. Work will begin in summer 2018, but most schools will see construction start during the 2018-2019 school year and into summer 2019. The larger projects will take multiple years to complete. More information on construction schedules will be available as the final designs are developed.
Operation Joy, an annual holiday toy and gift program for children ages birth to grade 12, takes place in December. For more information, visit the Food Shelf's website and click upcoming events or call the food shelf at 651-621-7451 for more detailed information.
Looking for ways to help?Online donations can be made at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org or by mailing a check to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at 2101 14th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. For every dollar donated, the food shelf can purchase up to $8 worth of food. Donations of nonperishable holiday food items and new unwrapped toys, gifts or gift cards are also needed and can be dropped off through December 18. Drop off hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Questions? Call 651-621-7451.
A great holiday gift
Tickets are on sale now for the next concert in the Music at Mounds View series. Clocks and Clouds will perform on January 14 at 2 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.
A Minneapolis-based instrumental trio that combines classical instrumentation with rock aesthetics, Clocks and Clouds has produced multiple recordings and has entertained audiences around the country.
Information Nights start in January
Transition time for families of fifth-graders and eighth-graders officially begins next month, when District middle schools and high schools host Information Nights. Families can meet the principal, teachers, parents and students. They can also visit classrooms, explore the curriculum and discover opportunities beyond the classroom.
Chippewa Middle School will host Information Night on January 16. Edgewood Middle School and Highview Middle School will host Information Nights on January 30. Kindergarten Round-Up and high school Information Nights are slated for February. Visit each school's website for more information or go to www.moundsviewschools.org/enroll.
Rock the School House
The 6th annual Rock the School House event raised a record $65,000 to support programs throughout Mounds View Public Schools. At the November event, more than 300 guests were entertained by chamber ensembles from Irondale and Mounds View High Schools as well as combined select singers from the Irondale and Mounds View High School choir programs.
Guests also enjoyed a video and live demonstrations from Chippewa, Edgewood and Highview Middle School students who were on-site to showcase the STEAM mindset of learning.
The event is sponsored by the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation.
There is no school for students December 21-January 1 for winter break. School resumes on January 2.
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