The Power Of A Great Teacher

MPA virtual upper school classby Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school

Great teachers make great online teachers. By now, you’ve read or heard me say that repeatedly over the last several weeks. To be honest, other than a few scattered snow days over the last several years, my assertion was more conjecture than evidentiary. However, after several days this week, I know this to be true. Because I know each teacher well, I knew in my heart but I now have proof that MPA teachers are great no matter the platform or medium.

It has been an incredible experience, working together with teachers, staff, and administration, to make the transition to virtual school. Through caffeine, adrenaline, and sheer will, we powered through to rise to the new challenge before us without doubt or hesitation. Frankly, there has never been another option. I didn’t realize this until I received a parent email with the following observation: “In corporate terms, this scale of change would have been vetted and pressure-tested through strategic planning process over a period of months, perhaps a full year’s planning cycle.” The can-do spirit of MPA has inspired us all. Read More


COVID-19 Parent Education Forum

parent and middle school student talking togetherMPA is committed to supporting parents as well as students. You are invited to Parent Education Forum with Dr. Julene Nolan, MPA school psychologist, and head of school Dr. Bill Hudson. The Parent Education Forum is designed to provide parents with the support, guidance, and insights needed to navigate these difficult times.

to share questions and concerns that are top-of-mind as you begin to navigate supporting your children through the changes that are happening in our world right now. We will use this to craft our time together and guide how we deliver future parent support. An example might be a question, “How do I keep my kids from fighting all the time?” a specific topic, “Screen time rules”, or a suggestion, “Here is something that is working for us.”

Topic: Parent Education Forum
Time: Mar 31, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Meeting ID: 968 108 092
Password: 080517


Junior Hana Miller Celebrates Birthday With Blood Donation Campaign

MPA blood drive postersHana Miller has always been, and continues to be, a vocal advocate for blood donation. Amidst the severe blood shortage in the Twin Cities, which continues to suffer from the spread of COVID-19, Hana is doing right and organizing a blood donation campaign for her birthday this year.

欧洲杯哪里投注“I’ve donated five times–the first on my 16th birthday–and passed out every time,” she said. “In fact, It was because of the tests that the Red Cross runs on their blood donors that I discovered that I was anemic. An average person should have a blood iron level around 16 and mine was recorded at a three!” After finding out she was ineligible to donate herself, Hana finds herself even more motivated to bring an awareness to blood donation.

The spread of coronavirus has forced a decline in the number of blood drives and donors in the United States “This is actually no surprise, considering the nearly 60% of the US Blood supply comes from donors over 45,” Hana stated. “This means that while the demand for blood has remained the same, possibly even increasing, our ability to meet that demand is decreasing. So considering I was stuck in my house for my birthday, and unable to spend the day as I wanted, I figured that the next best thing I could do was to try to help someone else. I decided to set up the donation campaign through the Red Cross.” Read More


MPA Goes Virtual: Isak Dai

isak daiThis story series illustrates how our community is embracing, growing, and connecting through virtual learning together. Read on to see what MPA junior Isak Dai looks forward to as #MPAgoesvirtual!

欧洲杯哪里投注While virtual learning may look and feel different than a regular school day, Isak breaks it down in a way that makes it feel very familiar, even away from campus–to him, virtual learning is “bundling up the work we do at school and doing it at home through the internet.”

“Before our current situation, we certainly were practicing some aspects of virtual learning by accessing online resources like Schoology, but now have been forced to take all of MPA online,” he said. “My hope is that through this challenge we can learn to take advantage of the many virtual learning resources at our disposal and take these lessons with us when we eventually return to school as usual.” Read More


When To Let Your Child Choose: Advice From A Parent In Making A School Decision

upper school students using makerspace whiteboard togetherYou are looking at school like Mounds Park Academy because you want the best for your child. You want your child to grow into a free spirit, a risk taker, a right maker, dreamer, and a doer. You want an independent thinker. Yet should your child, whom you have raised to be a respectful, decisive, critical thinker, make their own school choice? And what is your role, as the parent, in the school search process? This is a question that the Office of Admission is asked regularly.

Depending on the age and maturity of the child and the reason your family is changing schools, the continuum can range from a parent making the decision solo, to a combined decision making process, to the student selecting from the parent’s list of approved schools, to, in some cases, the student making the decision completely on their own. Where each family falls on this continuum is vastly different.

How Young Is Too Young?
Educational choices stick with a child for their entire life, so balancing the natural desire to provide a platform for your child’s input while knowing that what they decide has substantial implications on their future is critically important. The best parent-child partnerships blossom when both sides see this decision as a learning opportunity. Incorporating your child on this journey and welcoming them to contribute can be an incredible chance for them to develop maturity and show their growth. But as every child development expert will tell you, there’s a time and a place for a child’s choice, and there is a time when mom or dad needs to make the decision. Read More


MPA Goes Virtual: Kaija Kunze-Hoeg

Kaija Kunze at a volleyball gameThis story series illustrates how our community is embracing, growing, and connecting through virtual learning together. Read on to see what MPA sophomore Kaija Kunze-Hoeg looks forward to as #MPAgoesvirtual!

Kaija tells us that she is excited to try this new style of learning. “To me, virtual learning is a new, innovative take on what a classroom looks like,” she says. “I expect to have to learn to focus harder as I will have more things that can distract me when I am learning from home.”

Knowing this may be a challenge for her, Kaija is preparing to set up her workspace to help her stay on task and continue achieving academically. MPA recommends starting with a quiet, well-lit area with strong Internet connection and a clean, clear working space to continue joyful learning away from campus. “I am going to try to make my at-home ‘classroom’ pretty close to what it would be at school so I can feel more engaged in my classwork,” she says. “I will use a desk, but it will just be more cozy.” Read More


Middle School Virtual Learning Update

middle school student working at a laptopMiddle School Locker and Supply Curb-Side Pick-Up
欧洲杯哪里投注 Sunday, March 22, 12-3 PM, South Entrance

by Dr. Jenn Milam, Middle School director

As we near the end of our spring break and look toward virtual school, I can tell you, without a doubt, that while things will certainly be different, they will also be great! The administrative team, teachers, and I have been working tirelessly over the break to develop a path forward through this new reality of distance learning that aims to bolster a great academic program while continuing to offer social and emotional support for your students (and for you!).

Research tells us that a virtual school that is consistent, supportive, maintains a measure of responsibility and accountability, and offers a little bit of fun and “real-time” interaction is sound practice. What I know about your students and, any young adolescent, is that structure is comforting, and routine is important. We will have both and more!

A few thoughts on what you can do now to ensure that starting on Tuesday, your Middle School student will be ready for virtual school:

  1. Consider as a family, if you haven’t already, where a good workspace would be your Middle School student. We will conduct a full school day, 8 AM-3 PM, and they will need a learning spot in your home where they can have their computer plugged in, be present in video and audio with minimal distraction, and have easy access to school materials—think pencils, pens, notebooks, workbooks, and more. A workspace could be shared, of course, and earbuds/headphones can always be used to limit interruption of the other person working. There will be times that your students are talking, checking-in, participating in class discussions, etc. that will require them to be actively engaged throughout each day.
  2. If your student has not done so over the break, please have them plug in their computers soon (in a safe place away from damaging influences like liquids or high traffic areas) and begin to unpack their backpacks. School will start at 8 AM on Tuesday morning!
  3. The teachers and I are working to ensure as much independent learning as possible for your student, in collaboration and consultation with their teachers, in hopes of minimizing the heavy lifting you have to do at home. As long as your student has consistent, quality internet access, they will be able (with our support and a little from you!) to login, meet with their teachers and classmates, and carry on with their school day. If this is a challenge for your family, please reach out to me as soon as possible so we can begin working on a solution for you.

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Coronavirus And Virtual School Information

欧洲杯哪里投注MPA has created this page to keep the community updated on the latest information related to COVID-19. Please check back here as needed, but know that additional updates will be emailed as well.

Current Status | Updated March 26

  • Due to COVID-19, MPA’s campus is closed.
  • Classes PreK-12 will be in session virtually until Monday, May 4, at a minimum.
  • The situation is evolving and the time frame for virtual learning may be extended.
  • During this time there will be no on-campus school events, activities, athletics, or childcare at MPA.

MPA Resources

External Resources

Need childcare?

District 622 (North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale) is providing free childcare to the students of healthcare and government workers who are preschool age through grade five and attend a school in District 622, including MPA. A list of approved occupations can be found . Sign up . If you have any questions, please email Kurt New or call 651-748-7634.

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Virtual Learning Extended

March 25, 2020

Dear MPA Families,

欧洲杯哪里投注I’m writing to let you know that we will follow the recommendation that Governor Walz made today and continue learning virtually until May 4. While this is not easy news to share, my primary concern is always with the health and safety of our community.

Please don’t miss Thursday’s Panther Post欧洲杯哪里投注. I will share more thoughts about the transition to virtual learning and the extension announced today. In the issue, you will be provided with the first formal opportunity to provide feedback—we need that in order to provide the most exceptional experience possible for your children.

I hope that you will join the division directors in their upcoming Town Hall Meetings being held via Zoom today and tomorrow. See links below as reminders.

Please know that we’re here for you, we care deeply about you, and we will come through this stronger, more nimble, and more resilient than we’ve ever been before.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Hudson
Head of School


Wednesday, March 25
4-5 PM
Meeting ID:
546 476 498


Wednesday, March 25
7-8 PM
Meeting ID: 853 897 697
Password: 063088


Thursday, March 26
7-8 PM
Meeting ID: 332 737 0417
欧洲杯哪里投注 Parents Only, Please

Previous Updates

First Different, Then Better

欧洲杯哪里投注Many years ago, I learned an important lesson about change, be it societal, organizational, or educational: first different, then better. Most people want things to be better, but not different. In these extraordinary times we find ourselves in, everything is most certainly different. The education your students will experience starting next Tuesday is no exception. I am confident that the can-do spirit of Mounds Park Academy will endure and we will continue to offer meaningful, engaging, and substantive learning activities as we move to a virtual school model.

Great teachers are like conductors of an orchestra. They are attentive to the needs of and draw the best from each individual, but also blend together the various sounds into a magnificent whole. Great teachers employ a variety of methods and pedagogical techniques, intermingling a number of different activities in one class period. I’ve said it many times over the last few weeks that great teachers make great online teachers. This is because elements of virtual learning happen all the time as teachers regularly employ a variety of asynchronous, digital learning tools and activities. The difference is that we are now in a situation that virtual learning will take place for a sustained period of time.

In many ways, Tuesday will be like the first day of a new school year. It will take a few days to settle into the format and become accustomed to a new routine. Like the beginning of a new school year, it will be messy, and at times, frustrating. However, the positive attitude and flexible mindset we nurture in our students will carry us through the newness. The administration and teachers have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks, building and expanding upon our virtual learning foundation. Just as it is on campus, learning will be different across grades, divisions, and subject areas. The schedule will be different, and each day will vary with a variety of different learning opportunities. We will all need to be iterative, patient, and have realistic expectations. And, we will continue to honor the autonomy of individual teachers—that’s the MPA way.

欧洲杯哪里投注The unique partnership between parents and school has long been a hallmark of an MPA education. In these times, we will need to rely upon this relationship more than ever and draw strength from it. Without question, parents will need to be engaged in their child’s learning but that will vary widely based on a student’s age, grade, and aptitude. We recognize that parents themselves are likely working from home and will make every effort to strike a balance between the appropriate level of guidance and support without it becoming another full-time job. Open, honest, and respectful communication will be essential, and I encourage you to reach out to teachers and administrators with your suggestions and concerns. Please also reach out with positive feedback—they are working really hard to serve your children in outstanding ways.

While these are certainly unprecedented times, when we emerge, we will see ourselves and one another in new ways. Disruption and discomfort are the enemies of complacency and can exponentially inspire and spur growth. Content knowledge is important but, as the world is reshaped in the foreseeable future, there will be opportunities to learn invaluable lessons about community, family, civic responsibility, and social health: central components of human life that are at the heart of education.

Relationships matter, perhaps now more than ever. We are fortunate to have a close, tight-knit community and have already formed, nurtured, and strengthened meaningful relationships. In the virtual world, we will continue to support social and emotional learning and be attentive to the mental health needs of students. Parents and teachers need to realize we are all human and need to practice self-care. Above all, we must be kind and forgiving—of yourself and others.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Hudson
Head of School

欧洲杯哪里投注Dear MPA Community,

欧洲杯哪里投注I am writing to you with sadness—sadness for all of the people in our world who are suffering, sadness for the healthcare workers and emergency personnel who are separated from their families, and sadness for all of the students of Minnesota who, for the foreseeable future, will not be able to attend school in the way they are accustomed March 18-27, at a minimum .

That being said, has there ever been a better time for our school community to dig deep, stretch our capacity, and engage in the best distance learning environment possible? We will all come together, as Panthers, and be our best: our most innovative, our most engaging, our most creative, our most kind, and our most hopeful. Together, I have absolutely no doubt that we will emerge from these challenging times stronger than we were before, more connected and less afraid.

The administrative team has been working throughout spring break thus far for this possibility. Teachers, too, have used their break to begin formulating alternative lessons plans. However, in order to collaborate and finalize planning, faculty will gather at school on Monday, March 23. There will be no school that day, virtually or on campus. Through hard work, dedication, and the can-do spirit that our school was founded upon, we’ll be ready to start learning virtually next Tuesday, March 24. Governor Walz has closed schools March 18-27, however, we will be fully implemented and prepared should that date be extended.

Please note: Due to this order, Panther Club and Den will be closed starting this Wednesday, March 18. If you are unable to secure childcare and are a health care professional, first responder, or other emergency worker, please email gwallraff@chandiworld.com欧洲杯哪里投注. We are currently discussing ways we can accommodate the governor's request to provide care for those workers, should parents have difficulties securing an alternative.

Please send your thoughts and questions to communications@chandiworld.com欧洲杯哪里投注. FAQs will be posted below as they come in. And, I will plan to communicate again on Thursday.

I’ll close with an excerpt from our manifesto that is grounding me in the MPA way, and I hope will ground you too:

欧洲杯哪里投注Your type of mind calls for our type of education. Education that awakens your senses. And encourages respectful discourse, at every turn. That unleashes a sense of wonder, a depth of inquiry, and a joy of learning. For a lifetime. That encourages you to explore your own unique differences, while insisting that everyone learns, lives, and thrives together. Grounding you in the radical idea that your identity in your world is not measured by a test score, but by the depth and decency of your impact on the world.

While nothing could ever replace the face-to-face experience that MPA typically provides, I pledge to you that our purpose as described above will not change. MPA’s faculty, staff, and administrative team will work tirelessly to ensure that.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Hudson
Head of School

欧洲杯哪里投注Dear MPA Community,

欧洲杯哪里投注Throughout spring break, members of the administrative team have been keeping a very close eye on developments related to COVID-19 and have continued to work diligently to keep the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community at the forefront of our decision making.

欧洲杯哪里投注Given practices were scheduled to begin on Monday, we have made the difficult decision to suspend spring sports and extra-curricular activities indefinitely. This is similar to other IMAC conference schools. That being said, following the , at this time we are planning to resume classes after spring break, on March 23. When your family returns, you will find that we have:

  • Instituted a more extensive cleaning protocol in classrooms, common spaces, and offices.
  • Added free-standing hand sanitizing stations throughout campus.
  • Secured hand sanitizer for every classroom and office.

As I communicated prior to spring break, if you have traveled you will need to follow the prior to returning to campus, including any quarantines that may be required. If one person in your family needs to quarantine, all members of your family will be required to do so before returning to campus. In these cases, or should you decide to keep your student at home due to a pre-existing health condition or other risk factor, teachers will work closely with families to ensure that learning continues.

Next Thursday, I will communicate again with a full list of protocols and social distancing measures that will be in place when school resumes as well as a list of any gatherings that may need to be cancelled. And, should anything significant change between now and then, I will certainly communicate again.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email communications@chandiworld.com or reach out to your division director.

欧洲杯哪里投注Dear MPA Community,

欧洲杯哪里投注As we approach the official beginning of MPA’s spring break, I would like to provide another update before our community scatters for two weeks. Our planning and preparation to preserve the continuity of learning and minimizing educational and social disruption advances in scope and detail. Precautionary measures are continuing to be developed and implemented. All students have been educated about COVID-19 and proper hygiene is being emphasized and reinforced.

We continue to monitor global, national, health organizations as well as consult with local health officials in order to make the best possible decisions to keep our entire school community safe. The situation unfolds daily, sometimes hourly, and the Minnesota Department of Health anticipates that cases in Minnesota and the nation will increase. Many universities and corporations have halted international travel, and some have even cancelled all non-essential travel in the United States.

欧洲杯哪里投注Out of an abundance of care and caution, I strongly urge all community members planning to travel over break (either domestically or internationally) to carefully watch and plan to follow the recommended and guidance on COVID-19. Please prepare for the possibility of rapidly changing travel restrictions that might prevent your family and child from coming back to school. Please take time to carefully weigh the potential risks to your health and the health of our community.

I want to say a few words about the matter of closing school. In short, MPA will follow the recommendations of national, state, or local health organizations. It could be that we face a government-imposed shutdown. Or, local health officials may mandate certain quarantine or exclusion rules in the face of an outbreak. Given that our community’s safety is paramount, we may decide to close school doors even without a government mandate. In our next communication, we will provide greater detail into how the decision is made. In the event that schools are closed during spring break, we will activate the school’s emergency notification system and contact parents and guardians by phone, text, and email, according to the contact information you have indicated in Powerschool.

If MPA closes for a period of time, we will ensure the continuity of learning by moving to virtual school. Great teachers make great online teachers. The strengths of our exceptional teachers are, in part, built on their ability to relate to students and create a true classroom community. That also carries over into the online classroom. The guidelines for the ongoing education of our students may be found here. Please take a moment to review the guidelines; if you have questions, please contact your division director. I hope there will be no disruption to school because of the virus, and that our preparations will serve only as a valuable exercise.

As I’ve learned more about the virus and come to understand how to prevent and proactively prepare for its spread, what we do know is that there is much that is not yet known. Therefore, we will continue monitoring this situation and provide updates as necessary. Please be assured that as we depart for spring break, the health and wellness of our community remains our top priority. I am grateful for the trust you place in us and the strong partnership that is a hallmark of MPA.

Dear MPA Families,

In addition to what I communicated in Panther Post last Thursday, I am writing to share additional information about MPA’s approach to the COVID-19. As a school community, MPA is focused on the possible impacts on our students, faculty, and staff—our primary concern is the safety of our entire community.

欧洲杯哪里投注To ensure our sound and careful decision-making, we are monitoring global, world, and local health organizations including, but not limited to the Minnesota Department of Health, World Health Organization, CDC, and local governmental organizations. It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious virus like COVID-19 is primarily a task for public health agencies. Additionally, we have assembled MPA’s Emergency Management Team to ensure we are informed and prepared.

As a school community, we have four goals: prioritize the health and safety of our community; preserve the continuity of essential services; minimize the educational and social disruptions; and minimize academic losses. To that end, as a PreK-12 faculty and staff, we have spent a great deal of time over the past few days diving deeply into the following:

  1. taking steps to keep our entire community healthy and safe;
  2. educating ourselves about COVID-19 and becoming more comfortable talking about the virus with our students; and
  3. planning for the continuity of learning and school operations should a temporary closure become necessary.

欧洲杯哪里投注Below you will find an update on each area of focus.

Taking steps to keep our entire community healthy and safe.
欧洲杯哪里投注 We have ordered additional cleaning supplies and, in partnership with our facilities and evening cleaning crew, are planning to more extensively wipe down all surfaces. Additional free-standing hand sanitizing stations will be on campus, individual bottles of hand sanitizer will be in all classrooms, and proper hand washing techniques will be even more encouraged daily.

We ask you to partner with us in keeping children healthy. While at home and at school, encourage your children to:

  • wash hands, with soap and water, frequently and for a duration of at least 20 seconds;
  • use hand sanitizer gel when soap and water are not available;
  • avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and dispose of tissues in trash receptacles and wash their hands after coughing or sneezing;
  • clean and disinfect surfaces and objects they frequently touch (e.g. cell phones, laptops, keyboards, ear buds, etc.);
  • avoid contact with people who are ill;
  • keep them home if they exhibit symptoms including, but not limited to a fever of 100 degrees or greater; and
  • ensure they remain home until fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours.

If your child becomes ill while at school, he/she should immediately report to our school nurse, Julie Koster. A student presenting in the nurse’s office with symptoms including but not limited to a body temperature of 100 degrees or greater will be sent home from school.

Students and families are strongly discouraged from traveling to regions most susceptible to infection. If a student or other community member decides to travel to a country that has been identified with a warning or alert by the CDC (), they will  need to follow the protocols in place by the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization prior to returning to campus. This will likely mean that your child will be required to stay home and away from fellow students for 14 days after your return and before coming back to school. This is the standard quarantine period recommended by the CDC and an important public health safety precaution families will need to adhere to better ensure that our school environment remains safe from the virus.

We will work in close partnership with any impacted family. If your family is planning to travel to a country with a warning or alert, please notify your division director.

Educating ourselves about COVID-19 and becoming more comfortable talking about the virus with our students.
The National Association of School Psychologists in partnership with the National Association of School Nurses has developed a wonderful resource for parents and teachers. . In summary, it recommends:

  • remain calm and reassuring;
  • make yourself available;
  • avoid excessive blaming;
  • monitor television viewing and social media;
  • maintain a regular routine to the extent possible;
  • be honest and accurate;
  • know the symptoms of COVID-19;
  • review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection;
  • discuss new rules or practices at school; and
  • communicate with your school.

Planning for the continuity of learning and school operations should a temporary closure become necessary.
欧洲杯哪里投注 If this situation should turn into a local health emergency that would require the Minnesota Department of Health to close schools for a period of time, I am working with our academic leadership team and faculty to devise plans by which we can facilitate the ongoing education of all our students. Our Continuity of Learning Guidelines are under development with a goal to carry on learning, but not necessarily replicate a traditional school day. Nothing could replace the face-to-face interaction that the MPA experience offers. However, as part of our deep commitment to you and your children, we will work exceptionally hard to ensure that learning remains constant.

Plans range from age-appropriate learning activities that could be done at home in our younger grades to leveraging the access afforded to us by our 1:1 laptop program starting in grade five. While we all hope this proves not to be necessary, we are preparing for this possibility. To that end, students in grades five and six will bring their laptops and chargers home on Friday. These activities may require varied levels of parent involvement and support, which we will communicate in advance, but parents will not be placed in the role of teacher.

欧洲杯哪里投注MPA understands that you have concerns about your child/children and assures you that the health and safety of students is our highest priority. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your division director or email communications@chandiworld.com.

欧洲杯哪里投注We are watching with sympathy and concern as this virus impacts the entire world. As we continue to carefully monitor this situation, please know that we will communicate additional information as it becomes available. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

As the world continues to monitor the Coronavirus and its impact on the lives of many, so too does MPA’s leadership. The safety of the entire community is always at the forefront of our minds.

To that end, students have been strongly discouraged from traveling to regions most susceptible to infection. If a student or other community member decides to travel to a country that has been identified with a warning or alert by the CDC (), they will need to follow the protocols of the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization prior to returning to campus. We will work in close partnership with any impacted family while we follow the recommendations of those organizations.

At this time, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Health, the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 is low, including for people in Minnesota schools. In the unlikely event that more significant school-related measures need to be implemented, MPA is well positioned with the educational technology necessary to facilitate communication and learning. Again, we will be following the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC.

In your daily life, please take great care to prevent the spread of all diseases: use good hand washing practices, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and do not travel or come to school or work while sick. On campus, we are working diligently to implement the additional recommended cleaning protocols.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and plan to communicate again next week as new information becomes available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your division director or email communications@chandiworld.com.


MPA Alumni Left Their Mark!

lower school students hold up thank you for alumniThe MPA Alumni Day of Giving on March 3, 2020 was dedicated for alumni to show their continuous Panther Pride and support for MPA students, faculty, and staff. MPA alumni and parents of alumni rallied together yesterday to raise an incredible $40,692 in support of students and teachers! A total of 106 alumni and parents of alumni made a gift, and the Classes of 1991 and 2004 tied with 20% class participation. Their gifts ensure students can receive:

  • Scholarships and Financial Assistance: MPA prides itself on its diverse and inclusive community. Help us to ensure that Panthers from all backgrounds can benefit from a life-changing education. Your gift will support the more than $2 million in financial assistance MPA provides to families each year.
  • Programmatic Enhancements: Thanks to the AnnMarie Thomas Makerspace, experiential learning opportunities, a robust performing and visual arts program, and no-cut athletics, MPA offers a whole-child education for an ever-changing world. Your gift will help us to continue to provide top-notch educational opportunities across these important academic content areas.

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Why Interdisciplinary Education Works

upper school students having social studies class discussionby Mark Segal, Upper School director

Editor’s Note: On the first Thursday of each month, you will find a guest Head’s Message here from one of MPA’s division directors. We hope you enjoy reading their thoughts and reflections about life at MPA.

欧洲杯哪里投注When I was in second or third grade, I defined mathematics as something I did daily from 9:45–10:30 AM. My focus should have been on the addition and subtraction problems written on the blackboard or mimeographed handout, but instead it was on the upcoming recess where my friends and I played competitive games against one another. Educators rarely explain to students and parents why the school day is designed as it is. It should be no surprise then that students and parents look at the arbitrary divisions for English, math, reading, social studies, world language, science, art, music, and physical education and begin to define the subject areas as separate bodies of knowledge with little connection to one another.

As I moved into middle and upper school, the subject matter separation became even more noticeable as the academic areas were forced into independent time frames taught by individual teachers. It is no wonder that many middle and upper school students (including me 35+ years ago) complain that school is irrelevant to the larger world. In the real world, we do not wake up in the morning and do social studies for a specified time block. Over time, adolescents begin to recognize that in “real life” we encounter challenges and situations, gather data from a number of resources, and problem solve to generate solutions. The fragmented school day does not reflect this reality. Read More