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Congrats to the North High Polars!

Our North High Polars finished a fantastic season strong with a second-place finish at the State Football Championship. They have truly solidified their standing as a first-rate team with impressive showings at the championship games over the last few years. We’re proud of you!

Guitar Concert and Fundraising Event Wednesday, October 9th

The 3 Strings Band, one of Southwest’s many guitar ensembles, has been selected out of hundreds of applicants to perform the keynote address at the National Association of Music Educators Conference in Orlando, Florida this November. The group, under the direction of guitar educator, Ruth LeMay, will demonstrate innovative inclusive music education. The group must raise $58,000 to take 54 people, including 16 students with special needs, parents, staff and student support to Orlando in the two months. They have raised $39,000 and are working on the final $19,000.

Minneapolis Public Schools’ 8th annual Farm to School Community BBQ celebrates local food

Governor Tim Walz will join the BBQ on Tuesday, which promises to be an evening of good food, local farmers, and free family fun! This annual community event demonstrates Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’s) commitment to supporting small to mid-size farmers, serving fresh and locally-grown food in our lunchrooms, and educating our students and families about the importance of local food, agriculture, wellness, and nutrition. The BBQ will take place in the parking lot of MPS’s Culinary Center, right in front of a large garden transformed into an outdoor farm classroom.


Justice Page Middle School to Celebrate Installation of Student Murals

On Friday, September 6, 2019, students, staff, families and community members will celebrate the installation of four murals created by Justice Page Middle School students last year that now adorn the 49th and 50th Street entrances to the building.


Start School With Free Immunizations

Get all the required shots your student needs to stay healthy and be ready for the first day of school – at no cost – at Minneapolis Public Schools’ Student Placement Office on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. No appointments or insurance are necessary and free transportation is available from our New Families Center in South Minneapolis.

Get Ready for Full-Service Community Schools

A Full-Service Community School (FSCS) is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and local community resources. An FSCS focuses on academics, health and social services, youth development, and community engagement to improve student learning and strengthen families and communities. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.

Remember to Confirm Your Child's Spot in Their New School

There are two more months before school starts, and it won’t be long before we see back-to-school supplies in stores. We want to share a few important tips for families whose student(s) will be changing schools or joining MPS for the first time in the fall. Click here to learn more.

Any way you slice it, this year’s Junior Iron Chef Competition is sure to be spicy

Six of the Twin Cities’ hottest chefs and twelve middle school students will team up to compete for the title of Junior Iron Chef and the opportunity to have their recipe added to the MPS lunch menu next school year in the fifth annual Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Junior Iron Chef Competition. 

Minneapolis sees graduation rate increases, commits to making progress for all students

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) saw graduation rates rise districtwide. Nearly 70% percent of Minneapolis students graduated in four years, the highest graduation rate of the past decade. Districtwide, the four-year graduation rate for 2018 was 69%, and the average seven-year rate was 76%. 

“Love Them First” documentary offers firsthand look into successes and challenges at North Minneapolis school

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has a great story to tell, and over the course of the 2017-18 school year, allowed KARE11 news unprecedented access into Lucy Craft Laney Community School to help share the realities of education in an urban school district. What started as a series of news stories on Lucy Laney morphed into a documentary chronicling the ups and downs of life in the North Minneapolis elementary school.

Minneapolis Board of Education renews contract with Superintendent Ed Graff

The Minneapolis Board of Education voted tonight to extend for another three years the contract of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Ed Graff. Hired in 2016 after two unsuccessful superintendent searches, Graff has been a stabilizing force at MPS and set the district on a strong path forward. He received a favorable review when the Board evaluated his performance in October.

Orbit you won’t want to miss this weekend’s robotics tournament!

This weekend, more than 1,600 students from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will work to send humans to new heights using robots…it’ll be out of this world! Students in grades four through eight will participate in the MPS Regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Tournament, while all students in kindergarten through eighth grade will showcase their skills in the MPS Robotics Exhibition

Minneapolis Public Schools returns to post-Labor Day start

The Minneapolis Board of Education has approved proposed calendars for school years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, returning Minneapolis Public Schools to starting school after Labor Day. In addition, the calendars maintain a two-week winter break and weeklong spring break.

Last Day for MPS Students to be June 7

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make this school year’s last day for students Friday, June 7, 2019. 

MPS students are hungry for healthy competition

If you can’t stand the heat, you better not get near this kitchen! In the fourth annual Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Junior Iron Chef competition, eight middle school students and four of Minneapolis’ hottest chefs will team up to compete for the title of Junior Iron Chef.

Don't make us plead... come hear students read!
It’s a fact that kids who read grow up to succeed, because reading is the foundation of all learning. Whether you’re trying to figure out which bus to catch, what note comes next in the song you’re playing, how x is related to y (and why that matters) or getting an update on social media, you have to be able to read.
Minneapolis Board of Education unanimously approves November referendum

Citing a multifaceted effort to bring fiscal stability to Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Minneapolis Board of Education tonight unanimously approved placing two referendum questions on the November 2018 ballot that would increase operating revenue for the school district by $30 million.

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Minneapolis Public Schools teachers vote to accept contract
A 2017-19 contract agreement between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) was approved by MFT members on April 6. The MFT announced members voted to approve the contract tentatively agreed upon on March 12 by its negotiating team.
Tentative contract agreement announced by Minneapolis Public Schools and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers

A tentative 2017-19 contract agreement has been reached between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) negotiations teams. MFT represents the district’s approximately 3,500 teachers. Details of the tentative agreement will be shared publicly if and when the MFT membership ratifies the contract on March 30.

Graphic that reads: Stand up Sit Tall for Inclusion. Inclusive Schools Week. December 4-8, 2017
Inclusive Schools Week

Not long ago, many children were excluded from classrooms – left out due to race, language, economic status, or mental or physical challenges. In the past 20 years, our schools have worked toward access for ALL to public education. 

MPS Safety, Security and Student Walkouts

Across the nation and here in Minneapolis, students have been especially active in speaking out on the issue of school safety, and have organized a number of activities in response to the shooting. I am encouraged that MPS students who have chosen to participate in these activities, which have included walk-outs, have done so peacefully. (Read more...)

Statement on March 14 incident near Southwest High School

State law limits the information that can be shared regarding Minnesota students, so Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is prohibited from sharing details of the brief fight that occurred on March 14 across the street and off school property. MPS does not condone fighting or disrespectful behavior. When it happens, we follow the same behavior and safety guidelines for all students involved. (Click to read the full statement.)

Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 8

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make the last day of school for students Friday, June 8, 2018. 

Minneapolis Board of Education announces Benjamin Jaeger as new Student Representative

The Minneapolis Board of Education has announced Roosevelt High School junior Benjamin “Ben” Jaeger will serve as the next Student Representative. 

Statement from Minneapolis Public Schools on Student Walkouts

The Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida made an impact on people throughout our country. While we have policies in place to keep our students as safe as possible, many people are wondering what else can be done. Across the nation, students have been especially active in speaking out on this issue, and they have organized a number of activities in response to the shooting. (Read more...)

Minneapolis Board of Education elects new leadership

The Minneapolis Board of Education has chosen its officers for 2018.

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Still in High School, but Making Commissioned Art

The Minneapolis Foundation teamed up with MPS on Co-Mission, a program that gives students a chance to create commissioned artwork.

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MPS Takes Active Steps to Reduce Costs

Effective immediately, we have implemented hiring restrictions and travel guidelines. 

Minneapolis Public Schools supports dreamers
Statement from Superintendent Graff on today’s announcement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Superintendent Ed Graff released a statement regarding today’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:
"Today I know that many MPS employees, students and families are experiencing fear, uncertainty, anger and disappointment. Please know you continue to have the support of MPS as the implications of today’s announcement unfold. Please know you can come to work or school tomorrow and receive the same support and educational services that you did before this decision was announced. We continue to believe the words of our Board of Education, which stated in January that the role of a school district is not to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate students and we can only do that if our students and employees feel safe..." Read more.
Learn about athletics programs for 2017-18

There will be some changes to MPS athletics next year. Learn more about athletics programs for the 2017-18 school year.

Minneapolis Board of Education affirms district as a safe haven

In a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis Board of Education declared Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. The resolution passed by the Board strengthens existing MPS policies and practices.

Statement from Superintendent Ed Graff in support of immigrant students and families in MPS

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff today issued a statement in support of immigrant students and families in MPS.

Water safety in Minneapolis Public Schools

Want the facts on water safety at MPS? Find the information you need here.

Minneapolis Public Schools supports transgender students and staff

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff today issued the following statement about the District’s support for transgender students and staff.