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October 17, 2021

News and Notes From the Principal

Dear, Mustang Families -

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had another great week at Maplewood Middle School. Here are some items I want to make sure you are aware of as we begin a new and short week of school.

MEA Weekend: Here is your friendly reminder that there is no school this Thursday 10/21 or Friday 10/22 due to MEA.

October Conferences: Conferences are coming up on October 26th and 28th from 3:00 to 7:00. The first night of conferences will be arena-style in the gym; the second night will be via Zoom. For those families planning to attend Zoom conferences on October 28, we will send out sign-up instructions and links on Monday, 10/18.

Levy Vote: On November 2, 2021, School District 622 residents will be able to vote on whether to renew the existing operating levy. In addition, residents will consider a capital project levy, something District 622 has never had before.

  • Question 1 is a no-tax-increase renewal of our existing levy. It was first approved by voters in 2011 and expires next year.

  • Question 2 will provide digital curriculum and classroom tools, establish a replacement cycle for more than 10,000 district-owned devices, provide technology staffing and support the technology infrastructure needed.

If voters approve both the no-tax-increase renewal of our existing operating levy, as well as the new capital projects levy, the average homeowner ($250,000 home) would see a tax increase of $5.75 per month.

This short video (less than two minutes) provides a helpful overview. Levy 2021 Informational Video

We are here to help. Please reach out to the school at 651-748-6500 if you have any questions or need help with something.


Eric Mjolsness


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Teacher Conference Meal - Help Still Needed

Maplewood Middle School parents will be hosting a dinner for the teachers that stay late on Tuesday, October 26th for parent/teacher conferences.Thank you to everyone that has donated so far.

We are still in need of additional donations. If you would like to donate to the cause, please feel free to send cash to school and have it dropped off in the office or welcome desk. Please write your name and your student's name on the envelope. You can also Venmo @April-Johnson-288 if you'd like. Please sign-up for your donation here. We would like all money collected no later than Wednesday, October 20th.

Knowledge Bowl

Do you enjoy trivia? Do you like learning and sharing fun facts? Then you should join Knowledge Bowl! Knowledge Bowl is a fun, trivia style quiz game working in teams to compete against others. Questions come from all types of subjects and teams work together to come up with answers. Knowledge Bowl will meet on Thursdays after school in Ms. McCarthy's room, 308. Teams compete in four meets between November and February. Meets occur after school and last until early evening. Families and friends are always welcome at meets!

We will start our first practice on Thursday, November 4. It is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Grab a friend and show up for some trivia fun!

Debate Club

Do you like to argue?

Do you always need to be right?

DEBATE CLUB may be for you!!

New to the entire District this year is DEBATE: We are creating a program with Augsburg College that will continue through high school.

Please stop in room 319 to sign up for the emails that will start - Sat 10/9 or email your name to

Practices will BEGIN MONDAY October 18th at 2:10 pm-3:45pm.

Girls Basketball and Boys and Girls Wrestling

7th and 8th grade girls basketball and 6th-8th grade boys and girls wrestling will begin on Friday, October 29th. If your student is interested they must have a current sports physical turned into Maplewood and then register online. Please email Katie Wirth ( with any questions.

Athletics Schedule For This Week

The last day of Fall athletics will be Monday, October 18th. Winter season 1 athletics will begin on Friday, October 29th. If your student is interested in 7th-8th grade girls basketball or 6th-8th grade boys and girls wrestling please make sure to have a sports physical on file with Maplewood and register online through Affinety.

Monday, October 18th

8th Volleyball game @ Packer Activity Center (SSP) 3:30 start

7th Volleyball game@ Packer Activity Center (SSP) 3:30 start

7th-8th Girls Soccer game @ Inver Grove Middle 3:45 start

7th-8th Boys Soccer game @ Inver Grove Middle 3:45 start

6th-8th Girls Tennis game CANCELED

6t-8th Flag Football - no practice

Math Team

The Maplewood math team will begin its practices September 13th in room 108. If you like math, being challenged , and making new friends, please join us to check it out! We will meet each Monday from 2-3:45 from September until January!

Scheduled Non-School Days 2021-2022

The following are scheduled days that students will not have school. Below the list is a link to the yearly school calendar.

Thursday, October 21st-Friday, October 22nd: MEA Break

Monday, November 1st: Staff Development Day

Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Day

Wednesday, November 24th: Staff Development Day

Thursday, November 25th-Friday, November 26th: Thankgiving

Friday, December 3rd: Staff Development

December 23rd-31st: Winter Break

Monday, January 17th: Martin Luther King Day

Monday, February 21st: Presidents' Day

Friday, February 25th: Staff Development Day

Friday, March 4th: Staff Development Day

March 7th - 11th: Spring Break

Friday, April 15th: Contract Holiday

Friday, May 27th: Staff Work Day

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day