News and Views

An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools

August 17, 2022

First days of school

The first days of school for students are as follows:

  • Kindergarten, Grades 1-6 and Grade 9: Tuesday, September 6
  • Grades 7-8 and 10-12: Wednesday, September 7

You should be receiving back-to-school and supply list information from your child's school soon if you haven't already. Find back-to-school event and supply list information at

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Tax credits for families

The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students -- the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website for details.

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New payment system for meals

The Nutrition Services Department is using a new system for meal accounts this school year called Titan Family Solutions, which has replaced PayPams. All existing account balances have been transferred to Titan automatically, but families need to create an account on the new platform in order to continue adding funds.

Click here to create an account with Titan and add money to your child’s meal account. Instructions are available here.

Reminder: Meals are no longer free for this school year. Find meal prices here.

Some families may qualify for Educational Benefits, which includes free or reduced-price meals. Click here to apply.

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Students can receive urgent text alerts

Parents, you can add your child's cell phone number to ParentVUE so they can receive text messages and robo-calls about school closings, significantly delayed school buses, emergencies and other alerts. To subscribe your student to these occasional urgent messages, read the easy instructions here.

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Community Education registration open now

Registration for fall Community Education activities is open now! Take a look at the digital catalog to see the upcoming offerings for adults, youth and families.

Register at

Fall highlights

  • All-ages star watch party.

  • Family fun day at Wild Mountain.

  • New youth enrichment opportunities for arts, languages, STEM and more.

  • Adult enrichment programming for financial planning, gardening and more.

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ParentVUE video guides

Visit our website to find guides for using ParentVUE, including instructions for activating your account, updating your notification preferences, checking grades and more.

Scroll down to the "ParentVUE instructional guides" section for a selection of helpful videos.

What is ParentVUE?

Parents of elementary school students can view attendance records, test history, schedules, report cards and personal information. Parents of middle and high school students can view attendance records, test history, schedules, grades, assignments and personal information. Personal Learning Plans can be accessed on ParentVUE and parents can make payments for meals and activity fees. High school transcripts are also available on ParentVUE.

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Rock the School House: September 24

The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation is happy to announce the 10th anniversary of Rock the School House - the Foundation's flagship fundraising event.

This event, synonymous with fun, is also the Foundation’s primary source of revenue - the more money we raise, the more our students benefit! The MVSEF’s support has funded initiatives ranging from the kindergarten centers' libraries all the way to post-secondary support of the Equity Promise Scholarship Program.

It promises to be a memorable evening filled with great food and drink, and a few special activities have been added in celebration of our 10th year. For those who are hoping for some of the best from the past you won’t be disappointed as you will again be able to participate in the Diffley Team “Wine & Spirits Toss,” silent and live auctions and fund our mission program. Buy your ticket today!
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Shorter email addresses for staff

There is now a shorter email option to reach our employees. You can send email messages to our staff members by using the new alias Students can also be reached using the alias. This change accompanies the shorter URL option of to access the District website.

If you forget to use the shorter alias, that’s okay. Messages sent to the address will still be delivered, and outgoing emails from staff will still carry the longer address. Both addresses will work successfully.

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Student data privacy

Mounds View Public Schools is committed to protecting the privacy of each student. The technology department provides access to free and subscription-based digital resources for beneficial services, such as providing high quality instructional resources and increasing efficiency in school operations. Learn more about student data privacy here.

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