News and Views

An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools

April 16, 2021

Statement of student support

Schools are a reflection of our communities. And our communities are struggling. As a district, we are angered by the police shooting in Brooklyn Center that killed Daunte Wright. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones and to all who have been impacted by the unnecessary and tragic loss of yet another Black man.

Events like these can understandably trigger trauma in children who are trying to make sense of the world around them. These events include the recent shootings in Boulder and Atlanta -- as well as the upcoming verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

In Mounds View Public Schools, we are . . .

  • Listening to students to understand what they are feeling, seeing or experiencing.

  • Providing safe spaces for students to reflect and process these current events.

  • Offering extra support services and resources for students if needed.

Please know that we are committed to addressing the inequities that exist in our schools. We realize this work requires an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and equity in education for all of our students. We look forward to partnering with parents, families and the community to continue this important and necessary work.

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New 2021-22 start date

The 2021-22 school year calendar was updated with a modified start date of Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. The previous start date was Tuesday, September 7. Visit the calendars page at to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.

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Virtual ribbon cuttings

Thanks to support from voters, all of the District’s schools have added much-needed space to better serve students. The pandemic has complicated plans to host gatherings celebrating the completed spaces. But several schools that recently finished their final phase of construction have produced virtual ribbon-cutting ceremonies to share and celebrate their new projects. See the latest ribbon cutting videos below, and view the ribbon cuttings for other schools here.

Bel Air Elementary School

Bel Air Elementary School virtual ribbon cutting

Sunnyside Elementary School

Sunnyside Elementary School virtual ribbon cutting

Valentine Hills Elementary School

Valentine Hills Elementary virtual ribbon cutting

Irondale High School

Irondale High School virtual ribbon cutting
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COVID-19 testing for students and families

We strongly encourage all in-person students and their families to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year. Students involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should consider getting tested every week.

There are many options to get tested. You can visit a community testing site, get tested through your healthcare provider or order an at-home test kit. All options are quick, easy, and free to you. Find out more about each option here.

Make regular testing part of your routine

Getting tested regularly is the best way to ensure we don’t spread COVID-19. Here are some tips to incorporate regular testing into your regular routine.

  • Mark your calendar with regular testing reminders and bookmark the testing site for easy access.

  • Make testing appointments part of your weekend errands.

  • Make testing appointments a family day and spend time together.

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In-person commencements June 8

Irondale High School and Mounds View High School are pleased to announce plans for in-person graduation ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2021. Commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 8, at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Mounds View’s ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., and Irondale’s ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. In compliance with Mariucci’s capacity limits, each graduate’s family will receive two tickets for guests. The 60-minute ceremony will be live-streamed online for those who cannot attend.

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Welcoming back the Class of 2020

As promised last spring, plans are now underway to hold safe and socially distanced open house celebrations for the Class of 2020 from Irondale and Mounds View sometime in late spring or early summer. Last year’s seniors will be invited to return to their campuses and tour the newly completed construction projects, including the new student commons, the fitness centers and the transformed classroom spaces. Dates for these events will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Best schools for music award

For the ninth year in a row, Mounds View Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. The annual award recognizes commitment and support to music education and the benefits it offers students. Thank you to all the administrators, teachers, students, parents and community members for your support of music education!

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