Chippewa News

An e-newsletter from Chippewa Middle School

Newsletter for the week of January 24-26

Weekly Schedule


Snow Ball Tickets for sale in the front office $10

After School Activities:

  • Musical Practice
  • Ski Club
  • Fitness Training (meet in the big gym)
  • Girls Basketball (meet in the big gym)


Snow Ball Tickets for sale in the front office $10

Before School Activities:

  • Jazz Band (6:45-7:40 am)
  • Chamber Rehearsal (7:00-7:35 am)

After School Activities:


Snow Ball Tickets for sale in the front office $10

Last Day for Semester I

Before School Activities:

  • Chess Club (6:50 AM)

After School Activities:

  • Musical Practice
  • Wednesday - Maker and Coding Club
  • Science Olympiad- Room 247 (2:30-3:35 pm)
  • Girls Basketball
  • Fitness Training






January 26th - End of Semester I

The last day of the Semester I is Wednesday, January 26. Now is a good time to check ParentVUE to ensure that your child has all their assignments in and assessments completed. We will let you know when final grades are posted to ParentVUE, typically a few days after the semester ends.

Just a reminder that if students need to retake tests or need any academic support that your student is welcome to go to After School Academic Support. It will only be offered on Tuesday, January 25th next week. You can sign your student up for ASA or learn more about ASA here.

Semester II - Starts on 1/31 - Schedules are now posted on ParentVUE and StudentVUE

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Snow Ball 2022

Come party with your friends in a winter wonderland! The Snow Ball is just around the corner so don't delay and get your tickets today! Snow Ball tickets are on sale in the front office for $10. Tickets will be sold until Wednesday, February 2nd, they will not be sold after that date or at the door so please plan ahead.

At the event you can expect a live DJ, photo booths, playing all the latest hits, a glow bar selling fun light-up glasses, hats and other accessories and of course food! All food and glow items will be sold for $1.00/each.

Please note that this event is only for Chippewa Middle School students and masks will be required to attend.




DANCE FROM 7:00-9:00PM

Parents please look for a volunteer sign-up coming next week so you can join in on the fun!

Clarifying Operations during Pandemic

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently announced it has officially adopted shortened COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods of five days. This shift aligns with the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it focuses on reducing the spread of the omicron variant in schools with fewer disruptions to in-person learning.

The District’s COVID Resources website now contains some clarifications and updates since it was first published last week. To remain current with how schools are operating under the new guidance, visit

MVHS Deans visit Chippewa 8th Graders

The 8th graders met with their high school deans on Thursday 1/20 during second hour to preview the 9th-grade registration process. They also had the opportunity to hear from Mustang Mentors about their high school experience and to ask questions. If your student was absent, click here for the presentation to get all of the information that you need for upcoming registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to their Chippewa Middle School dean. Students will register the week of January 30-February 4th in their ELA class.

Irondale Winter Guard

On Saturday, February 19, students from across the district will perform as the Irondale Winter Drumline and Winter Color Guard host their home show in the Varsity Gym at Irondale High School. More than playing music, competing drumlines will march their way into your hearts starting at 1 PM. Come back in the evening to see Irondale’s TWO Winter Color Guards in exhibition, as other schools from the North Star Circuit compete at 6:30 PM. Visit the Irondale Bands website for ticket prices and more information.

Webinar: Parenting Dilemmas

District mental health staff and the Shoreview/Arden Hills Lions Club recently hosted a webinar on parenting dilemmas. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here:

Online COVID Reported Absence Form

Need to report a COVID-19 absence and don't want to call attendance? Please complete this form to report a positive COVID test or a household close contact for your student at Chippewa Middle School. Answer the follow-up questions based on your reported absence. Once the information is submitted, someone will communicate with you regarding your student's return date or to gather more information.

You can find this form on the front page of our website, under the pictures, in the Chippewa Middle School News (see image).

Attention Parents/Guardians of 5th Grade Island Lake and Turtle Lake Students:

We hope you will join us for a Middle School Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 8, at Chippewa Middle School starting at 6:15 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet teachers, visit classrooms, and discover what makes Chippewa a special place for middle school students -- a place where they can learn and grow both in their academics and in their social/emotional development. We will record the presentation and share it on our website for families who are not able to attend or who prefer a virtual option.

This information night is geared toward parents of incoming sixth graders, your students will have an opportunity to tour and learn more about Chippewa this spring. We hope you will join us. If you have any questions, please call us at 651-621-6400.

Homeless Shelter Donations

The HERD is sponsoring a Homeless Shelter Donation Event in the month of January.

Items collected will be donated to a local homeless shelter. We are looking for the following most needed items:


New Blankets

New Adult size hats, gloves, coats

New Adult warm socks

Hand and Feet warmers

General hygiene products: (Deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc...)

Female Hygiene products

Diapers, wipes



Items can be dropped off in the boxes near the front office.

Morning Drop-Off

With winter upon us, our drop off line is getting more and more busy. The busy time for drop-off is 7:25-7:45 am. If your family is able, please consider dropping off between 7:00-7:25 am. The morning circle is a lot less congested and your student will have ample time to get to their first hour by 7:45 am.

Thank you for following all traffic signs and laws, hands free cell phone use, turn signals, turning right at the stop sign starting at 7:25 am and pulling all the way forward at the parent circle.

Comments to the Board

At the January 11 meeting, the School Board adopted a new opportunity for the public to address the Board prior to meetings. Comments to the Board will begin at 6:30 p.m. before every regular School Board meeting. More information is available here.

Emergency Texts to Students

Do you want your student to receive a text-message alert in the event of a school emergency or weather-related closing? Parents can add their student’s cell phone for emergency text alerts in ParentVUE. Here’s how.

Vaccines for 5-11 year olds

Children ages 5 through 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage parents and guardians to visit the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens website to learn more and to find a vaccine if they choose. We also encourage families to consult with their pediatrician to learn more and decide if vaccination is right for their child.

21-22 Charger Yearbook - Order today!

Our yearbook is planned to include:
  • All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
  • Sturdy hard cover including school name and year imprinted in foil

Add fun extras to personalized your students yearbook!

Order today using code 12299522 for Chippewa.

After School Academic Support

Chippewa offers after school academic support three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Selected teachers will run academic support from their own classrooms once a week for sixth or seventh and eighth grade students after school until 3:50pm. The teachers and room numbers are listed below.


  • Students you must stay for the entire time until dismissal at 3:50pm unless other arrangements have been made.
  • Students you must sign-up to attend ASA.

  • Students must plan for a ride home by 4:00pm.

  • Students must come with work to do.


How the Program Works

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Report student absences electronically

In addition to leaving voicemail messages on the attendance line (651-621-6401), parents and guardians can now electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.
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