Capitol Hill Headliner

Friday, April 23, 2021

Message from Principal Hodges


I hope you all are doing well! We have a few updates this week!

  • Next week we begin MCA testing. Please see this chart for testing dates. More information below as well.
  • We hit 1,000,000 pages of reading this week in Elementary! We are so proud of the students for hitting their goal!

This week we have important content in our newsletter!

  • MCA Testing Update
  • LitMobile Returns!
  • Middle School Course Registration
  • PTO Updates: Silent Auction and rescheduled meeting
  • HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Community Safe
  • COVID Testing recommendations for students
  • Office Updates: 9:15 drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal plan.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at or 612-398-9579.

Global Studies Students Created A Great Infographic!

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MCA Testing Information

Capitol Hill will begin the MCAs next week!. Please see the updated testing schedule here.

Students need to charge their iPad's every night and bring their headphones/earbuds with them each day.

MCA tests will take approximately 2 hours. Students in elementary test in their classrooms, and students in middle school test in their Foundations classes. If students are late to school after testing has begun they will not be able to begin their test that day. We will have late arriving students and opt-out students in a separate classroom where they may read a book or work on assignment.s

If you feel that it is unsafe to send your student to take the MCA/MTAS tests, we understand. Given the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like you to complete the form on this page to indicate if your student(s) WILL or WILL NOT take the MCA/MTAS tests..

For more information about Minnesota State Assessments:

• MN Dept of Ed state testing site:

• MCA Parent Fact Sheet - English:

• MTAS Parent Fact Sheet - English:

• Why State Assessments Matter - English:


The LitMobile is back in April! We will be heading to Como Park on Friday April 30th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. See you at the Como Park West Picnic Shelter (across from Como Town)

Middle School Course Registration

In-person 6th and 7th graders began to review courses to register for the 21-22 school year. Students have information in Schoology that you can review to see which Pathway and courses they are interested in taking. 5th grade students will begin to register for courses in the coming days as well. Counselors are visiting in-person classes and will be sending information to Virtual Students. If you have any questions about course registration please reach out to Mr. Nauschutz (6th grade) or Mr. Fomafung (7th and 8th grade).

6th Grade Course Pathways

6th Grade Course Catalog

7th Grade Course Pathways

7th Grade Course Catalog

8th Grade Course Pathways

8th Grade Course Catalog

If your child is interested in band or orchestra please see here for more information.

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PTO Information

  • As discussed at Wednesday's PTO meeting, we are looking for a group of volunteers to commit to leading a Read-a-thon as our major PTO fundraiser for 2021-2022. Please get in touch with if you are able to join the team.
  • Thanks to all who came to the PTO meeting on Wednesday! Information about past PTO meetings can be found in the meetings tab of the PTO Hub:

Capitol Hill Yardsigns!

  • We are seeking volunteers to develop and distribute Capitol Hill yard signs to school families to promote our school. Contact if interested in getting this effort off the ground.

HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Capitol Hill Community Safe and Healthy.

The Capitol Hill Health Office is working hard to keep students healthy and families updated with information.

Please see this update regarding when the keep your child home from school and how we determine if a student needs to remain home from school for an extended period of time. Find the SPPS COVID Reporting Form here

If your child is ill, please contact the Capitol Hill attendance line at 651-325-2599 or If you prefer, you may also contact Dr. Veglia directly

at 651-888-7609 or

Please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designees during these unique times.

COVID Testing for Students

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Testing locations can be found here.

Office Updates & Procedures: Drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal.

Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:15am. The earliest time to drop off your child for school is 9:15am. Please do not drop off your child any earlier.

Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absence or late arrivals. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.

Health Related Absences: If your child is ill, please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designee during these unique times. Please see current health considerations here.

Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal route. Please make sure to call the office no later than 1:00 pm for grades 6-8 or 3:00pm for grades 1-5 if you have to make changes. If you call later than these times, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.