JPS Rhino Updates

Family Newsletter

Nov. 3, 2023

Translation for this Newsletter and Future Documents

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Message from Principal Tenner

Growth Mindset ~ Resilient ~ Open Minded ~ Wellness Centered ~ Thinker ~ Hopeful

Eeeek! We jumped from fall to winter in a matter of a week.

We have leaped and bound into the school year. On a daily basis your students are doing amazing things. Thank you for entrusting us with them. As we move into November, there is a lot that will be happening. Please know that I will attempt to share most information. Things move at such a quick pace I cannot possibly commit to sharing all information. If you haven't gotten a chance please be sure to hop onto the Justice Page Facebook Page ( and follow us. Daily posts are made on the great things that are happening at Justice Page.

JPS Website: We are in the process of having our website overhauled and running from a new platform. You can expect to see the new website as soon as November 20th.

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Picture Retake Day - Nov. 15, 2023

Picture Day retakes and make-up photos at Justice Page will be on Wednesday, November 15, in the Media Center. Students should use the following form to indicate the time they would prefer to go to the Media Center to have their picture taken. November 15 will be a B day. Students can request a retake through this form:

After students complete this form, their Crew teacher will provide them with a reminder pass with their confirmed time by Monday or Tuesday before Picture Day. Students will need passes to get their pictures taken.

This form should be completed by the end of the day on Friday, November 10.

Students can order retakes or make-up photos through with the class code EVT7628JF.
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Tryouts for Boys' and Girls' Basketball will be the week of Nov. 6 - Nov. 10. Students do not need a physical or a registration fee to tryout, but will need those if they make the team.

Registration for both tryouts is at this link -

Boys Basketball - Boys' tryouts will be after school 3:30p until 5:00p on Nov 7 and Nov 10 in the Upper Gym. Boys season schedule is here -

Girls Basketball - Girls' tryouts will be after school 3:30p until 5:00p on Nov 8 in the Lower Gym and Nov 9 in the Upper Gym. Girls' season schedule is here -

Please reach out to Erik Hensel with questions at
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Do you enjoy downhill (alpine) skiing? Would you like to learn how to ski race? The Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team (MAST) may be just for you. Slalom ski racing is a varsity sport of Minneapolis Public Schools and MAST is Minneapolis’ slalom racing team. MAST is open to Minneapolis students in grades 7-12.

Everybody races as part of a team, either varsity or junior varsity. No racing experience is necessary. We offer excellent coaching and training, a fun and friendly team atmosphere, exciting competitions against other high school ski teams, and the chance to participate in the fastest, non-motorized sport in the world!

Our team is very welcoming and supportive of its seventh and eighth grade students. Last year we had twenty-nine 7th and 8th graders on our roster. Our coaches are excited to teach you how to ski with perfect technique. Start now and by the time you enter high school you will be on the way to becoming an outstanding ski racer. Here is how to learn more about high school ski racing with MPS Athletics:

CHECK OUT our website at SCROLL DOWN our homepage and watch the slideshow titled “New Family Orientation To High School Racing and MAST”. DOWNLOAD the 2023-24 MAST Fact Sheet COMPLETE the NEW Athlete Inquiry Form so we can keep you up to speed about all preseason meetings, equipment, schedules, and registration. You can also contact our Head Coach, Mark Conway, 612-275-8392, or email if you have additional questions. It is never too soon ---or too late--- to learn to ski race.
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Cultivate Survey

This fall and spring, Justice Page students will be asked to participate in the Cultivate Student survey. Cultivate is a student survey, developed by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, that asks your student to reflect on their experiences in their classrooms, as well as how they view themselves as a student. This information is then used to guide teachers in creating the best possible learning environments for your student and their peers. After the survey administration, schools receive a survey report with collective findings from student responses that can be used to guide school improvement. The Cultivate Survey will be administered at school during their Crew class and take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Your student will complete only one survey during each administration window and will only answer questions about one core subject, such as math class or English class.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Your student may withdraw participation at any time and will not be penalized for doing so. Your student’s grades and relationship with teachers will not be affected if your student chooses to opt-out of participating in the survey. The survey will be administered on November 7, 2023, and between April 16 and May 10, 2024.

Please return the attached form via this link to your student’s Crew teacher if you wish to opt out of this year’s Cultivate Survey.

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Get Ready to Experience Justice Page students in Disney's...

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Community Education Afterschool Classes Have Started!

Afterschool classes began on Monday, October 23, 2023 and will go until May 15, 2024. Classes are Monday-Thursday from 3:15p - 5:35p. Snack is provided to registered students. Bus transportation is provided to students who live in the Justice Page bus zone. Though registration is closed, students can still get into sessions that are low in numbers.

View all class descriptions here. Throughout the year check the Justice Page website under Community Education for updates. Paper registrations can be picked up outside of room 102 (across from the elevator on the first floor).

Please call the Community Ed office at 612-668-4051 or email with questions.

Thank you,

Emily Sowell

Youth Coordinator

Application for Educational Benefits (AEB)

Completing the AEB form has a significant impact on Minneapolis Public Schools. It will assist your student, family, school, and district in receiving benefits. Benefits for schools include school funding, so by completing the application you are helping to ensure every school in MPS gets all the funding it deserves. Student and family benefits may include free or discounted fees for cable and internet providers, no-cost meals and snacks, reduced athletic, transportation, and testing fees, etc.

Funding determined by the application can be used for the following:

  • Family Engagement CPEO – Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities

  • Early Childhood, Hi-5, Pre-School

  • Professional Development

  • Instructional Services

  • Direct Remedial Instruction Services: Reading, language arts, mathematics, study skills

  • Additional teachers and teacher aides

  • Lower instructor to learner ratios

  • Out of School Time Programming

  • Instructional Materials, Digital Learning

  • Truancy Reduction Programs

  • Bilingual and Bicultural Programs

  • All Day Kindergarten

MPS Application Information

AEB Application

The Application for Educational Benefits (formerly known as Free and Reduced) can be completed at

An eligibility notice letter will arrive via mail or email within 10 business days.

Opting Out

Families that do not qualify or are not interested in receiving benefits have the option to opt-out. This allows families to respond to our application request without filling in their personal income information. Families can only opt-out on the paper applications – When opting-out on the paper application, families will only need to include their MPS student’s names and birthdates, their total number of household members, their signature, and check the opt-out box. Online, families will complete the application as requested and their ineligible status will be calculated based off of their income.

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ALL Families Must Fill Out the Following:


We have finally moved to digital documents. Please make sure that the following documents are filled out as soon as possible.

1. Application for Educational Benefits

2. Behavior Agreement

3. Media Release

4. Student Info./Emergency Contact

5. Technology Agreement

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NOTES from the Health Office


If your student calls or texts you from school asking to be picked up due to illness, please direct your student to go to the Health Office. We will assess your student and contact you if they need to be picked up.

We are working to help families catch up on immunizations required for school. If you have updated records, please have your student bring them to the health office or have your child’s clinic fax it to us at 612-668-4050. Feel free to call/email us if you have questions about your student’s immunization status. or

As always, thank you for partnering with us,

Anne Leo/Chelsea Uhl

School Nurse/Health Assistant


There is No Wrong Way to PTA...

The JPMS PTA has a new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion group this year, and we want to hear from YOU! For our first kickoff meeting, all are invited, as we will be joined by the Timberwolves Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Tru Pettigrew.

Tru is a devoted family man and an accomplished business leader, an award winning marketing executive, inspirational speaker, life & career coach and successful entrepreneur. Tru's primary areas of expertise include Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, and Purpose.

Tru will help address how to start, build and incorporate DEI into our school, bringing students, staff and caregivers along to create an environment where all feel heard, seen and are included.

Please come with questions, come with hope, come with a friend to talk about Diversity and Inclusion at JPMS!

Meeting will be held at: Justice Page Middle, 1 West 49th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419, Enter through Door 9

Translation will be available in English, Somali and Spanish. RSVP NOW

OTHER Upcoming PTA Events:

Volunteering Opportunities (sign into free account to get details/sign up):

Alisa Matheson

Justice Page PTA President 2023-2024

763-807-4898 (texting works best)

We all belong and there is no wrong way to PTA.

PTA Facebook Page

2023-2034 Survey

Upcoming Events



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Justice Page has a pantry of resources. This includes clothing, food, school supplies, etc. We also send home backpacks on a monthly basis with food. If you would like to have a backpack sent home with your student, please e-mail Cassie at or text her at 612-562-8558.

If there is anything else that we can do to be helpful, please reach out:

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Nov. 5 - Daylight Savings (Turn your clock back 1 hour)

Nov. 6 - Quarter 2 Begins

Nov. 15 - Picture Retake Day

Nov. 15 - Diane Page Day

Nov. 15 - Theatre 1 Tribute Performances (During the school day)

Nov. 16 - Theatre 1 Tribute Performances (During the school day)


Nov. 17 - Site Council Mtg. (12p - 1:15p) In the JPS Media Center

Nov. 17 - Alan Page Day

Nov. 21 - Winter Greens Pick-up!

Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 SPIRIT WEEK!!!

Who to Contact...

Main Office (612)668-4040

Principal Tenner:

6th grade Admin (Jim Schmit):

6th grade Counselor: (Carolyn Cottingham):

7th grade Admin (Erik Hensel):

7th grade Counselor: (A-K): (Marie Hassel):

7th grade Counselor: (L-Z): (Carolyn Cottingham):

8th grade Admin (Tara Stevenson):

8th grade counselor: (Marie Hassel):

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