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Zumbrota-Mazeppa MS/HS School Newsletter - November 1, 2023

Hello Cougars,

We are now finishing up the first quarter of the school year. Halloween is wrapped up and we are getting ready for Parent/Teacher Conferences. The fall sports season is also coming to an end and our winter activities will begin soon. I continue to be so impressed with our staff and students as we progress through this school year! We are doing remarkable things here at ZM!

John Stapleton

7-12 Principal

Dates to Remember

  • November 6 End of First Quarter (Teacher Inservice Day) (No School for Students)
  • November 6 Boys Hockey PAC Meeting 6 PM Red Wing IMC
  • November 6 Girls Basketball PAC Meeting 6:30 PM- Auditorium
  • November 6 End of 1st Quarter (No School for Students)
  • November 9 Conferences (4 pm to 8 pm)
  • November 10 Veterans Day Program @ 2:30
  • November 13 Boys Basketball PAC Meeting 6:30 PM- 7-12 Cafeteria
  • November 13 Wrestling PAC Meeting 6:30 PM- 7-12 Choir Room
  • November 15 Early Release
  • November 16 Conferences (4 pm to 8 pm)
  • November 22-24 No School
  • School Calendar Change: February 7th is now an in person learning day (still an early release) and April 5th will now be an online learning day for 7-12 students.


Goodhue County Community Flu Clinic

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 3:30-6pm

705 Mill Street

Zumbrota, MN

Registration links are below for MS/HS students and community members




ZM Live Stream Link

This link can also be found on the school website under activities.

7-12 Lunch Menu

7-12 Lunch Menu

Here is the link to our 7-12 Lunch Menu

Parking Lot Directions

Important Information

Pick-up & Drop-off

Please pay attention to the new signage that is being posted regarding parking flow, fire lanes and pick-up/drop off. We are asking that pick-up/drop off be done on the Mill Street side of the building to not interfere with our buses before and after school. THANK YOU!

Building Hours

The 7-12 building hours of operation are from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students should not be arriving at the building before this time as the doors will be locked.

Educational Benefits Form

Due to the recently approved Minnesota Free School Meals Program, all students attending Zumbrota – Mazeppa Public Schools will receive one breakfast and one lunch at no charge for this upcoming school year. However, while there is no application to receive free meals, I want to encourage you to complete the application as it also covers fees for devices, and extra-curricular activities. It is very important for our school district that you complete this form, regardless of if you think you may or may not qualify for reduced fees. Please take a moment to complete the form and return it to school at your convenience.

Bus Service

For busing questions please contact Palmer Bus Service at:

507 732 7670 or Jake Bergdahl at

Health Office

Please remember to update your student's immunization records and needed medications with our health office. You can reach our health office at:


We are interested in finding someone who would participate in a reboot of this organization in the 7-12 building here at ZM. Please contact Mr. Stapleton if you are interested in more details at


Show your school spirit with ZM Cougar Gear!


uniors who are interested in applying for the MSHSL ExCEL Award should see Mr. Brown for information on how to apply.

One girl and one boy will be nominated by Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools for the ExCEL Award.

Nominees must:

Be a junior in high school

Make satisfactory progress toward graduation

Participate in an MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity

Hold a leadership position(s) in their school

Volunteer in their community

Meet MSHSL General Eligibility Requirements (Bylaw 206)

Deadline to apply is December 6th, please submit all applications to Mr. Brown in the HS office

MSHSL Academics, Arts & Athletics Award

The Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award, commonly known as the Triple 'A' Award, honors high school seniors throughout the state who have a 3.0 or higher-grade point average and who participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.

To be eligible for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award a student must:

be a high school senior at the time of nomination. Schools may nominate one senior boy and one senior girl for this award.

have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of nomination.

participate in at least one League-sponsored athletic program and one arts/activity program.

comply with the MSHSL's Student Code of Conduct

complete the application form and submit it to Mr. Brown in the HS office by Monday, November 27th.

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Care Solace

Zumbrota Mazeppa Public Schools is committed to raising awareness about mental health and equitable access to quality mental health services.

Zumbrota Mazeppa Public Schools partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstance.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
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