Important School Announcements
We are looking for new site council members for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to learn more about site council and the process for applying to be a site council member. Please contact Ana Bartl at or Patrick Sullivan with interest or questions. Information about Site Council and meeting minutes can be found on the Site Council page.
We have completed our one required fire drill and inclement weather drill. We are also required to complete one lockdown drill this school year. We will notify families well in advance of conducting the lockdown drill so that families can talk with their children prior to the drill happening.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
The Minnesota Department of Education is requiring that students take the MCAs this spring. This test will be for our 3-5 grade students at Burroughs and will cover reading and math for 3-5 graders and science for our 5th graders only. The window for the MCAs goes through May 21. We did not have students test the first week back from spring break. Some classrooms tested this past week and next week classrooms will test Monday through Thursday. The science testing window opens on May 7. Classroom teachers will be administering the test in their classrooms.
MCA for Distance Learners
Distance learning teachers will reach out to Distance Learning families with further MCA testing dates and details. Students taking the MCA will be required to come into the school building. If possible, students should bring their own headphones, a water bottle, something to write with, and a book to read.
MCA 3rd Grade Distance Learning: 4/19 Reading and 4/20 Math
MCA 4th Grade Distance Learning: 4/27 Reading and 4/28 Math
MCA 5th Grade Distance Learning: 5/4 Reading*, 5/6 Math*, 5/12 Science (*Please note change in dates.)
COVID Testing Reminder
The Minnesota Department of Health encourages families to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. For kids involved in any extra-curricular activities or sports, we recommend getting tested every week. This will help limit the spread, avoid pauses to sports, and keep kids in the classroom. Additional information can be found here.
Travel and Quarantine
The CDC recommends quarantining after traveling out of state. Please review the CDC recommendations.
For students in quarantine, the homeroom teacher will provide guidance about the daily schedule and what is to be accomplished by the student during quarantine. Teachers are working very hard to provide the best instruction possible for all of our students. Please understand that we will do our best to support students who are quarantining while ensuring that our teachers can manage both in-person learning and distance learning. Specialists will be asynchronous and can be accessed using this link.
Summer Programming – Summer Scholars: Explore. Create. Connect
Registration is now open for MPS’ summer program Summer Scholars!
Enroll your student in Summer Scholars to experience more this summer through innovative, immersive experiences that challenge your child to explore a world of possibilities both in and out of the classroom. They willl learn as they forge their own path, dream up new ideas, and find meaning in everything they create. All this as they discover endless ways to connect with one another and their interests. Many courses are available for students in PreK-12th grade through our five academies:
· Discovery and Learning Academy (in person for grades PreK-4)
· GEMS/GISE STEM Academy (in person for grades PreK-7)
· Virtual STEM Academy (online for grades K-7)
· Fast-Track Academy (in person for 8th graders going into 9th grade in the fall)
· Credit Academy (in person for grades 9-12)
Find out more at the MPS Summer Scholars website. Please register by May 7 for transportation beginning the first day, if eligible.
Community Education - Super Summer Program
Community Education’s Youth and Adult Programs offers new experiences for youth this summer that provide education enrichment, skill building, a sense of community, and recreational opportunities! Check out our Youth and Adult Programs’ free or low-cost, in-person summer opportunities. Customize a schedule to meet your needs including full day, weekly morning and afternoon classes for up to eight weeks beginning in June. Many old favorites like swim lessons will return with class content and settings adjusted to maximize safety. Our Cahoots academic correspondence course will also be back!
Super Summer program registration is now open. Check out an overview of all of our summer programs. Please contact Lifelong Learning with questions.
School Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Find the latest information and updates regarding returning to in-person learning, distance learning (DL), Comprehensive District Design (CDD), and other district-related business.