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2021.3.25: College & Career Week; Summer Programs; Emotional/Mental Health Supports

March 29-April 2: Virtual College and Career Week for students in grades 6-12

MPS invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in our exciting College and Career Week from March 29 to April 2. All activities and events are virtual and free. The week is filled with great opportunities for students to explore a range of career and college topics; learn more about their career interests; and identify the best post-secondary options to reach their professional aspirations. Check the event website for more details and schedules.

Summer Program Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to keep their minds and bodies active this summer. See below for three different program opportunities filled with different classes.

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’ll 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 our website: SummerScholarsMPS.org. Register by May 7 for transportation beginning the first day, if eligible.

Community Education - Super Summer 

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 will open on mplscommunityed.com at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 4. In the meantime, check out an overview of all our summer programs. For questions, please contact Lifelong.Learning@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Learning Works at Blake (Grades 6-7 only)

Learning Works supports and prepares MPS middle school students on their journey to academic achievement and post-secondary success by offering a summer and school year program that is challenging and engaging.  The program is open to current MPS 6th and 7th graders and will likely be an in-person program this summer. The program is FREE and transportation is provided for families who reside in Minneapolis. Applications are due April 1. Find out more here.

Free emotional and mental health support for families

Virtual Support Groups for Parents 

FREE virtual support groups are available for parents in English, Somali and Spanish. Find more details on dates and times here.

Mental Health Support Line

FREE counseling for anxiety, stress and depression is available to MPS students and families:

  • English: 612.767.8661 (Hmong families can call this number to get Hmong language services
  • Spanish: 612.767.4158
  • Somali: 612.767.8659

Other support services can be found on MPS’ website here

Resources to help with talking about the trial related to the killing of George Floyd

As the news unfolds around the trials related to the killing of Mr. George Floyd, media commentary grows and social justice actions restart. MPS has resources available to families to help talk with children around topics such as race and racism, practicing social justice, recognizing big feelings and making sense of what we see in the media.