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2021.5.6: MPS Weekly Family Update

May 7 transportation deadline for Summer Scholars 

In order to receive transportation for the first day of a Summer Scholars’ program, PK-7 students must sign up by Friday, May 7. Late registration will mean a delay in transportation to and from programs which begin on Monday, June 21. Register for a Summer Scholars academy today!  

Edison High School teacher Lauren Wheeler finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Lauren Wheeler, a teacher at Edison High School, for being named a Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist! Lauren is one of nine teachers across Minnesota to earn this distinction for this highly-prestigious award. The winner will be determined later this year. Find out more about the award at Education Minnesota and more about Ms. Wheeler on the Edison High School website.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. With the recent uptick of hate crimes against Asian Americans, this year is more important than ever to honor and learn more about the contributions, history and legacies of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through this collection of resources and events at schools.  

OBSA invites you to Story Time events in May and June

The Off of Black Student Achievement (OBSA) invites you to OBSA Story Time with events throughout May and June. This is a wonderful opportunity to build community as we share stories about Blackness and Black heroes. Sign up for as many dates as you choose at this link. This event is virtual, free, and open to all. Please share the information with students, families, and anyone else in your circle! Questions can be sent to

COVID-19 vaccine resources and facts

Free COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available to anyone 16 years and older. For questions about the vaccines or for help registering to get a vaccine, call 612.348.8900. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Some key facts to know about vaccines include:

  • Vaccines are safe, effective and easy.
  • The vaccine is free.
  • You are not required to get the vaccine.
  • Health insurance is not required.
  • You will not be asked to show documentation of your immigration status.
  • If you receive a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) it’s important to get your second dose for full protection.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccines are available on the Hennepin County website (see the bottom of the page for translations in Hmong, Somali and Spanish).