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2021.4.15: MPS Weekly Family Update

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: 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. 

Register today for Super Summer programs: For questions, please contact

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded to all Minnesotans 16+

Every Minnesotan 16 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Shots are still not widely available due to limited supplies, but supplies are expected to increase. Sign up for the Vaccine Connector to get updates on vaccination availability in your area and enter to be randomly selected to get an appointment. Use the link at the top right corner to find information in Spanish, Hmong or Somali.

COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Bill Assistance

Families that need help paying rent or utility bills may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. While you can't be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz's executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Eligible Minneapolis renters with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020 could receive up to 15 months of assistance.  Downloading this checklist to see if you're eligible and to see which documents you'll need when the program opens for applications later this month.

Subscribe to MPS’ YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to the MPS YouTube Channel where families, students and staff can get the latest MPS news, school tours, resources and much more! This is also where we share unique stories about changemakers in the MPS community; our ongoing video series like "Somos MPS" and "MPS Neighborhood," and student-made content. Once you subscribe to the MPS YouTube Channel you’ll have the option to receive notifications when new content is posted.