Frequently Asked Questions

What time do students need to be at school?
Students should arrive at school early enough to get to their Advisory on time. Students can enter the building as early as 8:45 AM. Breakfast starts at 8:45 AM. School starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:45 PM.

Who do I contact if my student is sick?
Please call the attendance line at 612-668-4030 to leave a message about your student's absence. Students returning to school from a professional appointment need to bring in a note from their doctor's or clinic's office to have the absence excused.

If my student has a doctor appointment during the school day, what should I do?
If you are picking up your student before 3:45, please enter in through door 1 (50th Street) and sign them out in the main office with Chelsea or Mary. They will call the student down for you. Students returning to school from a professional appointment need to bring in a note from their doctor's or clinic's office to have the absence excused.

Where can I pick up my student?

  • During the school day: If you are picking your student up during the school day, please park in the 50th Street lot, enter in through door 1, and sign the student out in the main office with Chelsea or Mary. They will call the student down for you.
  • After school:If you are picking up your student after school, please pick up your student by Door 7 (49th Street). You will not be able to park or wait in the parking lot by Door 1 (50th Street). We have busses that need to use that space and staff who need to be able to get out of the lot. You will be redirected by Security, Deans, or Admin to Door 7. This allows us to keep students in specific areas for supervision purposes and helps with the flow of traffic.

How do I create a lunch account?
Families can create a payment account and/or apply for Free/Reduced Lunch online at www.schoolcafe.com or by visiting our district Culinary & Wellness Services Department On the website, you will find information on prices for breakfast and lunch offerings and the variety of payment options. If you have questions, please call our Main Office (612-668-4040).

Is there a way for me to me to see how my student is doing in their classes?
Yes! We encourage parents and guardians to use the parent portal to see how their student is doing and if there are any missing assignments. Most teachers update the portal weekly, so do not expect to see a change from one day to the next. For directions on how to log on and more, please go to http://parentportal.mpls.k12.mn.us.

What supplies do students need for school?
See our list of recommended school supplies.

Who do I contact if my child has an IEP or 504 Plan or needs support for a medical issue?
For Special Education Support (IEP), please contact our Special Education Coordinator, Josh Zoucha (joshua.zoucha@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3118). If your child has a 504 Plan, please contact Cassie Zonnefeld, Social Worker (cassie.zonnefeld@mpls.k12.mn.us). If your child has a medical condition, please contact our School Nurse, Anne Leo (anne.leo@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-4030).

My student is struggling in class – who do I contact?
Your first contact should be the teacher of the class in which they are struggling. Give the teacher a day or two to get back to you. If your student continues to struggle, contact their counselor (Marie Hassell for 6th grade, Carolyn Cottingham for 7th/8th grade) to determine if there is something the counselor can do to support the student to be successful.

What should I do if my child has to be out of school for a special occasion?
If your student is going to be out for more than 2 full school days, the absence must be pre-approved. Students can get a Pre-approved Absence Form in the main office that they need to take around to all teachers and their Assistant Principal to sign. Absences due to religious reasons must be called in before they occur in order to be excused.

What are the rules for cellphones?
Cellphones are not allowed. We have a "no phone" policy. Students' phones must be kept locked in their locker for the entire day. Phones are not allowed in the hallways, at lunch, at movement, or in class. The phone will be safe in their locker if they do not share their combination. If they need to use the phone, they can come to the office or ask a teacher to use the classroom phone. If parents need to get in touch with their student for an emergency, they can call the main office. At the end of the day, after the final bell, students will have access to their phones. If the student continues to use their phone or has their phone visible, this could lead to disciplinary action (lunch detentions, ISS, parent meetings, parent pick-up phone, suspension, etc.).

How do I get involved?
We love our parent volunteers! If you would like to get involved, please fill out our volunteer profile, or see what volunteer opportunities we currently have open.