School News
Summer Information
Friday, June 08, 2018 8:10 AM

Summer Meal Program Kicks Off June 14

This summer, Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Wellness Services will provide no-cost meals to all youth ages 18 years and younger though the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.

More information on the Summer Food Program can be found on the Culinary and Wellness Services website.

High School Summer Reading Lists

Students starting high school this fall should be aware that many local schools have summer reading expectations! Students may be required to read certain books over the summer.
Washburn Summer Reading List

Fall Sports Registration Night at Washburn

If your 7th and 8th graders are considering participating in fall sports at Washburn, this event is for you! Fall sports include cross country, football, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis, soccer, and volleyball.
When: Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30 pm
Where: Pearl Park (due to Washburn construction)
What to expect:

Fall Information
Friday, June 08, 2018 8:00 AM

Orientation Nights

Mark your calendars! Orientations will be held on the following dates this fall:
Wednesday, August 22: 6th grade orientation
Thursday, August 23: 7th/8th grade orientation

We need lots of volunteers to make these events successful! Click the links above to sign up.

2018-2019 Early Release Days

The following Wednesdays will be early release days in the 2018-2019 school year:
September 26
November 28
January 30
February 27
March 20
April 24
May 22

School will end at 1 pm on these dates.

School Supply Lists

If you’re already looking forward to fall, or wondering which of your student’s current supplies might be reused next year, check out the 2018-19 JPS School Supply List.


The school calendar is being updated with dates for next year. If you'd like a quarter-at-a-glance look at what's in store for the next school year, see the 2018-2019 Quarterly Event Calendars:
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4

Help Needed This Fall

Staff Breakfast
Mark your calendar now for the Staff Week Breakfast on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 am. We'd love to have a few parents help host a PTA breakfast to kick off the new school year as our staff return to the building. Please sign up to bring a breakfast item or help at the event. Parents are invited to socialize with staff and stay for Principal Rathke's welcome address to the staff. Email the PTA with questions:

Do we have any DJs in the house? Principal Rathke is looking for a DJ to help support teacher welcome week on Tuesday, August 21. If you think this may be the right gig for you, please contact Erin Rathke at

Graphic Design Help Wanted
JPS is looking for volunteer assistance in designing a full-color brochure for prospective families. If you’re comfortable with text layouts, bleeds, and cut lines, and would be willing to donate your skills, please reach out to Mary Jackson at, Erin Rathke at, or 612.668.4040.

Orientation Helpers
Orientation nights require lots of volunteer support! If you’re able to spare some time on one or both orientation nights, we’d love to have your help. Please sign up to volunteer for 6th Grade Orientation on Wednesday, August 22, and/or 7th/8th Grade Orientation on Thursday, August 23.

Media Center Volunteers
Justice Page Middle School does not have a Media Specialist. As a result, our Media Center is usually kept closed. We'd like to open it up two days a week, so that kids can check books in and out before, during, and after school. If you have some free time and would like to put books away, do some light housekeeping, process new books, or just relax with a book while being available to answer questions and monitor book checkout, join us in the Media Center!

House Retreat Helpers
As part of our house retreats during the second week of school, the students will be tie-dying t-shirts! We could use a few volunteers from 9:30 am to 12 pm on Tuesday, September 4 (6th grade) or Wednesday, September 5 (7th grade), and/or 1 to 4 pm Wednesday, September 5 (8th grade) to help direct students. Sign up here.

2018-2019 Site Council Dates

JPS Site Council will meet on the following Tuesdays for the 2018-2019 school year:
October 9
November 13
January 15
February 12
March 12
April 16
May 7 - Spring state of the school with PTA

End of Year Reminders from the JPS Health Office
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:00 AM

It’s that time again! Please note, if your student has an EPI PEN or INHALER in the health office, unless you notify us that you will pick it up, we will be sending home the medication with your student on the last day of school, Friday, June 8.

Click the headline for additional reminders.

Course Registration for 2018-2019
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 8:40 AM

Registration for electives is underway for incoming 6th grade students and current Justice Page 6th and 7th graders. All course cards are currently due. ‚ÄčAll course descriptions are available in our course catalog and can be viewed by both students and their parents/guardians.

Incoming sixth grade students from Burroughs, Green, Armatage, and Lyndale have met with our school counselors to help with course registration. All other incoming students will receive a welcome letter in the US mail. Included will be a course card that should be returned to the main office by Friday, June 8.

Top 20 Blog: Bite-Sized Mindfulness
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 7:50 AM

(Note: This is an occasional series of Top 20-related articles from Principal Rathke)

Mindfulness techniques can reduce stress, improve school performance, and help kids manage their behavior and emotions. Check out this video to see how easily these short, kid-friendly exercises can be used by anyone, in a variety of settings.
Washburn Running Club
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 7:40 AM

Is your soon-to-be 7th or 8th grader interested in running cross country at Washburn HS this fall?

Sign up for the Washburn Summer Running Club!

A few details:

  • Running club is for those entering grades 7 or higher in the fall
  • New runners are welcome
  • It’s a great way to meet team members and have fun
  • We run Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 am and Saturdays at 8:30 am (meet at Washburn High school parking lot off 49th Street by the garbage dumpsters)
  • First run is June 19; last run is August 11
  • Runs are supervised by coaches and parents
  • Optional donation of $75 (to pay our coaches!)
  • The club is sponsored by the Washburn Running Club, a non-profit group established by Washburn High School cross country running families
  • Join our Facebook group (Washburn Running Club Summer Program 2018)

You can register online here.

For questions, email Deirdre at (763.913.0582) or Cathy at (612.408.4843).

Summer High School Gymnastics Camp
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 7:30 AM

If your student is considering joining the Washburn High School Girls Gymnastics Team as a 7th, 8th, or 9th grader next year, or would just like to join a great group of girls for an intense summer workout, this is the camp for you!

High School Girls Gymnastics Camp runs from June 11 through July 31, Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (no camp the week of July 4). Come for one day, or come every day! Camp is $10 per day, and is held at North Star Elementary School, 2410 Girard Ave N. Every day, we will warm up, stretch, do lines, and hit all 4 events: vault, bars, beam, and floor. Plus, conditioning, games, and fun!!

Registration information can be found here. Questions? Email coach Cassie Guzmán Meyering at for camp information, or Kelly Taschler at for parent insight.

Yearbook Apology
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 7:20 AM

We would like to sincerely apologize for the accidental omission of 6 students from this year's yearbook. While we try to make every effort to ensure perfection, unfortunately some mistakes were made. For that, we are truly sorry. The corrected page can be viewed here.

Help Needed for 6th Grade Last Day Activities
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 7:10 AM

JPS staff is looking for parent volunteers to help out with our field day stations on the last day of school. You can sign up to help all day (9:45-3:00) or part of the day. We'd love to have you help out if you can!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:50 AM

Yearbooks were distributed in Advisory classes on Friday, June 1. If you forgot to order a yearbook and would still like a copy, there may still be a few extras for sale in the main office. Yearbooks are $7 each, cash or check payable to Justice Page PTA.

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