School News
Comprehensive District Design Survey
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:00 AM

Understanding the values of our community is vital to creating the best possible MPS Comprehensive District Design. We invite anyone who has enrolled student(s) in our schools to complete this survey that focuses specifically on how families choose their children’s school and the process involved in doing that. (Broader input on Comprehensive Design elements will become available in October and throughout the school year.) The deadline to complete the survey is October 7, and the results will be shared first at the Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting on November 26.

Website link
Survey link

The Survey is in multiple languages. Use the drop-down menu at the top to change the language from English to either Hmong, Spanish or Somali.

Here Comes the Bus
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:50 AM


Here Comes The Bus is a website and app that allows parents to view the location of their child's school bus on a computer, tablet or smartphone, in addition to receiving email alerts and push notifications when the bus enters a notification radius as set by the parent. To set up an account you'll need your child's student ID number, and the MPS school code: 87018.

Note that Here Comes the Bus does not track individual students, buses on field trips or athletic trips, or alternate stops if your student goes to a different location on some days. More information can be found on the Minneapolis Public Schools Transportation website.

MCA Reports
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:40 AM

The individual MCA reports will be uploaded as a PDF into your student’s parent portal account soon. We are currently collecting the paper reports from the district. Once the reports are ready to distribute to our students, we will send out additional communication.

FAST Reading & Math Assessments
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30 AM

All JPS students will take the FAST reading and math assessments. The adaptive reading (aReading) and adaptive math (aMath) assessments are computer tests that change to your student’s level of learning based on their response. The aReading and aMath assessments each take approximately 10-30 minutes.

Students in 6th and 7th grades will take the screener in the fall, winter, and spring. Due to additional MCA testing in the spring, students in 8th grade will take aReading and aMath in the fall and winter.

FAST assessments help us determine your student’s performance and growth in the areas of math and literacy. Additional FAST assessments may be given depending on your child’s academic need.

FAST stands for Formative Assessment System for Teachers, and is an assessment developed by the University of Minnesota. FAST has been adopted by schools in 37 states, including a statewide adoption in Iowa. More information about FAST and the vendor, FastBridge, can be found at Information about other assessments given to students can be found on the district’s Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Accountability website.

Fall FAST Assessment Dates:
8th ELA September 10
7th ELA September 17
6th ELA September 18
8th math September 23
7th math September 24
6th math September 26

See the Page website for a complete calendar of all standardized testing for the school year.

After School at Justice Page
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:20 AM

Registration for after school classes has started! Join one of our fun classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:45 pm. Visit the Justice Page Community Education web page to download a flyer or link to online registration. Flyers are also available on the table in the main hall outside room 102.

Classes begin on Monday, September 30. For more information and to request financial assistance, email JoEllyn Jolstad at or call 612-668-4051.

Immunizations Needed
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:10 AM

All students entering 7th grade must have Meningitis (meningococcal) and Tdap immunizations, or a notarized medical or conscientious exemption. Bring in any updated immunization forms to the JPS Health Office, or have your doctor fax them to 612-668-4050.

MPS Welcome Back Powwow
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:00 AM

The MPS Indian Education Department invites everyone to attend the Welcome Back Powwow. Experience the culture of our community’s indigenous population and celebrate the beginning of a new school year!
When: Friday, September 27
4:30 pm: Meal (Commons area) and Vendor Fair (near the field)
5:30 pm: Grand Entry (on the field)
Where: South High School Field, 3131 S. 19th Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55407

Questions? Contact the MPS Indian Education Department at 612.668.0610.

Flu Shot Clinic/VacunaciĆ³n contra la gripe/Xarunta tallaalka hargabka
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:50 AM


Wednesday October 16, 8:15 AM - 12 PM
Justice Page Middle School will be hosting a flu shot clinic in the auditorium for JPS students, families, and staff during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 16 from 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to have your whole family immunized before or after conferences!

The Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association will provide flu shots through a community partnership grant. The grant will cover the cost for uninsured or under-insured children only this year. In the past the whole family’s costs were covered and we apologize for the change requiring adults to have insurance and bring their insurance cards.

It’s all very simple and convenient! Wear a shirt that allows easy access to your upper arm. Nasal spray vaccine will not be offered this year.

Forms will be available at the event, or you can fill out the form ahead of time and bring the completed form with you to the clinic. Please call the Health Office with any questions, 612.668.4030.

Staff Highlight: Carolyn Cottingham
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:40 AM

Ms. Cottingham is one of our wonderful school counselors. This is her tenth year as a school counselor, and her seventh year at JPS!

A few things people may not know about Ms. Cottingham:

  • She knew that she wanted to be a school counselor since she was 16.
  • She does not have any siblings or cousins.
  • One of her bucket list items is to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
  • She tried out for her middle school tennis team after watching Serena and Venus Williams play at Wimbledon. She then went on to play doubles for the next six years and into college. She still plays tennis and recently has taken up pickleball!

Ms. Cottingham says that her favorite part about her job is working directly with students to help them be successful in middle school and beyond. She also loves that every day is different — she never knows what to expect and is always on her toes. Middle school is a fun age and students never cease to make her laugh!

Yearbook Co-Chair Needed
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:30 AM

Help coordinate the production of the school yearbook. This role involves creating student and staff pages using pictures provided by Lifetouch, laying out additional yearbook pages, distributing the yearbook order form, working with the PTA webmaster to manage online orders, and distributing yearbooks once they’re received. The current chair will provide plenty of information and resources for putting the yearbook together. Email Kelly Taschler at for more information.

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