School News
Note from the Principal
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:00 AM

As we wrap up our school activities for the year, Principal Erin Rathke would like to share this video address with our families.

Help for Our Community
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:50 AM

To our community:

I know many of you are asking to help and support our families. I want to let you know that our staff are thinking about this as a marathon versus a sprint. There is a lot of support and giving right now, however through the summer and even into next fall we are anticipating a lot of needs from our community. We are asking for you to donate in this way instead of a food drive. We are buying supplies and specific needs for families and driving to their homes due to the lack of businesses in some areas. We always appreciate your generosity. Our community is the best.
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Item Pickup/Return
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:40 AM

Lea esta información en español.

Families are invited to pick up and return materials to Justice Page Middle School on June 4 and June 5.

What to Return
School-owned items should be returned to JPS at the same time. Items to return include:

  • Musical instruments if your student is in 8th grade or is leaving the district
  • Text books
  • Library books — overdue notices were emailed to students this week
  • ELA/Social Studies books
  • Devices if your student is leaving the district

What to Pick Up
Items for pickup will be gathered for each student. Items to pick up include:

  • Any belongings that students left in lockers.
  • Yearbooks. If you did not order a yearbook, you will not be able to purchase one at this time. There may be some yearbooks to buy at the beginning of the next school year.
  • 8th grade certificates and window signs.
  • Medications left in the health office. If you have not been contacted by the health office or have questions about medications, please call Anne Leo LSN at  612-460-1848 or Janet Copeland HSA at 612-440-8796.


Thursday, June 4 Friday, June 5
8th Grade
9:00 - 11:00 AM
1:00 - 3:00 PM
6th/7th Grade
9:00 - 11:00 AM
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Any Grade
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Thank you for your patience on these days.

Pickup/Return Process
Under no circumstance will families or students be allowed in the building. To ensure everyone stays safe during this process, families will need to stay in their vehicle and staff will place bags in the trunk. Before you arrive, you should:

  • Make sure you have room in your trunk
  • Have a sign in the window of your car with your student’s first and last name and crew teacher’s last name
  • Have any materials to return ready in a bag labeled “RETURN”. A staff member will grab the bag from your trunk and put it in the return bins.

Families should drive eastbound on 49th Street (towards Nicollet Ave.) to the student drop-off/pick-up area. Please be aware that other families will be picking up belongings at the same time and you should expect some wait time as vehicles move through the line during this process.

When staff approach your vehicle, hold up the sign in your window and open your trunk or back door (for vans) from your vehicle. Staff will stay a safe distance away, respecting social distancing guidelines.

If a student is leaving the district, we will be collecting devices on your designated day.

Students who are participating in summer programs, summer school, or returning to MPS in the fall (including current 8th graders) are encouraged to keep their device over the summer. Please visit MPS’ Summer Session website for accelerated and enrichment learning opportunities, as well as credit recovery.

Musical Instruments
Only 8th graders and students NOT returning to Justice Page in the fall should return instruments. All other students, please keep your instruments (and practice!) over the summer.

Questions? Please contact the Main Office at  612-668-4040.

8th Grade Virtual Recognition Ceremony
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:30 AM

On Friday, June 5, we will honor our 8th graders who have completed their studies at Justice Page with a virtual Recognition Ceremony. Links to the video will be posted by 1:00 PM on 8th grade Crew leaders' pages, on YouTube, and on the JPS website. We will also send out the link when it is available, so your family can watch at any time.

We are sad not to celebrate this achievement in person with our students and families. It is always a thrill to see students walk across the stage and honor their accomplishments. Please help make this special for students at home by encouraging them to get up and walk across your "stage" in your living room or whatever space you have for viewing as a family. Honor them with applause and cheers!

Eighth graders will be receiving certificates of completion, as well as a sign to post in windows, when they pick up their materials at school. Current schedule for 8th grade pickup is Thursday, June 4, 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM.

We are thinking of you and your students. Your eighth grader and your family are always in our hearts. We look forward to a much different celebration at their high school graduation in four years!

Climate Change T-Shirts
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:20 AM

Students in Ms. Elissa’s murals classes designed "One Planet, Our Planet" artwork. T-shirts with the winning designs are now for sale!

The Justice Page Middle School Murals classes worked hard all year studying climate change and creating a mural design we titled, "One Planet, Our Planet." Since we are unable to paint the mural due to COVID-19, we are using our climate change-themed designs instead to print t-shirts and raise money for Will Steger's non-profit, Climate Generation.

Please support our creative students and their passion to fight climate change. Purchase a t-shirt for yourself, and maybe purchase a second shirt for a student who cannot afford one. The store will be open June 2 - June 12. Orders will be shipped on June 22, or ready for pickup at JPS on June 23. If you want to donate a shirt, request that it be available for pickup, instead of shipping to your home.

A note on our printer: Elpis Enterprises is a local social enterprise non-profit serving homeless and highly mobile youth.

Help the PTA
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:10 AM

Put your mark on the 2020-21 Justice Page PTA.

As the school year wraps up, we're hoping to find a volunteer to join the 2020-21 PTA Executive Committee in the role of secretary.

What does the secretary do? That's up to you—in addition to helping us coordinate meetings and take notes, this position could be anything! Interested? Got ideas? Let's chat.

Fast Track Scholars
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:00 AM

Attention 8th grade families: this summer, MPS is offering a high school readiness program called Fast Track that is available to your child. Please watch the video by counselor Carolyn Cottingham to hear more about the program and learn about the application process. La misma información en español es aquí.

Program Information

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Información del programa

Please email Carolyn Cottingham at if you have any questions.

Food Resources
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:50 AM

MPS emergency food sites will continue to be open as usual this week. As of June 1, a new food pick-up site has been added at Longfellow Park at 3435 36th Ave. S. where free food boxes will be provided daily from Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 2 PM; other locations and schedules are available throughout the city. Food boxes contain items for 14 meals with seven breakfasts and seven lunches available to any child 18 years and under.

MPS will continue to distribute free food boxes beyond the end of the school year and through at least Friday, July 24. We will keep the community informed as plans develop for August and beyond. Please visit our website for the latest information.

Minneapolis Kids
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:40 AM

Minneapolis Kids is an MPS Community Education program that provides in-person summer care for children entering 1st - 7th grade. The program offers a safe space for children to explore fun and creative ways to navigate new social challenges such as physical distancing, hand washing and self-care. All programming follows state-recommended safety guidelines regarding small-class sizes, sanitation practices and physical distancing.

Program Eligibility
Spots are provided based on the following priority groups:

  • Eligible children of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Critical Sector Workers under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-57.
  • Families who qualify for educational benefits or free and reduced price school meals. For families in need of care and assistance with fees, resources may be available through the Hennepin County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and County Scholarships. Find out if you qualify for CCAP benefits by calling 612.348.5937.
  • Space for other families will be provided based on availability.

See full details for more information.

High School Summer Reading Lists
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:30 AM

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
Southwest Summer Reading List

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