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No Board Meeting July 2018

There will not be a UMA Board of Directors meeting in July 2018. Regular Board meetings will resume on August 21, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. and will continue on the 3rd Tuesday of each month thereafter. For more information regarding the UMA Board of Directors, please see our Board page.

Volunteers Needed: Computer Spa Day

Thank you to those of you who helped with our June Spa Day for UMA laptops! If you missed it, we are looking for student and adult volunteers to give our student laptops some extra attention by cleaning, polishing, and doing minor repairs on computer screens, keyboards, cases, and carts on August 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sign up to volunteer, and your hard work will be rewarded with a pizza lunch!

Looking Forward to Fall 2018

As we look forward to next year, please keep the following in mind: Parents/guardians will receive an email with instructions to register for electives for the 2018-19 school year. If you have any changes to your address that will affect bus pick up or drop off, please contact the office as soon as possible. Our first day of school next year is Monday, August 27, 2018. You can see next year’s school calendar here:  2018-19 School Calendar & Highlights

Resources for Florida Tragedy

In light of the tragic shooting in Florida on February 14, 2018, we are sharing a resource from Rutgers University with some helpful talking points for this type of situation. If your student would like to discuss these events with someone at school, please contact Heidi Jaeger.

Welcome Back, Families!

Dear UMA Community, I hope you have had an engaging and enjoyable summer so far. We are looking forward to the beginning of the fifth year of Upper Mississippi Academy, as we welcome back our returning students and get ready to meet many new families joining us across all grades. Our current enrollment is over 280 students with three sections of grades 6-8, two sections of grade 9, and one section of grade 10.We are pleased that we have doubled our retention rate [...]

New UMA Partnership

UMA is pleased to be partnering with Headway Emotional Health Services to offer on-site mental health services to our students. Headway's presence will allow students and families access to quality mental health services without the strain of removing a student from school to travel to a therapy clinic. Headway is a passionate and focused non-profit mental health and human services organization making a difference in the lives of over 18,000 families and individuals throughout the Twin CitIes metro area each [...]

Moving Forward with Appreciation – from Gala to Board Elections and Beyond

Wow! Thank you ALL for making Friday’s UMA Gala an absolutely fabulous event!  Thank you especially to Abbe Payton for leading the charge. And a big thank you to students, staff, parent volunteers, and community supporters who made the event so successful in so many ways. The Gala resonated with what makes UMA so special: Our four experiential pathways, which represent how our school offers hands-on and authentic learning opportunities, provided a theme for the video and the organizational structure for [...]

Announcing the Newly Elected Board of Directors

Upper Mississippi Academy is proud to announce that the following people were chosen through the voting of parents and staff to be on the 2016-17 UMA Board of Directors: Joseph Klancher (parent) Krista Hong (parent) Chris Svensrud (parent) Lesley Ernst (teacher) Chris Mortenson (teacher) Dan Trockman (community member) Congratulations!  The new board members will take on their responsibilities at the July 2016 Board Meeting.