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First Day of School is Tuesday, September 3, 2019

We're looking forward to seeing all students on Tuesday, September 3 at our new location: 19 East Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul! Our school day begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. If you were unable to attend the orientation on August 27, your student's schedule will be available when they arrive in the morning on Tuesday. Your student can also log in to Infinite Campus to access their schedule for the year. If you have any questions, [...]

All-School Orientation 8/27/19

It is with pleasure and excitement we extend this invitation to you for our all-school orientation on Tuesday, August 27 at our new location on 19 East Exchange Street. The History Theatre (our neighbor within the building) has generously granted us permission to use their large auditorium. For the first time, students in grades 6-12, their families, and UMA staff will all be able to gather in one space for the kick-off of school. During this orientation, students and families [...]

Thank you, Mr. Adler!

As our Executive Director, Harry Adler, steps down from his leadership role at UMA and moves on to the next stage of his life, we thank him for his years at and dedication to our school. We will miss you, Adler! With the news of Mr. Adler's retirement, the UMA Board of Directors has appointed Amy Elverum and Arslan Aziz as Co-Directors of UMA for the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Elverum's primary role will be as Director of Special Education, [...]

Happenings this Week: May 27, 2019

Monday, 5/27: Memorial Day School is not in session this Monday in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Thursday, 5/30: 9th Grade Migration Exhibition The ninth grade will be presenting their migration exhibition in the gym this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join our community and see what the students have been working on! Friday, 5/31: Regular School Day for High School Because Monday is a holiday, there is not a Community Friday scheduled for high school students; instead, the high [...]

Happenings This Week: May 20, 2019

Tuesday, May 21: Board Meeting The monthly meeting of the UMA Board of Directors will take place this Tuesday from 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at UMA. Thursday, May 23: Board Elections UMA Board of Directors elections will be held Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eligible voters (parents, UMA Board members, and school staff) must vote in person at school. Learn more about the 2019 Slate of Nominees. Thursday, May 23: Theater Club Performance Join our students for their original production at 6:00 [...]

Happenings this Week: May 14, 2019

Thursday, May 16: High School Information Session There will be a high school information session for prospective parents this Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming! Friday, May 17: High School Community Friday This Friday, all high school students will be participating in the creation of a piece of artwork which will be installed in our new space. Saturday, May 18: Middle School Information Session There will be a middle school information session (grades 6-8) [...]

Happenings This Week: May 6, 2019

Wednesday, May 8: College Planning Jane Greenberg will host 11th graders and their families for an information night around the Common App, FAFSA (financial aid), and scholarship search engines. Friday, May 10: Community Friday 9th Grade: After collecting ground beetle data with Mr. Mortenson for River to River, the ninth graders will be visiting a refugee resettlement organization in coordination with their immigration units in Language Arts and Human Geography. 10th & 11th Grades: Students will be visiting Dunwoody Technical College, Hamline University, [...]

2019 Board of Directors Nominees

Upper Mississippi Academy Board of Directors Elections 2019 Slate of Nominees The Upper Mississippi Academy Board of Directors is composed of nine members representing three categories: 1) school faculty, 2) parents or legal guardians of a student at the school, and 3) community members not otherwise affiliated with the school. Below you will find the slate of nominees running for open seats.  Each nominee has prepared a personal statement that will also appear on the ballot. Board elections will be held Thursday, May [...]

Happenings this Week: April 29, 2019

MCA Science Tests will be given to all students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 10 this week. Monday, 4/29 8th graders are headed to the State Capitol and then off to see the new UMA building! Tuesday, 4/30 - 10th & 11th Grade Exhibitions: Idealism vs. Reality, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the UMA gym - Middle School and High School Prospective Parent Information Sessions, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, 5/3 This Friday is a student release day. There will be no school [...]