School News
Battle of the Bands
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:20 AM

The 4th Annual Washburn vs. Page Battle of the Bands has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 6 pm at the Uptown VFW. Come cheer on Justice Page Middle School and Washburn High School student and staff bands as they play for prizes and awards, plus an amazing traveling guitar trophy. Donations at the door benefit programs at both Justice Page and Washburn, and a drawing will be held for a Fender guitar donated by Twin Town Guitars. Battle of the Bands T’s will be on sale, and the VFW has a full menu for this family-friendly event.

Special Olympics
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:10 AM

Justice Page Middle School’s own Special Olympics team will be competing in Track and Field at Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis on Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 am, starting with opening ceremonies followed by a full day of competition.

Our athletes have been training hard and are excited for another great year! Come and celebrate their hard work and determination, and cheer them on. All are welcome.

Competing this year are Theo R, Michael J, Edgar S-A, Jenny J-M, Reynaldo S M, and Abdul (Green Central).

Our Head Coach, Di Whipkey, is hanging up her hat. This will be her last year after 20 years of coaching Special Olympics for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

13 Reasons Why
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:00 AM

Friday, May 18, 2018, Netflix will be releasing the second season of the controversial show “13 Reasons Why.” The content deals with issues of suicide, rape, bullying, drunk driving, and other sensitive topics. We understand that students are curious about these topics and that viewing this show is compelling for many teens and pre-teens.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) does not recommend the viewing of this series for vulnerable populations, particularly those struggling with suicidal ideation, depression, or anxiety. NASP has also provided resources and guides for educators and families...

Math Team Represents!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:55 AM

Our 6th grade mathematicians rocked the district math competition last weekend. Awards included: 4th place school, 2nd place team, 2nd and 3rd place individual, and honorable mention on the fact drill. Congratulations to all of the students participating!

Radon Testing
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:50 AM

Earlier this week, KARE11 aired an investigative story about radon in schools. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause significant health problems. According to the EPA, the gas is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air we breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. in any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level.

To keep our students and staff safe, MPS initiated a radon testing program in 2017. Six schools tested in 2017 all had levels below the EPA Action Level. The EPA requires action to be taken when radon levels are above 4 pCi/L. While there is no safe level of radon exposure, the average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air.

Previously, MPS buildings were tested in 1996. Our plan is to test 15 schools per year, and have a 5-year rotation for retesting. In Minnesota, it is best to perform radon testing between November 1 and March 31 and samples are set up to run for 90 days.

For more information on radon testing in Minneapolis Public Schools, please read these frequently asked questions.

Ramadan
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:20 AM

From Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, June 14, our Muslim staff, students, and families will be observing Ramadan.

In honor of this celebration, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk every day for 30 days. Before sunrise a meal called suhoor is eaten, followed by fasting all day, then breaking the fast with a meal called iftar. Fasting generally lasts for 18 hours each day – and includes liquids, so not even water is consumed during those 18 hours.

All Muslims over the age of puberty fast, with some exceptions for age or medical conditions. This means that many of our staff, students, and their families will be participating.

The common greeting during the month is to say Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan) or Ramadan Kareem (Noble Ramadan).

Course Registration for 2018-2019
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:10 AM

Registration for electives will be happening soon for incoming 6th grade students, and current Justice Page 6th and 7th graders:

  • Current 6th grade students will listen to a presentation about 7th grade elective class options in their ELA classes with Mrs. Marr on May 16 or Mrs. Padilla on May 17. They will have the opportunity to bring their course cards home and share with families. Course cards are due by Friday, June 1. 
  • Current 7th grade students listened to a presentation about 8th grade elective class options in their ELA classes with Ms. Burnett on May 11 or Mr. Gallagher on May 15. They can bring their course cards home and share with families. Course cards are due by Friday, June 1.

‚ÄčAll course descriptions are available in our course catalog and can ...

Media Center Announcements
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:10 AM

Overdue notices were distributed to students this week via email and on paper (in Advisory classes). Please encourage students to return overdue books. Outstanding fines and payments for lost books can be made in the main office.

Please be aware of the following dates for the Media Center as we near the end of the school year:

Monday, May 14 Last day for book checkout
Week of May 14 Paper and email overdue notices distributed (2nd notice)
Friday, May 25 All books due
Monday, May 28 Paper and email overdue notices distributed (final notice)
8th Grade Science Pre-Assessment
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:00 AM

All 8th grade students at Justice Page Middle School will be taking a Physical Science Pre-assessment on Wednesday, May 30. The online pre-assessment will address MN High School Science standards on which students have not yet been instructed, and no preparation is necessary at home or in class. Scores will not impact students’ science grade in 8th or 9th grade in any way.

The assessment results will be collected and analyzed at the district to support differentiation of next year’s course and identify students who are already proficient in Physical Science. Physical Science is a rigorous high school course based on high school state standards required for graduation. If a student demonstrates proficiency in Physical Science on the pre-assessment, Teaching and Learning will contact families in late June 2018 about science course enrollment options and next steps for the 2018-2019 school year.

If you have questions about this pre-assessment, please contact your student's science teacher.

Calling All 6th and 7th Grade Parents!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:40 AM

The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Reception are being held on Friday, June 8. Traditionally, 6th and 7th grade parents have volunteered to help at the reception, in anticipation of when they have an 8th grader and want to be able to enjoy the event with their student. Please consider signing up for a volunteer shift—or a few! It's a lovely way to spend part of your morning and your help is very appreciated. Sign up shifts are available here.

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