• May Parent email

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 5/15/2019

    The school year is quickly coming to an end!  In these last few weeks of school, we have a lot going on. Let me fill you in on a few things you may want to be aware of. 


    Attention 7th grade parents!  Field trip information:

    The 7th graders are attending their end of year Irish Pride class trip on Friday, May 17, to Camp Friendship in Annandale.  The cost is $19.00, please make checks out to MLHS.  Permission slip (yellow), money, and liability forms (white) need to be turned in before they can attend the trip.  They must have demonstrated good behavior and have passing grades in all classes in order to go! The students will stay back at school on Friday to work on homework if these obligations are not met.  Scholarships are available if finances are a concern; please speak to Leah Roske or Dave Hansen.  Please provide a bag lunch for your child, if you did not request a school bag lunch.  We will make a stop at the Annandale DQ in the afternoon, please provide funds for a small ice cream treat.  They will be back by the end of the day to catch the buses! Three of the 7th grade teachers and a para will also be joining in on the fun!  If there are any questions, please email Leah Roske at roskel@maplelake.k12.mn.us  Thank you! 


    Attention 8th grade parents!  Field Trip information:

    The 8th graders are attending their end of year Irish Pride class trip on Friday, May 17, to Valleyfair.  Students must have demonstrated good behavior and have passing grades in all classes in order to go! The students will stay back at school on Friday to work on homework if these obligations are not met. If there are any questions, please email Jeanne Omvig at omvigj@maplelake.k12.mn.us.  Thank you!


    Science Fair

    On Wednesday, May 22, students in grades 7-9 will be presenting their science fair from 9-11 am in the high school activity center.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Park in the back parking lot and enter through door “H.” 


    Yearbook Signing

    Yearbooks will be distributed for all students on May 22.  Time will be allowed for exchanging signatures and special notes on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, for students in grades 7 – 12.  Yearbooks are not allowed to be signed or exchanged during class time for the remainder of the year unless teacher permission is granted.  There is a limited supply of yearbooks which are available on a first come first served basis.  The cost is $85.  See Mrs. Elsenpeter for details.


    Senior Award’s Night and Commencement

    Senior Award’s night will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 pm.  Scholarships and awards will be presented and the senior video will be shown.  This event is held in the high school auditorium and is open to the class of 2019 and their families.  Commencement will be held on Friday, May 31, at 8 pm in the high school gym.  In order to participate in Commencement, seniors MUST attend graduation practice Friday morning, May 31, at 8:30 am. 


    NWEA Testing

    Students in grade 7 & grade 8 math classes will be taking their spring NWEA math test beginning on May 31.



    The last two days of the school year, June 3 and June 4, will be used to administer final exams or assessments in grades 7-11.  On Monday, periods 1, 3, & 7 will meet for 100-minute blocks.  On Tuesday, periods 2, 4, & 6 will meet for 100-minute blocks.  Fifth period classes meet both days for 55 minutes.  Hopefully, this will be a break from the routine and yet provide needed time to complete year-end assessments.  Students who have Academic Prep periods 1, 2, 6 or 7 may be excused by parent and the building principal on June 3 or 4.  If a student is excused for period 6 or 7, they must leave the building and not return to the school that day for any reason.  Notice is required ahead of time.  Athletes who are still participating in spring sports must remain in the building sixth and seventh hour.  Call the office if you have questions.



    As we wrap up the school year, we continue to focus on academics.  It is imperative that your child be in attendance at school!  Students in grades 7-12 will have academic work through their last day.  It is crucial that your child stay focused and engaged until the end of the year.  Please encourage your child/children to complete their assignments and year-end projects.  If you have questions regarding your child’s assignments or grades, please contact your child’s teachers.  Let’s work together to complete the year successfully.  Remember, failed semester or year-long classes will be repeated next year.  Please have your child attend school daily.  Thanks!


    It is finals time for your teen! Help them stay on task and focused as they prepare to wrap up the school year with the Change to Chill Get Focused Meditation. Then, check out Changetochill.org for more resources on teen mental well-being and resiliency!



    Last Day of School

    The last day of school is Tuesday, June 4, 2019 for students in grades 7-11!  The last day of school for seniors in good standing is Thursday, May 30, 2019.


    Lunch Accounts

    Please ensure your child has enough money in his/her lunch account to make it through the remaining days of the school year.



    Summer is a great time to go on college visits with your soon-to-be senior.  It is very easy to set up visits by going on the college website!  If you need any help or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sloneker.


    St. Cloud State University has an ACT prep class.  I have heard great things about this class!  The class will be held at SCSU July 8-11, 9-3 each day!  For more information go to their website:



    Help Out Our Community

    Jerry Sawatzke, Maple Lake Public Works Director, is asking for help in promoting improvements to the basketball court at City Park through a Timberwolves/Lynx program. Our community's project is one of three finalists in central Minnesota. Public voting begins on Tuesday, May 7, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Community members may vote once per day at www.timberwolves.com/ourcourts. Please refer to the attachment for information on this opportunity.


    Attached to this email you will find important information regarding the food shelf and helping our community.


    Let us all work together to have a strong end to the school year!



    Foodshelf Letter to Parents

    Community and Timberwolves

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  • April Parent Email

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 4/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Round two of MCA Testing is upon us!  Students in grades 7, 8, & 11 will be participating in MCA math tests next week!  Please help us by making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a nutritious breakfast to start out their day.  Also, please avoid scheduling appointments and other conflicts during these testing dates.  Doing well on these state mandated tests is important not only for your child, but for the school district as well.  Let’s work together to support and encourage your child.  Below you will find the testing schedule for the month. 


    Grade 7:

                    Math                     April 16


    Grade 8:

                    Math                    April 17

                    Science                 May 2


    Grade 10:

                    Science                 May 3


    Grade 11:

                    Math                     April 18


    *Be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to testing day.

    *Encourage your child to do his/her very best and to answer all the questions.  The MCA tests are not timed so they can go back to respond to questions if needed.

    *Avoid undue stress about the testing.

    *Keep a positive attitude about these tests!


    On Tuesday, April 23, at 9 am in the HS Auditorium, Greg and Amy LaValle will be presenting to students in grades 10-12 about the dangers of distracted driving and the loss of their son.  Interested parents are invited to join us for this presentation. 


    Prom will be held Saturday, April 27.  Parents of students attending prom will receive advanced tickets in order to watch the Grand March in the high school gymnasium.  Those without tickets to the gymnasium are able to watch the Grand March in the high school auditorium.  Grand March begins at 8 pm.  Students must attend school on Friday, April 26, in order to participate in prom and post prom. 


    Post Prom is still in need of food and parent volunteers to help set-up Friday, April 26, and to work the night of post prom.  Please call Paula Schmidt at 320-963-6807 or 763-245-0608 if you can help.


    Co-Curricular Awards night will be on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 pm.  Student letter winners will be recognized for their academic achievement and work in various activities.  A letter will be mailed on Monday, April 22, to notify those who are lettering.  Students in band and choir will be recognized at the spring concerts.


    The Choir/Drama trip to Ordway Performing Arts Center fieldtrip that was supposed to take place the end of January will now take place on Wednesday, May 1, during the school day.


    Spring Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 am in the elementary media center.  Please plan on attending if you will be volunteering this spring or summer.  Contact Celeste Dahlstrom @ 320-963-6600 if you have any questions.


    Information on Driver’s Education class for this summer is now available.  The dates for class are June 10-14.  Please see the document attached to this email for more information.  Contact Stacy in the high school office if you have questions.


    As we near the end of the school year, please make sure your child has enough money in his/her lunch account to cover lunch expenses for the remainder of the school year.


    Summer Hosting Opportunities

    Students from Spain are coming to Minnesota this summer to experience our food, culture, and improve their language skills. Language & Friendship, the travel company that our students work with in traveling to Spain, are looking for hosting families in the Maple Lake area. If you are interested in hosting a student from Spain or even France, please contact Kim Fynboh at your earliest convenience! The sooner you can get your application in, the sooner you can pick the student that you would like to host!


    Change to Chill

    With spring on the way and the school year winding down, it is easy to get caught up in the busyness of each day.  How do you and your family slow down and plug into the moment?  Mindfulness!  Once a week, commit to practicing mindful eating during family mealtime.  Click on the link below for more information.





    Please see the Counselor’s Corner attachment for important information for juniors and seniors.


    Other Information

    Attached to this email you will find other useful information including post-prom, Vaping Information from the Minnesota Department of Health, and other valuable information.


    Upcoming events:

    Prom                                         April 27

    Mid-Quarter                               May 1

    Co-Curricular Awards Night         May 6

    8th Grade Choir Concert              May 9

    JH Band Concert                         May 13

    SH/Jazz Band Concert                 May 16

    Mixed Choir Concert                    May 20

    7th Grade Choir Concert              May 23



    Counselors Corner April email 2019

    Post Prom Information

    Vaping Information from the Minnesota Department of Health

    2019 Classroom Driver's Ed

    Community Day Giveaway 4-27-19



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