• January Parent email 2019

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 1/11/2019

    End of Semester 1

    The last day of the first semester of school is Friday, January 18.  Teachers and students have been wrapping up their first semester courses and anticipating the new challenges of next semester.  Senior High students have received their second semester schedules before Christmas break, and Junior High students will receive theirs within the next week. We are ready for the last half of the year.   There is no school on Monday, January 21, as it is a teacher workshop day due to the end of the semester.


    2019-2020 Course Registration

    Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be happening soon!  Sophomores have toured the Wright Technical Center and have seen first-hand the course offerings provided by the center.  Sophomore and junior class meetings will take place later this month to discuss registration for next school year and to review Maple Lake’s requirements for graduation.  Maple Lake freshmen will have a registration presentation in their Civics classes during the month of February.  Registration presentations for 7th & 8th grade students will also occur in February during the school day.  Ask your child about their course plans for next school year!


    Post-Prom Fundraiser

    The Post Prom Schwans’ Foods fundraiser is underway.  More information from the Post Prom Committee is attached to this email.  There will be a Post-Prom Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 13, from 8 am – Noon at The “V.”  See the attachment for more details.


    Black Dress Clothes Needed

    The High School music department is in need of black dress clothing in good condition.  If your child has outgrown their nice black pants or long sleeved black shirts, please consider donating them to the music department.  Thank you for your consideration.


    One-Act Play

    The public performance of the one-act play Dark Road will be presented at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24. Admission is free. This show is the MLHS entry for high school competition.


    YEARBOOK - Order Now Before It Is Too Late

    Our records indicate that not everyone has reserved a copy of the yearbook. Last year’s book sold out. Do not miss the chance to order the 2019 yearbook and capture all the events and memories of the school year.


    The price of the yearbook is $75.00. Time is running out, so don’t delay. Orders must be placed before January 31 to guarantee a book for your child.  Order online by going to the Maple Lake Public Schools website (www.maplelake.k12.mn.us), hover over “High School” and click on “Online Yearbook.”


    Coaches vs. Cancer

    The Boys and Girls Basketball Teams will be hosting the Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Nights in early February.  To raise funds to help fight cancer, athletes will be selling “In Memory of and In Honor of” paper basketballs.



    Snocoming is scheduled for February 19-22.  Watch for information on dress up days and the Battle of the Grades Competition coming soon!


    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    As we look ahead to the next couple of months, we are reminded of Parent-Teacher conferences, which have been scheduled for Thursday, February 21, from 4-7 pm. 


    ACT PREP Workshop
    Be prepared for one of the most unique, challenging, and important tests you will ever take. This six-hour workshop will help you earn higher scores on the ACT. With hands-on practice on each section, you will learn specific methods and strategies for the different types of questions found in each ACT section.


    WORKSHOP CONTENT: A hands on and practical course for 10-12th graders preparing to take the ACT college entrance examination. The course will familiarize students with the four sections of the exam, provide practice strategies for dealing with the time constraints, and teach skills and strategies for tackling the most frequently asked questions on the exam.
    • Improve ACT test performance & learn test-taking strategies
    • Reduce test anxiety & learn the test format and design
    • Learn how to read test questions
    • Practice taking test items
    • Learn how to continue studying and preparing for the test
    • Workshop participants need to bring a calculator, paper, and pencils
    • For an additional $25, students may purchase an optional 600 plus page ACT review and practice book


    Workshop Details
    Saturday, Jan. 26.......................9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    ........................................................(1/2 Hour Break)
    Location ........................Annandale Elementary School
    ..............................Community Ed Classroom (Door #2)
    #2482-A18W ........................................................$66
    Registration Deadline ........................................Jan. 22


    A repeat of this prep class will be offered on March 9.


    MCA Testing

    Planning for MCA testing is also well underway.  Students in grades 7, 8, 10, and 11 will be taking MCA tests this spring.  Juniors who have already signed up will be taking the ACT Test on February 20.  Below is the tentative testing schedule for spring.





    Grade 3:                                                                      Grade 7:

                Reading           April 8-18                                                        Reading           March 11-15

                Math               April 22 – May 3                                              Math               April 15-18


    Grade 4:                                                                      Grade 8:

                Reading           April 8-18                                                        Reading           March 11-15

                Math               April 22 – May 3                                              Math               April 15-18

                                                                                                                Science            May 2 & 3

    Grade 5:

                Reading           April 8-18                                Grade 10:

                Math               April 22 – May 3                                              Reading           March 11-15

                Science            May 1-10                                                         Science            May 2 & 3


    Grade 6:                                                                      Grade 11:

                Reading           April 8-18                                                        Math               April 15-18     

                Math               April 22 – May 3         


    All of the above testing dates are subject to change.





                Grade 11:        ACT                 February  20

                                                                March 12                    Make-up Date


    Please mark these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling any appointments or vacation days during this test window. 

    • Be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to a testing day.
    • Encourage your child to do their 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.  ACT tests are timed.
    • Try to avoid undue stress about the testing.
    • Keep a positive attitude about these tests!


    Thank you for your cooperation!


    Counselor’s Corner

    Important information regarding scholarships and paying for college, the FAFSA form, college information, a junior parent meeting, and the ACT are all included on the Counselor’s Corner attachment to this email.  Parents of juniors and seniors should pay special attention!


    Unclaimed Gym Clothes

    Has your child been missing his/her gym clothes?  We have several articles of gym clothing that have been unclaimed since the locker room was cleaned during the first part of November.  If you or your child would like to examine the unclaimed items, please contact the high school office.  Additionally, there are several items in the lost and found area located in the high school commons.  Any gym clothes or lost and found items not claimed by January 18 will be donated to a local charity.


    Nutrislice - Reminder

    Maple Lake Public School menus can be accessed via a Nutrislice App.  Click on the link below to see the features and capabilities that Nutrislice offers for all users. From the district site link to the mobile app, even the ability to sink with your Alexa device, this video gives a better understanding to the software's offerings.   https://nutrislice.wistia.com/medias/2um5kvx4w4 


    To access the Maple Lake School menus, click the following link:



    Club 881

    Club 881 is the best investment you will ever make!  Club 881 is a community effort providing MLHS graduates with a boost toward post-secondary education by adding small donations to create annual scholarships. Please consider giving this year and every year. Any amount helps! With your help, we can continue to give Maple Lake graduates a good start on a bright future. Click on the attachments to this email to find out how to donate.


    Vaping / E-Cigs

    The United States Surgeon General has called the use of e-cigarettes/vaping among America’s teenagers an epidemic.  Studies have indicated a dramatic rise in the use of e-cigarettes/vaping in states throughout the country.  Minnesota is no exception. Attached to this email is information regarding vaping and e-cigarette usage to help you, as a parent, talk about this issue with your child and know what to look for in regard to devices and student behaviors.



    There are several attachments included with this email.  The attachments include information on Prom attire guidelines, District Policy 534 Unpaid Meal Charges, Post Prom Pancake Breakfast, along with other items of interest.


    A look ahead / Dates at a glance…

    Jan. 21             No School! Teacher Workshop Day

    Jan. 24             1-Act Play Public Performance, 6 pm

    Feb. 12             Late Start

    Feb. 15            Mid-Quarter of 3rd Quarter

    Feb. 18            No School! President’s Day

    Feb. 20             Blood Drive

    Feb. 21            HS Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7 pm

    March 1           End of Trimester 2

    March 11         Pops Concert – 6:30 pm (This is a date change)

    March 22         End of Quarter 3

    March 25-29   Spring Break


    Thank you for working with us to support our students!

    Post Prom Schwans Fundraiser

    Post Prom Pancake Breakfast

    Post Prom Needs You to Know

    ACT Class

    Counselors Corner January 2019

    Club 881

    Prom Attire

    Policy 534 Unpaid Meal Charges

    Vaping E Cig

    Surgeon Generals Advisory on e-cigarette

    Vaping - Tobacco Items

    Vaping - E-Cig Fact Sheet 


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  • September Parent Email

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 9/17/2018

    MLHS Parents:

    The 2018-2019 school year is well underway.  While we are only in the third week of school, everyone seems to have settled in to place and the year is off to a good start. 

    Plans for Homecoming 2018, which will take place Oct. 1 - 5, have been made.  The student council is working hard to make this year’s activities fun and exciting for our school community.  Please review the attached information in order to be informed of Homecoming activities. 

    At the homecoming football game, the Maple Lake District Irish Pride Committee will be hosting the 5th annual community cookout hotdog fundraiser.  See the attached flyer for more information! 

    Parents of seniors, please remember that senior pictures for the yearbook should be submitted to Mrs. Elsenpeter by October 1.  If you have questions regarding the requirements for the picture, please email Mrs. Elsenpeter at elsenpeterj@maplelake.k12.mn.us. If you are interested in purchasing a baby ad for $30 to have included in the yearbook, the deadline is November 1.  Students must also submit a wallet size vertical photo to the office for the class picture, which hangs in the hallway.  For additional senior information, please see Mrs. Durst’s webpage and click on the “SENIOR 2019 INFO” link.

    Parents of juniors and seniors, please see the attachment from Mrs. Sloneker to this email regarding the PSAT, College Fair, college visits, and other information.  If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Judy Sloneker at slonekerj@maplelake.k12.mn.us

    If you are looking for ways to stay informed regarding your child’s coursework, check out our teacher webpages and parent-portal.  Teacher webpages include information regarding lesson plans, projects, etc.  Parent-portal is a great way to stay up-to-date on your child’s grades.  If you do not have access to parent-portal, contact the high school office to get set up.

    The phy ed department would like to ask you to remind your kids to bring home PE clothes and wash them on a regular basis.  Also, if your child uses an inhaler, please make sure the school nurse has been notified to ensure we have proper documentation in place.

    The Maple Lake School District is partnering with USAgain and is excited to introduce a “Schools Go Green” program. This is an easy way for your family to dispose of your unwanted textiles. Clothes, shoes, hats, bags, and bedding are welcome, even if they are slightly imperfect.  See the attachment for more information. 

    If your child will be absent from school, please call the office at 320-963-3171 to let us know.  Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.

    Students who do not feel well during the school day need to be assessed by the school nurse before being allowed to go home ill. If you child calls or texts you requesting to go home sick, please inform your child they need to see the school nurse.  If the nurse believes your child should be sent home, we will contact you to let you know. 

    All visitors to the high school should use Door “E” on the west side of the building to enter the high school office to check in.  Visitors to the district office should use Door “D.”  Visitor parking is located on the west side of the high school.

    If you move or change your phone number during the course of the school year, please let the high school office know so we can update our records.  Having accurate contact information is imperative for our school.

    The Minnesota Department of Health released a health advisory on nicotine and the escalating risk of addiction for youth. Youth e-cigarette use has risen dramatically in Minnesota in the last three years, with an almost 50 percent increase in high school student e-cigarette use since 2014. This is a major public health concern. Youth use of nicotine increases their risk of addiction, and can make them more susceptible to addiction to tobacco products and other substances in the future.  WCCO television aired a report on e-cigarettes and vaping.  To view the report click on the following link: 


    Also attached to this email is information regarding the Minnesota Department of Health Nicotine Advisory and a “Talking With Your Teen Regarding E-cigarettes” Tip Sheet.

    Attached to this email you will find other pertinent information we want you to be aware of including information on Homecoming, the Community Cookout, a letter from County Attorney Tom Kelly, information on “Change to Chill,” and much more! 

    Looking ahead…

    October Late Start                                           Oct. 9   

    Mid-Quarter                                                    Oct. 10

    PSAT Test for Juniors                                       Oct. 10

    Picture Retake Day                                          Oct. 12

    Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences                       Oct. 15 

    Fall Break                                                       Oct. 18-19

    End of 1st Quarter                                            Nov.2                                   

    Thank you for your support of Maple Lake High School.  Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.




    David J. Hansen

    David J. Hansen, Principal

    Maple Lake High School

    200 State Hwy. 55

    Maple Lake, MN  55358

    (320) 963-3171 ext. 305


    1. 2018 Nicotine Addiction Advisory
    2. 18/19 Free Application Opportunities
    3. Counselor's Corner Reminder Notice
    4. Homecoming Plan
    5. Junior Calendar
    6. Junior Parent Letter
    7. Maple Lake Community Cookout
    8. Oct. 10 Flyer Save BBP
    9. ress Release CTC Chili Week
    10. PSAT Registratin Form
    11. Sept. Counselor's Corner
    12. SGR ECig Parent Tip Sheet
    13. T. Kelly Letter
    14. USAgain
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  • High School Monthly Parent Email

    Posted by Hansen on 8/13/2018

    Dear Parents and Students:


    August is upon us which means that the beginning of the school year is just a few short weeks away.  As we work to finalize our preparations for the coming school year, we ask your help by reviewing the student schedule that you will receive in a separate email.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the high school office at 320-963-3171.


    Students in grades 9-12 may have one period of academic prep per day if they choose, unless they attend the Wright Technical Center. Those students have a 20-minute academic prep at the end of the day.  Your child’s locker number and combination is not listed on the schedule, but will be listed on their final copy. If all paperwork and immunizations are up-to-date, students will receive their final schedule at open house on August 29th. Please be advised that the schedule you will be receiving in today’s separate email may not be final.  As we continue to work to balance classes and academic preps, class hours and assigned teachers may change between now and the final schedule that will be available on August 29th.


    Classes are set for the year; however if you want to change a class selection (only classes not a teacher) please notify the school by August 16th.  Student schedules will not be altered once the school year starts except for extenuating circumstances. If you have a course called “Study,” your schedule is not complete and you will need to see Mrs. Sloneker or Mr. Hansen.  The only exception is a “Study” course on non-College English or College Speech days.  Mrs. Sloneker will be at school on Wednesday, August 15th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Thursday, August 16th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to work out any schedule changes students may have.  If these dates  and times do not work for you, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Mr. Hansen by calling or stopping by the high school office.  Please help us get any changes taken care of by August 16th.   


    7th graders and new students – You are invited to attend a special orientation night on August 28th from 5:15-6:45 pm. You may have received an information card about this at the end of last school year. On this night you will review your class schedule, find your locker, and search out your class locations. We are looking forward to your arrival at the high school.


    11th and 12th graders- Please review your schedule to make sure you have a full day of classes scheduled. If you desire to be a teacher’s aide in the high school or elementary school, please contact Mr. Hansen as soon as possible.  The Elementary School and several teachers are interested in student aides, but currently do not have anyone assigned. Students who are allowed to be elementary aides must be in good standing both academically and behaviorally.


    Additionally you may have registered to take college classes this year.  Please remember that you must meet the criteria to be allowed into these classes. The criteria to take these classes for juniors are: a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (B average) and you must be ranked in the top third of your class; seniors must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (B average) and must be ranked in the top half of your class. For classes offered through Lake Superior College you must also take the Accuplacer test. 


     For Parents:


    8th grade parents:  Eighth grade students are able to choose between taking a Pre-Engineering course or Industrial Technology 8.  Students were surveyed for their preference at the end of last school year and assigned a course based on their response.  Please watch for an additional email in the near future with more information on these two courses. 

    7th grade and new student orientation: At orientation on August 28th, the students will meet with the 7th grade staff members where they will go through their class schedules, find their lockers, and ask any questions they may have. Parents will meet with Mr. Hansen in the high school auditorium for a presentation in addition to a question and answer session. We ask all parents of 7th graders to attend that night. Additionally, if you have not turned in your required 7th grade immunizations, please do so as soon as possible!

    Open house: All parents are invited to attend open house, which will be held at Maple Lake High School for all students and their families on Wednesday, August 29th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The open house will give parents and students the opportunity to talk to teachers, tour the facilities, and receive teacher policies concerning homework, grading, etc.


    Students will be able to pick up their finalized schedules at open house only if accompanied by a parent. Also, lunch money may be deposited into accounts. Information about our lunch policy has recently been mailed to each household. Please read it carefully so that you are familiar with the policy, and then promptly fill out any forms that apply to you. Please take note that lunch balances and payments may be accessed online. A member of the cafeteria staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.


    I encourage as many parents as possible to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet teachers so we can start the year out working together to educate our young people. If you have questions, please contact the high school office.


    *Over flow parking is available in the north parking lot (student parking lot).  Please enter through door J.


    *Student pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 13th. Picture envelopes will be sent home with students on the first day of school.


    *A suggested supply list is available online at the high school website www.maplelake.k12.mn.us/highschool.html under “Registration Materials” at the bottom of the page.


    See you on August 29th!



    David J. Hansen


    David J. Hansen, MLHS Principal

    *Attached to this email is a pdf copy of the same information.


    David J. Hansen, Principal

    Maple Lake High School

    200 State Hwy. 55

    Maple Lake, MN  55358

    (320) 963-3171 ext. 305

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