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AP Luseni named MPS Principal

Minneapolis Public Schools has announced that Assistant Principal Michael Luseni has been named Principal of Heritage Academy effective July 1, 2017. Heritage is a 6-12, Science and Technology school. Luseni came to Minneapolis South High in 2015 leading the charge in strategies promoting Positive School Wide Engagement and guiding best practices in approaches to Special Education. MPS Announcement | Letter to Families

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Summer homework

AP Biology - Summer reading & activity find
AP Lit & Comp - Select two books from reading lists.
AP Spanish - Read a novel in Spanish and complete a written review. 
 

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Important dates for students and families

NEW times! Freshman Orientation & Upperclassmen Schedule Pick Up, August, 25:
8:30 a.m. Freshmen & Parents | 10 a.m. - Sophomores | 11 a.m.  - Juniors | Noon - Seniors
 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Fall Sports Registration Night
  • Monday, Aug. 14 - Fall Sports Season Underway
  • Friday, Aug. 25 - Student Orientation 
  • Monday, Aug. 28 - School begins
  • Friday, Sept. 1 - Eid al-Adha (Submit absence request form at orientation or first week of school.)
  • Monday, Sept. 4 - No School, Labor Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 - Picture Day
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Summer transcript requests

The South High Counseling office is closed for the summer. Final transcripts have been sent to colleges indicated on the survey seniors completed prior to graduation. If you are finishing requirements during summer, Richard Palmquist, counseling clerk, will honor transcripts requests when he returns August 14. For immediate assistance, please contact MPS Student Accounting at 612.668.0029.

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Leadership change in South High Athletics

MPS Athletic Director Trent Tucker has announced that South Athletic Director Brett McNeal will be taking over AD duties at Edison High School effective July 1, 2017. Current Edison Athletic Director Amy Cardarelle will assume the AD post here at South on the same date. Cardarelle was named the South High Athletic Director in February of 2015 and served out that year, but was reassigned the following fall to Edison.

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South High Field Update

The Minneapolis Board of Education voted June 13, 2017 to approve the Fiscal Year 17-18 budget, which includes funding for the South High Athletic Field. Next steps: The budget awaits final approval by the State Board of Education later this year. Read more

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O'Brien awarded Conserve School honors

Congratulations to rising junior, Hazel O'Brien, who successfully completed a semester at the Conserve School this year! O'Brien was one of the very few students, nationwide, accepted to the program as a freshman and admitted as a sophomore to the junior-level, college prep program. She attended on a $25,000 scholarship and was awarded a green tassel honor to wear when she graduates from South High in 2019. 

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Vang artwork showcased on program

Congratulations to freshman Giant Vang, the artist behind the striking cover art of the 2017 graduation program. From a field of a great many submissions, Vang's futuristic rendition of the South High Tiger won out for the right to be showcased on the program cover. In the start of a new tradition, student art is expected to again grace the program next year! See full program.

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Help water, weed the South High gardens

Science teacher and master gardener Susan Peterson is accepting volunteer help to water the gardens this summer. If you're interested, feel free to reply to the newsletter email with a time and day you would like to come. We'll get you on the calendar!

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Should MPS keep the SRO program?

The final public engagement session regarding status of Student Resource Officers in the Minneapolis Public Schools will be:
 

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Get free meals this summer

Students 18 years old and younger can get free meals all summer long and they can use their Metro Transit Summer Go To Pass to get there! To find summer meal locations near you:  
 

  • TEXT ‘Food’ to 877-877
  • CALL 1-866-3-hungry (486479)
  • VISIT 2harvest.org/mealsforsummer 
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Ride metro transit all summer for just $25!

High school students can get unlimited bus and train rides June 1-September 5 with a $25 summer go-to pass. Ride between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily,  Purchase with credit card at Metro Transit. To pay with cash, call 612-373-3333 for pay locations or view at the link provided. Get to your summer job, classes, program and activities with the ease of public transport!

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Augsburg Art Gallery features South students

"Neighborhood views" from six students of Art teacher Corbin Doty will be on display at the Christensen Center Art Gallery, June 9-August 4. Opening night reception will be Friday, June 9, 5-7 p.m. celebrating students Jessica Perez Reinoso, Ferdowsa Dahir, Jose Becerra Linares, Hodan Mohamed, Samater Muhumed, Carla Aranda Quiroz. See Facebook event page

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Class of 2017 celebrated by fellow Tiger!

South High alumna and acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill '92 delivered a commencement address Saturday, June 3, celebrating South as "wondrously strange," a quality she credits with developing empathy, uncertainty, inventiveness and curiosity as tools for success. The winner of the Newbery Medal is also mother to Cora and newly minted grad, Ella '17.

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FREE SUMMER MEMBERSHIPS at the Y!

If you'll be a high school student this fall, the YMCA will give you a FREE membership this summer! That means free hoops, free pool time, free workouts and free exercise classes. Go to any Y to sign up, bring id (school id, or schedule, or report card) and an adult to sign for you. Or, have your guardian sign the form at home and bring it in. It's easy. Get all the details!

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Ash Farah featured as "Face of Pride" in USA Today

Ash Farah '17 is a "Face of Pride," representing Minnesota in a USA Today photo spread highlighting the LGBT community and allies across the nation. Go Ash!

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Nora Howley wins tuition to environmental school

Congratulations to Nora Howley! The South High sophomore has won a $25,000 scholarship to attend the Conserve School a semester program that makes the outdoors in backwoods Wisconsin its classroom!  She will attend a semester during her junior year and course studies will cover core classes, and more. See photo.

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SHS scholars win financial awards

Congratulations to the 25 South High seniors who won scholarships from the South High Foundation, Achieve Mpls and Abbott Northwestern. See recipients.

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MPS celebrates South teachers!

Congratulations to teachers Carol Allery, Robert Panning-Miller and Eric Sayre! The three South High teachers were recognized for having a significant impact on students and student achievement at the 4th Annual MPS Celebration of Teachers May 30, 2017. Allery teaches physical education, Panning-Miller teaches social studies and Sayre teaches instrumental music! 

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