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Kenny School has received its budget allocation for the 2017-2018 school year.  Due to overspending by the district for several years, schools are receiving a 2.5% budget decrease as Superintendent Graff works to get the district back on track.  Pushing all of our current programming forward using the 17-18 costs, our school is short $105,211 and will lose our half time Math Specialist.  We will work to be extremely creative in planning for next year.  Please see the link if you are interested in seeing the numbers:  2017-2018 Site Council Budget Packet


Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:50 AM


The School Nurse Organization of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2018 School Nurse of the Year!

This honor recognizes one Licensed School Nurse annually who emulates the profession of School Nurse. Nominated by her peers, Ann is most worthy of this honor, evident by her outstanding School Nursing practice.

     Most recently, Ann just began her 20th year as an employee of the Minneapolis Public Schools as a Licensed School Nurse. Currently she provides direct care to approximately 1500 students at an elementary school and one high school, also being in charge of health programing for the home school program.   Her nominator describes Ann as a quiet hero who consistently demonstrates leadership and impacts the well-being of all children.

      Within the district, Ann has lead the way as a member of the task force to develop the MPS Professional Practice Model and mission statement.  Her effective articulation, skill with wordsmithing and advocacy aided in securing a Nursing Director position (a newly created position) within MPS.   In 2005, she was honored to be a Johnson and Johnson School Nurse Fellow.

      Her leadership has led to the formation of partnerships within the community. Within the community, Ann is a co-leader for the Grief Recovery program in the Twin Cities and is active within the Speakers Bureau.   Students and families are able to receive influenza vaccination during the school festival due to a grant secured from the Kohl’s Care Program. Ann has been instrumental in partnering with the Phillips Eye Institute in providing vision screening and glasses.  

     Ann not only shares her skill  for School Nursing as she mentors new nurses within the District but her passion for the profession is  shared within SNOM,  the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota. Since 1998, Ann has been a committee member and previously the chair of the annual conference planning committee.  During the conference, she is the familiar voice between speakers, providing logistical information, making sure everything runs smoothly and presenting the press releases for the past School Nurse of the Year recipients.  

     In 2000, Ann received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Minnesota.  Her thesis was selected for a poster presentation at the National School Nurse conference in Milwaukee.  Additional contributions on a National level include being an instructor for the Managing School Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness programs from 2001-2010.

    As a leader in School Nursing and wellness, Ann is committed to personal wellness and life balance.  She is an active member of the Minnetonka Mom’s Club-West and a current member of a women’s hockey team, appropriately named Ms. Conduct.  She lives in Minnetonka with her husband, Tom and two boys, Peter and Jack.

    As stated by one Principal, “Ann always is able to give her best and goes above and beyond what is expected”.  She is a trusted leader for Licensed School Nurses in all areas of practice and within the School Nursing Professional organizations.  Congratulations to Ann Lumbar Bendson  for her excellence in School Nursing and service to the community she serves and her profession.

Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:25 AM


Dear MPS families and Minneapolis community members,

Minneapolis Public Schools is grateful for the support of voters in Minneapolis. Three-quarters of voters supported our referendum questions, and we believe this means we’re on the right track toward providing the education all of our students deserve. We can only do this important work together.

This new revenue is just part of our work to remain a strong, sustainable school district. In the coming months, we will need you to continue to stand with us as we advocate for schools to receive the state and federal funding they deserve—especially for special education and English language services. And as we develop our 2019-20 budget, we will need your involvement as we determine what resources, programs and support we are able to provide at each one of our schools.

Thank you, again, for your commitment to our students, our schools, and our Minneapolis community. We appreciate the investment you have made, and we are committed to equitably using these resources to improve student achievement and strengthen our school communities.


Ed Graff
Minneapolis Public Schools

Congratulation to Ms. Johnson!
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:50 AM

No automatic alt text available. Ms. Janee Rivard-Johnson received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for teaching mathematics in grades K-6.

Established by Congress in 1983, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

In addition to her technical skills, Ms. Johnson is loved by our students for her warm, encouraging personality. She teaches after school math classes and leads the school math team. She’s also been known to pop up at her students soccer, volleyball and other sporting events on evenings and weekends! This is a well deserved honor!

Budget Allocation for 2017-2018 (Click here)
Monday, April 03, 2017 7:40 AM

Kenny School has received its budget allocation for the 2017-2018 school year.  Due to overspending by the district for several years, schools are receiving a 2.5% budget decrease as Superintendent Graff works to get the district back on track.  Pushing all of our current programming forward using the 17-18 costs, our school is short $105,211 and will lose our half time Math Specialist.  We will work to be extremely creative in planning for next year.  Please see the link if you are interested in seeing the numbers: 2017-18 Budget Packet

School of Excellence
Sunday, October 02, 2016 5:55 PM

Congratulations to Kenny School for being validated as a 2016-2017 SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE! 

This prestigious honor was awarded to Kenny School by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA). Thanks to the commitment and dedication to teaching and learning by Principal William Gibbs, former Principal Intern Jessica Peifer, teachers, staff, students and community, Kenny School is one of six Minnesota schools to earn this award!

Minnesota Elementary School of Excellence Validations


Eagle Bluff - 4th and 5th Grades (Click here)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM


Connecting People, Communities, & the Natural World (Click on title to view recent pictures of our students!)

Eagle Bluff is a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center located in the beautiful bluff-country of southeast Minnesota that provides experiences which empowers people to take care of the earth and each other. Let's get our kids back to nature!

  • Eagle Bluff is not a camp, but rather an accredited, special function outdoor school with a staff of licensed teachers and highly trained naturalists. The program in which your students are participating is part of their school curriculum with academic content as well as life skills that can foster a sense of community and understanding through students’ interactions with peers and teachers.  
  • Eagle Bluff offers many quality educational experiences for youth.  Through dynamic classes in an outdoor setting, Eagle Bluff's accredited residential learning program enhances a student's education in a way that is simply not duplicated in a classroom. Students come with their teachers and chaperones to stay for three days during the week. Students are immersed in full days of environmental science, outdoor recreation, team-building or cultural programming.

Some of the Environmental Science Classes our students will participate in are Animal Signs, Big Freeze and Birds. They will also participate in some history classes such as Oneota Native American Life and Pioneer Life. The Outdoor Adventure and Team Challenge classes such as Archery, Winter Survival, Group Challenges, Rock Climbing and Tree Tops High Ropes course are always the top favorites! The students will be challenged by these courses and will learn a lot about themselves and how far they could push themselves. Kenny students will come home with a better appreciation of their natural world and we hope that they will take with them a better understanding of their role in helping take care of our world. Please check out the link to the Eagle Bluff web site to learn more about this wonderful program!





Holiday Sheridan Story Resources

The Sheridan Story has an exciting new partnership to expand access to food for our community over winter break. December 27th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019, all YMCA Twin Cities Branch locations will have The Sheridan Story bags of food available for anyone who requests it (while supplies last). A map of locations can be found here: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/break/



Haikus originated in Japan and are three line poems containing five, seven and five syllables respectively. It is a type of poem that can be written on many different themes, from love to nature.

All MPS students and staff are invited to enter!

CLICK HERE to access the entry form or visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17ohBCnuDg7GM1hR_uEtB2v9BLdCyNnAh/view

Entries MUST be received by: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018


2018-19 Variety Show Auditions

Are You Ready??


Grades 3-5 (Morning)...Grades K-2 (Afternoon)

We are also looking for volunteers to support the day and evening shows! Please reach out to music instructors Rachel Wixson (rachel.wixson@mpls.k12.mn.us) or Rebecca Totzke (rebecca.totzke@mpls.k12.mn.us) if available!





It's time for WINTER OPTIONS!

 WHEN: Thursday, December 20 from 1pm-2pm

WHERE: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Classrooms

Winter Options classes are a fun opportunity for parents to lead a small group of students in an activity of their choice; arts and crafts, games, yoga...The sky's the limit!

While parent leaders are needed most, feel free to sign up to help with an activity.

CLICK HERE to view the Signup Genius or visit: 


Contact Susie Friederich with questions: susan.friederich@mpls.k12.mn.us or(612) 668-3365



It's almost time for WINTER BREAK! Click HERE for Winter Break Family Resources such as meals/snacks, programs and activities and other needs.

Winter break is from Monday, December 24, 2018 until Friday, January 4, 2019. CLASSES RESUME ON MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019