MPS Today: Thursday, Jan. 5

"When Mitch was around you just felt safe."

An estimated 1,500 people gathered at MHS last night for a vigil in memory of security guard Barry Mitchell, who died suddenly early Wednesday. Mitch, as he was known to all, was a beloved fixture for 18 years at MHS and hundreds of alumni were among those who descended on the school, huddling around the rock in the senior lot and then moving to the football field, where many shared memories and tributes.
Handle With Care

First-graders @MPS_Washington enjoyed a visit from the Lutz on Wednesday.
Humans of MPS

Now a senior at MHS, today's addition to the gallery says he had lots of bad habits as a freshman but says that joining the school's Young Men's Leadership Group prompted huge and positive changes. Learn more on either Facebook or Instagram.
Snow Day Prediction Contest

Eight more people were eliminated from contention as they thought today would be our first snow day.
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Of Note:
  • The Girl Scouts are seeking adult leaders and have an info meeting Jan. 20.
  • Chuck E. Cheese's is opening its doors early to give kids with autism a sensory-sensitive experience. Read more here and here.

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Key Dates

Monday, Jan. 16 -- MLK Day (no school)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- No school for students but PD for staff

Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Mon/Tues, Feb. 20-21 -- No school (winter break)
Wednesday, March 22 -- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Mon-Fri April 10-14 -- Spring vacation
Wednesday, May 17-- Half day for students (PD for staff)
Monday, May 29 -- No school (Memorial Day)
Tuesday, June 13 -- Last day of school (barring snow days etc.)

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One More Thing

"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community."

-- Anthony J. D'Angelo