FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

 

Q: How do I find out what's happening in school?

A: We encourage you to read our weekly Panther Post Newsletter which is our main source of communication. If you are not on the email list to recieve our school newsletter, please call or email Natalya Chasteen at natalya.chasteen@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3240.

 

 

Q: Where can I park when visiting the school?

Visitor parking is available on the streets around Anthony and the lower south parking lot.

 

Q: What doors can I/students/visitors enter during the day?

A: Anthony is secured during the school day. We would like all visitors to use door #1. Sign in as a visitor in the main office. People needing an accessible entry may enter through Door 3 if they are parked in the lower south parking lot. Please ring the bell located near the door and office personnel will admit you.

  • Door #1 will open at 8:25am for students to enter the 
 building.

  • Door #3 will open at 8:20am for students to enter, 
however, they may only go to the cafeteria where it is 
supervised.

  • After 8:45am, all students, parents and visitors are to 
enter through Door #1 on Irving Avenue.

 

Q: When does my child eat breakfast and lunch?

A: We encourage all students to eat breakfast and lunch. Breakfast and lunch must be eaten in the cafeteria. Students may bring their own lunch or eat school lunch.

 

Q: My child is going to be late, is ill, needs to leave for an appointment or will be gone for an extended period of time. What do I do?

A:

  • Late: student must sign in the main office and retrieve a pass to class.

  • Illness/doctors appointment: please call the attendance line at 612-668-3271 or email kari.brown@mpls.k12.mn.us

  • If leaving during the middle of the day, please call 612-668-3240, email kari.brown@mpls.k12.mn.us or make sure your child brings in a parent note so we can provide your child with a pass to leave class.

    • Parents must sign a student out in the main office before the student leaves.

  • Returning to school:

    • Upon return, please make sure to bring in a doctor’s note to the main office.

    • If the student is returning to school after an appointment, the student must sign in the main office and get a pass to return to class.

 

Q: Can I get a message to my child during the day?

It is not possible for the office staff to relay non-emergency messages to students during the day. In the case of a family emergency, a social worker, admin or staff will call a student out of class.  

 

Q: How does my child get a hold of me during the day?

A: Students may not use their cell phones during the school day. If your child needs to get a hold of you, they must receive permission from their teacher to use either the teacher’s classroom phone or come to the main office to use the guest phone.

 

Q: If my child gets sick at school, what should he/she do?

Students who are feeling ill during the day must check in with the school nurse. The nurse will call you to come pick up your student. You will need to come into the Main entrance (door 1), sign in, and pick your student up in the health office.

 

Q: I have a transportation question. Who do I contact?

A: For transportation questions, please call 612.668.2300 or email transportation@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Q: How does the school support my child socially and emotionally??

A: Anthony Middle School is committed to addressing the needs of the whole child. We structure our school day to include a daily 18-minute advisory with an adult who serves as the child’s primary advocate. Our advisory program meets students’ social and emotional needs, builds community, and teaches academic and social skills necessary to be successful in school. We also have a school counselor (Ms. Bisch), social worker (Ms. Pillsbury) and a school psychologist (Ms. Saunders) that are available to support students.

 

Q: What kinds of support do you have for English Language Learners?

A: We have an ELL program as well as a Somali Bilingual Program Aid.

 

Q: What kinds of after school opportunities do you have?

A: Extracurricular classes are extension of Anthony’s educational program. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:55pm-5:20pm. For more information and course offerings, please go to: http://youth.mpls.k12.mn.us/anthony.html

 

Q: What kind of electives do you offer?

A: At Anthony all content subjects are equally important and are not considered electives. But to help you understand what other courses we offer other than what’s known as the core (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts), we offer the following:

  • 6th Grade electives:

    • During one of the hour, students would either be in gym/health or band/choir (A/B day rotation year round)

    • During the other hour (on a quarterly rotation) students would have the following (the order will vary for every student): Art, Media Skills, Design & Modeling and World Cultures

  • 7th Grade electives:

    • During one of the hour, students would either be in gym/health or band/choir (A/B day rotation year round)

    • During the other hour (on a quarterly rotation) students would have the following (the order will vary for every student): Art, Digital Media, Automation & Robotics and Cultural Expressions

  • 8th Grade electives:

    • During one of the hour, students would either be in gym/health or band/choir (A/B day rotation year round)

    • During the other hour (on a quarterly rotation) students would have the following (the order will vary for every student): Art, Technology Art, Medical Detectives and World Cultures

 

We offer Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway to Technology (GTT) classes in each grade level. 6th grade take Design & Modeling, 7th grade take Automation & Robotics and 8th grade take Medical Detectives. For more information about PLTW, go to the following website: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-gateway

 

Q: What sort of technology does Anthony provide?

A: At Anthony we have 4 computer labs (Mac computers) and 1 Project Lead the Way PC lab. We also have laptop Mac and Chromebook carts and iPad carts. In each of the student’s Individuals & Societies classes there is an iPad cart. There are also at least 5 computers in each class that teachers Read180/System 44.

 

Q: How are students assigned a locker?

A: Each student has their own locker that is assigned by the student’s advisory teacher on the first day of school. Students are issued a combination lock from the school. For the safety of everyone, students may not share lockers nor their lock combination. Students may go their locker during passing time.

 

Q: How do I find out how my child is doing in school?

A: We encourage you to use the Parent Portal to check on your child’s grades, assignments and attendance. To get to the Parent Portal, go to: http://anthony.mpls.k12.mn.us/parent_portal_2

 

We also encourage you to contact your child’s teachers if you have further questions after checking out the Parent Portal.

 

Q: Who do I contact for academic or behavior concerns?

A: Communication is key.

  • Academic concerns: We encourage you to first contact your child’s teachers. If the problem is unresolved, you may contact administration (Ms. Vue for 6th grade and Ms. Matthews for 7th and 8th grade)

  • Behavior concerns: Please contact the following dean first:

    • Ms. Jenkins for 6th grade

    • Mr. Turner for 7th grade

    • Mr. Kroll for 8th grade

    • If the problem is unresolved, you may contact administration (Ms. Vue for 6th grade and Ms. Matthews for 7th and 8th grade)