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MPLS Transition Update

April 4, 2012 

Dear MPLS Parents and Students,

If you have any questions during this transition time, please contact MPLS at 319-273-2514.  MPLS faculty and staff want to provide personalized information, address your questions and assist you in this transition.

As always, the school counselors (Ms. Dieken and Ms. Struck) are available to visit with you and your child about the transition of changing schools.  Please contact the counselors with any questions, as they are ready to listen and address any questions or concerns.


Open Enrollment Update:

All students will attend the school in their home school district unless they file a NEW open enrollment form with the receiving school district(s) of their choice by Monday, APRIL 16.

(A family can always rescind their form after April 16.)

Correction:  On March 29, we stated a student can only complete one open enrollment form.  However, the Iowa Department of Education has clarified that students can complete MORE THAN ONE enrollment form by April 16.  So, if a student is uncertain about their plans for next year,you have the option to complete an open enrollment form with more than one school district.  Students do need to notify schools of their decision by the school’s fall registration date. 

Students need to have all open enrollment forms completed by April 16.  You cannot change your receiving school district options after April 16.  A student can always return to their home school district.

Example:  A student’s home district is Cedar Falls (CF).  The student completes an open enrollment form to the receiving schools of ABC and XYZ by April 16.  The student notifies school ABC at registration to cancel their open enrollment application because he/she will attend XYZ.  The student attends XYZ until Sept. 1 and decides it is not a good fit.  The student can only return to their home school district (CF), unless they pay tuition at another school or relocate.  PLEASE complete all open enrollment forms by APRIL 16.


Update on the Transition:

To keep you informed of the work in-progress during this transition, the following actions have taken place:

  • Child Development Center (CDC) will continue to operate as usual and will relocate to a new site on UNI’s campus – Hillside Court.  There is an excellent playground, direct access from classrooms for ease of moving the children, close parking, and several other amenities. 
  • All UNI students will be completing their Level II and III clinical field experiences in area school districts effective fall 2012.
  • The North Iowa Cedar League (NICL – athletic conference) was officially notified to not schedule any activities/events for grades 7-12 after July 31, 2012. 
  • All student academic records will be maintained at the UNI Registrar’s Office starting this summer.  All websites will be updated to keep everyone informed of who to contact for transcripts.

Please refer to the following site for transition team information:


Open Houses:           

Several local school systems are inviting parents and students to attend open houses to learn more about their program offerings.  Please contact the schools below if you have questions.  

Wednesday, April 4 (4:00-6:30 pm) 
Hudson Community Schools (K-12)
Tony Voss, Superintendent 
136 S. Washington, Hudson,
 IA  50643 

Tuesday, April 10 (4 p.m.)
Cedar Falls High School 
Dr. Rich Powers, Principal
1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Tuesday, April 10 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Cedar Heights Elementary (K-6)
Mr. Jon Wiebers, Principal
2417 Rainbow Drive, Cedar Falls, IA  50613 
(Clare Struck will be attending the 2nd half)


Tuesday, April 10 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Lincoln Elementary (K-6)  
Mrs. Debra Beving, Principal
321 West 8th Street, Cedar Falls, IA  50613

(Clare Struck will be attending the 1st half)

Tuesday, April 10 (7 p.m.)
Peet Junior High / Holmes Junior High

Mr. Jason Wedgbury /  Mr. David Welter     
525 E. Seerley Blvd / 505 Holmes Drive

Cedar Falls, IA 50613 / Cedar Falls, IA 50613
319-553-2710 / 319-553-2650

For Cedar Falls Open Houses inquiries, please call 319-553-3000.

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools will be holding open house at the following schools on Monday, April 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

(Each elementary school also offers on-site child care.)

Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School (6-8) and Columbus High School (9-12)
3231 W. 9th Street, Waterloo

Blessed Sacrament (PreK-5)
600 Stephan Ave., Waterloo  

St. Edward (PreK-5) 
139 E. Mitchell Avenue, Waterloo

Sacred Heart (PreK-5)
620 W. 5th Street, Waterloo

Call: Julie Dorenkamp, 319-232-1422, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools

St. Patrick School will be hosting a Spring Open House for Price Lab Families and others who are interested. Open House will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 5 - 7 p.m., 615 Washington St., Cedar Falls. For St. Patrick's Catholic School, please call 277-6781 to set appointments and tours.