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Principal Message, November 12, 2023


Good evening MPMS Leopard families,


I hope everyone enjoyed the long Veteran’s Day weekend. We are thankful to those who served our country. At MPMS, we have several teachers on staff who have given their service to our nation and we are honored to work with each of them: Mr. Garner, Dr. Knox, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Thompson.


Come join us for our first International Night. There will be Informational Booths representing the culture of our students, performances, games, and Kona Ice. Thank you to our Student Council for leading the way for this event at MPMS. In honor of the event, our students are invited to participate in Cultural Day on the 15th to wear their cultural attire to school.



Voter’s Choice Awards

We are one of 5 finalists for WRAL's Best Middle School in the Triangle.  Please register and vote and share with all of your friends. You can only vote once but this is exciting!!!


Carpool Continued

Over the past few weeks, with the changing temperatures, more families are coming in the morning through carpool. However, the carpool rules have not changed. Please do not drop your child off on Mills Park Road or any other place than the carpool loop. Your child’s safety is our priority. Additionally, please follow the Blue Line that weaves through the Mills Park Elementary School. Officer Gasperson will be monitoring the situation in the mornings.


Caring Leopards 

Our Caring Leopards program is back again for another year! Our school community would love to help provide some holiday cheer for MPMS families that otherwise may not be able to afford them. We understand that some MPMS families are finding themselves in need this holiday season and others are wanting to find ways to assist others.  


To RECEIVE Assistance: 

If you are in need of assistance for the holiday season, please contact Moira Conlon at or 919.414.3523 by Friday, November 17th.  


To PROVIDE Assistance: 

If you would like to help, we are collecting gift cards in $25 amounts. (If you would like to donate more than $25, please purchase multiple gift cards of $25 each.) Most helpful are gift cards from grocery stores, Target, and Walmart. 

Gift cards will be collected through Thursday, December 14th. Gift cards can be dropped off 3 different ways: 

  1. In-person by ringing the doorbell at the school’s front desk. You can let our receptionist know that you have a gift card to drop off for the Caring Leopards program.  

  2. You may mail gift cards to the school at 441 Mills Park Dr., Cary, NC 27519 (Attn: Caring Leopards) 


Winter sports began last week.  The Boys “Pass to Play day is scheduled for 11/14 at 3:15 in the gym.  Tryouts are set to start on Wednesday 11/15.  All the information is in a slideshow on the athletic webpage. If the paperwork is not completed by 11/14 students will not be allowed to attend tryouts late due to athletes being cut each tryout. 


Complete the Google form here or on the athletic website if interested in basketball tryouts.

Basketball Interest Form


FBLA Shoe Drive

Did you know that your old shoes can help others? This year, the Mills Park Middle School FBLA Chapter is hosting a shoe drive during the months of November and December. We are looking for family, friends, and members of our community to participate by recycling their gently worn, used, and new shoes. Can you help us collect 25 pairs of shoes to reach our goal of 2,500 pairs of shoes?


Here’s how it works:

Start by checking around your home for pairs of shoes you have outgrown, don’t fit correctly, or are no longer in style or season. These shoes can be tennis shoes, sandals, boots, dress shoes, heels, or flats. Once you have gone through your stash, ask your family and/or neighbors to do the same! When you have collected a total of 25 pairs, you can drop them off at Mills Park Middle School - attention FBLA. Even if you can’t collect a total of 25 pairs, it’s okay. Every pair of shoes helps!


Where do the shoes go?

The shoes we collect will not only be kept out of landfills, but they will be repurposed to help support microenterprises in developing nations such as Haiti, Cambodia, and Ghana. 


2,500 pairs of shoes is a LOT of shoes, but each pair you drop off gets us one step closer to our goal! Thank you in advance for your help!

Thank you for your ongoing support of Mills Park Middle School. Have a great evening!




Our next General Membership Meeting will be held virtually on December 4th at 7:00 pm. Please join using the information below.


Topic: MPMS PTSA General Membership Meeting

Time: Dec 4, 2023, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 874 4792 6854

Passcode: uL5s0Q


We will be discussing amendments to our budget at this meeting. Be sure to join us!


Spirit Wear makes a great Holiday Gift! Purchase yours online at and we will deliver it to your student's classroom. The link can also be used to pay your 8th Grade Events Fee if you have not already done so.





Dr. Stephanie Raiford, Principal