With the support of our staff, families and local sponsors, we are able to run many of the programs that make Mills Park Elementary an incredible school. Read on to learn about programs partially or fully funded by the MPE PTA.
If you have any interest in volunteering for any of the committees that run these programs, please fill out our Programs, Clubs and Competitions volunteer interest form.
cultural arts showcase
Every year, MPE students experience 3 to 5 cultural arts shows.
During the pandemic, these shows were cancelled or replaced by a virtual program from Bright Star Theatre. We are excited to once again showcase artists in person at MPE during the 2022-2023 year. With a new Cultural Arts Representative and Committee, our students are in store for great artist performances this year. For updates on shows, please subscribe to the Panther Press.
Learn about the United Arts Council and about the Cultural Arts Representative role.
odyssey of the mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Read more about the Odyssey of the Mind program at MPE. If you would like to receive updates about Odyssey of the Mind, please tick off the corresponding box when completing your Family Information form in your account.
Pre-K to Grade 5 MPE students can participate in Reflections, a National PTA competition, by creating original works of art following the annual theme. The 2022-2023 theme is "Show Your Voice". The different arts categories include Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Winners at MPE move onto the county level; Wake County winners move onto the state level; NC winners move onto the nationals.
Read more about the Reflections program at MPE. If you would like to receive updates about Reflections, please tick off the corresponding box when completing your Family Information form in your account.
Every year, parent volunteers form a yearbook committee and create a school yearbook to document the academic year. The yearbook includes individual school portraits (usually from Strawbridge) organized by homeroom, staff portraits, candid photos form school events, photos of school clubs and much more.