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School picture day will be held on Friday, September 8.  Preschool will start at 8:00am in the small gym.  Classes will be dismissed by scheduled times starting at 8:15.IMAGE: Little Rascals Character Alfalfa with hair slicked back, but has a huge rooster tail.  He is wearing a bow tie, suspenders and a has stunned expression wih his mouth hanging open turned to the side.
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Vern Capelle, Superintendent

Welcome to our homepage. It is our hope that you will find the information provided useful and informative.  If you have concerns that you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to contact the office at (320) 573-2174 and I will set a time and date to communicate with you.
Vern Capelle, Superintendent

Cardinal Head Senior Homecoming Royalty

5 male and 5 female high school students

Pictured are:

Front row: Gabby Bieniek, Anna Woidyla, Stefani Pohlmann, Ashley Biniek, Samantha Thieschafer

Back Row: Andrew Prokott, Kyle Bushaw, Bennett Westrich, Dalton Louden, Matt Herzog

Homecoming 2017 Schedule:

Sunday, September 24th at 2pm: Coronation

Thursday, September 28th at 6pm: Volleyball vs Swanville at Swanville

Friday, September 29th at 9am: Dollars for Scholars Walkathon followed by Pepfest

Friday, September 29th at 7pm: Football vs Browerville-Eagle Valley at Swanville. Dance to follow at Swanville High School.

Cardinal Head Minnesota Education Fair
Upsala Juniors and Seniors will be attending the Minnesota Education Fair at Central Lakes College on Friday, October 6th. Remember to turn in your permission form to the Guidance Office. Busses will be leaving at 8:25AM.
Cardinal Head Stuffed Animal and Blanket Drive

Information regarding the stuffed animal drive with stuffed animals in the background.

The UHS Volunteer Group is doing a Stuffed Animal and Blanket Drive during the October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 23rd Upsala Volleyball games. Please bring in your clean and new or gently used stuffed animals and blankets to be sent to children in need during stressful times. Thank you for your donation!

Cardinal Head Dollars for Scholars Walkathon

The Dollars for Scholars Walkathon will take place on September 29th at 9am. Prizes will be given to the top 5 students who raise the most money. Prizes include: Echo Dot, Wireless Bluetooth headphone with built in mic, Kindle Fire 7, Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate + fitness, Wireless waterproof bluetooth speaker. Thank you for your support.

Walkathon Pledge Sheet

Cardinal Head Upsala Welcomes New Staff

Please join us in welcoming three new teaching faculty members Mary Gondringer, Karlee Peterson, and Lisa Newhouse to Upsala Area Schools. Amy Lanners will also starting as our new Americorps Literacy Tutor. Michelle Schumer will be returning in a new position as an Elementary Reading Support Specialist.

Cardinal Head Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone!

The high school will have a different schedule this year. Class times will be a little shorter and we will have WIN everyday at the same time. WIN is an intervention and enrichment time for students. We as a staff feel that WIN time is important in the growth of all our students. School start time will remain the same and have an end time of 3:05. The elementary schedule will remain the same.

As a K-12 Building, we are also implementing a set of expectations called the Cardinal “I Cans.” All our students K-12 will become very familiar with these expectations. You will also see them posted in the classrooms, around the school, and on the busses. Students will receive information on these on the first day of school and will bring them home to share with you.

As always take time to review the school handbook that students will be bringing home to refresh yourself on school policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school by phone 320-573-2175 or email
I am looking forward to a great school year!
Take Care,
Mr. Nick Klug, Dean of Students

Cardinal Head Weather Text/Email Alerts

The quickest way to receive updates regarding changes in athletics events and school closing decisions is the REMIND system. Signing up is easy. Text @upsa to 81010 (or 763-333-2285). To sign up for emails send a message to

In the event that we close for the day, or if we close early due to severe weather, all extra curricular and after school activities will be cancelled or postponed.  To see the full article of Safety First: Winter Weather School Decisions click here.

Cardinal Head Testing

Our district testing dates for the 2017-18 school year are listed on the google calendar to the right of this page.

The MCAs or Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are scheduled for April 17-May 4.

Daily Announcements

Dates and times of activities are subject to change, please check the calendar for updates.


Upsala Area Schools | District #487 | 415 S Main Street | Upsala, MN 56384 | (320) 573-2176