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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 5-12 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Grades 5-12 Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in teachers' classrooms on Monday, December 12 from 3:30-7:30. Student schedules are available online in JMC.

The following instructors will be absent due to the TIES Education Technology Conference: Roxann Lewis, Melissa Palm and Curtis Robertson. If you are interested in conferencing, please email them to set up an alternate time to meet.

There is no study club after school due to conferences.

Cardinal Head Learning Lab Open House

Parents are invited to come to our LEARNING LAB OPEN HOUSE on Monday, December 12 from 4:00-6:00pm.

Cardinal Head Winter 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 THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to Lange Oil for your generous contribution of $500 to Upsala Dollars for Scholars.

All proceeds go to support the Class of 2017 Scholarships. 

Cardinal Head Testing

Our district testing dates for the 2016-17 school year are listed on the google calendar to the right of this page.

We will be participating in the OLPA or Optional Local Purpose Assessments for Math and Reading. This is both practice for the MCAs and helps our teachers identify areas that students need improvement.

Late October/early November grades 7-10 will participate in the ACT ASPIRE. This has replaced the ACT PLAN and EXPLORE tests.

The MCAs or Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are scheduled for April 18-May 5.

Cardinal Head Website Audit

We are currently conducting an internal audit of our website. Please email our if you have any suggestions or notice any broken links.

The Community Education website address has changed. The site is now located at Please update your bookmarks.

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