Category Archives: Announcements

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Executive Director Search

Dear NMA Community,

We are searching for the next Executive Director for our school.

The ideal candidate will have a background in organizational leadership, management and financial oversight. This role reports directly to the board of directors and supervises the daily operations of the organization. Please see the job description below for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Ahlgren at

2022-2023 NMA School Board Elections

Dear All NMA Families,

It is that time of the year again! Please read the Election Guide below to see the candidates and how you can vote for two open seats for the school board.

Our voting, annual board and PAC meeting will be on the same day; May 15th. Voting will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM by phone or in person. On that day please vote in-person in the atrium or call this (763)-235-7903 to vote.

Annual Meeting will be held in the Lecture Hall at 6:00 PM, results will be announced at the meeting.

Please feel free to contact the election committee chair Janie Yang at for any questions or concerns.

Thank you, on behalf of the Election Committee.

Executive Leadership Transition

Dear NMA Families and Community,

On behalf of the New Millennium Academy’s Board of Directors, we want to share that Executive Director Kevin Xiong has resigned from his position and his last day is April 7, 2023.  In the interim, Thomas Thao, our Vice President of Academics and Principal, and Hli Xyooj, our Vice President of Programs and Services, will step in as the Interim Co-Executive Directors to continue the great work of Kevin’s vision and leadership and to ensure a strong finish to the 2022-2023 school year.  

The departure of a highly talented executive director is a challenging situation for our organization but the board of directors and NMA’s executive leadership team are committed to ensuring our staff, students, and families are fully supported during this transition.  

During Kevin’s tenure at NMA, he has guided NMA through a series of challenges that included the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial reckoning in our city, all while putting students, staff, and families at the center.  He built a strong Hmong language and culture program and created a vision for expanding programs and services to meet the needs of our communities.  We thank Kevin for his vision, leadership, and commitment to New Millennium Academy.

While the board begins its discussion for what comes next, we encourage you to reach out to NMA’s Board of Directors if you have any questions.  We hope you all will join us in wishing Kevin well and sharing your personal stories of thanks and gratitude for all he has done on behalf of New Millennium Academy.  Below is a message from Kevin Xiong to share with all of you.


NMA’s Board of Directors

Chonburi Lee, Chair

Amy Schwartz, Vice Chair

Ker Vang, Secretary

Hlis Nelson, Treasurer

Rosie Chang, Director

Janie Yang, Director 

Dear NMA Families and Community, 

Since 2017, I have begun my career here at New Millennium Academy (NMA), never anticipating that I would sit at the highest position in the organization, creating change and opportunities for the school community.  Since then, I have learned from all of you, grew as a person, and continue to be inspired by all of your actions.  I appreciated how all of you held me accountable as the Executive Director. 

Today, April 7, 2023, is my last day here at NMA.  I hope that I have left NMA in a better place than when I first started in 2017.  Here is what I’ve accomplished:

  • Increased our operating revenues by building partnerships with 

federal, state and local funders

  • Started our Pathway to Classroom initiative to increase more teachers of colors into the classroom
  • Increase the funding to support teachers’ professional development opportunities
  • Developed a step and lane salary structure that supports a competitive compensation for teachers and EAs
  • Build the K-8 curriculums that focus on growth and proficiency in the Hmong language and culture
  • Started our international partnerships in Laos to start our global leadership work
  • Started our equity strategic plan
  • Implemented our cultural and community enrichment programs including Hmong Paj Ntaub, Mej Koob, Hmong Dance, Hmong Cooking, and Qeej program.  These programs have drawn more than 200 participants from our entire school community
  • Established our NMA Transportation LLC that will bring up to $200,000 in annual revenues
  • Created a school culture built on wellness, engagement, and growth

I thank each and every one of you for your contribution to the success of NMA.  This work needs to continue and the school community relies on all of you to do your part in its success!

Thank you.

Kevin Xiong

RE:  Potential Threat Received on December 16, 2022

Dear Parents and Families,

Today, New Millennium Academy (NMA) was made aware of a potential violent threat against a few identified scholars and the school in general. NMA takes all threats seriously and will not tolerate any acts of violence or threats against anyone in our school community. School safety is our top priority and we have taken the necessary actions to ensure that our school community is safe.

Upon receiving information about the potential violent threat, NMA:

  • Immediately contacted Brooklyn Center Police Department where they will complete their full investigation against those responsible.
  • Our leadership team secured the school building and classrooms to ensure that all scholars and staff were safe while an investigation was ongoing.
  • Conducted an internal investigation alongside law enforcement and interviewed all persons involved.
  • Followed up with disciplinary actions and informed families of persons involved. 

If you or your child hear of any specific threat to our school, we ask that you please report it immediately. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe.  

Meanwhile, our Toys For Tots event scheduled for tomorrow will resume as normal.  We will have security onsite to support this event. 

Thank you. 

Kevin Xiong

Executive Director

Distance Learning: January 3rd & 4th

Dear Families,

Due to the ongoing risk of illness, the executive leadership team has collectively decided that after returning from winter break on Monday, January 2nd, 2023, we will be starting off the year with a digital model on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 and Wednesday, January 4th, 2023.

Scholars in K-5 will have educational materials sent home in a packet and scholars in Grades 6-8 will be sent home with assignments on their Google Classrooms before Winter Break.

In addition, Terra, our school nurse, has been distributing take-home COVID tests to classrooms for scholars, and we would like for all scholars to take a COVID test before returning on Jan. 5th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our front office at 763-235-7900. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe!

Shift to Distance Learning: 11/28-11/30

Our team has been keeping a close eye on illness-based scholar and teacher absences at NMA. Through further assessment and with the guidance of MDH, MDE and the CDC, our leadership team has made the executive decision to move to a distance learning model starting Monday, November 28th to Wednesday, November 30. This decision was made to ensure that all our scholars, staff members, teachers and community members are safe and well.

Scholars in K-5 will have educational materials sent home in a packet and scholars in grades 6-8 will be sent home with assignments on their google classrooms on Tuesday November 22, 2022. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our front office at 763-235-7900.