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School Closure 03/25/2024

Due to the anticipated inclement weather conditions, NMA will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 25, 2024 for the safety of our students and staff.

Please stay tuned to our school’s website and communication channels for further updates. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.

NMA Board of Director’s Election

Each year new members must be elected to the NMA Board of Directors. That election will be held on May 20, 2024 at the Annual Meeting of the NMA Board of Directors.

This election guide is designed to let you know:

  • what the steps are and how the election process works;
  • why the Board is important; and
  • how you can be involved.

This election is very important to the school, and it is very important that parents and staff consider the strategic needs of the school. By selecting thoughtful and committed board members, we in the school community can ensure that NMA continues on a successful path.

January/February 2024 Family Rhino Source Newsletter

See below for the January/February Rhino Source! Please read this month’s newsletter for message from our new executive director, an update to our after school program, information about ACCESS Testing, and more:


Transportation Requests:

2023-2-24 Master Calendar:

Lunch Menu:

Executive Director Announcement

On behalf of the New Millennium Academy’s Board of Directors, we want to share that after a rigorous search process, Thomas Thao has been selected as NMA’s Executive Director.

Please read the letter below for more information, and join us in congratulating and welcoming Thomas in this role!

Toys for Tots 2023

UPDATE – 11/20/23: Toys for Tots is closed due to being at capacity for registrations. You may still request a toy at other locations by going to the Toys for Tots website:

New Millennium Academy has once again partnered with Marine Corps Reserve to give back to our community. Toys for Tots is a gift giving program geared to bringing the joy of the holidays absolutely free to all children; ages one month to 14 years old!

To register, please complete this form no later than Tuesday, November 21st, 2023:

Once we receive your response and you have been accepted, NMA will contact you with further instructions. Please continue to check our school website and social media for any updates.

If your application is approved, you will receive a call from us. We will not be taking any registration forms after Tuesday, November 21st, no exceptions, as spaces are limited.

Note: If you register with us and are approved, you cannot register with any other distributors such as other programs for Toys for Tots or Operation Joy.

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